Saturday, June 11, 2011

Snap, Crackle, Gluten Free!


Well, it's official, Rice Krispies Gluten Free Cereal is here! I heard a rumor that the cereal was in the works, and I mentally ran through the ingredients, realizing that the only thing they really had to get rid of from the original was malt flavoring. Yet, I figured this was under tight wraps in a super secret food lab in Battle Creek, and would be made public perhaps in the next few years. So, what a great surprise when I went to to see an ad for Rice Krispies Gluten Free Cereal. It sells for just under $4 a box. In our house gluten free crisp rice cereal has been a luxury in recent years. Ringing up at about $5 a box at the health food store, I reserved the precious puffs for our favorite confection Chunk-a-Chews and other specialty recipes. I would cringe when the kids would request it for breakfast, pour a big bowl and they would take 2 bites then abandon the cereal for playtime. The Kellogg's website has printable coupons for $1 off any Rice Krispies, so that certainly sways me to buy their brand over the brand I could only buy at the health food store.

It's just nice knowing that more and more brands are available on our supermarket shelves with "gluten free" emblazoned over already familiar logos. I literally did a double when I walked past the Tasteekake display recently and saw "Gluten Free Cookies". "No, can't be" I thought. Maybe I just need another cup of coffee. But when I backed up my cart and stared at the boxes among the squishy snack cakes we've known and loved for years, I saw it was true.

Even thought these items are a bit pricier than their glutenny counterparts, and I don't expect sales on them anytime soon, it's comforting to know they are there and we now have options.

Have you been missing that classic childhood treat Rice Krispie Squares? Well you can have it again made with the genuine article. I use eggless marshmallows to accommodate Rosie, they are also know as "vegan marshmallows". I like Lieber's brand and stock up at Passover time when I find them in abundance.

Gluten-Free Treats®

3 tablespoons butter or margarine*
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows*
- or - 4 cups miniature marshmallows*
6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® Gluten Free cereal

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES Gluten Free cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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