Sunday, November 15, 2015

Halloween Fun: Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats!

I love Halloween!
And now that we have we kids, it's even more fun!
Last year we took the girls trick-or-treating, and they enjoyed it, but this year they were both SO excited!
Olivia didn't really care about getting candy, she just liked running from house to house and saying 'Trick or Treat!'. Lauren liked everything about it...especially the candy!

My little goblins as Princess Anna and a Police Officer.


When Lauren started preschool in September, I got excited thinking about all the preschool parties she'd be having and the fun treats that we I would get to make for them.
I've worked with kids in the ECE field for over 10 years, and as crazy as they were, preschool party days were my favorite!

So, for her first Halloween party I made (happy, not scary) Frankenstein Rice Krispie treats!



These were a little time consuming, but super easy to make!
I just made regular Rice Krispie treats and added green food coloring to the melted marshmallows.
Once they were hard enough, I cut them into squares, put the sticks in and dipped the tops into melted chocolate. Right after that I added some black sprinkles to make hair. Their eyes and smiles were made out of royal icing.

Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats:
(Adapted from www.ricekrispies.com)

To make the Rice Krisipie Treats:
I doubled the recipe (below) and was able to make around 30 Frankensteins.
Ingredients:
6 tbsp butter
8 cups miniature marshmallows
12 cups Rice Krispies/Rice cereal
2 tsp vanilla 
Green food coloring
Wooden popsicle sticks

Directions:
In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
Add marshmallows, vanilla and green food coloring.
Stir until completely melted.
Remove from heat.

Add rice cereal and stir until well coated.

Using buttered spatula evenly press mixture into
two 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. 

Let cool and cut into squares. Insert popsicle sticks.

To make the eyes and smiles:
Royal Icing:

Ingredients:
1.5 cups icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Wilton Christmas Red Icing Color
Wilton Black Decorating Gel

Directions:
Add icing sugar and milk to a clean bowl, blend with a mixer until it is mostly lump free. 
Add corn syrup and extract and continue to blend until smooth for about 45 seconds - 1 minute.
If it's too thick, add water by the drop. If it's too thin, add more confectioner's sugar.
*See note below

Divide the icing into separate bowls.
For the eyes, keep it white.
For the smiles, add the red color gel until you get the desired color.

Using a small round tip, pipe the eyes and smiles onto the squares.
I used a size 3 for the mouth and size 4 round tip for the mouth.

For the pupils, I used a small amount of Wilton black decorating gel.
Wilton sells candy eyes that can be used instead of royal icing, which I had wanted to use, but they were sold out everywhere.

**Royal Icing should somewhat hold it shape for a count of 10. This will make a perfect consistency for cookies and gingerbread house decorating  (scoop up some icing with a spoon and let it drizzle into the bowl. You should be able to see where you drizzled the icing for a count of 10...if it combines too quickly with the other icing it will spread out too much when decorating.)

To make the hair:
Ingredients:

Chocolate chips or melting chocolate wafers (I didn't actually measure them out, I just kind of guessed at how much I would need. Super helpful, I know!)
Black sprinkles

Directions:
To melt the chocolate, I used this chocolate melting pot.
If you don't have a melting pot, bring about an inch of water to a simmer in a saucepan.
Place a heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl.
Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens.
When chocolate is melted, remove bowl from heat.

Once the chocolate is melted, dip the tops on the squares in it. Place on a cooling rack or parchment paper and add the black sprinkles. 

For Lauren's party I decided to bag them up individually. And because I was in a bit a of hurry, it was almost midnight and I wanted to go to bed, I put the Frankensteins in the fridge to speed up the drying process. 
Be sure to let the black decorating gel (pupils) completely dry/harden before bagging the treats or the pupils will smudge...Like some of mine did. 

All bagged up and ready to go!
 
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