Turtle Krispies

Turtle KrispiesCould you tell by the title who is here today?  Anyone who knows her, has probably guessed that the Lunatic has left the Asylum in Canada and is in sunny Florida today (not for reals, but I wish!)  Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is nothing if not the Turtle Duchess.  She has taken chocolate, pecans and caramel and turned them into the most AMAZING delicacies from cheesecake to popcorn to cookies to ice cream to truffles to of all things,  apples!  She is also one of my blogging besties.  I simply adore her, from her quick wit to her sweet, sweet, sweet heart (which is why she is here on Valentine’s Day….love you more than cheese, Kim{which in my world is a lot}).  She is one of the few bloggers I actually know in person, as we met last year at Disney World at the Food Blog Forum.  We are looking forward to air hugs (in a very normal way, we both do not care much for hugs)  and many laughs again this year. If you do not know her, you are seriously missing out and you must fix that deficit in your life Right. Now.

So, with no further ado, let’s get to the turtles!

top of turtle krispies

Chocolate- check!

Caramel- check!

Pecans- check!

All piled on top of krispies treats- triple check!

I could not help myself folks. I plead insanity. The turtle gods made me do it. When Kristen told me she was hosting a month of Chocolate in celebration of Valentine’s Day I just knew I had to bring something turtley. You see, Kristen and I are good buds. Last year we blog swapped for a day and she made me Turtle Sweet Rolls. I made Reese’s Popcorn for her. Kristen knew of my crazy, stupid, love for all things turtle so she made me the sweetest turtle sweet rolls you have ever seen. Then when we met up at Food Blog Forum in Orlando she became my best friend in the whole wide world when she showed up with a gazillion dozen of her Turtle Buns for me to inhale. Which I did. Apparently the number of Turtle Buns a gal can eat before hurling on Space Mountain is about 14.5 Turtle Buns. Not that *that* happened or anything. I mean I would never pig out and eat 14.5 Turtle Buns in one sitting or anything. Pfft!Turtle Krispies

Now the magic number of Turtle Krispies you can eat before getting a tummy ache is 7 and 1/3. No lie. I checked. I do my research people. I am always here to protect and serve. Just like the law. Kim, sheriff and tummy tester extraordinaire. I like to make sure I got your back. And your tummy. So I test and test and then test some more. What a girl has to go through to look out for her peeps. All in a day’s work here at Lunie’s place. I’m kind of worried if I taste any more recipes this week I may not fit through the door way.

Meh, I can just turn sideways, it’ll be fine.

Turtle Krispies by Cravings of a Lunatic

Turtle Krispies
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Ingredients
  • Ingredients for the base:
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of butter
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows (250 g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups of Nesquik cereal
  • Ingredients for the frosting:
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • Ingredients for the caramel:
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups crushed pecans
  • ¼ to ½ cup of prepared caramel
Instructions
  1. Directions for the base:Spray a large microwave safe bowl with non-stick spray.
  2. Place butter and marshmallows in the bowl.
  3. Pop in the microwave for about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir half way through if desired.
  5. *note that marshmallows expand like crazy so use a very large bowl*
  6. Remove the bowl from the microwave and add vanilla.
  7. Give it a stir and add the Nesquik cereal.
  8. Stir like crazy until it’s combined well.
  9. In a 9 x 13 pan you have sprayed with non-stick spray, transfer the mixture and start to smooth out.
  10. I spray a spoon with lots of non-stick spray and use the back of it to smooth and press down.
  11. Allow to cool and set up.
  12. Directions for the frosting:In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate.
  13. Pop in the microwave for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  14. Check and stir every 30 seconds.
  15. Once it’s melted nicely add the nutella and stir until it’s smooth.
  16. Pour this over top of you krispies.
  17. Now toss your crushed pecans over the frosting while it’s still a bit wet.
  18. Pop the dish in the fridge.
  19. Allow to set up for at least 20 minutes, to an hour.
  20. For the caramel:In a saucepan over medium low heat, combine the sugar and water.
  21. Stir until the sugar dissolved.
  22. Try not to splash up the sides of the pan.
  23. Once the sugar is dissolved (takes about 3-ish minutes) let it continue to cook over medium low heat without stirring.
  24. You are going to watch it carefully but just let it bubble and leave it be.
  25. Do not be tempted to stir.
  26. I will swirl lightly as it starts to turn but very carefully.
  27. You just sort of swirl the pan in a circle gently.
  28. It will start to turn an amber colour.
  29. Once that happens remove from heat and drop in the butter.
  30. It will bubble up; don’t panic, it’s supposed to do that.
  31. Give it a stir or a whisk then add the cream.
  32. Again it will bubble and gurgle a bit.
  33. Whisk it until smooth.
  34. Add the vanilla and salt.
  35. Transfer to a glass measuring cup and let it cool down to room temperature before pouring over the krispies. (I usually make mine an hour or two prior. Or I have some on hand in my fridge and just microwave it as I need it.)
  36. For the topping:Once the caramel is cool and the frosting has set up nicely pour caramel over top.
  37. I usually use a honey dripper to do this.
  38. It allows just enough that it doesn’t clump.
  39. Just swirl or do lines, use your imagination.
  40. Cut into squares.
  41. Serve with a big old Lunatic smile!

Frosting recipe is from Hidden Ponies. She guested for me once and did Nutella Krispies. I fell in love with her frosting recipe and use it often. Nutella frosting may seem odd on Turtles but trust me you will dig it.

The recipe for caramel sauce is slightly adapted from Fine Cooking. I did Banana Sticky Buns once from their site and have used the caramel recipe oodles of times since. It’s wicked good.

I would like to thank Kristen so much for having me today. I cannot wait to see you in May girl. Bring your fat pants, we’re hitting every dole whip place in Disney. I am going to Dole myself into a sugar coma this time.

Thanks to everyone who visited today. I hope you have the best Valentine’s Day ever!

Toodles and Valentine smoochies! xx

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6 thoughts on “Turtle Krispies

  1. I so badly want to pretend I didnt see this because I dont need the calories – oh wait calories don’t count on valentines day right? This looks and sounds amazing!

  2. Kim is definitely the queen of the turtles. Or the turtle queen. Gee, neither one sounds quite right, but you know what I mean. I hope. ;-) Anyway, when I heart she had another turtle recipe out I had to hoof it over here to read. Never know when one might become turtle deprived, so you need every recipe you can get. And as usual, she doesn’t disappoint. Good stuff – really good stuff. Thank you!

  3. Turtle Krispies are now on my cravings list. Krispies are something that I never used to actually crave, but I could not be trusted around them if they were within reach. Now my brain finally cues my cravings when I hear the word “krispies” or even “crispy”! Gotta have these.

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