I'm no Martha Stewart, but if there's one thing I know about entertaining it's that you know you've succeeded when your dishes disappear quickly. It doesn't matter if your house is a mess or if your beautiful presentation took a few hard hits on the way over to the potluck; if it's devoured within minutes and then subsequently made the hot topic of conversation at the party, you know you've hit it out of the park.
Because I'm always eager to please, whenever I'm heading to a party or hosting my own, I resort to only my best, tastiest of dishes that I know will be a huge crowd pleaser. [Insert plug for my curry deviled eggs, smoked salmon spread and Dr. Pepper pulled pork]
But this post is not about those other recipes which, frankly, fair inferior to those recipes (no offense, other also very delicious recipes). This recipe is about the decadent, salty, sweet chocolate rice krispie treats that you're going to fall head over heels in love for.
To put it in perspective of just how delicious and popular these babies are, I took these to barbecue recently. Within the hour of me showing up with a huge platter of them, I not only heard from no less than three people how delicious they were but saw with my own eyes the disappearance of them. Guys, they were eaten before the entrees were even served. So, THAT good.
If you grew up loving rice krispie treats, these salty chocolate rice krispie treats are like rice krispie treats on crack. But in a good way! If there ever was such a thing. Semi sweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder swirl together in buttery marshmallow fluff before getting tossed with your standard rice krispies. But it gets better because the loaded chocolate krispie treats get sprinkled with fine sea salt for a fancy finish. It makes for one perfect, rich, chocolately, salty bite. Fair warning, before you even realize it you will have had three of them and be a contributing factor to the quick disappearance. But that just means you'll have to make a double (or triple) batch.
Once you make them, you'll forever be known as "the one who brought the amazing salty chocolate rice krispie treats to the party." And all I have to say to that is, YOU'RE SO WELCOME.
Salty Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
- 1 16 oz bag marshmallows
- 1/2 stick salted butter (you could use unsalted, but why not add an extra layer of salty/sweet goodness?)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 5 cups rice krispies
- About 1 teaspoon of sea salt
In a large pot, melt mallows, butter and cocoa powder until they are melty, ooey and gooey. Add chocolate chips until melted and well combined. Remove from heat.
Butter a 8×8 baking dish. Add rice krispies to mallow and chocolate mixture and stir until well combined. Add krispies to baking dish and pat down until surface is even. Sprinkle evenly with sea salt. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about an hour (if you can wait that long) until krispies are set. Cut into squares and devour.