Disclaimer: NO they are NOT pumpkin flavored. If you wanted to I’m sure you could find a way to make them pumpkin flavored but personally I think that’s overkill. There is already too much pumpkin in the world.
Last weekend my local target had a sale on Rice Krispies and marshmalls. It’s been awhile since I brought a treat into work and I thought this would be the perfect little treat. Who doesn’t love a rice krispie treat? I personally don’t like marshmallows but still rice krispies are yummy.
If you’ve made regular rice krispies before then you’ll know how to make them but in case you need a reminder (like I did) here’s how you make them:
You will need:
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- red & yellow food coloring or orange gel coloring
- 5-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- mini tootsie rolls
Instructions are simple:
- In a large saucepan, melt and slightly brown butter on medium heat. Add vanilla extract and marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Add food coloring until desired orange color is reached. Add cereal and stir until completely combined. Turn off heat and let sit for a few minutes, until cool enough to handle.
- When mixture has cooled enough, spray your hands with cooking spray and mold cereal mix into circles. (I made nine medium sized pumpkins). Unwrap a tootsie roll and press into each pumpkin top. Add candy for the eyes and noses (we used a little frosting to adhere). Eat and enjoy!
Some tips I learned:
- Don’t try to mold these until they are almost completely cool. If they are still too warm they will stick to your hands regardless of how much oil you put on them.
- Remove from othe stove once you add in the rice krispies. I mixed them all in the pot. Even though the heat was off it still crystalized the bottom. I lost a bit of the mix to this. It does NOT taste good (trust me).
- Make the pumpkins small. You’ll get more out of a batch.
- Candy faces are optional. Personally I like them better without. You still get the impression it’s a pumpkin and you save money.
- Double the batch. This didn’t make as many as I expected.
- Mini marshmallows melt faster, but large marshmallows work just as well. It will just take a little longer for them to melt.
- Make sure you put enough butter on the bottom so it doesn’t burn or stick.
|A||$3||Active: 5 minutes
Cool: 10-20 minutes
Molding: 3 minutes
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|What I Would Change:|
|Double the recipie. Don’t leave on the stove to cool. Mix in a separate bowl instead.|
|Super cute. My boyfriend isn’t one into holiday decorations but he even agreed that this was a pretty clever idea. Thanks Pinterest!|