Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rice Cereal Stars Dipped in Chocolate




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.

Ingredients:
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

Kitchen Essentials:
Stove
Large saucepan
Wooden spoon
Cooking spray
2 cookie sheets
Parchment paper
Star-shaped cookie cutter (the bigger it is the easier it will be)
Microwave-safe bowl
Microwave
Refrigerator
Small plate

Prep:
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.


Directions for making the star-shaped stars:
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!



42 comments:

  1. These are so festive. I gotta make some with my kids tomorrow. :) Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! If you make them, please post a pic on our FB page. Would love to see how they turn out!

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  2. My kids will love this! It's fun to serve at the party~~~!

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  3. You are so talented! I love these, I bet they're fun to make too.

    xxx
    Jaclyn
    http://www.loveandbellinis.com

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  4. happy independence day to you both! These are so cute! Would love to do this for my little daughter, she will be ecstatic with sprinkles!

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  5. These are so sweet! they are like a cross of my favourite things - lollies - rice crispie squares- chocolate and sprinkles! Brilliant :D

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  6. My daughter has just proclaimed that ALL krispie treats need to be cut into cute shapes AND dipped into chocolate AND covered, not just sprinkled, with sprinkles. I think you have a new fan!!

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  7. Hello Mr. & Mrs. P!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my tea :)

    In the summer, when it's too hot to turn the oven on, rice treats are always the go-to for something easy and sweet! Love how you took a childhood favorite and turned into something fancy and festive.

    Have a fun & safe July 4th.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. No problem... Glad you liked our treats.

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  8. These are soo yummy and beatiful.They are good for parties..Thanks for sharing..

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  9. They look so festive and perfect. My kids would have a ball doing this.

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  10. These cereal stars are so cute! Great job! Are you almost ready for your 4th July party?

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  11. These are so cute! Love the way you presented them :) Happy 4th!

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  12. These are beyond adorable. Treats like this were my favorite when I was young, sprucing them up for a more adult crowd is just perfect!

    xx Kait | ChickadeeSays | Food Should Taste Good Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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  13. I love Rice Krispie Treats and this is a great excuse to make some for the 4th!

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  14. So adorable and fun!! Nothing beats dipping foods in chocolate in my opinion :D

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    1. Lol everything tastes better dipped in chocolate

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  15. Oh my goodness, these are so super cute! I haven`t bought Rice Krispies in the longest time, I really need to go out and get some!

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  16. what a great treat to make with kiddies will keep it in mind have a great 4th of July

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  17. Oh, those are so cute! However, I am unable to leave Krispies alone and will literally eat them while they're still gooey and scalding hot, haha. I can't resist them!

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    1. lol.... Yes we love them still hot too!!

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  18. This is another cute one! Very creative :)

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  19. What a clever idea! This is so attractive, all kids and adults will love it.

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  20. How adorable and festive are these?! Such a cute, sweet treat for the 4th! Hope you two have a fun and delicious weekend!

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  21. These are so cute, what a great idea!

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  22. These can only be described with one word - fun!

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