Here we are in month seven of what feels like an accelerated year. It may be the fact that I keep myself so occupied, but I feel like 2021 is in warp speed. Between CCC, Kaleidoscope Sprinkles (my Sprinkle Mix company), my travel blog and being a full-time physician, it seems like these days are flying by. I hope every one had a chance to celebrate and enjoy their Juneteenth. (Check out how I celebrated here). Juneteenth is the time where I and my ancestors celebrate our true emancipation.
July 4th doesn’t hold the same weight to myself or my community, so I decided to change its name and its meaning. In the Sex and the City episode ‘A Women’s Right to Shoes,’ Carrie addresses the realization that single independent women don’t get enough reasons to celebrate. This year I came up with the concept of celebrating my fabulous independent self from here on out on Fourth of July. I honestly work extremely hard and deserve to celebrate myself as should you!
For my Independent Day I am doing whatever I want and eating whatever I want with no shame. I decided I wanted to make some nostalgic cereal bars but upgraded like myself. These cereals bars are made with delicious brown butter and one of my favorite childhood cereals. I then topped the cereal bars off with candy melts and of course Kaleidoscope Sprinkles CREED Sprinkle Mix. I promise you these cereal bars are worthy of their own celebration.
Check out the recipe and step by step video below.
1 cup unsalted butter
10 oz. marshmallows
6 cups of crispy rice cereal
5 cups of crunch berry flavored cereal
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Butter will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir butter frequently, scraping up any bits from the bottom as you do. Be sure to continue to keep your eye on it because it can burn very fast!
As soon as the butter takes on a nutty brown color, turn the heat off and stir in the vanilla extract, salt and marshmallows. The residual heat from the melted butter should be enough to melt the marshmallows, but if it is not, turn heat back on low until the marshmallows are smooth and completely melted.
Remove the saucepan from the stove and transfer contents to a large bowl. Add cereal to the bowl. Fold cereal into marshmallows until combined well and all the cereal is sticky. Spread into buttered 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish. Use butter hands and press cereal bars into dish firmly and evenly into the edges and corners.
Let bars cool in refrigerator for about 45 minutes, or until completely cooled and set.
Once cereal bars have cooled, melt candy melts on stove or microwave following package directions. Drizzle candy melts onto cereal bars. Sprinkle CREED Sprinkle Mix on top of cereal bars. Cut bars into 3″ squares, make stars or eat it straight out the dish.
Devour and enjoy!!