Rice Krispies Treats are a sweet dessert or snack made from Rice Krispies, melted butter or margarine, and melted marshmallows. Sometimes marshmallows and/or cereal that is seasonal is used to make these treats holiday-specific. While they can be made at home, they can be purchased in stores, usually packaged under the Rice Krispies brand. Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by Mildred Day and the staff at the Kellogg Company home economics department as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls. There are many variations to the treat adding caramel instead of marshmallows, adding condensed milk to the mixture before adding the Rice Krispies, using corn syrup and peanut butter, adding chocolate chips, nuts, flavoring agents, M&M's and others. Chocolate crackles are a similar item.
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