Celebrate Independence Day by treating your family and friends to these adorable little patriotic rice cereal stars! Although this recipe involves various steps, it is relatively easy and definitely fun! This is a great activity to do with kids too.
3 tbsp. butter
1 bag of mini marshmallows
6 cups of rice cereal
6 oz. of red Candy Melts brand chocolate
6 oz. of white Candy melts brand chocolate
2 tsp. Crisco
Red, white and blue sprinkles
2 cookie sheets
Star-shaped cookie cutter (the bigger it is the easier it will be)
Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Make room in your refrigerator to put the cookie sheets in after the stars have been dipped.
Directions for Rice Cereal Treats:
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, making sure not to burn it. Add the marshmallows and stir until they have all melted. Next add the cereal and stir until completely coated. Turn the stove off.
Spray the cookie cutter lightly with cooking spray. Wash and dry your hands then spray with cooking spray to avoid the treats sticking to your hands as you work. Take about a tablespoon of the rice cereal treat mixture and press into the cookie cutter over a piece of parchment paper. Make sure you press well in the five corners of the star. Try to keep the top as flat as possible. Using one finger, press the middle of the treat while you gently lift the cookie cutter with the other hand. Place on the cookie sheet and continue to make stars.
Tip: Work as quickly as you can because it is easier to make the stars while the treats are still warm.
Directions for the chocolate-dipped stars:
We began with the red stars. Place the red chocolate and 1 teaspoon of Crisco in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Take it out of the microwave and stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir. Continue this process until the chocolate is smooth.
Dip the flat side of the stars into the chocolate about a third of the way up the sides. Place the stars on the parchment paper chocolate side up. Quickly sprinkle the sprinkles over the top before the chocolate sets. Continue until half of the stars and dipped in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
Next, repeat the process with the white chocolate. Place a handful of sprinkles in a small plate and while the chocolate still warm, dip them in the sprinkles.
After the chocolate has set for all the stars, place on a platter or get creative and make a centerpiece out of them like we did.
Here's how we made the centerpiece:
1) We spray painted a tin can red and let it dry overnight. We did about two coats of paint.
2) We printed out a TNT google image from the internet and taped it to the can with glue dots.
3) We placed floral foam inside of the can.
4) We stuffed the top of the can with yellow plastic baggies, but you could also use tissue paper.
5) We placed skewers from Party City with red, white and blue aluminum decor into the foam.
6) Finally, we placed plain BBQ skewers into the treats and placed them into the foam.
We hope you have a fun time creating these cute little stars for your family and friends!