I’m so glad I found this old recipe card.
Sometimes all it takes for me to get excited about making a recipe on an old recipe card is seeing the name at the top. That’s exactly the case with Moose on the Loose. It’s not something I had ever heard of or could find any information on, which made the cooking adventure all that much more exciting. It turns out to be a no-bake treat with a whole lot going on, like a Rice Krispy Treat on steroids. And it’s good, real good.
This card came to me through the Recipe Tin Project, which is a project where I cook my way through an old recipe tin full of vintage recipes. But you might have already guessed that. It’s chock full of old recipe cards, most of which seem to be from the ’60s and ’70s, though some are older. I love food history, and the idea is to breathe new life into these recipes from the past and maybe learn a technique or two from them along the way. The recipes come from different people with different handwriting; some have sweet illustrations while others are on plain (often smudged and stained) index cards.
This one is on a sort of makeshift index card cut out of plain paper in a 3×5-inch size. It says “Loraine” at the top in black ink but the rest is in lovely bright blue cursive. The ingredients are thorough, the instructions are clear — so this one was easy going! (That can’t be said for all the recipe cards. Some have no instructions at all!)
The first step is to melt peanut butter and “candy quick” in a saucepan over low heat. Candy quick or almond bark is a vanilla flavored candy coating. Either will work.
The recipe called for a half cup of peanut butter but I accidentally misread it and added a full cup. Everything still worked out fine, even if it was a little more peanutty!
Once those have melted together, you add in two cups each of Rice Krispies cereal, peanut butter Cap’n Crunch cereal, and mini marshmallows.
It’s A LOT. So stir carefully.
But eventually you’ll get all those goodies coated in peanut butter-candy goodness.
Then you just drop them by the spoonful onto some waxed paper and let them sit until they harden up.
They’re a handheld little treat that melts onto your fingertips a bit, which isn’t the worst thing in the world because then you get to lick it off. The coating is a creamy subtle peanut butter flavor, which is to say it’s delicious. They have the same vibe as a Rice Krispy Treat, with less of the marshmallow pull and a lot more crunch. They’re great!
Recipe Tin Project: Moose on the Loose
Yields 50 candies
5m prep time
10m cook time
- 1 (24 oz) package candy quick or almond bark
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 2 cups peanut butter Cap'n Crunch cereal
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- Place candy quick and peanut butter in a saucepan on low heat and warm until melted, stirring often.
- Add the nuts, the two cereals, the marshmallows and stir to combine.
- Drop by the spoonful onto waxed paper. Let set until hard. Enjoy!