Last year I participated in the Rice Krispies Making Memories Challenge with my good friends and fellow Kansas City bloggers, Kristen from Dine and Dish and Kelly from Kansas City Mamas. We created four different Rice Krispies treats that were unique and a whole lot of fun! We made Kettle Krispies …a twist on the salty goodness that is kettle corn, then there were the Tangy Watermelon Treats …these tangy treats were an ode to all things summer and fun! Halloween brought around a fun monster craft and Cinnamonster Treat Snack Mix…where we turned traditional Rice Krispies treats into a snack mix that frankly, we just couldn’t stop eating! Finally, we rounded out the year with Snap.Crackle.Poppers! We rolled and twisted our Rice Krispies into the traditional New Year’s Eve poppers toys that children and adults both love!
While I’ve always loved Rice Krispies treats, I really hadn’t begun making them for my kids yet before this challenge started. Now? I’m forever coming up with a new idea that would make them a little different and a lot of fun At our house, we also make them with Earth Balance and Gluten Free Rice Krispies to make sure that all of our dairy-free/gluten-free dietary needs are met.
Well, Rice Krispies wants to keep the memories going and has scheduled a Twitter Party with all of the previous contestants from the Making Memories Challenge as we talk about to make Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats for the holidays that will spark memories with your kids that last a lifetime.
The twitter party will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 1-2 p.m. CST. (You can RSVP here or follow the hashtag: #RiceKrispies on Twitter.)
Even better? Of COURSE there will be prizes!!
Rice Krispies will give away five total prizes, each consisting of a Rice Krispies Treat making kit with all the ingredients you will need to create yummy Rice Krispies Tree Trimmer Treats at home with your little helpers, plus additional holiday-themed goodies. Winners will be chosen randomly from among participants who respond correctly to trivia questions.
It will be a good time… I know this because not only will I be there … but the ladies joining me? I could sit in a room and chat up for hours! If you don’t already, follow me, @JennHethcoat , on Twitter along with these wonderful women:
It’s OCTOBER! Time for yet another rendition of the fabulous Team Kansas City’s Rice Krispies® Treats Making Memory Challenge!
This fall we were given the challenge to create a…*gulp* Crafty Rice Krispies® Treat recipe.
I don’t do crafty.
I like to THINK I do crafty….but when push comes to shove… I.Don’t.Do.Crafty. Time to rely heavily on the expertise of my teammates.
So we toiled. We contemplated. We racked our brains.
And when we couldn’t even come up with a day to meet that fit all of our schedules…. we knew we were in trouble.
Have no fear… it all worked out in the end. We created a fun Cinnamonster Rice Krispies® Snack Mix that will tempt every treat lover that walks past.
Cinnamonster Rice Krispies® Treat Snack Mix
- 3 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
- 4oz. cinnamon flavored marshmallows (1/2 bag)
- 2 1/2c. Traditional Rice Krispies®
- Cinnamon Sugar (Mix to your personal cinnamon/sugar preference)
Melt 3Tbsp. Butter in a heavy saucepan over med-high heat.
Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted and mixture is smooth.
Add RiceKrispies® to hot mixture in saucepan (this keeps them warm, and thus easier to manipulate, longer)
Spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet and pull out small chunks of RiceKrispies mixture one at a time to work with. Pull apart enough to make small balls of krispies treats, slightly smaller than “bite sized”.
You will need to work quickly. The cooler the mixture gets, the more difficult it is to shape.
Roll each ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat. Set aside on waxed paper.
If not using immediately, cover tightly to store.
Tip **If you want a more crunchy texture to your cinnamon balls, set your marshmallows out the night before so that they dry out. They will melt as normal but when the final mixture cools it will be more crunchy and less chewy.**
Mix Cinnamon balls with 1 1/2c. popped popcorn, 1/2c. salted cashews and 1/2c. chocolate candy pieces.
Just in case cinnamon isn’t your thing (or because we couldn’t stop ourselves) here is a chocolate variation: Swap out cinnamon marshmallows for chocolate ones and Cocoa Krispies® for the traditional ones. In the mix, use candy corn in place of chocolate candy pieces.
Oh wait. Crafty. That’s the fun part! After seeing these serving dish monsters in a magazine we just knew they were right for our project.
While the craft in our project isn’t edible… it is the craft that keeps on giving! We can reuse these containers over and over again … all
year October long!
Felt Monster Containers
Wrap a piece of felt around a used container and secure with hot glue. Your felt should be 2-3 inches taller than the container while leaving roughly 1 inch of felt hanging over the bottom.
Fold the ends of the felt under the bottom of the canister and glue them down for a smooth finish to the bottom edge of the container.
Cut flaps, wedges or spikes into the felt that rises above the container. This will be the monster hair.
Glue felt shapes and stripes on your container to satisfy your inner monster designer. Use “Googly Eyes” and “Pom Poms” for random effects.
The especially fantastic part of this is that there is really no “right” or “wrong” way to make these…. you can do whatever you want. Perfect for those of us who are “less than crafty”.
Our kids loved rolling the cinnamon balls in sugar and helping to glue the accouterments onto the monsters (they got carried away with the “Googly Eyes”). We had a fun afternoon creating (and then devouring) this snack with our kids…. you will too!
No! Wait!! Don’t go yet…. I forgot to mention ….
The $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway! (You didn’t think I’d really forget, did you?)
On top of inspiring some fantastic Rice Krispies® Treats, the sponsors at Rice Krispies® and the great women at The Motherhood are offering a $100 Visa Giftcard to one of you, my lovely readers!
What do you have to do to win this? Leave me a comment here and tell me what is your favorite Halloween treat.
Okay, okay… if you want one more chance to win you can Follow Me on Twitter and tweet this:
Cinnamonster #RiceKrispies Treats Snack Mix and a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card from @SuperJennBlogs Enter Here http://bit.ly/nLX7pm
Leave me a comment with the link to your tweet and you’ve got your second entry!
This contest will be open until Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 11:59 CST. I will draw a winner on Wednesday, October 26 and post it by 11:00 CST and contact the winner by email (Make sure I can get your email from your entry!). The winner will have 24hrs to get in touch with me or I will draw a new winner. You must be 18 and a US citizen to enter and win.
Guess what? All three of my teammates, Kelly from Kansas City Mamas, Kristen from Dine and Dish and Julie from My Kansas City Mommy are each giving away their own $100 Visa Gift Card, too. Visit them for an even better chance of padding your wallet.
Want to see the amazing competition we are up against? You can see all of the entries on TheMotherhood.com Making Memories Circle!
Now for the disclaimers:
- The pictures here were taken by the lovely and talented Kristen Doyle from Dine and Dish. These are her property…don’t steal them…no matter how cool you think they, or our magnificent recipe are.
- The Motherhood and Rice Krispies pay me and my teammates to compete in the Making Memories Challenge. By competing we stand to win a prize. OF COURSE these are my thoughts…its my recipe!