It was quite a festive Halloween chat on TheMotherhood when college student and baking whiz Kaitlin Flannery of Whisk Kid blog demonstrated cute and tasty Halloween crafts using Rice Krispies Treats! Her Treats, along with a number of recipes on RiceKrispies.com, would be a perfect edible craft activity for a children’s costume party.
Kaitlin was joined by 16 blogger co-hosts, who make up our amazing Rice Krispies Making Memories Challenge teams. They have already created Easter Treats and summer snacks, and for the latest spook-tacular challenge, each of the teams created their own Rice Krispies recipes and spell-binding Halloween displays. See photos and details below!
“This was such a fun challenge. Can’t wait to talk Halloween Treats with y’all today!” said Robyn at Add a Pinch.
One great way to spend quality time with your kids is to bake and craft with them, and for Kaitlin and her own mom, Halloween was the perfect holiday to do both. Using some of these edible craft ideas, you and your kids can create special memories together, too!
Rice Krispies Treats Pumpkin Heads
Kaitlin kicked off the class by demonstrating how to create a variation on Rice Krispies Treats Pumpkin Heads, which are featured on the Rice Krispies website.
Instead of wrapping the balls of Rice Krispies in fruit rollups, she dipped them in orange-colored candy melts, cut peppermint patties into faces (two triangles for eyes with a semi-circle mouth) and put a green gumdrop on top for a stem.
“Just make sure you use an oil-based dye to color candy melts. Water-based colors will ruin your chocolate!” advised Ashley, Cute as a Fox creations.
For an alternative to candy melts, Jenn at SuperJenn suggested melted frosting. She also added, “We found that if you set your marshmallows out overnight before you make the Treats …. they make up great …but are ‘crunchier’ when they cool … they hold shape very well that way!”
Kaitlin also shared several tips for working with Rice Krispies Treats:
- To save time, you can make the Rice Krispies Treats ahead of time and soften them in the microwave before molding them into shapes.
- So the Rice Krispies Treats don’t cool off and harden, becoming difficult to mold, you can keep them over hot water.
- To avoid messy hands and create pumpkin heads of the same size, use an ice cream scoop.
- You can also keep the Treats from sticking to you by putting a little oil or warm water on your hands.
For a variation on the Pumpkin Head Treats, Kaitlin suggested molding the Rice Krispies into a ghost shape, using sprinkles for eyes and dipping the bottom in white chocolate and coconut flakes.
“Love these little pumpkins & ghosts. So cute and easy to make!” said Zareen at Cooking with Z.
Surprise Pumpkin Treats
Another Rice Krispies Halloween favorite hides gooey chocolate pieces of candy inside balls of Rice Krispies Treats for a delicious surprise in the center of the snack. Kaitlin took the class through preparations for this creation.
See the recipe on the Rice Krispies website: http://www.ricekrispies.com/#/recipes/surprise-pumpkin-treats
“The hidden surprise is a really fun concept!” said Sommer at A Spicy Perspective.
Halloween Rice Krispies Making Memories Challenge
The four teams participating in the year-long Rice Krispies Making Memories Challenge also created their own unique edible Halloween crafts, perfect for quality time with the kids or a fun activity during a kids’ Halloween party.
“My kids love to create in the kitchen!” said Ashley at Cute as a Fox Creations.
Here are the recipes:
Make Your Own Monsters Rice Krispies Treats
3 Tb. butter
4 cups (10 oz.) mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
decorator frosting, various colors
- Spray a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows over medium heat. Once melted add apple pie spice and stir until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispies. Stir until coated.
- Spoon the Rice Krispies mixture into the prepared pan. Press firmly with wax paper.
- Once cooled, use cookie cutters to cut the Rice Krispies Treats into desired shapes.
- Decorate Rice Krispies Treats with decorator frosting and assorted candies to make your own monster.
“What great decorating on these! Love that Bride of Frankenstein especially!” said Robyn.
Said Jacquilyn at Aly & Ash, “The artist on these is fabulous! Mine would never look like this!”
Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats – Haunted Pumpkin Patch
1 stick (8 TBS) butter or margarine
1 ¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 package (about 40) 10 regular marshmallows
2 TBS Pumpkin Puree
7 cups Rice Krispies
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Stirring frequently. Butter will foam and then the foam will subside. Brown bits will begin to form at the bottom. Keep stirring. You will smell a nutty aroma and the butter will be lightly brown. Turn off the heat.
- Stir in pumpkin pie spice until incorporated. Add marshmallows and stir. Put the heat back on low and stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Stir in pumpkin puree and two drops of red food coloring and 3-4 drops of yellow food coloring (to make desired orange color).
- Mix in Rice Krispies until they are fully coated with marshmallow mixture. Turn out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
To Make Pumpkins:
One batch Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats
Small Pretzel Sticks
Green Icing tube with Leaf tip
- Allow Rice Krispies Treats to cool for a bit.
- Shape into round balls. Insert a 1/3 of a pretzel stick into the tops to act as a pumpkin stem.
- Use green icing and a leaf tip to create a small green leaf on the side of the “stem.”
“I just don’t think you can go wrong with brown butter pumpkin,” said Jenn at SuperJenn.
“So spooooky!” added Amy at She Wears Many Hats.
Team Kansas City
Cinnamonster Rice Krispies Treat Snack Mix
3 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
4oz. cinnamon flavored marshmallows (1/2 bag)
2 1/2c. Traditional Rice Krispies®
Cinnamon Sugar (Mix to your personal cinnamon/sugar preference)
- Melt 3Tbsp. Butter in a heavy saucepan over med-high heat.
- Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted and mixture is smooth.
- Add Rice Krispies® to hot mixture in saucepan (this keeps them warm, and thus easier to manipulate, longer)
- Mix thoroughly.
- Spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet and pull out small chunks of Rice Krispies mixture one at a time to work with. Pull apart enough to make small balls of treats, slightly smaller than “bite sized”.
- You will need to work quickly. The cooler the mixture gets, the more difficult it is to shape.
- Roll each ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat. Set aside on waxed paper.
If not using immediately, cover tightly to store.
- Mix Cinnamon balls with 1 1/2c. popped popcorn, 1/2c. salted cashews and 1/2c. chocolate candy pieces.
***Tip: If you want a more crunchy texture to your cinnamon balls, set your marshmallows out the night before so that they dry out. They will melt as normal but when the final mixture cools it will be more crunchy and less chewy.***
Just in case cinnamon isn’t your thing (or because we couldn’t stop ourselves) here is a chocolate variation: Swap out cinnamon marshmallows for chocolate ones and Cocoa Krispies® for the traditional ones. In the mix, use candy corn in place of chocolate candy pieces.
“Love the monster bags!” said Kristyn at Li’l Luna.
Added Stephanie, “I need to save this…both of my sons would go crazy over it!”
Rice Krispies Caramel Apple Treats
4 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
1 ½ cups dehydrated apples
2 individual serving size packets of Apple Cider drink mix
1 1/2 cup caramel bits or caramel squares cut into small chunks
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies®
Popsicle, lollipop, or other sticks
Caramels for dipping the apples
Assorted cookies, candies, and sprinkles for decorating
Directions – Preparing the Treats
- Heat 4 Tbsp butter or margarine in a sauce pan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in 2 packets of Apple Cider drink mix.
- Remove from heat and stir in 6 cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies®.
- While the mixture is still hot, add the dehydrated apples and caramel chunks.
- Once the mixture is cool enough to handle, tightly pack balls of Caramel Apple Treats around your stick. Make sure your hands are clean and greased well to avoid sticking.
- Rest your treats, stick side up on a sheet of wax paper or greased cookie sheet. Refrigerate the treats until it is party time.
Directions – Dipping and Decorating
- Heat up a bag of caramels on the stove top according to the package instructions.
- Depending on age and kitchen experience, you can let your child dip the Caramel Apple Treats in the caramel or you can give some assistance.
- Before the caramel sets up, have your child roll their Caramel Apple Treat in various candies, sprinkles, or crushed up cookies. You can go crazy and incorporate your family’s favorite sugary goodies into this recipe.
“I love the spider plate! That’s so much fun. And I bet that’s even BETTER than a caramel apple,” said Kayla S.
And Julie at Mommie Cooks said, “Yum yum! I love caramel, these are right up my alley!”
You can see more photos of the teams’ creations on the Rice Krispies Facebook page.
Thanks to Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® for sponsoring the Talk and the Making Memories Challenge! And a BIG thanks as well to Kaitlin Flannery at Whisk Kid for hosting the chat!
You can visit the Rice Krispies Circle on TheMotherhood on October 21 to find out which team took home the prize for the Halloween Challenge. In the meantime, visit the team members on their blogs and enter for the chance to win a $100 bank gift card from Rice Krispies:
Sarah, Genesis Moments
Zareen, Cooking with Z
Tara, Baby Momma Blog
Joey, Real Mom in the Media
Kristen, Dine and Dish
Kelly, Kansas City Mamas
Jenn, Super Jenn
Julie, My Kansas City Mommy
Ashley, Cute as a Fox Creations
Kristyn, Lil Luna
Wendy, Around My Family Table
Jacquilyn, Aly & Ash
Sommer, A Spicy Perspective
Robyn, Add a Pinch
Julie, Mommie Cooks
Amy, She Wears Many Hat
See the original Talk here: http://www.themotherhood.com/talk/show/id/62274