Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Patriotic Rice Krispie Treat Pops

Can you believe that the 4th of July is on Friday? The summer is flying by! I really want to take the kids to a firework show, but they don't start until 11:30pm here in Alaska. I don't know if the kids can stay up that late. 

It's one of the quirky things about living here. We were at our friend's house a few years ago on New Year's Eve, when we saw a big fireworks show going off over the mountains. We thought it was a little weird, but my friend informed us that New Year's Eve is the night for fireworks since it doesn't really get dark enough on July 4. I never would have thought of that!

So there won't be any sparklers or fireworks in the streets for the kids. They are actually illegal in Anchorage. Bummer! I guess we will have to travel out of state next year so that the kids can experience the joy of twirling a sparkler around.

Although they can't twirl a sparkler, they can twirl these Rice Krispie treat pops. Kids LOVE treats on a stick. My kids helped me make these and they went nuts for them. These aren't just any ol' Rice Krispie Treats though. They are double marshmallow, ooey gooey treats, topped with a drizzle of candy melts and fun sprinkles. I placed them on these paper straws from Amazon, but you could also use lollipop sticks or leave the stick off all-together. They are super cute no matter how you make them! 

Patriotic Rice Krispie Treat Pops
Servings: Depends on size of cookie cutter

5 tbsp. salted butter
2 (10 oz.) bags mini marshmallows, divided
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 cups Rice Krispies*
White candy melts or white chocolate chips
Red and blue sprinkles
Lollipop sticks or paper straws (I cut the straws in half)

(*For gluten-free treats, use gluten-free Rice Krispies. Regular Rice Krispies contain malt which contains gluten.)

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add 1 bag of marshmallows and melt over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Once melted, stir in the salt and vanilla. Add the Rice Krispies and stir to coat. Stir in the second bag of marshmallows. Cook for another minute or until the marshmallows just begin to soften. 

Immediately, pour the Rice Krispie mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Press into an even layer with a spatula or with wet fingers. Let cool. 

Once cool, transfer the wax paper with Rice Krispie treats to a cutting board. Cut into stars. If the treats begin to stick to the cutter, dip the cutter in water. Use a knife to help pry the treats up and transfer to another baking sheet lined with wax paper. (Save the scraps for snacking!)

Melt a handful of candy melts or white chocolate chips in a bowl according to the directions on the package. Using a fork, drizzle over the stars. (I only drizzled two stars at a time so I had time to add sprinkles before the candy hardened.) Immediately, add sprinkles. Place the star on a straw or lollipop stick.

Source: adapted from Ree Drummond via Food Network

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