Product: Gluten-Free Rice Krispies – $3.99+
Snap. Crackle. Pop.
You remember growing up with Rice Krispies, right? From a cereal that “talks” to those delicious, marshmallow-y treats that mom made, Rice Krispies are engrained as a delicious part of growing up. And I loved them. Even as an adult, I devoured the cereal. But when I had to go gluten-free, like most of my cereals, Rice Krispies had to drop off my radar.
But then, Kellogg’s did something brilliant. They did something amazingly smart and great for their brand. They developed gluten-free Rice Krispies. And the first time I saw these on the shelves at the grocery store, I had to do my best to resist purchasing them. The only reason for that is my grocery stores sell that at over $4.15/box. When I wandered into department store that also had groceries (Wal-Mart, folks, don’t judge! I am on a tight budget!), I found it at $3.99 and it came home with me.
So, what was the first thing I did with these little puffs of rice? I made gluten-free Rice Krispie Treats, of course. And, since I’m also a vegetarian, I used Marshmallow Creme instead of marshmallows. But, naturally in the baking process, I had to swipe a few puffs to taste on their own.
These Rice Krispies are made out of whole grain brown rice and are made minus the barley malt (which is the source of gluten in original Rice Krispies). What I found was these little puffs of rice were less sweet than the original brand. But they were still very full of flavor and in no way bland.
As for how the vegetarian and gluten-free Rice Krispie Treats turned out…well…they were fantastic. Chewy, gooey, soft with that initial crunch…and safe for someone like me to eat. The perfect (and easy) dessert to make.
With the leftover cereal in the box, I used it as my breakfast cereal. And it brought a smile to my face when I poured my almond milk over it and the cereal began its signature snapping, crackling, and popping. I had to carry it over to my roommate to let her listen. Yeah, sounds stupid, but I was really that happy about it.
I wish more companies would take on the task of creating a gluten-free version of their cereals (Cheerios, are you listening?). This 12oz box (YES! You get the same size box of gluten-free cereal as you do the regular…what a concept!) brought me so much joy and made me able to not only eat a cereal from my past, but whip up a delicious dessert that was safe for me to eat and that I could share with others. I mean, everyone loves Rice Krispie Treats, yeah?
Don’t fall into a cereal slump. When Kellogg’s developed and produced this product, they did the gluten-free community a favor. A product of my childhood, now children who could never before eat actual Rice Krispies (gluten-free knock-offs are all around!) now get their day in the sun. So, fill a bowl, pour on your milk of choice, and have a conversation with your cereal again. For old time’s sake.