Whomever came up with the idea for Rice Krispie Treats deserves a medal. These things are seriously addictive. And super duper easy. I love the idea of creating treats like this with my kids. Rice Krispies treat 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. Why not?! 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!
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