Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Summer Treats for Kids

Here's a treat that is cute, fun for the kids, and tasty to boot!

Watermelon Rice Krispies Treats


3 tbsp. butter or margarine, divided
3 tbsp. watermelon flavored gelatin (about 1/2 of a 3-oz pkg.)
1 pkg. (10 oz.) miniature marshmallows, divided
6 cups rice krispies cereal, divided
8 to 10 drops green food coloring 
Red or pink food coloring, if desired
1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate morsels


Microwave 3 tbsp. butter in large microwaveable bowl on high 25 seconds or until melted. Stir in dry gelatin mix. Microwave 15 seconds; mix well. Add 3 cups marshmallows; toss to evenly coat. Microwave 1-1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 seconds. (Bowl might be hot.) Add red or pink food coloring, if desired. Add 3 cups cereal; mix well.

Press cereal mixture into 6-inch circle in center of 8-inch round pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Microwave remaining butter in separate large microwaveable bowl 25 seconds or until melted. Add remaining marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 minutes, or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 seconds. Stir in food coloring. Add remaining cereal; mix well. Press to form rim around cereal mixture in pan.

Press chocolate morsels into cereal mixture in center as shown in photo. Cool completely before cutting into wedges.

Recipe note: How to use remaining gelatin: Add 1/2 cup boiling water to remaining dry gelatin mix in medium bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water. Refrigerate several hours or until firm.

Source: Kraft website. You can find it here.

Notes: The watermelon gelatin made these particularly tasty. I used pink food coloring to give a little oomph to the pink color provided by the gelatin mix. I started with the green rice krispies portion because I figured it would be easier to start with the "rind" and then add the "melon" in the middle later. These were quick, easy, cute, and delicious.


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