A Gluten Free Halloween treat and perfect DIY activity with Kids!
After the pumpkins have been carved and the costumes have been selected, what other Halloween fun can be had? If you need another Halloween activity to make more memories with your kids, or if you just want to “wow” your friends at the next Halloween bash then gather your ingredients and get ready for a delicious treat! Rice Krispie treats happen to be one of the easiest (and tastiest) recipes you can make and they’re also extremely versatile. You can mix in whatever you’d like and even create characters like ghosts, pumpkins, bats or Frankenstein’s. They are the perfect treat for the Halloween season.
In true Erin Baker’s fashion, we opted for only the best ingredients around when making these rice krispie treats. As far as marshmallows go, you can’t beat Dandies corn-syrup free marshmallows - they are a great option if you want a quality marshmallow without any junk! If you prefer to make your marshmallows from scratch while avoiding corn syrup and additives, you can use this yummy Marshmallow fluff recipe from Attainable Sustainable. These adorable treats are ridiculously easy with only 3 ingredients: butter, marshmallows and puffed rice cereal. If you’re short on time, you can make this recipe even easier by using pre-made rice krispie treats. Since the recipe for the treats themselves is so simple and quick, I recommend making them on your own. Everything tastes better homemade.
After you’ve decided which method to use and you’ve made your rice krispie treats it’s time to get them into shape. You will want to let the hot marshmallow/ cereal mixture to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before shaping your ghosts. Once they’ve cooled, use a pair of gloves and grab a handful of rice krispie treats. Squish and mold the rice krispie treats into a ghost shape. I went for a bell-shaped ghost, but you can get creative with whatever shape seems right to you! If you want your ghosts to appear to be floating, use cake pop sticks or popsicle sticks in the bottom of the ghosts and display them in mugs or vases. I found using the sticks made it easier to add chocolate and allow the ghosts to solidify.
Stick the Rice Krispie treats in the refrigerator to cool for about 10 minutes then use melted white chocolate to add a thin white coating to your ghosts. Use a small bowl and melt about ½ cup of white chocolate chips at a time for 1 minute. You may need to use a spoon to ensure an even application. As the chocolate is setting use a small sifter to sprinkle a light layer of powdered sugar over the ghosts. The white chocolate tends to have a little yellow tint and the powdered sugar really helps to make them look both white and floaty.
There are a few options for your ghost facial details. I really loved the look of eyes only, but you can also add a mouth to yours. Both look adorably spooky! You can use a small utensil like a popsicle stick to sketch on eyes or a mouth for the ghosts. You can also use solid chocolate chips, edible googley eyes, or black icing to get whatever look you’re trying to achieve. After decorating, place the ghosts in the refrigerator until solid. If you find that your ghosts treats are too large by the end you can add eyes to both sides and slice them down the middle to double your batch.
I had some extra marshmallows and rather than leave my ghosts lonely I used some of our Homestyle Double Chocolate Granola to make Granola Krispie Bats – oh boy am I glad I did this! The white chocolate ghosts are very sweet and having a chocolate option was the perfect compliment. These are a heartier treat great for any shape that just needs to be cut out with a cookie cutter. They would be a little more difficult to squish and shape into a 3D figure so if you want to use granola to make all of your rice krispie treats I’d recommend using half granola and half puffed rice cereal. Using Granola for Rice Krispie treats makes them more decadent and chewier than rice cereal but they also have added benefits like fiber and omega 3’s from the oat bran and flax seeds. You can get my favorite Double Chocolate Chunk Homestyle Granola online.
These Ghost Kripsie Treats would be a great tradition for your family to make every year; the right amount of fun, messy, simple and sweet!
Halloween Krispie Treats Recipes
White Chocolate Ghosts Krispies
Makes 16-20 ghosts
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 6 cups Marshmallows
- 6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal
- 11 oz White Chocolate chips
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar
- ¼ cup Chocolate Chips
- Melt butter in a pan
- Add marshmallows and mix until melted
- Remove the mixture from heat
- Pour Rice Krispie cereal into a large bowl and mix in the marshmallow mixture until well combined
- Allow to cool 5 – 10 minutes
- Using gloves, grab a handful of rice krispie treats and shape into bell like figure. Add popsicle sticks to the base of the treats if desired.
- Cool the ghost shaped treats in the fridge for about 10 minutes
- Microwave ½ cup of white chocolate chips at a time for 1 minute. Using a spoon cover the ghosts with a thin layer of white chocolate. Continue process until all ghosts are white.
- Use a small sifter to cover the ghosts with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
- Melt chocolate chips and use a small utensil to draw eyes and any other feature onto the ghosts.
- Refrigerate and enjoy!
Double Chocolate Bat Krispies
Makes about 10 bats
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 3 cups Marshmallows
- 3 cups Double Chocolate Homestyle Granola
- Bat cookie cutter
- Melt butter in a pan
- Add marshmallows and chocolate chips and mix until melted
- Remove from heat
- Pour Granola in a large bowl and mix in chocolate/marshmallow mixture
- Allow to cool
- Spread on a baking sheet and set aside for 10 minutes to cool
- Using a bat shaped cookie cutter, cut out 10 bats. Remove the bats from the pan and place in a separate container to cool in the fridge.
Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
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