Jars, Just in Time

funfetti rice krispie treats

Two days before Christmas, my guy scrambled to think of gifts for his little cousins. All four of them loved Angry Birds, but their parents had already bought every toy and game that Walmart stocked. With the sky-high prices to FedEx online orders overnight, my guy was ready to wave the white flag and wrap each of them a paperclip.

 

As I prepared the adults’ presents, cornbread-in-a-jar, I nearly knocked over a box of Rice Krispies while reaching for the sugar, which caused the light bulb above my head to flicker.

 

What about making Rice-Krispie-treats-in-a-jar for the kids?  

 

funfetti rice krispie treats

 

And not just any Rice Krispie treats… Funfetti rice krispie treats.

 

My guy loved the idea so much that I almost gave him his own jar! Except we ran out of glassware… So I mixed up a batch for him after the holidays instead.

 

funfetti rice krispie treats

 

Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats

makes 16

Feel free to substitute other sprinkles, but try to avoid the tiny multi-colored balls. They bleed all over the place!

3 c. puffed rice cereal

3 tbsp multi-colored stick sprinkles

1 tbsp butter

2¼ c. mini marshmallows

  1. Grease an 8” x 8” baking pan, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the cereal and sprinkles. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows, and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the cereal, and stir with a spatula until all of the cereal is coated. Spread the cereal mixture into the prepared pan, and press down using greased hands or wax paper. Let the treats cool slightly before cutting into 16 squares.

 

funfetti rice krispie treats

 

January 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals.

40 Comments

  1. pudbakes replied:

    they look amazing, much more interesting than normal rice krispie treats

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! They were a big hit. Everyone loved the sprinkles, especially the little kids. (And my guy ate 4 as soon as I finished photographing them!)

  2. meeramadhavan (Stovetops&Stilettos) replied:

    Oh how cute and colorful! 🙂

  3. Liz replied:

    pretty!

  4. Corina replied:

    I loved rice krispie treats when I was a kid. My mum never made them (because she thought they were too unhealthy) so I was always excited to visit a friend or go to a birthday party where I could eat them. They were like a forbidden treat.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      As a child, the main times I got to eat rice krispie treats were after soccer games! Each week, a parent brought fruit for half-time and a snack for after the match. My parents always brought fruit juice and healthy granola bars, but some parents spoiled us with rice krispie treats. I loved those games!

  5. irena078 replied:

    Simply love colorful things and these one are good enough to make happy not just little kids!!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Me too, I love bright colors! They make me smile. These treats disappeared too quickly though; I’ll have to make another batch with even more sprinkles!

  6. Colleen replied:

    Love gifts in jars! These rice krispie treats look delicious… and dangerous! I think I could eat the whole pan myself…

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I definitely could too, but I tried to limit myself to just one so my guy could have as many as he wanted… I gave almost all of my gifts in jars this year! I made a school supplies jar for my brother, a stress survival jar for my mom, and a hiking helper jar for my dad. It was really fun to decorate the jars too!

  7. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    Gasp! Gorgeous! Your rice krispie creations keep making me drool! Read your comment above… love the jar gifting theme! Too cute!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’ll be sure to make you a jar the next time I see you! I love my jarred gifts… They’re so fun to make, and it’s really easy to personalize them for each recipient!

  8. 100CookBooks replied:

    These look very cute. How long do they keep for in a jar ?

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! The cereal and sprinkles will keep for a very long time. The marshmallows begin to stick to each other after a few weeks, but since you’ll melt them down for the recipe, that doesn’t really matter too much.

  9. daisyandthefox replied:

    these do look like such fun and yummy treats! 🙂

  10. BekAtCrave replied:

    That’s adorable and practical! What did the kids think of the food gifts? I’ve always wondered how’d kids respond to getting food for presents. As a kid I loved getting choccy and stuff but I also got other gifts from them.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      From what I heard, they loved them! (And the parents loved them too, mainly because we made each kid their own and didn’t make siblings share…) I loved chocolate and candy canes as a kid, but I didn’t like it so much when I got healthier food!

  11. Mary replied:

    these are simply gorgeous – what a lovely gift!
    Mary x

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I had just as much fun putting them together as I’m sure the kids had making the treats!

  12. Susan Lynn Byerly Smith replied:

    Is this the right amounts for putting in a jar? I love the idea of the fluffy white marshmallows topped by sprinkles!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Just about! I used a larger sized mason jar for the gifts, and I put 3 cups of rice krispies, 3 tablespoons of sprinkles, and 2 cups of marshmallows inside. (My guy likes his rice krispie treats with extra marshmallows, which is why I added the extra ¼ cup in the recipe above.)

  13. krrichar replied:

    Love this! These are so adorable and DELICIOUS looking.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! They were definitely tasty… We finished them off so quickly that I barely had time to photograph them! I’d say that’s the mark of a good recipe. ;]

  14. Magnolia replied:

    Adorable! I love the colors!

  15. lizatemir replied:

    very colourful and (looking) delicious 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I definitely needed a little color to brighten up the overcast and foggy winter days we’ve been having. And the rice krispie treats were so quick to make!

  16. glamsticks replied:

    These look very pretty and I’m already thinking of ways to veganise them 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I try to make many of my recipes vegan-friendly with just a few substitutions (like Earth balance for butter, or Ener-G for eggs [I almost exclusively use Ener-G in my baking!], or any type of milk). I haven’t tried vegan rice krispie treats, but I’ve seen corn syrup used instead of marshmallows! Maybe that would work?

  17. Allison replied:

    These look fun! Now that they have gluten free rice krispies, I plan to make these for my daughter. Her first birthday is coming up, these may be great for the pink elephant party theme!

  18. sula1968 replied:

    Great idea

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! Everyone loved them (including me, seeing as they were simple to throw together!).

  19. losingmylemons replied:

    Oh these are adorable! Gotta make these for my daughters next birthday party, too cute!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I hope your daughter enjoys them!! They were a hit with us adults too. We finished the entire pan off in less than 2 days!

  20. muffinsandmocha replied:

    I will have to try this! It looks really yummy and colorful! 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I hope you do! We loved them, especially on the gray days we had that week. They were gone in less than 2 days, even without any kids in the house! ;]

  21. bakearama replied:

    I love the idea of putting the funfetti in, they look fab!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! Kids of all ages (including me, the adult!) seem to love sprinkles. They brighten anyone’s day!

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