This is a great treat for kiddos to help with and eat. They are smaller then regular out-of-the-package treats so there is some portion control there. Not that they are any healthier but… who’s counting calories at 3 years old?
You will need all the stuff for making rice crispy treats (marshmallows, rice crispies, butter) as well as sprinkles, cookie cutters, wooden dowels, and chocolate of whatever variety you want, and some kind of something to stick the dowels into so they stand up. I made a couple of varieties of treats here so maybe some parchment paper also.
Make the rice crispy treat mixture according to the box of cereal (3 tbsp butter, 4 cups mini mellos and 6 cups of cereal). Then place it on a VERY well greased cookie sheet and smash it down REALLY hard.
Then you cut out shapes with the cookie cutters and placed them on another cookie sheet with the parchment paper. (I originally tried to put the shapes on the dowels and cover them with chocolate but they just wouldn’t go together enough to stay. I think next time I might use more of the marshmellow mixture and less cereal and see if that helps them stick together better for that.)
Melt the chocolate in the microwave 15 seconds at a time. Stir and stir and stir and stir like crazy and remember that it doesn’t take much heat for chocolate to melt. Just time. To much heat will make it seize up so just nuke it a little and then stir a bunch.
I’m not sure how much texture I want to sacrifice for the whole treat-on-a-stick thing. Therefore, for grown ups, these ones get drizzled with nice chocolate and they get some sprinkles but NO STICKS because they just fall off. After drizzling the chocolate, I turned around and found Abby (all on her own) tightly making balls of treats and putting them on the sticks. She’s a cooking genius. Anyway, the pops are totally her thing.
We covered them with chocolate and sprinkles also. They are in the fridge hardening now.
Cate also wanted to help. Andy is getting the hang of using the camera. It’s really fun to do this with the kids.