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Chocolate Frosted Rice Krispies Treats and my Cousin Marianne

Posted by Denise on September 23, 2012

chocolate frosted rice krispies treats on light blue plate
Chocolate buttercream frosting covers crispy rice treats.


We lost my cousin, Marianne, this week after a valiant two-year struggle with cancer. Sadly, if Marianne had been a less giving person she might have survived this ordeal by being diagnosed sooner. You see, Marianne has always been the kind of person who is There (with a capital “T”) for the people she loves, so when her father’s health was declining, she readily, happily and lovingly pitched in to help my aunt with his care. Between work, family and other obligations it was pretty easy to ignore the spot on her leg that worried her a little. She kept putting off going to the doctor to have it checked out.

My uncle’s health got progressively worse and about two years ago, he lost his battle and passed on. Soon afterwards, Marianne made the doctor’s appointment and after a battery of tests discovered that the spot on her leg was malignant and the nearby lymph nodes were involved. Marianne had melanoma.

Initially, treatments appeared to be working and for most of the past two years Marianne fought with all of her considerable will to beat the cancer. Fortunately she was able to mostly do what she wanted during this time, spending lots of time with those she loved the most, her family and friends.

Unfortunately over the past several months Marianne’s health took a turn for the worse. Then, with an abruptness that left us breathless, several weeks ago her health nose-dived leaving her in great pain and with little hope. The cancer had spread seemingly everywhere. Still she fought on and for a time or two hope flared only to be snuffed out with more bad news. These past two weeks Marianne’s family took turns staying in the hospital with her 24 hours each day as she slipped further and further away until she was gone. Marianne was 53 years old.

In Marianne’s memory we are bringing you an improvement on a classic treat. Marianne was always doing thoughtful things for others. My mom discovered Marianne’s Chocolate Frosted Rice Krispies Treats when she brought them to a family gathering years ago. When Marianne found out how much Mom loved them, it became a special “thing” between the two of them. Although they live nearly 300 miles apart, Marianne would make up a batch and surprise Mom with them when they saw each other. The latest time was last summer. Our Uncle Bion, Mom’s and Marianne’s mom’s brother, had died and Mom arranged the memorial service. After the service when everyone else left to make their long drives home, Mom finished up at the church and headed to her car in the parking lot. Tired and sad, she opened her car door…and immediately smelled Marianne’s Chocolate Frosted Rice Krispies Treats. Marianne had made a batch the night before, got up before dawn to make the trip with her mom and carted the treats to the church to surprise Mom when Marianne knew she would be feeling her lowest. It was as welcome as a warm hug and made Mom feel a little better when she discovered the care package of treats.

In honor of all of the wonderful memories we have of Marianne, all the sweet things she did for other people, how we laughed so much whenever we were together, how we would finish each other’s sentences no matter how long it had been since we had seen each other, how she lived for the times she got to spend with her kids and grandkids, how family and friends were everything to her and how incredibly much she will be missed, I want you to make a batch of Chocolate Frosted Rice Krispies Treats for someone you care about or even someone you know who could use a kind gesture. Marianne will be smiling. And please, make a doctor’s appointment to get checked over if you haven’t done so in a while.


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Chocolate Frosted

Rice Krispies Treats


 rice krispies treats ingredients

 Rice Krispies Treats ingredients, only 3.



Chocolate frosting ingredients

Chocolate frosting ingredients.



Makes 20 - 2” square servings

* Use fresh marshmallows or they will not melt properly.

Note: if you want thicker bars, use a 9”x9” square pan and halve the frosting recipe.




For the bars:


tablespoons butter


10 oz. package marshmallows (about 40 regular sized or 4 cups miniature ones)


cups Rice Krispies cereal or other crispy rice cereal


For the chocolate frosting:


cup butter (2 sticks)


cup cocoa powder (baking cocoa, not hot chocolate mix)


cups powdered sugar


teaspoons vanilla extract


cup milk, added 1 tablespoon at a time







For the bars:


1.     Butter or cover with cooking spray the bottom and sides of a 9’ x 13” cake pan. Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Remove from the heat.


I hold the butter in the wrapper to butter the pan.


rice krispies treats melting butter

Melting butter in pan.


melting marshmallows for rice krispies treats   marshmallows melted and ready to go

Adding and melting marshmallows in pan.



2.     Either add crispy rice cereal to the pan or add the melted marshmallows to a bowl with the rice cereal and stir well to coat the cereal with the marshmallow mixture. When well combined, pour the entire batch into the buttered cake pan. Using either your fingers coated in butter or a piece of waxed paper, lightly pat the cereal mixture into the pan evenly. Let cool.


                rice krispies treats in cake pan



For the frosting:


3.     Place the butter, cocoa powder and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and beat on low to incorporate the ingredients together. Once well mixed, add all of the vanilla extract and the milk, one tablespoon at a time, while mixing everything until the frosting reaches a good spreadable consistency. If it gets too liquid, add more powdered sugar a little at a time. If it is too thick, add more milk a little bit at a time until it is right for spreading.


chocolate frosting adding cocoa to powdered sugar


mixing chocolate frosting




4.     Once the bars are cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top. Cut the finished bars into squares or rectangles and serve. **The bars can be frozen without the frosting if they are well wrapped. Allow to thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours before frosting them.



frosted rice krispies treats 



chocolate frosted rice krispies treats on dark blue plate 


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