Nerds Gotta Eat: Aquaman’s Salt of the Sea Caramel Crispies

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Unlike the aquatic superhero, Fangirls, these treats must be taken seriously. They are so darn delicious, and with a little bit of tolerance for sticky things are super easy to make.  I took inspiration from Aquaman’s salty homeland, because there’s not much other uses for him, and got real fancy, sweet, & salty with a classic rice crispy treat. Someone call the Justice League, I’ve seriously created a monster.

This were fairly simple to make. It’s especially a little easier if you’ve made crispy treats before, you’ll be used to the stickiness. The clean up took longer than it did to actually make these bad boys. The result is something so delicious, so amazing, that I really don’t think Aquaman even deserves to eat one. To make them, you’ll need:

CrispyIngredsFor Caramel:
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Water
2 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
1/4 Teaspoon Coarse Salt

For Rice Crispies:
1 bag (10 oz) Marshmallows
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
6 Cups Crispy Rice Cereal

Chocolate Ganache:
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Cups Chocolate Chips

First, make the caramel. To do so, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat. Once combined, let the mixture sit over the heat, don’t stir it, until it turns a dark amber, caramel color. It started to bubble a lot and I got a little worried, this was my first time making caramel, but everything turned out as it should so I’m guess it was supposed to do that. So, it will bubble, don’t be concerned.

photo 1 (6)The color will kind of turn underneath the bubbles a little bit, but you’ll be able to tell it’s changing. I moved the bubbles around a little bit to make sure. Keep a close eye on the process because it could burn quickly and that is no fun. Once it starts turning the right color, remove it from the heat, and add in the butter, cream, and salt. Thoroughly mix that together until it’s smooth, then set it aside.

photo 2 (6)Now it’s rice crispy time, Fangirls. Start by adding the marshmallows, butter, and vanilla to a large pot. Then, over medium heat, start to melt it all down. I found it was best to keep stirring everything around. Once that’s finally all melted down, it will take a few minutes, add in your caramel sauce. Combine that all well, then start to fold in your rice crispies. I thought it would be better to do this gradually, but dumping it all in and trying to mix it quickly started to work best.

photo 3 (5)Now, once that’s combined, get ready to transfer it into a dish. I recommend a grease, 9×13 pan, but an 8×8 would work well, it depends on what you have and how you want your treats to turn on. Well grease the pan, and transfer the rice mixture into it. Press it down firmly, out into all the corners and everything. I found it was best to use my hands to pack it all down and spread it out.

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Pop that aside or in the fridge for now, because what’s delicious salty caramel without some chocolate? Chocolate ganache is the easiest, most fancy seeming dessert thing, and I’m in love with it. It takes minutes to make, and is always delicious and impressive. Simply heat up the heavy cream until it is nearly boiling, then, turn off the heat and add the chocolate. Stir, stir, stir, until it’s all melted and smooth, and you’ve got ganache!

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Bring your rice crispies back out to play, and pour the ganache over the top. Move the pan around to evenly coat the entire top. Let it sit for a few minutes, maybe 10, then sprinkle some more coarse salt all over the top. Place it the fridge and let it cool for at least two hours or until you get impatient. It’s just better to let the ganache stiffen up as much as it will, and the texture really increases how enjoyable it is.

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When it’s all ready, cut them into whatever sized squares suit your fancy, and dig in. Never before has Aquaman been somewhat part of something so fantastic. Now is his moment. But really, these treats outshine him completely. Sorry, Aquaman.

 

 

 

 

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