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4 Halloween Rice Crispy Treats That’ll Put the Trick Back in Your Treat

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Back in the day, Halloween wasn’t quite so complicated. Your mom cut some eye holes in a sheet, you threw it over your head and ran shrieking out into the street armed with an empty pillowcase. You met up with your best friends, ready to wreak havoc on the neighborhood, all while stuffing your face with candy and Halloween rice crispy treats.

Oh, how things have changed. Today’s kids aren’t satisfied with the generic ghost costume; rather, it’s essential that they have full-on, accessorized costume that makes them look exactly like their favorite super hero or Manga character.

Running wild with a group of other kids, no adults allowed? No way – today’s parents hover like helicopters, making sure that no shenanigans take place.

And random wandering around the neighborhood while trick-or-treating? That’s so passe. In fact, don’t be surprised if today’s kids are using their smartphones to map out the best candy-collecting routes, tweeting each other the GPS coordinates of the houses handing out the best candy.

But one thing hasn’t changed at all: That most delicious of all Halloween snacks — rice crispy treats! Today’s kids still love these sticky, wonderful concoctions. This year, you can bring them into the 21st century with some modern updates on a classic favorite!

 

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Candy Corn Triangle Treats on a Stick

Quick: Which candy is most evocative of the Halloween season? That’s right, candy corn! Nothing says “boo!” quite like those little orange and yellow treats; this fun recipe combines two Halloween classics – rice crispy treats and candy corn – into one seriously delicious finger food!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 24 drops yellow food coloring, divided

Make it:

Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 sec. Add cereal; mix well.

Pat 1 cup cereal mixture into 3-1/2-inch circle on center of large cutting board sprayed with cooking spray. Add red food coloring and 12 drops yellow food coloring to 2 cups of the remaining cereal mixture; mix well. Tint remaining cereal mixture with remaining yellow coloring.

Pat orange-colored cereal mixture into 1-1/2-inch-wide ring around cereal mixture on cutting board. Repeat with yellow-colored cereal mixture. Cool completely.

Cut cereal mixture into 12 wedges. Insert wooden popstick into rounded end of each wedge.

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Rice Crispy Sushi Rolls

Sushi and rice crispies… seriously! What could be more modern than a minimalist roll, all dressed up for Halloween? These cute treats are perfect for school parties, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 20 marshmallows
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 10 chewy fruit snack sheets
  • 40 bite-size fish-shaped chewy fruit snacks

Make it:

Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1 min. 30 sec. or until marshmallows puff, stirring every 45 sec. until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in cereal.

Unroll fruit snack sheets. Press 3 Tbsp. cereal mixture onto each sheet to within 1/2 inch of edge. Place 4 fish down center of each sheet; roll up tightly.

Cut each roll-up into 4 pieces.

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Frighteningly Fantastic Eye-Balls

These super-spooky Halloween rice crispy treats are sure to make your kids scream… right before they pop them in their mouths! With their googly, bloodshot eyes, these little snacks are sure to be a hit at your Halloween party.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) marshmallows
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 16 chocolate creme sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 36 mini chocolate creme sandwich cookies
  • 2 tsp. red decorating gel

Make it:

Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 sec.

Add cereal and chopped cookies; mix well. Roll into 18 balls.

Use thumb to make 2 indentations in center of each ball. Split mini cookies in half. Reserve plain halves for snacking or another use. Press remaining cookie halves, creme-sides up, into cereal balls for the eyes. Decorate with gel to resemble bloodshot eyes.

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Howl-oween Rice Crispy Treats

Admit it, you can’t get enough of the candy corn — so it’s imperative that you whip up a batch of these easy Halloween rice crispy treats for your next gathering. Or, just keep them at home and eat them all yourself! After all, you only get to have candy corn once per year.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 12 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups candy corn

Make it:

Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring in food colorings after 45 sec.

Add cereal and candy corn; mix well. Press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Cool completely before cutting into bars. Cut each bar diagonally in half.

Although all of these Halloween recipes are easy to make, you can make it even simpler – and less sticky — by spraying your hands lightly with cooking spray before pressing treats into a pan or rolling into a ball. Mix it up by using flavored marshmallows, and be sure to let your treats cool before attempting to cut them!

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