If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that over the past few years, I’ve been stretching my culinary wings, so to speak. I was the sort of girl who could follow a recipe, but anything more would really be pushing it. I was a stickler for doing things EXACTLY as written – no deviation.
Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot since those days, and many of those lessons were learned from experience – either from food that was too bland or overcooked or too mushy. One way or another I started figuring things out. However there is one baking mishap that stands out.
It was summer, or maybe spring, and I was looking for a snack. I had the brilliant idea to make one of my favorite treats to make – Rice Krispie treats. I love the crunch, the sweetness, and the color that comes from the little sprinkles I add to the mixture. Fortunately I had all the ingredients I needed – butter, marshmallows, rice krispies, and sprinkles.
Ever diligent, I carefully followed the recipe, melting the marshmallows slowly over the stove, then mixing in the Rice Krispies and sprinkles. As the treats cooled, I started to clean up. I picked up the white spatula I had used to make the marshmallows and paused. “I thought this spatula was longer,” I thought to myself. I brushed it off, thinking that it was probably that it had been awhile since I had used it, and my memory was a little fuzzy.
Fast forward a few hours later, when I’m eager to sample my freshly made treats. I carefully cut the treats into rectangles and leverage the first piece out of the tray. As I’m sitting there enjoying the treat, “CRUNCH!” There was something hard in that treat. Something that was not marshmallow, krispie or sprinkle. A moment later, I was looking at a piece of something white.
For a second I hoped it was just some overcooked, over-hardened marshmallow, but then I realized it was a piece of white plastic. It looked suspiciously like the same type of plastic that was on the end of the white spatula that mysteriously looked shorter. And the next moment I knew – the spatula had melted into the marshmallows. Since it was white, I never even noticed the pieces in the mix.
Not only did I lose a perfectly good spatula, but the whole batch of Rice Krispie treats had to be tossed since it had pieces of plastic scattered throughout the treats. So sad.
And that, my friends, is how not to make rice krispie treats. You do not use a white spatula that melts while you melt marshmallows. If I could do that moment over again, I would use a colored spatula that doesn’t melt while melting marshmallows.
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