I think the rice krispie people are keeping secrets. Last night I figured out that you can put the butter, marshmallows and then the rice krispies all in a big bowl and microwave it and it comes out the same as following those tedious instructions on the box and the marshmallows didn't boil over the side of the bowl when I forgot to watch them carefully, like they always do. Also, they forgot to put instructions on my box this time. Oh yeah, and you have to use gluten free rice krispies - maybe that's the secret! I hope I have saved you many hours of treat making tedium.