Kids Craft for Halloween: Creepy Crispy Treats
Harry (my son) and I had such fun making these Halloween treats. It’s the first time I’ve ever made rice cereal treats, and Harry was very keen, too! (I think he knew the potential of how messy this activity could get; only last week he saw me trying to melt marshmallows in the microwave. Things got very sticky, but we did laugh at the mess made by the expanding marshmallows taking over my microwave!) There wasn’t as much mess created with these ‘creepy’ mini treats, but they are great fun to make and really delicious. And, you’ve guessed it, the main ingredient is rice cereal! So why not get the kids involved and make your own ‘creepy’ crispy treats for Halloween?! — Cassie Brown
- 180g Rice Cereal (any brand will do!)
- 300g Marshmallows (preferably white)
- Orange Wilton Food Colouring
- Green Wilton Food Colouring
- Red Wilton Food Colouring
- Wilton Candy Eyeballs
- 45g Butter or Margarine
- A Small Amount of Royal Icing (in a small piping bag)
- Mixing Spoon
- Dessert Spoon
- 3 Medium Bowls (to mix food colours in)
- Non-Stick Mat (I used Wilton’s measuring mat)
- Piping Bag
Place the butter or margarine in a saucepan over a low heat. Grease your mixing spoon with butter/margarine too (this will prevent the butter/margarine from sticking to the spoon) and gently stir until it begins to melt. (I made the mistake of not greasing the spoon first, and things got very sticky!)
Add the marshmallows to the butter (this was Harry’s job) and continue to heat and stir until the ingredients are smooth and melted.
Take the melted marshmallow mix off the heat and pour in the rice cereal. Using a clean mixing spoon, combine the rice cereal with the mixture until all the cereal is coated.
Now the fun really begins! Add 2 large spoonfuls of the rice mixture into a bowl and colour with orange food colouring. Using a clean spoon greased in a little butter/margarine, mix well. (This was another task for Harry.)
Cover your hands with a small amount of butter or margarine. Take a handful of the orange-coloured rice mixture and roll it into a ball, and then gently squash it so the top is flat – this will create a pumpkin-like shape. Place it on a non-stick mat to dry. Repeat this until you have 10 little pumpkins. (Harry and I enjoyed completing this stage and the following stages together.)
Add a spoonful of the non-coloured rice mixture to another clean bowl and add some green food colouring. Like the previous stage, grease your hands with a little butter or margarine and then shape the rice cereal into little storks for the pumpkins. Repeat this 10 times. (Harry had a little green mix left over, so he made some one-eyed monsters using a little royal icing to attach candy eyeballs.)
(Confession time: I realised I made the mistake of using pink and white marshmallows in the second stage! As we are making ghosts, I should have used only white marshmallows. Our cereal mix had a slightly pink tinge, and so did our white ghosts! Harry thought this was quite funny, but if you want white ghosts, please only use white marshmallows!) Using half of the remaining non-coloured mixture, create as many golf-ball-size rice balls as you can. Gently squeeze each ball in the middle, then use your fingers to make the top half of the ball smaller to create the head of the ghost. Once you’re happy with the shape of your ghosts, attach a candy eyeball to each one using royal icing.
With the remaining rice cereal mixture, Harry wanted to create little bones. However, as our mixture had a slight pink tinge, we decided to create brains instead! To make mini brains, make as many oval balls as you can from the remaining mixture. Then use the handle of a spoon to press down across the centre of each ball – this will create a brain-like shape. (I asked Harry about painting them with red food colouring, but he felt faint at the thought of ‘blood’ and decided against this. I waited until Harry was in bed before painting them with red food colouring. I think they look great, but don’t tell Harry!)
“It’s great fun taking the time out to do some cooking with the kids, and I think it’s even more fun when you’ve never tried the recipe before as you’re learning together. We had great fun and lots of laughter creating these Halloween treats, and because it wasn’t me telling Harry what to do, we both learnt things along the way. Happy creating! P.S. they tasted pretty good, too!” — Cassie Brown