Krispy treats are like crack to Not-Darla. Normally, if you were to ask her what her favorite dessert is, she would say brownies. Always brownies. Not krispy treats. Yet, if you put krispies in front of her, she’ll eat them, all of them, every time.
Not-Darla recently made krispy treats for a Halloween idea…
Um. Not these in this post. It was something else.
Anyway…she made a batch, and by the end of the day, she’d eaten a whole half of the batch. All on her own.
There are some ways to justify this, of course.
1. It took all day for Not-Darla to eat said half batch.
2. Krispy treats are made from breakfast cereal, and are therefore a healthy snack.
3. Not Darla is home alone for the week while her husband is away for work. Far far away. In Qatar.
The problem with these justifications, though, is that Not-Darla ate the krispy treats until she was sick; until she had a stomach ache.
Let’s face it, you’re not allowed to justify stuffing your face with sugar until you’re sick anymore as an adult. You’re supposed to know better.
I decided to makes some rice krispy treats for Halloween, and I did not, I repeat, did not, make half a batch into cute little witchy faces, and eat the other half in one day. I also did not finish the other half the next day. It never happened.
That would be bananas.
Wanna know how to make these?? Good…moving on……
You need more coloring than you think you do. And you should add the coloring to the marshmallows while they’re still melting.
You need more coloring because the cereal is very light in color itself, and it will leach away color, so you’ll need the marshmallows to be slightly darker than you might think.
As for adding the color while the marshmallows are melting, it’s the easiest way to get even, consistent color, without over mixing or over heating the treats. If you had the color after the cereal, you’re going to be mixing and mixing to get it evenly distributed, and your treats will start to get hard.
I added a little yellow and some green to get less of a grassy color.
I used a quarter cup measurng cup to scoop out portion and rolled them into balls.
You don’t have to do this immediately; you can let the treats cool for a bit before rolling them, so you don’t burn yourself, but be aware that the longer you wait, the harder they get.
Lightly grease or oil your hands (I like to use butter because it is a more pleasant flavor than oil if it gets on the treats) to keep the treats from sticking too badly
Once the treats have cooled and set up, you can add the faces. You can basically use an candy you like for this, or just use frosting, but I chose to use shimmery green Sixlets for the noses, and fun pink candy eyes for the eyes. Obvi. I just a little dab of icing to act as glue. For the icing, I just mixed half of a cup of confectioners’ sugar with a splash of milk. Easy peasy.
**All candies, etc. used to make these are linked at the end of the post.
For the base of the hat, just cut out a fondant circle, about two-inches across. I just used a medium biscuit cutter. See? Easy, so far.
Next, wrap a piece of fondant tightly around the cone (you can use icing to ‘glue’it in place as you go). Cut the excess off the end, leaving a neat seam, then, tuck the excess fondant at the bottom into the cone, pressing to secure it.
See? Still easy!
1. Easier. You don’t have to get the fondant snug and perfect.
2. It looks freaking awesome.
Once you have the point covered, use more icing to secure it, centered, to the round base that you cut out before.
I added some fun silver stars first. I dipped a toothpick in water and placed small dots of the water randomly on the hat. Next, using the same moist toothpick, I picked up the tiny stars and pressed them into place.
For the hat band, I simply cut a straight strip of fondant in a contrasting color, and wrapped it around the base, using more icing to secure it. Last, but not least, I ‘glued’ a candy jack o lantern onto the band. Donezo.
These are deceptively easy and much quicker than you might expect.
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