I’m looking forward to making these fun white-chocolate-dipped marshmallow crispy treats for our annual Halloween party with the neighbors again this year. Last year, we hosted the party in our backyard and documented it for TheInspiredHome.com. This year, our yard is still looks like a war zone after the tree fell on our house, so another neighbor is hosting. She’s a super-talented art director, jewelry maker (check out her cool artisan boutique) and baker, so I’m excited to attend her party. But since its a potluck, I’m planning to bring these treats again. They are so easy to make!
Its a good thing too because I think I may be getting in over my head a little with the kids costumes. I really enjoy making their costumes every year (its something my mom always did for us and a tradition I like sharing with them).
2015’s “Birds of a Feather” costumes
In the past I’ve sometimes encouraged them to do costumes that match thematically, but this year I let them have 100 percent control of their ideas. My sweet Lillian wants to be a gum ball machine, so there will be a ton of craft pompoms and hot glue in our future. Max, who’s only speed is VROOM, of course chose race car driver. Daddy insisted we go vintage, so we’re working on a vintage race car driver outfit complete with racing goggles and a cardboard wearable car. Wish me luck!
Anyway, at least the treats will be simple to make! Make a basic batch of marshmallow treats (or buy a box of the packaged variety), microwave some candy melts and get to dipping or spreading. Add some candy eyes and let them dry. Easy peasy.
I’ve also volunteered to bring a snack to Max’s preschool Halloween party. Since they only allow store bought treats, I’m kind of leaning towards this Jack-O-Lantern veggie platter I served at our party last year. I figure the kids will be loaded up with plenty of sugar so this might be a fun, easy way to encourage balance.
What sort of fun do you have up your sleeve for Halloween? Any great treats you can share? What about costumes. Do you prefer to make them or buy (no judgement there…I go gaga for the Chasing Fireflies costume catalog and even Costco has some super cute options!).
Monster Marshmallow Crispy Treats
Makes 16 treats
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 bag orange Wilton candy melts (or your color of choice)
1 bag purple Wilton candy melts (or your color of choice)
1 package Wilton candy eyes
- Melt butter and marshmallows in large pot over low heat until mixture is smooth, according to crispy rice cereal package directions. Remove from heat,
- Stir in crispy rice cereal.
- Spread mixture into a 13″ x 9” baking pan coated with cooking spray and use a piece of wax paper to press mixture evenly into pan.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into 16 squares
- Meanwhile, melt one color of Wilton candy melts in microwave or on stovetop according to package directions.
- Use a spoon to coat top 2/3 of each crispy treat square with melted candy then place treat on a piece of waxed paper. Decorate with candy eyes and allow to dry. Repeat with 7 additional crispy treat squares.
- Melt second color of Wilton candy melts and repeat decorating process with remaining 8 treat squares.
- When completely cooled, store treats in an airtight container. Treats will keep for about 24 hours.