I love Rice Krispies Treats and when trying to come up with an idea for making a fun treat for our Kids Easter Party at church, I had a *brilliant* idea – I’d make Rice Krispies Treats , cut them in egg shapes and then dip them in yellow candy melts and decorate to look like chicks.
However, it wasn’t as brilliant as maybe I had hoped or imagined. Or maybe that was because I had 5 kids in the kitchen “helping”. But it was sort of a mess. A big mess.
Here’s what you’ll need (not everything is in the picture above and there are a couple of small cutters that I didn’t use):
First up, I made Rice Krispies Treats. I usually just press them into the pan with a spatula, but you’re going to want these to be really packed tight, so use the bottom of a glass to press them down tight, or even a small rolling pin.
With very tightly pressed treats, use your oval cutter to cut out the egg shapes (or chick shapes?). I got 8 out of my pan, but my kids were helping and they weren’t exactly conscious of trying to cut as many as possible.. they were just having fun cutting. You might could get 10 or more from one pan.
Melt the yellow candy melts in the microwave, then add about 1 Tbsp. of shortening. Stir until very smooth. I didn’t get pictures of every step… so just use your imagination.
Dip the lollipop stick in the melted yellow candy, then insert into the egg shaped treat. Immediately dip into the yellow candy melts.
Now honestly, we had trouble at this stage but I think it’s because my first few weren’t pressed tightly enough. The stick sort of pulled out and made a huge mess. You can see that one on the bottom left of that last picture.
After that, I sort of did a combination of dipping and actually spooning theyellow candy melts over the chicks. With the kids helping, this was not a pretty process and they aren’t picture perfect, but we had fun and that was my goal with the kids today.
Anyway, after dipped, immediately put into the freezer for a few minutes to harden. This will solidify the chocolate and help the chicks hold their shape.
Then push chocolate chips into the chicks for eyes (or “glue” them on with some melted candy melts). For the beaks and feet, I added some orange candy coloring to my yellow candy melts and poured it into a small squeeze bottle with a frosting tip top (see below). My daughter made a heart fondant heart and said those two were in love. hehe.
You’ll notice that on a couple of them, the kids wanted to decorate the back (smooth) side of the chick – the side that was flat on the wax paper in the freezer and those were cute too!
Anyway, these little bottles are so convenient for jobs like this and for cookie decorating (like the princess carriage cookies I shared yesterday). We use it to quickly pipe on the beaks and feet – super easy! And that’s it!
Like I said, these aren’t perfect but they were fun and a great Easter Treat. Just have fun with your kids… that’s the best part!
While showing you how I made this fun treat, I thought I’d also share how I make Rice Krispies Treats in the microwave. I’m sure everybody already knows about this… but if there’s one person out there still making them on the stovetop, then I’ve saved the day by telling you this!
- 6 cups of miniature marshmallows (or 10.5 ounce bag or 40 large marshmallows)
- 3 Tablespoons of butter
- 7-8 cups of rice cereal
- Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter in a large, microwave safe bowl.
- Pour the marshmallows over the melted butter and stir to coat.
- Microwave for about 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another minute. Stir again. If it’s still not a very thin, melted consistency.
- Repeat at 30 second intervals until it’s all melted and smooth.
- Stir in 7 cups of rice cereal until they’re evenly coated.
- If they’re too gooey, add a little more cereal. *I like to use a rubber spatula to do this…it’s easy clean up!
- Next, spray a 9?X13? dish with non-stick butter spray or coat the pan with butter.
- Now..here’s a fun tip! Also, take a spatula with a very flat turner and coat the underside with butter or butter spray – that way the cereal won’t stick to it when you’re spreading it out!
- Pour the cereal mixture into the dish, then take the back (flat) side of the spatula and spread the cereal and flatten it. It works beautifully!
- At this point you can (if you must) let this ‘set’ for a few minutes and cool…OR you can eat warm, sticky, yummy Rice Krispie treats right away!
- All in all, this takes less than 10 minutes (more like 5), and if you wash your bowl immediately, the clean up is SUPER easy!