Pumpkin and Monster Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

I really like making rice krispie treats, but I haven’t made them in ages! I kept seeing pictures of these pumpkin and Frankenstein ones on pinterest and thought I would try them.

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I used a plain recipe for normal rice krispies and then decorated them based on the photos I had seen. I had never made these without a microwave before, but I don’t own one so I was going to have to try it over the stove this time.

This big tips I would say if doing this on the stove, is keep the heat low and keep stirring!

I made the Frankenstein ones first and was worried that they hadn’t turned green enough when I only mixed the colour into the marshmallows, so in the pumpkins I also mixed colour into the dry rice krispies before adding them to the marshmallow mixture. Both wound up turning out really well, so you can do what ever you prefer!

These are great treats for kids (one those of us who are kids at heart) and the clean up is a breeze! The sticky mess in the pot will completely dissolve if you let some hot water sit in it for a few minutes.

These have gone down very well and I hope you enjoy them too!

Frankenstein Rice Krispies

This recipe made 9 large treats at 300 calories each.

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Ingredients:

  • 36g butter
  • 212g marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • green food colouring (I used gel colouring)
  • 4.5 cups rice krispies
  • 150g dark chocolate (you may want to use more than this to make decorating easier)
  • small amount of white icing (I posted a good recipe for this here)

Preparation:

  1. Melt butter over a low heat in a large pot on the stove.dsc_9834
  2. Place in the marshmallows and melt them over low heat stirring continuously.
    • You can just melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave as well.
  3. Turn the heat off and add the vanilla and colouring before mixing well.
    • I used a substantial amount of colouring for these as I had a mix of pink and white marshmallows that I had to colour. I have also just discovered gel food colouring, which is a lot better than the UK version of liquid colouring, which is VERY watery.
  4. Mix in the the rice krispies and stir until well covered in the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Press mixture into a lined baking tin (mine is 12″ x 9″).
    • Careful! The marshmallow is hot and sticky.dsc_9840
  6. Allow the mixture to completely cool before cutting into nine (relatively even) pieces.
  7. Pipe a pair of icing blobs for eyes on each square.dsc_9849
  8. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove.
    • I melted 300g to make it easier to dip in the squares, because only half of that is needed I just saved the rest for future baking.
  9. Dip the top end of each treat into the chocolate and place on a lined tray to let the chocolate set. I propped mine up on knives to stop the chocolate from sticking to the baking paper.
  10. Now place some of the melted chocolate into a piping bag (I just use a ziplock bag and cut the corner off).
  11. Wait until the chocolate is cool, but still a liquid and use it to add pupils to the eyes and pipe out different mouth shapes.
  12. Let ingredients set and enjoy!!!!

 

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

I made 8 treats, each is 238 calories.

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Ingredients:

  • 36g butter
  • 212g marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • orange food colouring (I used gel colouring)
  • 4.5 cups rice krispies
  • 3 full sized cadbury chocolate flakes cut into thirds (you can use 8 tootsie rolls instead).

Preparation:

  1. Melt butter over a low heat in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Place in the marshmallows and melt them over low heat stirring continuously.
    • You can just melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave.
  3. Turn the heat off and add the vanilla and colouring before mixing well.
    • I also mixed some food colouring through the dry rice krispies. I wouldn’t do this with liquid colour as it will make them melt, but it worked with gel colour.dsc_9841
  4. Mix in the the rice krispies and stir until well covered in the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Let the mixture cool enough that it won’t hurt you, but so it is still malleable.
  6. Take a blob of the mixture and shape into balls with your hands.
    • This is a very sticky process, but the trick is to really press the rice krispies together so they stick to each other more than you.
  7. Place onto a lined baking tray and use your finger to press a hole into the top of each ball.
  8. Place one cadbury flake section into each hole and press the rice krispies in to hold it.
  9. Let set and enjoy!!!

Hope you like these yummy treats! You could make them smaller for more bite sized bits, but remember that the decoration will get trickier!

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And the easy printer version:

Frankenstein Rice Krispies

Ingredients:

  • 36g butter
  • 212g marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • green food colouring (I used gel colouring)
  • 4.5 cups rice krispies
  • 150g dark chocolate (you may want to use more than this to make decorating easier)
  • small amount of white icing (I posted a good recipe for this here)

Preparation:

  1. Melt butter over a low heat in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Place in the marshmallows and melt them over low heat stirring continuously.
    • You can just melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave as well.
  3. Turn the heat off and add the vanilla and colouring before mixing well.
    • I used a substantial amount of colouring for these as I had a mix of pink and white marshmallows that I had to colour.
  4. Mix in the the rice krispies and stir until well covered in the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Press mixture into a lined baking tin (mine is 12″ x 9″).
    • Careful! The marshmallow is hot and sticky.
  6. Allow the mixture to completely cool before cutting into nine (relatively even) pieces.
  7. Place a pair of icing blobs for eyes on each square.
  8. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove.
    • I melted 300g to make it easier to dip in the squares, because only half of that is needed I just saved the rest for future baking.
  9. Dip the top end of each treat into the chocolate and place on a lined tray to let the chocolate set. I propped mine up on knives to stop the chocolate from sticking to the baking paper.
  10. Now place some of the melted chocolate into a piping bag (I just use a ziplock bag and cut the corner off).
  11. Wait until the chocolate is cool, but stick a liquid and use it to add pupils to the eyes and pipe out different mouth shape.
  12. Let ingredients set and enjoy!!!!

 

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

  • 36g butter
  • 212g marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • orange food colouring (I used gel colouring)
  • 4.5 cups rice krispies
  • 3 full sized cadbury chocolate flakes cut into thirds (you can use 8 tootsie rolls instead).

Preparation:

  1. Melt butter over a low heat in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Place in the marshmallows and melt them over low heat stirring continuously.
    • You can just melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave.
  3. Turn the heat off and add the vanilla and colouring before mixing well.
    • I also mixed some food colouring through the dry rice krispies. I wouldn’t do this with liquid colour as it will make them melt, but it worked with gel colour.
  4. Mix in the the rice krispies and stir until well covered in the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Let the mixture cool enough that it won’t hurt you, but so it is still malleable.
  6. Take a blob of the mixture and shape into balls with your hands.
    • This is a very sticky process, but the trick is to really press the rice krispies together so they stick to each other more than you.
  7. Place onto a lined baking tray and use your finger to press a hole into the top of each ball.
  8. Place one cadbury flake section into each hole and press the rice krispies in to hold it.
  9. Let set and enjoy!!!
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