Nov 072011
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Earlier this fall, I invited some friends to the apartment for a Badger Game Day get together.  The Badgers may have blasted Nebraska on game day, but it is possible that two other attractions were the stars of the Game Day show at THS Headquarters.

1. Benson.  Everyone loves snuggling with the little kitten.  Just ask Emily and Alicia.  


2. The food. [Shocking, I know.]
Somehow, both Nicholas and myself failed to get a photo of the entire spread, but our cameras are filled with the photos we took testing the kitchen lighting moments before I finished putting the dishes on the table.  Oops. Here’s a photo of some of the delicious food we served at the party.


The menu consisted of many blogstar recipes, all of which come highly recommended.


I spent the majority of the morning preparing for the party, cleaning and cooking up a storm and was very thankful to have Nicholas over to help.  He even managed to make a specialized gluten free treat for our Gluten Free friend, April.


 Explosion of Flavor
Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Treats
Makes approx 12 2-inch squares


  • 1 box gluten free Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice cereal (we used Erewhon – one of my favorite GF brands!)
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 5 oz plain flavored marshmallows
  • 5 oz fancy caramel & vanilla flavored marshmallows, (we used Kraft Jet-Puffed SwirlMallows Carmel & Vanilla – a guilty pleasure treat I’ve been crazy about all year!)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract



  • Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch dish.
  • Melt margarine in a large sauce pan on the stove top, over medium high heat.
  • When margarine is melted, turn heat to low and add plain mallows.  Stir until melted.
  • Repeat with the caramel vanilla mallows.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in extracts.
  • Gently stir in rice cereal, coating with marshmallow mixture.
  • Pour mixture into prepared dish.  Use a buttered spatula or fingers to press rice cereal down into pan as evenly as possible. 
  • Allow to cool and cut into 12 pieces.


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  18 Responses to “Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Treats”

  1. Yum tastes like happy childhood memories! 🙂

  2. WOW – that is definitely one party I would have liked to attend! I can’t imagine all that delicious food in one space! 🙂

  3. It looks like you know how to throw a party! All the food looks delicious.

  4. Hehe.. Benson is my maiden name. That Benson up there is cuuuuute.Wow–what an amazing spread you had. And quite the fun spin on my cookies. Yumm! xoxoxo

    • Your cookies were SUCH a hit. As a matter of fact, I wish I had some right now to cure this sugar craving I’m currently facing.

      Benson is a good name! My little Benson is named after Doug Benson, one of my most FAVORITE comedians.

      • I knew we got along for more reasons than one. I LOVE doug benson. Have seen him here live a couple times– he’s so funny. Love his podcasts, too. Fun fact: my brother’s name is also Doug benson!

  5. wow, i am impressed by your spread of food! it all looks delicious! 🙂

  6. All the food looks delicious.I really want to try to eat all this food..Thanks for sharing..

    • and thank you for reading. 🙂 It was all SUPER yummy, but I am currently craving some of that buffalo chicken dip and the chocolate chip cookie dough dip. SO TASTY!

  7. Now I’m on a mission to find those caramel and vanilla swirl marshmallows, they sound to good to be true!

  8. I loved this football party. The company was fun and I was actually able to follow the football game! Thank you for thinking of me and making me the gluten free rice crispies they were to die for! The left overs I brought home were not left over for long. You’re a great hostess Heather!

  9. […] treats when gluten free friends are joining us for a party.  Nick made an awesome batch of Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Treats with a vanilla caramel twist and I have my eyes peeled for those pumpkin spice marshmallows I heard […]

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