An empty pantry is the mother of invention, right? On a warm evening a few summers ago I promised my daughter s'mores, forgetting that I had used the marshmallows the day before for making Rice Krispies treats for a family picnic. I had the grill primed for roasting those marshmallows and panicked when I opened the pantry to find no 'mallows in sight.
In a moment of pure desperation I threw a few of the leftover Rice Krispies treats on the hot grill and then topped the slightly charred squares with shaved chocolate. The results were nothing short of magical. The Rice Krispies treats charred slightly on the outside, making them crispier and chewier, while the interior became soft and gooey. Honestly, they didn't even need the chocolate.
This moment of panic has since become my most beloved backyard barbecue treat and something I look forward to making again each summer.
The S'mores Alternative Your Summer Needs
A Grilled Rice Krispies treat is a quintessential easy summer dessert. Make your own treats or use store-bought. Keep in mind that older Rice Krispies treats grill better — so make these in advance to make it easy.
A few tips for getting great grill marks on your treats: Get the grill very hot and then turn off the heat. Start with too-hot a grill and the treats will fall apart. Make it easy and use a thin spatula for turning.
Serve the treats warm with a sprinkling of shaved chocolate for the perfect after-dinner grilled treat.
Grilled Rice Krispies Treats
Prep time: 2 hours ; cooking time: 20 minutes
puffed rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Melt the butter in a large pot or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the marshmallows and salt and stir until melted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rice cereal until completely coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Set aside to cool for at least 2 hours. Cut into 12 (about 2x4-inch) rectangles.
Heat an outdoor grill to high heat and makes sure the grates are clean and debris-free. Coat the grates with oil and then turn the grill off completely. Place the treats directly on the hot grill grates and press gently. Grill, flipping the treats with a fish or thin metal spatula halfway through, until golden-brown and grill marks appear, about 1 minute per side. Serve immediately.
Make ahead: The treats can be made and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days before grilling.