DIY Monster Rice Krispie Treats

If you follow this blog, you know I love to reenvision the classics with a healthy twist….but, not this time! I am a big believer in splurging when the occasion calls for a cheat day! Any time there is a celebration, I will enjoy whatever sweet treat someone puts in front of me – cake, brownies, pie, you name it! Yet of all the days that fall under this category, Halloween is certifiably the one that makes candy non-negotiable. Before I knew that trick or treating had been canceled in Dallas to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I had every intention of using my baby face and 5’2″ frame in the hopes of passing as a child and collecting candy door-to-door. With that not being an option though, I decided to make these fun DIY treats for a small Halloween gathering that my friends hosted!

Aside from the fact that these treats are adorable, they harken back to one of my favorite childhood treats – Rice Krispie treats! I can still remember how those prepackaged Rice Krispie Treats smell and can hear the foil wrapper crunch between my fingers. I can’t help but feel nostalgic when I think about them. Of course, these treats have a ghoulish spin on them that is perfect to serve for Halloween!

Monster Rice Krispie Treats

Monster Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: 12 treats
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rice cereal
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 10-oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • white chocolate candy melts
  • candy eyes (I used the Wilton brand)
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Once melted, spray a silicone spatula with nonstick spray and stir the marshmallows into the pan, reserving 1 cup of the marshmallows to stir in at the end.
  4. Once the marshmallows are just melted, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rice cereal and reserved marshmallows.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and press down firmly with the back of your spatula into an even layer.
  6. Allow the Rice Krispies to cool completely before turning out the Rice Krispies and slicing them into 12 bars.
  7. Before moving onto the decorating stage, line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  8. Next, melt the white chocolate candy melts in 20-second increments in a microwave-safe bowl and stir in the food color. I used about 2 cups of candy melts total and divided them up for each color I used. You can also use pre-colored candy melts to save a step.
  9. Dunk the end of each treat into the melted white chocolate and shake off any excess. Place each treat on the parchment-lined baking sheet and top each with candy eyes.
  10. Once the chocolate has set, enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container until ready to eat! *Best eaten the same day.

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