No bake treats and candies – like homemade marshmallows and rice krispy or other cereal treats – often seem easier to make than treats that require baking since they typically require less prep work and don’t heat up your kitchen with the oven. Usually, you have to work with regular bakeware when making no-bake treats. With some recipes – particularly with soft ones, like marshmallows and caramels – it can be difficult to get your treats in and out of traditional bakeware because they are just too soft or bendable to come out of a stiff-sided pan easily. One solution is to use silicone, which is flexible and can be bent until your goodies pop out, although the flexible sides don’t always give your goodies a lot of support as they set up. One other option is something like this Collapsible No-Bake Pan from Chicago Metallic. This unusual plastic pan is designed so that its sides fold down flat, making it very easy to get out any no-bake treat that you put in there. The interior of the pan is decorated with a number of colorful lines that serve as cutting guides, helping you to get straight, even pieces of your treats. And anyone who has tried to cut homemade caramels into even pieces knows that some guidelines can be a big help!
The pan comes in an 8×8-inch pan size with sides that are 2 inches deep, so it can accommodate a wide variety of recipes. Since it is plastic, it isn’t oven safe and should only be used for no-bake goodies (and precooked ones, like candies) , but it is dishwasher safe and easy to maintain.