A colorful take on the traditional Rice Krispies Treats recipe. Vibrant blues, pinks, purples, and yellows serve to brighten your day as you enjoy each bite.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good Rice Krispies Treat?! Well, I am sure someone out there doesn’t care for them, but I am pretty sure the majority of people seem to enjoy them just fine. With that in mind, Kim and I decided to tackle this childhood favorite. Since Easter is coming up, we wondered, “Wouldn’t it be fun if we make Rice Krispies Treats in a bunch of different colors? Like Easter eggs?!” That’s when it hit me. Why not combine two Easter favorites. Peeps and treats, it sounded splendid in my head.
When I mentioned it, Kim, she loved the idea. At first, we wondered if the Peeps would work. I mean, they are supposed to be made of marshmallows, but who knows, right? We came up with a backup plan just in case they melted into an unusable mass of sugar. Fortunately, nothing of the sort happened. They melted perfectly, and the colored sugar was spot on for what I had in mind. I wanted people to see these and think about all the eggs they had dyed over the years.
The warm pastel colors are more than I could have asked for and I am thrilled with how the recipe turned out. The flavor is nostalgic mixing the fluffy sweetness of marshmallows with the salty crunch of rice cereal. It’s a simple recipe that you can make with your children. You could even bribe them into doing this instead of dying eggs if you hate the smell of vinegar. I think, for us at least, making this dessert will become another Easter tradition. In closing, I wish everyone long life, everlasting love, and a full stomach.
Making these treats is an easy process. I just want to start off by letting you know this recipe and recipe card only explains how to make one batch at a time. So, if you want all the different colors, then you will have to repeat the process, again and again, using different colors. Fortunately, it doesn’t take very long to prepare the dessert, and you can make the other batches while the first one cools. Now that we have gotten that out of the way let’s get started.
First, go ahead and either use butter or a non-stick spray to coat the pan you are using. Otherwise, the cooled marshmallow with stick and tear when removing from the pan. After that take a large saucepan or stockpot and combine the butter and Peeps. Cook the mixture over low heat and stir it as the Peeps melt. Once the Peeps have fully melted, then add the cereal. You will want to stir it vigorously to make sure all the cereal gets coated with marshmallow goodness.
One tip Kim offered was to spray your spatula with non-stick cooking spray before you transfer the treats from the pot to the pan. Using the spatula, spread the mixture out in the pan. Make sure to spread the treats out evenly for cooling and presentation. Then set the pan aside to cool for at least 30 to 45 minutes. While it’s cooling, you can start making other batches and taking advantage of all those bright colors offered by Peeps. It looks pretty amazing to see a huge stack of brightly colored treats on a serving plate. After everything has cooled, you should be able to cut the treats into 9 even servings. Stack them up or just devour them as is, eat them the way you wish and savor the gooey goodness.
- 6 Ounces of Peeps (Approximately 20 Peeps)
- 1 ½ Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
- 3 Cups of Crisped Rice Cereal
Use extra butter or a non-stick spray and coat a 8x8 inch square pan to ensure treats don’t stick.
In a large sauce pan or stock pot combine butter and Peeps and melt the marshmallow candy on low heat while stirring. Should take approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove mixture from heat and stir in cereal making sure the it gets evenly coated with melted marshmallow.
Transfer mixture to greased pan and spread evenly.
Let cool for approximately 30 to 45 minutes then cut into even squares.
Makes approximately 9 servings
Repeat process to make additional batches using multiple colors of Peeps.
Makes one batch, use recipe with different colored Peeps to make multiple batches.