Those who know me well know that I don't dig on blue food. In fact my distaste for it caused Percy Jackson fans to turn on me in droves.
But this Halloween, I actually cooked with a blue (ish) food. I made a delicious Halloween treat with Boo Berry cereal. Though like most allegedly blue foods, Boo Berry is purple. There are some blue marshmallows in there.
Count Chocula, Frakenberry and Boo Berry cereals were a staple of my childhood and my husband gets excited every year at Halloween time when they make their return to the cereal shelves.
This year for my Halloween party, I decided to turn all three of these childhood favorites into cereal bars. I did not really eat Boo Berry as a kid, I leaned towards the Count and his chocolatey goodness.
This would work with about any of your favorite cereals. It's the basic recipe for Rice Krispies treats. Sub the cereal of your choice or mix and match at will.
This dish consists of three ingredients: cereal, marshmallows and butter.
You'll need six cups of cereal, a 16 ounce bag of marshmallows (about 40 marshmallows) and 3 tablespoons of butter.
You can either butter or spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray. You could also line it with parchment paper, which I find to be a neater solution.
Put 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pot to melt.
Dump in the bag of marshmallows and melt together over low heat, stirring constantly.
Measure out 6 cups of cereal. Make sure to use dry measure cup.
It should only take a few minutes for the butter and marshmallows to melt nicely.
Turn off the heat and add the cereal.
Mix it together thoroughly.
Immediately dump the mixture in the greased or parchment-lined pan.
You can press it down with a greased spoon, thoroughly greased hands, plastic wrap or wear thoroughly buttered food service gloves like I did to press it all down.
Leave this to set for a few hours. In this case, I did the exact same thing with the Frakenberry and Count Chocula.
You could also stir in nuts, dried fruit or coconut. I'd be careful with things like chocolate chips or peanut butter. They could melt and change the consistency of the bars.
Once they are set, I pull out the parchment paper and cut the bars with a serrated knife.
I served these bars on platters in front of the cereal boxes for my Halloween party. I like how it looks like the characters on the boxes are reaching for the treats.
Who can blame them? The chocolate ones are still my favorites. And the blue ones.... well even through they are purple... they are still blue.
I will leave those for my husband to enjoy.