It’s hard to help someone. There’s no right answer, because, as you know, rarely are two people so alike that what works for you will work for them. That can be incredibly frustrating. You can be a good listener, or offer some advice, or pass on what you’ve learned from your own experiences, but I find that generally, it’s hard to lift someone up without that person first being inspired to do so for themselves. This can be especially hard when someone you care about it going through a hard time. I think that it confuses the people around them. It can be even more confusing when outwardly, things seem fine. You have a roof over your head, food to eat and a strong WiFi connection. What more could any human possibly want? And I suppose that’s the trick: it’s not always about wanting something else. It’s about not being able to rationalize understanding that you are a fortunate person, while at the same time, feeling off. Feeling like you are a little bit broken. I think we’ve all been in a place like that at one point in our lives or another, and perhaps the most difficult part is conveying that to those around us. Trying to get the people who love us to understand that there’s no forcing happiness, no matter how great our lives seem to be to them. It’s not about that. It’s about growing up, figuring it out and maybe even letting go. To do that, I think the most important thing is to give someone some space, and if they need help, offer it, even if what they are asking is confusing to you. It’s not always necessary to understand why someone does something or feels the way that they feel, but it is necessary to be supportive and nonjudgemental, if that’s what that person needs. Just wanted to throw that out there. Now – on to chocolate and honey and marshmallows.
I met Hannah of Little Boo Boo Bakery through a mutual friend, and her stuff is out of the world. I’m always happy to support local businesses in the area, so when I was sent a box of these spicy honey marshmallows, I was super excited to make something with them. The marshmallows are made with Bees Knees spicy honey, and wouldn’t you know it, a few weeks later, I was sent a bottle of it! It was meant2be. Armed with two artisinally made products, I was ready to make rice krispie treats good enough for an Instagram model to pretend to eat while laying in her luxe bed curled up in white sheets with a hot cup of black coffee. Can’t you see it now? Despite that nauseating mental image, these were some seriously good treats. Spicy, sweet, crunchy, chewy, chocolatey – what’s not to love? These were devoured instantly when I brought them into my office, which I will admit was at least two months ago because I’ve been busy with other projects, but whatever. It’s still rainy and cold in New York, so there’s no reason not to give yourself a pick-me-up in the form of these rice krispie treats. And hey, they don’t make bad picnic fare, either. I’m all about s’mores everything, so why not add these to my ever-growing list of s’mores inspired desserts? If you’re into varying flavors and textures, then boy, are these the thing for you.
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Inspiration: Little Boo Boo Bakery.
A bowl of deliciousness.
All you have to do is mix, then drizzle.
- 12 cups cocoa rice cereal
- 5 graham crackers, roughly crushed with your hands
- 1 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1½ bags (15 ounces) marshmallows
- 1 box (4.5 ounces) Little Boo Boo Bakery spicy honey marshmallows (you can add extra regular marshmallows if you are not going this route)
- 3-4 tablespoons Bees Knees spicy honey
- Grease and/or butter well a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Set aside. In the biggest bowl you've got, combine the cereal, crushed graham crackers and chocolate. Toss and set aside.
- In a large, heavy bottomed pot, melt your butter over medium heat until melted fully but not browned. Add in all of your marshmallows, and mix until melted, stirring often, for about 5-8 minutes, until, again, fully melted but not browned.
- When ready, use a greased spatula or spoon to pour the melted marshmallows over your cereal mixture. Mix quickly with your greased spatula or spoon to combine everything well, then pour everything into your prepared 9x13-inch casserole dish and use your hands or a utensil to press the cereal into the pan and smooth out the top.
- Drizzle your honey on top of everything, then set aside and allow the treats to cool, about 30 minutes or so, before slicing into squares. These will keep well in an airtight container or sealable bag for up to 3 days.