Cinnamonster Rice Krispies Treat Snack Mix Recipe + $100 Visa Card Giveaway

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It’s a gazillion-eyed, several-horned, flying purple people eater. Sure looks strange to me….

It’s getting close to Halloween and that means it is time to showcase Team Kansas City’s Rice Krispies® Treats Making Memory Challenge. This time we were challenged to come up with an original recipe and a craft.

And for those that follow Kansas City Mamas – you know that I don’t do crafts. Ever. At All. Nada.

Which is fine if you have other members on your team that are crafty.

Um, we don’t. We like to think crafty. We just don’t do crafty. (Proof being the blister on my finger from the the hot glue gun.)

But never fear, we put on our thinking caps. Rolled up our sleeves. Had a class of wine and created a fun and VERY easy craft that would be great a kid’s Halloween party favor or as a decoration at your next home football party.

Here is our soon-to-be famous Cinnamonster Rice Krispies® Treat Snack Mix that will tempt every salty sweet lover who walks past.

Cinnamonster Rice Krispies® Treat Snack Mix

  • 3 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 4oz.  cinnamon flavored marshmallows (1/2 bag)
  • 2 1/2c. Traditional Rice Krispies®
  • Cinnamon Sugar (Mix to your personal cinnamon/sugar preference)

Melt 3Tbsp. Butter in a heavy saucepan over med-high heat.

Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted and mixture is smooth.

Add RiceKrispies® to hot mixture in saucepan (this keeps them warm, and thus easier to manipulate, longer)

Mix thoroughly.

Spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet and pull out small chunks of RiceKrispies mixture one at a time to work with.  Pull apart enough to make small balls of krispies treats, slightly smaller than “bite sized”.

You will need to work quickly.  The cooler the mixture gets, the more difficult it is to shape.

Roll each ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat.  Set aside on waxed paper.

If not using immediately, cover tightly to store.

Tip **If you want a more crunchy texture to your cinnamon balls, set your marshmallows out the night before so that they dry out.  They will melt as normal but when the final mixture cools it will be more crunchy and less chewy.**

Mix Cinnamon balls with 1 1/2c. popped popcorn, 1/2c. salted cashews and 1/2c. chocolate candy pieces.

Just in case cinnamon isn’t your thing (or because we couldn’t stop ourselves) here is a chocolate variation: Swap out cinnamon marshmallows for chocolate ones and Cocoa Krispies® for the traditional ones.  In the mix, use candy corn in place of chocolate candy pieces.

And now the craft….After seeing these serving dish monsters in a magazine we just knew they were right for our project. Easy. Reuseable. Cute.

Felt Monster Containers

Wrap a piece of felt around a used container and secure with hot glue. Your felt should be 2-3 inches taller than the container while leaving roughly 1 inch of felt hanging over the bottom.

Fold the ends of the felt under the bottom of the canister and glue them down for a smooth finish to the bottom edge of the container.

Cut flaps, wedges or spikes into the felt that rises above the container.  This will be the monster hair.

Glue felt shapes and stripes on your container to satisfy your inner monster designer.  Use “Googly Eyes” and “Pom Poms” for random effects.

The best part of the craft – there is no “right” or “wrong” way to make it. Which is perfect for those of us who are less than crafty or have kiddos that are less than crafty. Our kiddos were great helpers during the challenge.

The  loved rolling the cinnamon balls in sugar and helping to glue the accouterments onto the monsters (they got carried away with the “Googly Eyes”).  This is a fun afternoon project for your family and then you have snacks for the game too.

And it is time to give away the $100 Visa Gift Card Courtesy of Rice Krispies® and the great women at The Motherhood.

Here’s How To Enter The Giveaway

(Remember, each comment is considered a entry – so leave a separate comment each time.)

Leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite Halloween Candy.

Additional entry: Become a email subscriber to Kansas City Mamas. (I promise, I won’t spam you.) And then leave a comment and let me know.

Additional entry: Post the following on your Facebook page, “Want a to win a $100 Visa Gift Card? Check out this great giveaway from Kansas City Mamas.” And then leave a comment and let me know.

Contest will be open till end of day on October 17, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and has 48-hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good Luck.

Guess what?  All three of my teammates, Jen from Super Jenn, Kristen from Dine and Dish and Julie from My Kansas City Mommy are each giving away their own $100 Visa Gift Card, too.  Visit them for an even better chance of getting some loot.

Finally…Want to see the amazing competition we are up against?  You can see all of the entries on Making Memories Circle. The pictures above were taken by the lovely and talented Kristen Doyle from Dine and Dish. (Seriously – I want to be her when I grow up.) These are her property. Don’t steal them even though they are amazing because I hear she has mafia as cousins.

Official Rules: No Purchase Necessary. Begins no earlier than 12:00:00 AM (ET) on 9/15/11 and ends no later than 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 10/26/11.  For complete Official Rules, go to ( ). Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Subject to complete Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: The Motherhood;

Disclosure: The Motherhood and Rice Krispies pay me and my teammates to compete in the Making Memories Challenge. By competing we stand to win a prize. While I’m very competitive, opinions about crafts, Rice Krispies, and football are my own. Want more information – check out my full disclosure statement.

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  1. says

    Instead of making popcorn balls, I make rice krispy balls for my neighborhood children. That way even the little one can eat them too. and to make them for Halloween just add candy corn, or even gummy them.
    a bag of marshmallows, 1/4 cup margarine, 6 cups rice krispies, and a bag of candy corn or gummy worms
    melt margarine and rice krispies in microwave. add cereal and candy corn mix well and shape into balls wrap in cellophane wrap and you have an inexpience halloween treat to give out for the kids

  2. Mami2jcn says

    I shared on FB with my username Mary Happymommy–

  3. Susan says

    I know it’s not candy but this time of year I love pumpkin pie ice cream….any ice cream place….it’s my treat :)

  4. Molly says

    i love Brach’s pumpkins. and i think it’s a good thing that my teeth start to hurt from all the sugar before i can eat too many… it helps the self control.

  5. says

    My favorite Halloween candies is twix!!! Well, technically, they are just my all time favorite. 😛 Thanks for a chance to win.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  6. Leann Lindeman says

    My fav candy….. Hmmm. Hard to say, I like lots of different candies. Lol. Currently I am lovin Twix.

  7. Alice says

    I love peanut M&M’s– I always grab for that funsize yellow bag .. or more like ‘did’ back in the trick or treating days. =P

  8. Heather H. says

    I love the mini snicker candy bars. I try to beg them off my kids when they get them trick or treating. :)

  9. Courtney Mayorga says

    My favorite Halloween candy is peanut butter snickers! New this year – but can’t wait!

  10. stacy s says

    By far my favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s PB Pumpkins! The ratio of PB to chocolate is sooo much better than traditional cups!

  11. Ann Smith says

    I agree the Reece’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins are amazing…it is totally the ratio between the chocolate and peanut butter…love them!!!

  12. amanda says

    my favorite candy is probably snickers – but I’ve also been digging some cheap crunch bars I got from couponing recently!

  13. Lisa says

    My favorite Halloween Candy….those peanut butter kisses wrapped in orange and black paper that nobody else likes….i love em!! And I only see them at Halloween….so trick or treat!! :)

  14. becca says

    LOVE the mini snickers bars. I like to tell myself it is not as bad to eat like, 30, of them because the are so small….

  15. Laurie says

    Just one candy, huh? When I was a kid,
    I liked getting the homemade carmel popcorn
    balls from the neighbors. Things are a little
    different now…..

  16. Kira says

    I love those little snickers bars that are bite size. I could seriously eat an entire bag of those!

  17. stephanie miller says

    my fave is the candy corn! esp the ones shaped like little pumpkins. we dont buy those anymore, im the only one that likes them so i eat the whole bag!

  18. Amanda says

    I can’t help myself when it comes to bite-size Snickers. They’re so small, it’s impossible to stop with just one…or two…or three…

  19. Tracy Simons says

    hmmmm, if I MUST make a choice, I would go with tootsie roll!! The bigger ones, the better 😀

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  23. Kristin says

    reeces peanut butter cups, but I can’t eat peanut butter now as it upsets my 10 month old son’s belly!! :(