4th of July Rice Crispy Treats

Looking for an easy treat for your Fourth of July barbecue this weekend? These festive treats are easy to make and are sure to impress your friends and family.

My Aunt used to make flavored rice crispy treats for family parties and I absolutely loved them! I will take them over plain rice crispy treats any day! When I was thinking about red, white, and blue recipes that I could make this week I knew I just had to make these. Unfortunately, I’ve never tried using blue jell0 in the recipe before and I never suspected that it would turn out green…weird…blue jello is very blue when it is made. Anyways, I guess I’m not the only one because I was reading this post yesterday, and apparently the blue jello doesn’t work so well with popcorn either. Hmm. I’m not completely ready to throw in the towel yet, I think it might work if you add some blue food coloring. I will definitely try it next time. I’m wishing I would have tried it with these, but I had a little helper and the cereal was added before I realized that there was going to be a problem. I almost scrapped the whole treat and wasn’t going to blog about it, but it is just too tasty not to share.

Flavored Rice Crispy Treats:

1/4 cup butter (or margarine)
about 54 marshmallows
6-7 cups crisp rice cereal
about 4 Tablespoons Jell-o gelatin dessert powder (I used cherry and blue raspberry)

You will make three different layers/colors. Start by dividing the butter into thirds. I used three microwave safe bowls. While one layer was microwaving, I worked on the next layer.

Melt 1/3 of the butter in the microwave. Add about 18 marshmallows and stir to coat. Then microwave again until marshmallows are melted around 1 minute.

For the red and blue layers: Add about 2 Tablespoons of Jell-o powder and mix thoroughly. **Note–for the blue layer, you might want to add some blue food coloring at this point so that your blue layer turns out blue and not greenish like mine. I haven’t tried adding coloring, but I would think it would work.**

For all layers: Add 2 cups of crisp rice cereal (more or less depending on how coated you want them to be). Press mixtures into a greased foil-lined 9×13 baking dish. You can press it neatly into layers or just mix it all up together. Cool completely. Then cut into squares or shapes and enjoy!

(Flavored recipe idea inspired by Aunt Susan. Basic recipe adapted from Jet-Puffed Regular Sized Marshmallow Bag — similar to this recipe, but not the same)

If you decide to cut out the shapes using cookie cutters, it helps to butter the cookie cutter periodically to prevent too much sticking. You will also have some leftover pieces. I loved eating them as bite sized treats while writing this post:

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One Response to 4th of July Rice Crispy Treats

  1. This is perfect. Well actually the only thing that could make it better would be sprinkles because everything is better with sprinkles. Then again maybe that is weird. Great idea to use cookie cutter shapes.

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