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It started at what I thought was a brilliant idea. I’m Spring Cleaning my cupboards, transferring all the baking goods from bags and boxes to plastic containers. I would have fewer dried goods to transfer if I made a small batch of Krispie squares. I would use up a bag of mini marshmallows and a box of cereal!

So I melted the margarine in the microwave and tossed the marshmallows in it. I threw it in the microwave and walked away. Did you know that marshmallows can explode? I know eggs can explode, especially hard-boiled eggs in the shell (no, I wasn’t the one who tried this – I’m just the one who had to clean it up!), and microwavable buttered popcorn can fly when there’s a hole in the bag. But I’ve never seen marshmallows fly…

These marshmallows had to be “industrial strength” no-name marshmallows because they wouldn’t melt. I put them in for one minutes and tried to stir them…they were a sticky blob. I put them in for another minute…I put them in for another minute (we’re up to 3 minutes if your math is as bad as mine). These marshmallows were starting to look like they could come to life, like some kind of cheesy black and white monster movie! I feel like I’m part of the plotline from the 1958 Steve McQueen movie, “The Blob”: “An alien life form resembling a giant blob of jelly, consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows”.

By this point, I’ve moved beyond slightly perplexed to very annoyed (and a little afraid). I learned how to make these squares when I was barely a teenager (OK, stove-top method) and I have made them oodles of time with my kids…

…so I added the cereal. I know, I should have heated the marshmallows longer, but come on? They should have melted in 45 seconds and I had kitchen cupboards to clean! I started to stir….the cereal won’t stir in. It’s just kind of sticking to the outside of this solid, gelatinous mass of monster-movie proportions. It’s hideous! I grabbed a steak knife…if not for self-defence, then perhaps to cut “The Blob” into smaller chunks to combine the cereal with it.

I managed to press the Blob into a greased pan and crush it into submission. Hubby managed to cut a piece…on a cutting board…with the pizza cutter. While it’s colourful and pretty tasty, it’s very chewy, like taffy. And I’m still a little worried – it could still take its revenge…

“Indescribable…Indestructible…Nothing can stop it!”