3 tablespoons butter
1 bag regular marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
Orange food coloring
Green food coloring
Take advantage of every holiday and do something special for your family, the neighborhood kids, or your child’s classmates. One of the funniest things to do is to see the look on someone’s face when you surprise him or her with a holiday treat. And that person really will be smiling when given a pumpkin pop for Halloween. The cake pop on a stick is actually cereal: Rice Krispies. You know you love ’em!
When is the last time that you made Rice Krispie treats? When you make them this time, make them look like pumpkins, and you’ll have the special cake, er, cereal pops. In case you don’t remember how to make them it’s really easy. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan. Stir in 4 cups of mini marshmallows or one bag of regular marshmallows. When all of the marshmallows have melted, remove from heat, and dump in 6 cups of Rice Krispie cereal. To tint the mix put in a drop or two of orange food coloring (or red + yellow). Stir well.
Work quickly to form the pumpkins so that the cereal doesn’t harden too fast. With disposable gloves on – or not – butter your hands well and scoop out a good portion of the mix. Form it into a ball shape that is slightly smaller than a golf ball. Push a sucker stick into it and stand it up in a Styrofoam block. Continue doing that until you’ve made all of the Rice Krispie treats into pumpkin shapes.
Tint white frosting with green food coloring (or blue + yellow), put it in a sandwich bag, twist, and cut the corner out of the bag. Pipe a leaf/stalk arrangement on top of each pumpkin with the green frosting.
You can serve the pumpkin pops as they are or you can turn them into jack-o-lanterns for a real Halloween look. Do so by sticking pieces of Fruit-by-the-foot to the pumpkin to make the facial features. Or, use an edible marker and draw on the eyes, mouth, or other attributes.
Besides pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, you can make other Halloween characters from Rice Krispie treat balls. Use candies, dried fruit pieces, and/or frosting to make the heads of witches, ghouls, and other scary souls. Give the pops out to trick-or-treat kids or just serve them to your own family. Just don’t be surprised if others ask you to make the delicious cereal pops again next Halloween.