Everyone loves Krispy Treats and, as far as sweet treats go, they aren’t the worst thing you could eat. Depending on the size, one of these is about 150 calories. That’s not too bad. Fun sized candies are about 80 calories each, and these are at least a little more substantial. You can even get brown rice cereal, but I always say that if you’re eating treat food in responsible moderation, go ahead and go for the real treat.
The most difficult part of making shaped Rice Krispies Treats is molding them. I read quite a few “pumpkin Krispies treat” recipes, and some used things like a muffin tin or bowl to make the shape. That was just a mess. The easiest way is just to get your hands in there and shape them yourself. You have to wait until the cereal is cool enough to touch, but not long enough so the cereal begins to harden.
The top of my pumpkin is made of a fun sized Snickers bar cut into thirds, but I’ve seen these made with green gum drops, Tootsie roll candies or even piped icing. I just used Snickers bars because I like them, and I had some in my Halloween candy. You could also decorate the front of the pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns. You could using royal icing and attach M&Ms or gut gumdrops and make shapes or just pipe faces on them.
This is just a basic Rice Krispy Treat recipe with added food coloring.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows OR 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
- 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
- Orange food coloring
- Fun sized Snickers
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and add orange food coloring.
- Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
- Shape into about 12½-cup round balls. Use buttered utensils or buttered hands (rub butter on them or spray with cooking spray).
- Add snickers bar to top for stem.