I am completely and utterly a product of convenience.
Growing up, my family rarely made home-cooked meals, and I don’t have fond memories (or well, any memories) of rolling out sugar cookies and baking pies with grandparents. If we’re being honest, I ate fast-food at least five days a week, and lived exclusively on snack food.
Now, this isn’t a bad thing by any means. It eventually created my desire to learn how to cook since I got sick of memorizing the McDonald’s menu or having the Carl’s Jr people know my order by heart. Your mom made homemade lasagna? That’s fantastic, but did it come with a free toy? Didn’t think so. #winning
Anyway, growing up I do have fond memories of staying at my grandma’s heavily-air-conditioned house during the summer while my parents worked. In between doing flips off of the diving board and watching Scooby Doo on Cartoon Network, I would sneak into the kitchen and into her bottom cupboard where she housed the good stuff: Circus Animal Cookies (sparking this incident), Cosmic Brownies, Twinkies, Nutty Bars, and the like. I’d grab handfuls of different sweet snack cakes and scurry back into the den where my brother and I played and feasted on sugar.
Since we didn’t do the grocery shopping, I was completely unaware of the amazingness of Star Crunch. But one day, my grandma dragged us kids along and lo and behold, there it was: the long, rectangular box housing little plastic packages of crunchy caramel krispies coated in creamy milk chocolate. I was instantly in awe and begged her for a box to try. Soon after my first bite, it became a favorite. So making my own was kind of a no-brainer. I mean, I already recreated many of my childhood favorites. Star Crunch was inevitable. It was written in the universe, you could say. I saw it in my stars. I… will shut up now. And then when Averie made it, well, it kinda sealed the deal.
Now, why am I calling these “Galactic Crunch” rather than “Star Crunch”? Well, while purchasing the ingredients for this glorious treat, I stumbled upon the Simply Caramel Milky Way candy bars and knew I would make these with those. Milky Ways + Star Crunch = a pretty galactic dessert, if you ask me. Thus, this slightly out-of-this-world treat was born.
You’ll want to eat these for like, infinity and beyond.
- 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 small bag Milky Way Simply Caramel snack-sized candy bars
- 1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark
- Sprinkles, if desired
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper and set aside. Meanwhile, unwrap all the Milky Way candies and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the candies in the microwave on high power for about 30 seconds, then stir. Continue melting the candy bars in increments of 30 seconds, stirring in between to prevent burning, until mostly melted.
- Add in the butter and the bag of mini marshmallows and microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds again until marshmallows are puffy and have melted. Lightly stir the marshmallow and candy bar mixture to combine.
- Add the cereal into the bowl and gently stir to coat.
- Grease your hands with butter or cooking spray and carefully grab fistfuls of the cereal mixture. Form into compact patties and place the patties onto the prepared baking sheet. If the mixture is too hot, allow it to cool slightly before forming; however, it’s best to work quickly before the cereal can set in the bowl. Allow the patties to set for a couple hours at room temperature, or for about 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Melt the Candiquik according to package directions. Dip each patty into the chocolate, coating completely. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then return to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with sprinkles, if you’d like. Eat!!
Seriously, my love for Star Crunch knows no bounds. Since I’m a Krispy Treat fanatic, it has that similar texture and taste of a gooey crispy treat, but with that addition of creamy, salty caramel and that glorious blanket of milky chocolate. Crispy, crunchy, gooey, chewy.. these crunch snacks will definitely bring back fond memories of hoarding snack cakes in your grandma’s den. And sprinkles add a fun, modern touch to this classic treat.