I love holidays. I love collecting fun little decorations that I get to haul out once a year and enjoy for a few months. I almost always forget what I bought the previous year, and it’s like discovering things I love all over again. It’s one of the reasons I love holidays so much.
And, of course, excuses to make fun treats. I always like a good excuse to make treats. And since I made some peanut butter cups and almond joys last year, I decided I would go with another kind of Halloween treat this year. Rice krispie treats!! Because you kind of can’t help but love them, and they are so easy to throw together. And that is what party food should be all about.
I even got the last couple of things for my Halloween costume this weekend, and I am super excited. Of course, my costume is totally inspired by our recent Disney trip.
Health highlight of chocolate: Being a serious chocoholic myself, I love reading the studies about how healthy chocolate is for you. 70% cocoa solids or higher is best, as it means less sugar and other non chocolate additives in there (the percentage refers to the cocoa solids meaning the stuff that comes from the bean – 100% is unsweetened chocolate). Research suggests that people who eat chocolate regularly tend to have a lower BMI. Chocolate can help lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease. It contains healthy antioxidants and flavonoids, and has been shown to have a beneficial effect on cholesterol.
- 1 (3.5 oz) bar Semisweet Chocolate (I like to get organic)
- ¼ cup Peanut Butter
- 3 cups Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (puffed rice won’t work)
- 13×9 inch baking pan
- Parchment paper (or grease for the pan)
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, break up the chocolate into small pieces
- Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir, then microwave another 15 and stir (repeating until the chocolate is melted)
- Stir in the peanut butter
- Stir in the cereal
- Line the 13×9 pan with the parchment (up the sides as well)
- Pour the chocolate coated cereal in, and smooth down using the back of a spoon, make sure to press in well to ensure it sticks together