Top Chef Desserts is a popular "reality" show that pits chefs against each other in the dessert category (for the 3 people who couldn't tell from the name). A recent episode featured a Bake Sale challenge. Unlike earlier episodes, the winner was determined by the highest number of the items sold at a real high school bake sale. While a few of the contestants made over-the-top gourmet items, because they are, after all, top chef wannabees, the winning dessert was that ol' comfort food, Rice Crispies Treats. True, this particular Treat contained peanut butter, Nutella and chocolate frosting (extraneous ingredients which gilded the lily as far as I'm concerned). But it was a Rice Crispies Treat! Woo-hoo! IMHO nature's most perfect dessert!
Rice Crispies Treats are so awesome that youngerSon had me make a gigantic Treat as his bar mitzvah cake. I decorated it with his rock-climbing theme (the climber on the right is worthy of Cake Wrecks, no?).
The normally wonderfully plain perfectly goodness that is The Treat has only 3 ingredients, 4 if you count cooking spray (which I do not). Yet pre-fab Treats fly off the supermarket shelves like they were the most complicated thing in the world to make. Several years ago, a commercial explained how easy it is to make Treats, although the actual "how to" part was omitted.
You can use large marshmallows to make Treats, but mini-marshmallows melt faster (more surface area exposed to heat. I listened in class, kiddies!)
When I make Treats, they almost never make it to the cooled-off stage. The kids and I (and by "kids and I" I mean mostly "I") polish off a tray while the melted marshmallow is still melty and sticky. I've heard that Treats also taste good at room temperature.