Thursday, January 19, 2012

.rice krispie pops.

when i first saw some adorable sprinkled rice krispie treats on pinterest, my interest was immediately piqued. i followed a link back to a blog i already like and discovered these were not just rice krispie treats sprinkled with sprinkles, but were also infused with cake batter. irresistible. here's the line-up of kitchen treats you'll need.

begin by melting 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over low heat and then add in your bag of teeny tiny marshmallows. stir it up, little darlin', stir it up.

then, add 1/4 cup of yellow cake mix, a little at a time. i added it by the tablespoon and continued to stir all the while.

no rice krispie treat would be complete without the star of the show, the cereal. you've gotta think kellog's was beside themselves when these treats exploded back in the 80s and probably haven't slowed down in sales much since. add 6 cups of the snap and crackle. we're saving the pop for later.

once those four ingredients are well mixed, the party really begins. like confetti on new year's eve raining from the sky, let the colorful sprinkles fly. and by fly, i mean carefully put about half of them into your ooey, gooey pot and stir.

after everything is thoroughly mixed, turn the heat off and pour your mass into a sprayed baking dish. you'll thank me for the sprayed part later. press and mold the mixture into a nice neat rectangle or square, depending on your dish. i prefer a 9 X 13 pan so that i can get more treats out of the deal. sprinkle your remaining rainbow sprinkles all over the top and basque in the beauty.

once it has cooled for at least half an hour, take a knife and cut away. it helps to either spray or butter your knife; so that it doesn't get caught up on the marshmallow glue. to make the krispies into pops, cut small squares, about 1 to 1.5 inches around each side.

stick a popsicle stick into each individual square and voila, you have rice krispie pops! these are great for kids and birthday parties because of the fun look and easy to hold format. now, i promised you we'd save the pop for later and i haven't forgotten my promise. here it comes...

melt your candy melts in either a microwave safe dish or a double boiler according to the package directions. dip each of your rice krispie pops about half way into the melted goodness. try your best not to use too much; as it will weigh down the treat and cause it to fall off of the stick. keep a light hand as you dip. add a few more sprinkles if you have them to the tops. let the candy melt dry. if you have a styrofoam block, i find this to be the best method for drying any kind of dessert on a stick.

now, when you go to bite into these, there will be a snap of the hard candy shell, a crackle of the rice krispie treat itself and a massive pop of flavor on your tongue. these are really simple to make and still make a great impression.

rice krispie cake pops
adapted from how sweet eats
1 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
6 cups rice krispies cereal
3 tablespoons butter
1 1.75-ounce container of sprinkles (i bought a bigger container and went overboard throughout the recipe)
white candy melts

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting.

(how to make them into pops)
after cutting them into small squares, insert a popsicle stick. using a microwave safe bowl or double broiler, melt candy melts and gently dip each rice krispie pop into it. try not to put too heavy of a coat on them because it will weigh the krispie treat down and off the stick. let dry in a block of styrofoam and then store in a tightly sealed container.

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