Let me start this post by saying I am not a baker. The last time I baked, I made a cheesecake and was told it tasted like feet. Therefore, I am sharing two simple, easy, and quick recipes, using Rice Krispies, for you non-baking mamas and papas.
DIY Crunch Bar
I’m very excited because Tuesday morning (the 28th) I will be baking “classic candies” with mommy anchor, Annie Yu, on Fox 5. She’ll be demonstrating how to make peanut butter cups and Butterfingers, while I will demo how to make a Crunch Bar. The Crunch Bar includes only two ingredients, which is why I love it. Time is of the essence, right moms? I can’t take credit for this one; I found it on the blog- The Ginger Snap.
step 1: Boil water in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Then place a water resistant bowl in the saucepan. Add 680 g of chocolate (I recommend half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate)
|Seeing this always intimidated me, but it’s very simple|
step 2: Once the chocolate’s melted, pour it into a big bowl
step 3: Add 4 cups of Rice Krispies into the bowl of melted chocolate and mix it all together
step 4: Spread the mixture on to a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
step 5: Refrigerate it for two hours. After it’s hardened, take the pan out of the fridge and let it sit for 10 minutes (to make cutting easier). Get creative, and cut whatever shapes you’d like (I used a pizza cutter, which worked very well).
I love how The Ginger Snap gave it a classic Crunch Bar look by wrapping it in aluminum foil. This would be great for a Halloween party, it would make a cute handout at Halloween for trick-or-treaters, or even a school treat or birthday party favor.
Here’s a picture of the finished product. I honestly couldn’t believe how well they turned out. Thank you, Halee, for this awesome recipe!
|DIY Crunch Bar|
Halloween Themed Krispie Treats
The second treat I will be sharing with you is Halloween Themed Krispie treats. I had a lot of fun with this because I was able to get creative. You can make all sorts of colors and shapes, and use a variety of different candies as substitutions. I made pumpkins, spiders, monsters, witch hats, and simple balls.
I made two batches because I made two separate treats with different colors (orange and black), so I split the ingredients quantity in half in my steps below.
3 tablespoons of butter
4 cups of mini Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
orange food coloring
black food coloring
black licorice (for pumpkin mouth and spider legs)
green licorice (for pumpkin stems)
step 1: In a large saucepan, I heated my first batch with 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. I then added 2 cups of marshmallows and let them melt together with the butter, along with several squirts of orange food coloring. Then I added 3 cups of Rice Krispies . I stirred it until the krispies were completely covered with the melted marshmallows and food coloring.
|Add food coloring to your Rice Krispies for a festive look|
step 2: Start molding your Krispies. Sculpting them was much easier than I expected (tip – it helps to wait several seconds to minimize the degree of marshmallow stickiness)
step 3: Decorate them. This is the best part in my opinion (aside from eating them of course). Get creative! Candy can really take your treats to the next level. You can use chocolate chips for the pumpkin eyes, although small candy eyeballs would give it a more professional look. I cut up the green licorice into small rectangles for pumpkin stems. Almonds and other nuts could also work because they resemble wood. For the spider legs, I suggest using black licorice rolls you can easily peel apart. I had to bend them a few times for a more life-like appearance.
|Halloween pumpkin, spider, and witch hat Treats!|
Keep in mind that certain candy, like gummies, don’t stick well to Rice Krispies! The gummy eyeballs and the licorice I bought didn’t stick. I was determined to make it work, so I heated one mini marshmallow in the microwave to create an adhesive, which kept the eyeball on top of my orange, one-eyed monster. It worked like a charm, and it is still on there 24 hours later.
|One-Eyed Monster Halloween Treat|
For a more serious or mature Halloween party, you can make simple balls in different colors. Place them on a pretty platter, and it can look quite nice.
|No frills Halloween Treat balls|