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When I say, “Rice Krispie Treats” what comes to mind?

If you’re American you immediately picture a tasty, addictive,  marshmallow and rice cereal square. If you’re in Ireland you imagine something different. Such was my predicament a few years ago when, for my older daughter’s mid-week birthday, I sent her to school with a batch of…you guessed it…American Rice Krispie Treats. We weren’t in the classroom door five minutes when one little darling shouted out, “These aren’t Rice Krispie Buns! There’s no chocolate!!”

Hmmm…chocolate?

Yes, it turns out in Ireland our beloved Rice Krispie Treats, correctly called Rice Krispie Buns, are a delicious mixture of melted chocolate and rice cereal.

Flash forward to present day…earlier this week (can that be a flash-forward?)…Monday to be exact. My sweet third-grader asked me to speak to her class on all things Saint Patrick and Irish. With her direction, I brushed up on my edited-version of Irish history and Saint Patrick and prepared a 30-minute presentation. But what’s a presentation without a snack? Not much if you’re in third grade (third class or KG3 for my Irish readers).

Wanting our Irish-talk to be about all things Irish, my daughter and I decided to make…you guessed it…Irish Rice Krispie Buns. Together we measured and melted the chocolate and added the cereal. In a matter of minutes we were done and well on our way to taste-testing. Can I get a “yummmmm”?

The talk on Saint Patrick and Ireland went well. My youngest daughter and I are turning the talk into a children’s book and will start submitting it to publishers in the coming weeks. If we’re lucky enough to get it published we’ll let you know. In the meantime, whip up a batch of these tasty Irish Rice Krispie Bun Treats…they’re simple and delicious.

Irish Rice Krispie Bun Treats

Makes approximately 30-35 Treats

4oz/113g good quality semi-sweet or milk chocolate
3 cups/75g/3oz Rice Krispie Cereal

Directions

1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a glass or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering, but not boiling, water.

2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Put 30-35 mini muffin cases on the baking tray in preparation of adding the mixed treats.

3. Gradually add the Rice Krispies to the melted chocolate and stir well to ensure the cereal is completely coated with chocolate.

4. Spoon a heaped teaspoon into each mini muffin case.

5. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and allow to cool completely before serving.

Note: For a nice Irish-American twist, add a cup of mini-marshmallows to the chocolate covered rice cereal and mix well. For an Irish surprise, top the treats with colourful Smarties (M&M’s).

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For all you Dear Readers who really don’t give a toss about whether your St. Patrick’s Day food, decorations and traditions are Irish or not this blog is for you! The following are among the best ideas I’ve found on the web to make your Paddy’s Day a festive one.

1. It’s Easy Being Green! 36+ St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for any Budget! on How Does She? – http://www.howdoesshe.com/its-easy-being-green-40-st-patricks-day-ideas-for-any-budget. Alison, Shelley and Missy are the Founders of How Does She? and their site is “all about the concept of gathering inspirational women together”. How Does She? has loads of adorable ideas and free printables for St. Patrick’s Day.

2. Guinness Float with Coffee Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Salty Peanuts and Chocolate Syrup on thefader.com – https://www.thefader.com/2012/03/06/five-spring-treats-to-make-right-now/3/.  This recipe/story by Alex Frank, with yummy-looking photography by Alex Yen, and styling assistance by Hannah Schmitz, is enough to make me forget that I don’t enjoy the taste of Guinness and give this recipe a try. Could be a crowd pleaser for adults.

3. 17 Days of Irish Love on the Tiny Tiarahttp://tinytiaraparties.wordpress.com/?s=St.+Patrick%27s+Day. Nicola’s sweet site features ideas from across the internet and has one idea a day for the 17 days in March leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re planning a family party or having friends with children over, this site will surely give you some great decorating ideas.

4. St. Patrick’s Day Party Dessert Tablehttp://blowoutparty.com/blog/2011/02/st-patricks-day-party-dessert-table/. Nothing could be easier than a dessert party if you’re having friends over after Mass or the parade on St. Patrick’s Day. Cute and simple…what could be better?

5. St. Patrick’s Day Eviteshttp://new.evite.com/content/ideas/st-patricks-day. There’s still time to send a quick (and green) invitation to family and friends over the internet. Check out Evite.com’s Paddy’s Day designs. With more than fifteen to choose from, you’ll definitely find one to suit your event.

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