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Rice Krispie Squares and Tang

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“Summer of 4 Ft. 2” season 7, episode 25

The weather’s warming up and that means time for some cool new threads, making friends, and Tang!

Milhouse gives a full rundown of sprinkler varieties as Springfield Elementary waits out the last day of school. The ice cream trucks are line up as Lisa proudly unboxes the Retrospecticus, but she soon realizes no one cares about all of her hard work. As Bart signs autographs for a line of admirers, no one is signing Lisa’s book. šŸ˜¦

Flanders offers the Simpsons his beach house, and since none of the Flanders will be there, the family agrees. Bart invites Milhouse, but Lisa doesn’t have a friend to bring along. Even though Marge reassures her that she’ll make friends by being herself, eight years of being Lisa hasn’t paid off and she decides to try a different tactic. Enter cool new Lisa.

After arriving in Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport, they find a surplus of sticky notes from Ned (“put food in me”). Lisa declares she didn’t pack anything, so they have to go buy some cool new clothes. She resists the library and finds some kids under the dock, one of which sounds a lot like Christina Ricci. Bart and Milhouse spy them hanging out and Bart tries to impress them on his skateboard before getting summarily rejected. He ends up stuck playing Mystery Date with his parents and poindexter and he isn’t happy about it.

The gang comes to hang over with Lisa at the beach house, unintentionally rejecting Marge’s Rice Krispie squares and Tang, as Homer buys illegal fireworks and sets one off in the dishwasher. Bart complains that Lisa’s new friends that should be his friends and retaliates by showing off the school yearbook. Revealed as a nerd, Lisa runs away crying.

Lisa is furious with Bart and they take it out on each other at a carnival. Bart feels bad, and Lisa is despondent that she can’t seem to make friends…until she finds out that her new buds decorated the family car and they accept just the way she is.

Let’s get back to Marge’s snack tray! I’ve made Rice Krispie treats on here before (or, rather, one giant Rice Krispie treat) and I thought it’d be fun to put a different twist on the classic dessert. Why not combine the two to make Tang Rice Krispie squares? I’m here to tell you that it’s a delicious idea and you should do it. Serve the orange-flavored treats with a big pitcher of more Tang to your cool kids.

Tang Rice Krispie Squares
Serves 16

4 tablespoons salted butter
1 (10-ounce) bag mini marshmallows
6 cups rice cereal
2 to 3 tablespoons Tang
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

  1. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir to melt.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the cereal, Tang, and orange zest (if using) and stir well until the cereal is completely coated and the mixture is a uniform light orange color.
  4. Add the mixture to the prepared pan and spread out evenly, pressing to form a flat, even square.
  5. Let cool until room temperature before using a greased knife to cut into squares.

Note: For a more creamsicle-like, lighter flavor, use 2 tablespoons Tang. For a stronger Tang flavor, use 3 tablespoons.

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