Jack-O-Lantern Krisp Treats

Fall is upon us, and let me be the first to say: I am SO excited.

Fall is quite possibly my favorite season. And what is Fall without Halloween? Halloween is a great time for spooky stories, festive decorations, and of course, delicious treats!

In the spirit of Halloween, my partner-in-crime & I would like to share our most recent Pinterest Project:
Jack-O-Lantern Krisp Treats

PictureThese treats are a quick and easy snack that are super fun to make. The recipe doesn’t require an oven or anything that could be dangerous, so even your little ones can help you. My daughter is 4 and she had A BLAST ‘baking’ these with me.
Here’s How We Did It
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
You Will Need: Picture
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1 Bag of Marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Orange Food Coloring
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Chef’s Outfit (Optional)
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • Mixing Spatula
  • Aluminum Foil
Once you have collected all of your ingredients, the first thing you will need to do will be to make the ‘base’ Rice Krispies treats.
1. Pour the package of marshmallows and the 3 tablespoons of butter into a large microwave safe mixing bowl.

2. Microwave of HIGH for 2 minutes, then remove the mixture, stir, and Microwave for 1 additional minute.

PictureThe marshmallow mix will be big and ‘poofy’ when you pull it from the microwave. Stir it to mix in the butter and help the marshmallow settle. After your base is ready, you will separate it into two batches.
3. Pour a small amount (approximately    10 – 15%) of your marshmallow mix into a different mixing bowl.

4. Once you have your batches separated, add pumpkin food coloring. Orange food coloring will be added to the large marshmallow mix, and green will go into the smaller mix.

* I recommend being generous with the Orange food coloring. The more food coloring you use, the darker your mix will be. It seemed like the cereal really sucked up the orange for us. We ended up adding some more in after the cereal was added and it didn’t stir in as nice.*
5. After your mixes are colored to your liking, add in your cereal. (I used a ratio of 5.5: .5 cups of cereal to orange and green mix, respectively.)

6.  Stir the cereal until the marshmallow mix has been evenly distributed. Wait about 2 minutes to let the treats set so they are easier to work with (read: less goopy).

7. When the krispy treats start to harden, pull the orange mix apart to make small balls for the pumpkins. Repeat  with the green mix, making smaller rod shapes for the pumpkin stems. Set pieces out on aluminum foil to firm up (approx. 5 minutes) before shaping.

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*Note: When we made ours, our original ratio was off. We split it about 4:2 cups of Rice Krispies and we were only able to make 7 medium sized pumpkins, and we had quite a bit extra green. I would advise when in doubt, allocate more cereal to your orange mixture*
8.  Once the treats have firmed, you can shape them into pumpkins and stems. When you have finished modeling your pieces, press the green rods down onto the orange balls to form your pumpkins.
* Tip: We did it backwards the first time around. We made the faces then did the stems – this gave us some problems when attaching the pieces later. But, you live and you learn! Hence the step organization not matching the picturPicturees. Sorry!
9.  Now it’s time to decorate! Using the chocolate chip pieces, make the faces of your pumpkins. You can do goofy, funny, creepy or whatever you’d like. We went with good ol’ smiley faces. 🙂
* Tip* For finer or ‘more professional’  design q
uality, you could also use brown frosting with a fine tip instead of the chips. Personally, if I was making the treats for display or for a party, I  would probably go that route, but

if you are working with younger kiddos, the chocolate chips are perfect for them to easily pick up and arrange.
10. Once your pumpkins have been decorated, set them out and enjoy! You now have a delicious treat that your kiddos can be proud to say they helped you bake. Yum!
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What did you think of our Jack-O-Lantern Krispy Treats?
Do you have a favorite Halloween Project? Miss and I would love to hear about it!
We look forward to hearing from you! 
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Happy Halloween!
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