This is the third of a five-part Valentine’s Day-themed revival of Cooking in the Cave. Come back for new recipes each weekend until February 14.

I love crisped rice.

I love it as cereal, dipped in chocolate, and, of course, with marshmallows and butter.

An American classic, Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by the Kellogg Company.

The cereal that preceded the treat, Rice Krispies, hit the market in 1927.  Before it becomes cereal, a paste of rice and sugar is formed into “rice,” which is then cooked, dried and toasted.

Rice Krispies are marketed in other countries using the noises the cereal makes when milk is added, just as it is in the U.S. (Snap! Crackle! Pop!).

For instance, in Germany, the cereal is marketed with the phrase Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!. In Sweden, the slogan is Piff! Paff! Puff!.

With just three ingredients, you can make a homemade Rice Krispies Treat.

If you like a bit of variation, M&M’s, sprinkles, chocolate chips and even peanut butter can be added to make your Rice Krispies Treats unique.

The marshmallows-and-cereal squares can also be dipped in chocolate or frosting.

For Valentine’s Day, I made heart-shaped Rice Krispies Treats that I covered in pink frosting and sprinkles.

Instead of regular marshmallows, try pink marshmallows, and red and pink sprinkles can be added into the mixture before setting.

The treats can easily be put on sticks and wrapped in cellophane for a cute gift for a special someone.

Ingredients:

3 Tbs. butter

1 package (10 oz, about 40) marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions:

Heat butter and marshmallows in bowl in microwave for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cereal and stir until well-coated. Evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated in cooking spray. Let cool, and cut into heart shapes using cookie cutter.

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