As an ambassador for Rice Krispies and TheMotherhood I am trying to come up with some new versions of Rice Krispies Treats. Hubby recorded some video of me making these last night, but the video was a fail on many levels (not Hubby’s fault). Maybe on the next recipe I’ll have video too!

The inspiration for this was actually Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad – you know the one with the marshmallows, coconut, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and such? Everyone seems to have their own variation. Grandma used to always have this at Easter dinner. The coconut was a no brainer to include in the recipe, and the marshmallows, well they are part of the original Rice Krispies Treats recipe even. The Mandarin oranges were a bit more of a challenge though – I didn’t find any dried ones and the canned or fresh just wouldn’t hold up I don’t think. I did find dried pineapple and then some dried mango. That is how it turned into Tropical Rice Krispies Treats instead of Ambrosia Rice Krispies Treats.

Hubby, Taylor, JK (my son’s friend), and I all tried these last night. Hubby did not like them, but he doesn’t like coconut so we weren’t surprised, he rated them a 2 out of 10. Taylor thought they were ok, but not fantastic and game them a 6 rating. JK and I both liked them more and gave them a 7 out of 10. They were a bit chewier than what I would have liked. I think more experimentation could bump them up higher though.

Tropical Rice Krispies TreatsTropical Rice Krispies Treats

3 Tbsp butter or margarine
10 oz marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple
1/2 cup chopped dried mango
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 tsp salt
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Cooking spray

Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Next add in your marshmallows and stir until melted completely. Next add in your fruits, coconut, and salt and stir well. Then add in your cereal and mix until well coated. Now put mixture into 9×13 pan and use waxed paper to press the mixture down firmly and evenly into the pan. Cool. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Disclosure: I am working with Rice Krispies and TheMotherhood.com on this project and have received a stipend and supplies to participate.