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KELP NOUGAT CRUNCH BARS INSPIRED BY SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

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1 h 20 min

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2,026,890 views  Although these bars are quite ‘mmm’-worthy, you won’t catch us missing the bus out of Rock Bottom for them any time soon.

10 servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Rice Crispy Layer

For the Rice Crispy Layer

unsalted butter, melted

20 g unsalted butter, melted

marshmallows

100 g marshmallows

puffed rice cereal

50 g puffed rice cereal

kosher salt

¼ tsp kosher salt

For the Nori Nougat Center

For the Nori Nougat Center

large egg whites (~80 g)

2 large egg whites (~80 g)

cream of tartar

¹⁄₁₆ tsp cream of tartar

glucose syrup, divided

600 g glucose syrup, divided

malted milk powder

40 g malted milk powder

(sifted) wakame powder

9 g (sifted) wakame powder

powdered sugar

35 g powdered sugar

granulated sugar

475 g granulated sugar

water

150 g water

vanilla paste

1 ½ tsp vanilla paste

roasted nori

3 ½ sheets roasted nori

For the Kelp Nougat Crunch Bar

For the Kelp Nougat Crunch Bar

Rice Crispy + Nori Nougat Center, cooled

Rice Crispy + Nori Nougat Center, cooled

white chocolate, melted (~88 °F)

600 g white chocolate, melted (~88 °F)

Optional: As needed green food coloring

Optional: As needed green food coloring

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Rice Crispy Layer

1.

Prepare a quarter baking sheet (13 in x 9 in) with a layer of parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray.

2.

Melt the butter in a large pot and cook it over medium-low heat until the milk solids begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes.

unsalted butter, melted

20 g unsalted butter, melted

3.

Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted and the mixture is homogenous.

marshmallows

100 g marshmallows

4.

In the same pot, combine the marshmallow mixture, rice cereal, and salt. Fold the mixture together until homogenous.

puffed rice cereal

50 g puffed rice cereal

kosher salt

¼ tsp kosher salt

5.

Deposit the rice crispy mixture into the prepared baking sheet and spread it into an even layer. Allow the layer to cool and harden, about 30 minutes.

6.

For the Nori Nougat Center

1.

Add the egg whites, cream of tartar, and 5/6th of the glucose syrup to the bowl of a stand mixer and set aside.

large egg whites (~80 g)

2 large egg whites (~80 g)

cream of tartar

¹⁄₁₆ tsp cream of tartar

glucose syrup, divided

50 g glucose syrup, divided

2.

In a small bowl combine the milk powder, wakame powder, and powdered sugar. Using a small sieve, sift the dry ingredients and set aside.

malted milk powder

40 g malted milk powder

(sifted) wakame powder

9 g (sifted) wakame powder

powdered sugar

35 g powdered sugar

3.

In a small high-sided pot, combine the remaining glucose syrup, sugar, and water.

glucose syrup, divided

550 g glucose syrup, divided

granulated sugar

475 g granulated sugar

water

150 g water

4.

Begin cooking the sugar mixture in the small pot. Make sure to brush down the sides of the pot with a wet pastry brush until the mixture is rapidly boiling.

5.

Using a candy thermometer, monitor the temperature of the cooking sugar syrup until it reaches 235 °F, then begin running the mixer with the prepared egg white mixture to high speed.

6.

Continue cooking the sugar syrup until it reaches 250 °F, by this point, the egg white mixture should be at stiff peaks. If the egg whites reach stiff peaks before the sugar syrup is at the correct temperature, turn the mixer to low speed. If the egg whites have not reached stiff peaks by the time the sugar syrup is at the correct temperature, turn off the heat on the sugar syrup and wait until the egg white have whipped to stiff peaks before adding the syrup.

7.

With the mixer running on medium speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl, being careful to avoid the whisk attachment.

8.

Once all of the sugar syrup is incorporated, turn the mixer to high speed and continue mixing for 8 minutes. The nougat should be thick and glossy. Make sure the nougat does not fall below 140 °F before depositing, otherwise it will be too thick and sticky to spread.

9.

Add the vanilla paste while the mixture is still running, then turn off the mixer and fold in the reserved dry ingredients using a large heat-proof spatula.

vanilla paste

1 ½ tsp vanilla paste

10.

Deposit the nougat mixture over the rice crispy layer. Using a lightly-oiled offset spatula, spread the mixture into a relatively flat and even layer.

For the Rice Crispy Layer

For the Rice Crispy Layer

11.

Cover the entire surface of the nougat with the nori sheets. Allow the nougat to cool to room temperature and solidify, about 1 ½ - 2 hours.

roasted nori

3 ½ sheets roasted nori

12.

For the Kelp Nougat Crunch Bar

1.

Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.

Unmold the rice crispy/nougat center onto a cutting board, making sure to peel off the parchment paper in the process.

Rice Crispy + Nori Nougat Center, cooled

Rice Crispy + Nori Nougat Center, cooled

3.

Using a lightly-oiled knife, cut the filling into candy bars about 1.5 inches wide and 4 inches long.

4.

Optionally, color the white chocolate with green food coloring.

white chocolate, melted (~88 °F)

600 g white chocolate, melted (~88 °F)

Optional: As needed green food coloring

Optional: As needed green food coloring

5.

Dip the candy fillings into the white chocolate using two forks. Carefully shake off any excess chocolate and transfer the coated bars to the prepared baking sheet.

6.

Allow the chocolate bars to set, about 30 minutes. Store the candy bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. After 2 days, the nougat center will reach optimal texture.

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