Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rice Treats Snap, Crackle and Pop Would Love

This treat is almost a rite of passage when it comes to growing up, just because you have food allergies doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this childhood treat. I looked high and low on the grocery store shelves to find marshmallows that were free of the Big Bad 8 and Gluten, but couldn’t omit all the allergens with one product, so please make sure you pick the options that are safe for you. I found some products that were free of all 8 on-line, please share if you have tried any of these other products.

Marshmallows to try:


Elyon Mini Marshmallows
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn or Tapioca Syrup, Water, Kosher Fish Gelatin (From
Nile Perch or Tilapia), Corn or Tapioca Starch, Vanilla Flavors. This is the marshmallow I used, please note: CONTAINS FISH

AllerEnergy Gluten-Free Marshmallows
Ingredients: Sugar, brown rice syrup, salt, water, gelatin, modified tapioca starch, corn-free confectioners sugar, corn free vanilla extract. This product got high ratings on glutenfreemall.com

Jake Bakes' Marshmallows This brand of marshmallows comes from a plant that is dedicated to be free of Gluten/Wheat, Dairy, Egg, Peanut and Tree Nut. These marshmallows can be used for an “adult version” of this tasty treat with these unique flavors: vanilla bean, strawberry, peppermint, cinnamon and pomegranate. This product got 5 stars from Gluten Free Food Reviews
Ingredients: cocoa powder, espresso powder, sugar, gelatin, corn syrup

Plush Puffs Marshmallows
These marshmallows also come in a variety of flavors and advertise they are gluten and corn syrup free. Ingredients listed below is for the vanilla bean flavor.
Ingredients:Sugar, water, brown rice syrup, gelatin, natural vanilla extract, natural vanilla flavor, natural marshmallow flavor, salt, ground vanilla beans, corn starch, powdered sugar.

For the GF rice cereal, you’d think Rice Krispies would be gluten free, but not, so (malt flavoring). I found Erewhon’s Crispy Brown Rice Cereal and am pleased with how close the taste and texture is to the Kellogg’s brand.
Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup and Sea Salt.

Here we go…

When making these treats, get creative, we are adding a chocolate topping today, but you can mix in an appropriate alternative that meets your dietary restrictions like dried sweetened cranberries, chocolate chips, you name it!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Rice Treats







2 tablespoons Earth Balance Soy Free Butter Spread
8 oz marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rice cereal
½ cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Melt Earth Balance Soy Free Butter Spread in stock pot over low to medium heat.
Add marshmallows and continually mix until fully melted. Make sure not to overheat the marshmallows or your finished treats will become crunchy instead of gooey after cooling.
Add vanilla and stir thoroughly.
Slowly mix in rice cereal, until evenly coated.
Place rice treats in a non-stick pan and put in the fridge to cool.
While treats are cooling, heat chocolate chips in double boiler until fully melted.
Remove rice treats from fridge and top with chocolate.Treats are best served at room temperature.

2 comments:

Betsy said...

Those look DELICIOUS!!! I never knew of all of those different allergy free marshmallows! I would love to try those Plush Puff Marshmallows...vanilla bean...YUM!

ZackP said...

This is awesome lisa!!! Wow very impressive! and i just made Rice crispy treats last night!!! so fun! i will deff have to try these out =P