When I first started this job as an English teacher, you are supposed to bring a present to each school you teach at, usually some kind of snack or dessert. Because I left the chocolates I bought from the states in a hotel refrigerator in Tokyo (oh no…still not angry about this one), I decided it would be easy, cheap, and very impressive to make some rice krispy treats! I only owned a frying pan at that point.
The following recipe is easily adapted to cooking classes for elementary school students. Mike’s Blender is a great review site of all things Japan, and has a very cute Christmas version that worked well for 5/6th graders. It can also be adapted for Valentine’s day if you have a handy heart-shaped pan!
Rice krispy treats
Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 5-10 (depending on size)
Budget for ingredients: ¥800
1/2 T butter + 100 g butter
160 g marshmallows *
4-6 cups puffy rice cereal
* Note: Marshmallows are usually sold in packs of 80 g in Daiso.
1. Grease heart-shaped pan with 1/2 T butter.
2. Melt rest of the butter in a pan on medium high heat until it browns.
2. Turn off heat and mix in marshmallows until they are smooth.
3. Add cereal and mix thoroughly.
4. Use spatula to press cereal into heart shaped pan. Let cool for 5 minutes, then slice and serve!