Rice Krispies Treats ticks all the boxes for easy, tasty and fun treats-to-make-with-your-kids in a serious way. We decided to jazz these up just a little bit for Valentine's Day by dipping them in white chocolate and throwing on some festive sprinkles.
If you are looking for something fun and easy to do with your kids (or a last minute Valentine's Day treat), these are it!
Kid-Friendly Treats on a stick
Everything tastes better when it's on a stick, am I right? I thought these Rice Krispie Treats would be really fun to make into a lollipop. And, it turns out, it's super easy to do.
Lollipop sticks are really easy to find at craft stores or on Amazon and they're pretty inexpensive, too.
For this recipe, prepare the Rice Krispie Treats, allow them to cool, cut out the heart shapes (see tips below for how to do this), stick a lollipop stick through the middle and dip in chocolate. Pretty easy, huh?!
My kids helped in every aspect of making these, especially when it came time to add sprinkles and, of course, eat them!
Tips for Making these Rice Krispie Treats
- Rice Krispie Treats can either be made in the microwave or on the stovetop. I usually do the latter as it's easier to control (marshmallows puff up a lot in the microwave and can cause a huge sticky mess if they explode all over your microwave) and reach the desired consistency
- Conservatively add your food coloring. A little goes a long way here. I used 2 drops of no-taste red food coloring
- Always, always, always opt for no-taste red food coloring if using the color red. I have posted on this previously - regular red or pink food coloring has an awful bitter taste that will ruin any recipe in which you use it. Seek out craft stores such as Michaels or AC Moore or search it up on Amazon. It's pretty easy to find and you'll be grateful you took this extra step. The bottle I purchased on Amazon has lasted me a long time, too, so it's definitely worthwhile to have on hand
- When pressing your Rice Krispie Treats into the pan, be sure the pan has been buttered and use a piece of wax paper, a buttered spatula or even buttered hands to press the treats into an even layer in the pan. These treats are very sticky and the butter will go a long way in helping you press these without having to constantly remove the bits of Rice Krispie Treats from your hands
Tips for Dipping
- If you do not have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, trace and cut out a heart shape on a piece of paper and use this as a stencil to cut out your shapes. Works just as a well!
- When inserting the lollipop sticks into the hearts, insert directly into the center of the treat and push about halfway through then gently press the treat around the stick to hold it in place. Be sure not to push the stick too far through the top of the heart
- I recommend using almond bark (a huge misnomer, in my opinion, because there is no almond or nuts in it whatsoever) or chocolate coating wafers from a craft store for dipping the treats. If you opt for colored white chocolate, buy the wafers that have already been colored rather than adding food coloring to the almond bark or coating wafers. Unfortunately, food coloring causes the chocolate to seize up (aka, form a large, unusable clump) and you'll end up throwing it out and starting over
For more Valentine's Day inspired treats, check these out:
- lollipop sticks
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 10 ounces marshmallows about 40
- red gel food coloring
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 12 ounces vanilla almond bark
- sprinkles for decorating
- Grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan with butter. Set aside
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in 2-3 drops red food coloring. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until evenly coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into prepared pan. Allow to cool. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes by pressing cookie cutter into treats. You may need a knife to cut through treats completely by tracing around heart shape. Press lollipop stick straight through bottom of each heart, pushing about halfway through the heart. Place on wire rack set on top of a parchment lined baking sheet
- Melt almond bark in medium bowl for 60 seconds at 50% power, stir and continue to microwave in intervals of 30 seconds at 50% power until completely melted and smooth, stirring in between. Once completely melted, dip one side of Rice Krispie treat into the chocolate, allow excess to drip into bowl and place on wire rack. Sprinkle with sprinkles before the chocolate sets. Continue dipping and sprinkling until all treats have been dipped. Allow to set completely
- For best results, use fresh marshmallows
- 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows
- Store for two days at room temperature in airtight container
- To freeze, make treats but do not dip in chocolate. Place treats in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before dipping in chocolate