My mom is the freaking queen of adorable holiday treats. For whatever reason, she has always loved Halloween (I will never understand). I’m more of a Christmas gal myself, but I will never turn down a festive treat, regardless of season. So of course, when she whipped up these Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats while I was home visiting, I couldn’t help but watch and learn. She’s a kitchen magician, folks….that’s really all there is to it. Not only are these treats easy to make, they are one that people of any age can enjoy. My grandma was delighted when she saw them and my cousin’s little girl thought they were awesome, too. Regular candy corn? Ew, no thanks! Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats? YES PLEASE!
Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
For this recipe, you will need:
3 tbsp. ghee (I use this brand)
6 cups puffed rice cereal
1 bag marshmallows
yellow, orange and white food coloring (white can be tricky – I love this one)
I’m not re-inventing the wheel here, but just in case anyone is unfamiliar, for this recipe you will use the classic Rice Krispie recipe with a bit of modification.
1. In a large pot on the stove over medium heat, melt the 1 tbsp. ghee and 1 cup of marshmallows.
2. Mix in a splash of vanilla and about 2.5 cups rice cereal (enough to absorb the marshmallow).
3. Stir in the yellow food coloring.
4. Now, you’ll need to work a little bit quickly, because the mixture “sets” pretty fast, but you’ll want to take your yellow mix and spread it into a rectangle shape on top of your wax paper. About the size of a loaf pan is a good estimate for it, but it doesn’t have to be perfect! Set it aside to harden a little bit.
5. Next, melt 1 tbsp ghee and 1 cup marshmallows in your pot again.
6. Mix in a splash of vanilla and about 2.5 cups of rice cereal (enough to absorb the marshmallow).
7. Stir in orange food coloring.
8. Working quickly, stack the orange rice krispie mix on top of the rectangle shape you built with the yellow rice krispies, building it up slightly to ultimately form a triangular cone-shaped mound.
8. For the final layer, melt 1 tbsp ghee and 1/2 cup marshmallows in your pot again.
9. Mix in a splash of vanilla and about 1 cup of rice cereal (enough to absorb the marshmallow).
10. Stir in the white food coloring.
11. This is the last layer in the candy corn, so when you layer it on the others, make sure it creates a cone shape with a slight point at the top.
12. At this point, you will have a long, layered mound of rice krispies that come to a slight point at the top.
13. When everything is cool, slice down the treats to form individual “pieces” of candy corn.