I spent my last weekend in Florida mulling over some different variations of Rice Krispies treats. Those crispy, marshmallow-y treats are one of the simplest things to make, yet some of the makeovers they have received lately result in some borderline gourmet desserts. The possibilities when playing around with the flavor combinations is virtually endless. I made a batch down in Florida that included bittersweet chocolate and hazelnuts, and although they were good, they were missing something. I’m still working on those, but I noodle around on that, I switched gears and started thinking about white chocolate and peanut butter. And I’m so glad I did. What an underrated and under-utilized flavor combination!
The catalyst for the white chocolate/peanut butter brainstorm was discovering this peanut butter:
It’s from Peanut Butter & Co., which I had heard about, but until recently had never seen stocked in stores near me. This peanut butter is a blend of natural, creamy peanut butter with white chocolate. Serious heaven. I also picked up The Bees Knees, which is peanut butter blended with honey – incredible. And highly addictive. I highly recommend checking to see if your store has them, and if so, stocking up!
The combination of the peanut butter and white chocolate melds incredibly well with the marshmallows, and gives great flavor to the cereal bars. I added in white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips at the end, just to give it an extra boost of flavor (plus, I embrace any and all excuses to buy peanut butter chips – I shamelessly eat them right out of the bag!). Some of the chips melted a bit when I stirred, but the pop of flavor is still there.