Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispy Treats!

First off, happy July 1st everyone! 😀

So I ask this question in all seriousness… is there anyone who doesn’t like rice krispy treats?   As a young kid I absolutely loved when my mom would make them and my highlight of going to Walt Disney World was getting the mickey-mouse shaped ones (my sister and niece recently brought my back one as a souvenir… yes!!).  Even at my age I have a hard time going to Starbucks without buying a marshmallow dream bar…

For months now, I’ve had this recipe pinned to my Fourth of July Pinterest board and have been dying to make them!  They are just so cute and I know they will be a hit at any 4th of July (or Memorial Day!) gathering.  The original recipe links to lilluna.com‘s blog.  Here it is, and here’s my experience making this delicious childhood-favorite dessert.

Ingredients:

6 cups Rice Krispies

1 Package Marshmallows

3 tablespoons butter

Red and Blue food coloring

Directions:

Well, here was my first mistake right off the bat:  I greased a 13×9 pan because, well, mom always made them in that size pan!  The recipe (in addition to the fact that you will be stacking the three colors) is small so I’d suggest either double the recipe or realize you will only get 16 small pieces.

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Back to the recipe:  First, separate each of the ingredients into 3 sets, each set consisting of  2 cups cereal, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/3 of the marshmallow bag.

On medium-low heat, melt the butter.

Melt butter and then add marshmallows.

Melt butter and then add marshmallows.

Add marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted.

They are beginning to melt, yay!

They are beginning to melt, yay!

Then add rice krispies and food coloring, stirring until they are completely coated and colored to your liking.  (I would stay away from using anything flimsy to stir with… mixing these puppies can get difficult so you’ll need a sturdy spoon or spatula…)

Beginning with the color you want on the bottom, spread each of the mixtures into your greased 8×8 pan.

Layer the batches with "white" aka no coloring in the middle.

Layer the batches with “white” aka no coloring in the middle.

All three layers!

All three layers!

Let these babies cool then slice them up and enjoy!

Halfway through slicing up my treats I realized I only have 9 small pieces so far!

Halfway through slicing up my treats I realized I only have 9 small pieces so far!

The final product! Lots of compliments :-)

The final product! Lots of compliments 🙂

TIPS AND TRICKS:

I’d advise doing these one “color” at a time but if you are short on time/impatient like I was, I ended up doing all three layers at the same time (Honestly, I started with one and when I got bored watching butter/marshmallows melt I decided to go gung-ho. Ahhh!!) There was a point that it got a little crazy and I had to call the bf in to help get stir the krispies and keep them off the heat so unless you have help I’d say do them one layer at a time.

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All three layers cooking at once can get a little crazy!!

Enjoy your treats and have a happy, healthy, and safe Fourth of July everyone!

❤ Jessi

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