This is one of THOSE recipes. In halloween terms: killer and devilishly good. Not exactly a looker, so I jazzed them up with some icing spiders. In case you are wondering, it is not easy to pipe icing on the uneven surface of a krispie treat, but I am compulsive in that department so I did it anyway.
This recipe I adapted from the Ivy Bake Shoppe cookbook. I cut back considerably on the amount of butter used and it tastes just as good.
Caramel krispie bar
1 14 oz bag caramels or caramel bits (the greatest invention EVER)
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 stick butter (I used 3 tbsp.)
1 1/2 sticks butter divided (I used about 4 tbsp. total)
10 cups miniature marshmallows divided
10 cups rice cereal divided
Place caramel, milk, and butter in bowl and microwave 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
Melt half the butter (in my case that was 2 tbsp.) with half the marshmallows. Add half the rice cereal and spread into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan (I made two 9 x 13 pans with one recipe and I liked the thickness plus you get twice as many treats). Spread caramel mixture on top. Chill. Repeat with second layer of rice cereal mix. Chill till firm. If you are compulsive about decorating everything like I am, add icing spiders.
These are incredibly rich even with the butter cut down, so cut into small pieces. This is one of my kids' favorite treats (and mine too). They are going to the football team this week and if they win this next game, they will be division champions! Go Devils!