Posted by: Deana | July 2, 2010

Phyllis’ Krispies

I can’t think of the fourth of July without certain desserts coming to mind.  And since this year Z and I are celebrating with two other friends and their son, as opposed to the large group my family celebrated with growing up, I have to limit my dessert menu for the day.  I’ll do a post on fruit pizza later, as that’s the dessert I’ll be making this year.  But I can’t think of eating on the 4th of July without thinking about Nana’s dessert, “Phyllis’ Crispies.”  (I’m not sure who Phyllis is, perhaps a friend of Nana’s.)

Our family friend’s have grandparents, Nana and Papa, that they have happily share with our family for as long as I can remember.  They live on a house on Day Island, arguably the most wonderful place in the Tacoma-area to live (my mom would love to buy a house down there on the beach when she and Dad retire).  And our family’s 4th of July tradition growing up was to spend it down on the beach at Day Island.

Usually several families would meet at the elementary school field near Day Island for a mismatched, laughter filled game of baseball – everyone who wanted to play, played: parents and children.  After working up an appetite we’d all head down to Nana & Papa’s for dinner and fireworks.  By the time we’d get there, our friends’ Uncle Greg would have the large briquette grill warming up.  There was so much good food every year; the kitchen table inside would be filled with all the salads, side-dishes, and fruit that everyone had brought.  And after dinner that same table would be filled, filled, with desserts!

After eating and then grazing on dessert until after it had gotten dark.  We’d all bundle up in coats and blankets (this was on the Puget Sound in Washington, after all).  And find a seat with our friends for watching the fireworks Mike had bought.  The men-folk and some of the boy-folk would turn the beach in front of the house into a fireworks launching platform and we’d enjoy a good hour of watching our own fireworks as well as all the fireworks visible around the sound.

The last 4th of July Z and I spent on Day Island with our family and friends, was five years ago, and the 4th of July has never felt quite right since then.  They’ve been fun holidays, but they’ve just not felt like the 4th of July. We’re going to have a great 4th this year with friends and a smorgasbord of delicious food, but not these crispies this year.  But perhaps that’s just as well; I’m convinced these crispies are best enjoyed on Day Island, knowing they were made by Nana.

Phyllis’ Crispies

  • ¾ c. Karo Syrup
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 c. crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 c. Rice Krispies
  • 16 oz. bag of chocolate chips
  • 16 oz. bag of butterscotch chips

Heat the Karo Syrup and sugar to boiling.  Remove from head and add the peanut butter and Rice Krispies.  Mix well with a spoon and then flatten down in in a 9-x-13 pan.

Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips together, stir and pour over the Rice Krispie mixture.

Cut them into small squares (they’re very rich) in the pan while they’re still warm.  Put the pan in the refrigerator until they harden.

Even if it wasn’t the 4th of July, Nana always tried to have some of these on had when she knew we’d be visiting because she knew how much we all loved them!



  1. Amazing! So yummy! Thanks for posting it, Deana! I was in the grocery store today picking up the ingredients. Special memories!

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