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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Playing With Food: Snacktime Snowpeople

In an effort to amaze and delight my visiting nieces I decided to break out the marshmallows and attempt making Rice Krispy Treat snowpeople.

It was an easy (albeit, sticky) project, and just like real snowmen...the results disappeared quickly.

Here's how we did it:

We made Rice Krispy Treats as usual (see recipe below) and then laid down wax paper, "buttered our hands" and rolled the mix into small balls to make snowfolks. We stacked 3 balls on top of each other inside a cupcake liner.

* Note: I did not specify sizes for the "snow balls". This was a mistake. What size snowman do you think a kid would make? Exactly. We had some pretty hefty snow people and the treat mix was used up very quickly! Next time, I will suggest approximate sizing...and see where that gets me...(I'm guessing revolt, but might be worth a try...) 

To keep it kid friendly, we went very basic with our decorations: Mini M&Ms were buttons, stick pretzels were arms, and pre-made "eyes" purchased from the baking section made the peepers. We used a squeeze-bottle of decorative frosting as "glue" for the eyes and buttons, as well as whatever other details were deemed necessary.

It was our own little Brigadoon -or for the uninitiated, a vanishing village. I am guessing with some imagination the possibilities for Krispy sculpted snacks are endless...Rice Krispy Treat Zombies anyone?  

 Rice Krispy Treat Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • - OR -
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Next, allow mixture to cool slightly for safe handling, then butter up your hands (to prevent sticking) and roll into ball shapes!

OR, To follow regular directions: Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

-For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
-1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
-Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
-Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
-To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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