December 9, 2010

Chocolate Dipped Fruity Crispy Treats To Share The Holiday Spirit

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Doesn’t that look good? How can something so simple be so decadent? Remind you of childhood? And it’s so colorful. Because experts say food should be colorful!

As a Smart & Final Smartie I get the opportunity to do fun stuff like talk about holiday baking and pay it forward for Thanksgiving. So when Collective Bias invited me to make some holiday goodies and share them with a friend, I was excited and I knew what BabyGirl and I would make and who I would share the holiday baking joy with.

Crispy Rice Treat are part of my childhood. Now that I’m a mom, I love making them and seeing the excitement that comes with eating them.  A few years ago I was on a Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles kick and started mixing different types of cereals together depending on my mood.  And my mood was festive, so I went for something colorful that would excite kids but could also make a grown up want to dig in.

For my friend (and one of my wonderful readers) TC I wanted to make something that she could make with her kids and that wouldn’t be too fussy.  I’d toyed with giving her caramels or truffles, but when you have 3 kids under 6 you don’t have time for such grown up holiday treats. I knew TC would love these and could easily enlist all her kids to help and get in the holiday baking spirit.

I headed to Smart & Final to pick up the big boxes of regular crispy rice and the Fruity Pebbles, along with some butter and marshmallows.  And then I decided I’d zhughz it up (yes, that’s not a real word but it’s pronounced zhughz, just like it’s spelled) and dip them in chocolate. Because everything’s better with chocolate!

I love that these are so simple and easy to make and so much fun to eat. And because I’m going to make them into lollipops, they will be even more fun to eat!

I wrapped them individually so TC wouldn’t have the kids wanting more and more. Also, so she won’t be tempted. I know how these things can be, especially late at night when you’re craving a little something sweet.

I made these into little balls, bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a baseball. Definitely manageable for little kids! I got a cute little red serving dish at Smart & Final, and it was shaped like a tree.  After all the Crispy Treats were on it you couldn’t see it, but I know TC will enjoy having it after all the goodies are gone.

I called TC and invited myself over. She was so gracious even though it was quite time and she and her hubby were getting dinner ready and trying to coordinate a family night out.  So I barged in, bringing gifts! And TC was so excited not only to have a great treat for the kids, but because I included all the ingredients for her to make them she could easily get the kids in the holiday spirit with a little bit of fun ‘baking’.

Happy Holidays TC!

I hope TC has as much making more fun Fruity Crispy Treats as I had making them for her. If you want to make some with your family, I bet you’d have a ton of fun too!

Chocolate Dipped Fruity Crispy Rice Treats

4 cups Mini Marshmallows
3 cups Crispy Rice cereal
2 cups Fruity Pebbles
4 Tbsp Butter
8 oz Chocolate Morsels, melted for dipping

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.

Remove from heat and add cereal. Fold together so you don’t crunch all the cereal. Make sure it’s well coated.  It’s going to be sticky.

Using buttered spatula or wax paper press the mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.

Allow to Cool slightly if you’re going to roll them into balls.

If you roll them into balls, work fast because they’re easier to roll when they’re warm.

If you don’t want to roll into balls, cut into squares.

Once they’re set, if you want to dip them in chocolate put 6oz of the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, then mix.  If it’s not melted, put it in for 30 seconds again. Be careful not to burn it. Once it’s melted, remove from microwave and add remaining 2oz chocolate to help temper the chocolate.

Dip the Crispy Treats in the chocolate, either all the way or just a little. Put on wax paper to set. You can refrigerate to speed the process.

Put into food-safe bags to share as individual treats!

I’ll be making those caramels and the truffles, so stay tuned! And I’ll be making cookies too because I’m heading to a cookie exchange!

It was so much fun sharing this with TC and taking her all the ingredients. I hope you’ll consider sharing some holiday baking fun with people in your life.

Sara

{ 2 comments }

Amy @ Dealusional December 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

Yum! Those sound so yummy and full of sugary goodness!

Vdemetros December 9, 2010 at 8:06 am

Yum! She looks very happy. Barge into my home with sweets any time you want!

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