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Toasted rice cereal, such as Kellogg's Rice Krispies, is made of refined rice, mostly carbohydrates and without fiber.  It is fortified, however, and contains significant contributions of vitamins and minerals.  While the classic toasted-rice/marshmallow recipe adds only sugar and a little fat, this recipe offers additional nutrition and flavor.  It certainly beats plain candy.

Crisp Rice Candy Squares

3 tablespoons butter or margarine (not lite or reduced calorie!)
1 pkg. (10oz.) regular OR 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1 cup pecan or walnut pieces
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate bits
cooking spray (optional)

Break or chop nuts into pieces about the size of the chocolate bits. (Note #1)  Mix rice cereal, raisins, nuts and chocolate bits.   Butter a spatula or a piece of waxed paper.   Spray a baking pan at least 13 X 9 inches square (or butter it thoroughly).

Melt butter or margarine in a very large saucepan over low heat. (Note #2)  Add marshmallows and stir until complete melted.  Remove from the heat.  Add cereal mix and stir until well mixed. 

Using the spatula or waxed paper, immediately press mixture into  the baking pan.    (Note #3)

When cool, cut into 2 inch squares. 

Note #1:   Never give nuts or large nut chunks to a child under 3.  If this candy may be consumed by a small child, chop the nuts much finer.

Note #2:   If you have a large non-stick pan, its use will make this operation easier.

Note #3:   For a Halloween treat, immediately press a candy corn piece in a grid pattern so one will end up on each candy when it's cut.

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