Pinterest Challenge: July 4th Rice Krispie Treat Sparklers
I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. In a way, it makes crafts seem obtainable, but in other ways it make me feel like an inadequate parent. Either way, it’s my go to place when it comes to holidays so the recent July 4th holiday was no different. I was having breakfast for my family and wanted something festive, but not too difficult to make.
Enter the Rice Krispie Treat Sparkler recipe I had pinned earlier that week (I may have repinned these from Organized Mom’s board).
After a trip to the grocery store (this is what started my grocery store vs farm stand angst), scrounging through my kids’ play dough box for a star-shaped cookie cutter and digging up some old fabric with star prints (used for long ago matching outfits for my boys), I was ready to start.
Rice Krispie Treat Sparklers for July 4th
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 10-ounce bag of mini-marshmallows
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- 6 cups of puffed rice (“Rice Krispies”) cereal
- Strawberries (one per sparkler)
- Blueberries (3-4 per sparkler)
- Star shaped cookie cutter
- Food skewers or lollipop sticks
- In a heavy duty saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
- When completely melted, add the marshmallows and stir continuously until melted.
- Add vanilla.
- Remove from heat and add in the cereal, stirring until completely coated and mixed in.
- Pour coated cereal onto wax paper or buttered foil and spread out to the thickness of your cookie cutter. As you spread it out, keep the mixture compact – don’t allow any “holes” to form as the cereal moves under the pressure of your spatula (or wax paper if using that to shape the cereal mixture).
- Once completely flat and thin enough for your cookie cutter to go through, allow the cereal mixture to cool and firm up.
- Once cooled, press cookie cutter into the hardened mixture, remove the cut out treat from the cutter and set aside. Repeat.
- Starting with the strawberries, skewer the washed and trimmed fruit onto the wooden food skewers or lollipop sticks.
- Carefully add one Rice Krispies treat on to the top of each skewer.
They don’t look quite as nice as the original post. The berries kept slipping down the skewers and the stars kept dropping off as they warmed up. I kept them upright in the cup overnight in the fridge, but the next morning they were still falling off. At least I was able to snap a quick photo of them in the original presentation form before having to store them laying down on a dish instead. All in all, I would say that it was a successful recipe taste wise but presentation left a bit to be lacking. I’m totally chalking that up to user error in some way though.
What have you made from your Pinterest boards lately?
Blogger Pinterest Challenge
As we’ve discussed, Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration for all kinds of projects. For more crafts, early education ideas and resources, please visit the Bright Horizons Pinterest boards. This week, the Family Room bloggers will all be challenging themselves to complete something they pinned on Pinterest. Check out the fun projects they’ve been tackling:
- Mary: An Apron for Grandma
- Amy: Frozen Yogurt Drops
- Media Mom: Put Down 50 Shades of Grey and Read A Good Book
- Kate: DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves for Kids