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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Layered Crispy Rice Treats


One of my family's favorite desserts is Crispy Rice Treats. 
There's something about melted marshmallows and cereal that just seem to go together?  
I like how fast I can pull them together with only a few ingredients.


This treat is even better when the kids can hold them on a stick...no 'sticky' fingers!
The layers are perfect for the 4th of July or any party with a color theme.


The trick is using plastic cups.

Spray the cups with cooking spray.
I used small plastic cups.




You'll need to make 3 separate batches of Crispy Rice Treats...but not all at once.

Make the top layer first.
I melt the marshmallows in the microwave with a tiny bit of butter.
(1/3 of the marshmallow bag was used for each layer.)
After the marshmallows are melted, add the food coloring.

*I only had these gel things for food coloring, and I wouldn't suggest them.
They were not quite as bright as I had hoped.

My 4th of July treats turned out more like pastel Easter treats.
No worries, the kids still loved them.


After adding your coloring and your melted marshmallows are the color of your choice,
stir in the Crispy Rice cereal.
(I used about 1-1/2 cups.)


After the cereal is mixed in, work quickly, and fill the bottom of each plastic cup with the 1st layer.
(I made a fist and sort of pounded it in.)

 *My kids totally wanted to help with this part...wearing plastic wrap around their hands, of course.)



Repeat the process with the next colored layer.
Melt marshmallows, add coloring, stir in cereal, pound on next layer.

*I left my middle layer plain-'white'.



After the 3rd layer, let cool completely and remove from the cups.
Use a table knife. Run the knife around the cup and they will slide out easily.



Melt a tiny bit of Candy Melts or white chocolate in a microwaveable dish.
Dip the end of a lollipop stick in the chocolate...


and then into the crispy rice treat.


Let cool and harden.



Serve and enjoy!


 


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