Kellogg Company sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season has always been time spent in the kitchen with my children. As a homeschooling mom I’ve always made this part of the required curriculum!
All of my kids have grown up from their early years helping with the baking and then moving on to preparing dishes and complete meals as they got older. These skills certainly pay off for them (and us) later in life.
These days the Walden home looks very different, with only one student left in our homeschool.
This year I’m training the future generation!
I keep my grandson Aiden on Thursdays and since he’s only one we haven’t spent a lot of time in the kitchen together yet.
Ok, we haven’t spent any time baking but we’ve spent plenty of time eating together!
He’s waiting on his Nana to get him a little treat!
You may not be able to tell it from these pictures but this is a Rice Krispies® treats ornament!
The holidays are the perfect time to set aside a few hours of fun with the family. Rice Krispies® treats are also the favorite dessert of Papa (aka DIY hubby).
Aiden’s Aunt Sissy was my primary helper for the treats and mastered all of the decorating. I love to see how her technique for eating them is so delicate compared to the her dad and nephew.
After all, boys will be boys, no matter the age!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. I also ended up using white frosting instead of tiny marshmallows for the ornament hanger.
Use this ornament as a guide but let your imagination go wild. It’s amazing what children can create when given a few minutes of (supervised!) free time and a few ingredients.
Unless your children are older (school age or so) I would recommend making the 3-ingredient base ornament beforehand. It can be a little messy!
In the steps below you can see how I inserted and wrapped the Rice Krispies® around the licorice.
For me that was definitely the hard part. The recipe called for a tiny marshmallow for the hanger, but we didn’t like the way it looked as much. Let your kids decide, but most of all, remember creativity should be encouraged! Bonus points that you can eat these as well!
Rice Krispies is partnering with Toys for Tots: Treats 4 Toys (ricekrispies.com/treats4toys) and giving away holiday toys up to $50,000 to children in need! Just share a photo of your Rice Krispies® creation on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter using #treats4toys, and we’ll give a toy to a child in need.
- 12 (4-inch lengths) red or black string licorice
- 3 tbs butter
- 1 package (10 oz) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
- 6 cups Kelloggs® Rice Krispies® cereal
- M&M's candies
- any other candies and decorations desired
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
- Add 10 oz marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Add Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal and stir until well coated.
- Using 1/2 cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray divide warm cereal mixture into 12 portions.
- Using buttered hands round each portion around licorice piece folded in half to form hanger. Seal tightly around licorice and allow to cool.
- Decorate with frosting and M&M's or any other decorations.
- Always use butter and fresh marshmallows for best results.
- Store no more than two days at room temperature in an airtight container.