New Years. A time to reflect. A time to dream. A time to eat Rice Krispies.
I hated New Year’s Eve as a single adult.
There was always so much PRESSURE to find a cool party, with a cool guy, and have it be the “best time ever”.
But as married mama to kiddos, I really enjoy New Year’s Eve.
There is something magical about hanging out as a family, drinking sparkling cider, staying way to late, and enjoying the feeling that comes from knowing the Holiday craziness is over, another year is on the horizon, and being blessed to be part of crazy/fun/loving family.
So this time Team Kansas City’s Rice Krispies® Treats Making Memory Challenge is in the New Year’s Tradition of the British Poppers – called Snap. Crackle. Poppers. Rice Krispies® Treats that will delight every child who decorates it or “pops” it open.
Snap. Crackle. Poppers Rice Krispies® Treats
- 3 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter + extra butter for “greasing”
- 4oz. marshmallows (1/2 bag) – make sure bag is left open overnight
- 2 c. Traditional Rice Krispies®
- Candy of choice to fill
- Decorating Supplies (frosting, glitter, stickers – pretty much anything you want to use to make it unique.)
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)
Butter plastic cutting board.
Place half of marshmallow mixture on cutting board and make into a small loaf. (Around 5″ by 3″.) Try to compact the mixture as much as possible.
Once you have a compact loaf, take a small fondant rolling pin (or other small rolling pin) and roll out the mixture to a 1/4 inch thickness – trying to keep the shape of a rectangle. (You will need to work quickly. The cooler the mixture gets, the more difficult it is to shape.)
Take rolling pin and “roll” mixture into a cylinder with a 1 1/2″ circumference.
Remove rolling pin and pinch one end to desired look. If going for a tapered end, start about 1 inch in, pinch and crimp the end.
Tilt and fill with candy of choice.
Pinch other end.
Set aside and let harden for 24 hours.
Repeat with other half of RiceKrispies® mixture.
Decorate once hard with fondant, icing, stickers, glitter, etc. It’s all about being fun!
Note: You can make these ahead of time and freeze. Another idea is to put a small fortune, saying, or inspirational quote inside the crackers.
Place these Snap. Crackle. Poppers on each child’s plate on New Years and let them “crack” them open and see their New Year’s Surprises.
And now time to get to the extra fun part, one Kansas City Mama’s Reader will win a $100 VISA Gift Card.
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 if you make New Year’s Resolutions.
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. http://bit.ly/vDE9BM” And then leave a comment and let me know.
Contest will be open till end of day on December 11, 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 TheMotherhood.com Making Memories Circle. The pictures above were taken by the lovely and talented Kristen Doyle from Dine and Dish. (If you need any kind of photographer – she is amazing. Seriously.) But, these pictures are her property. Don’t steal them. I hear she has a gun license.
Abbreviated Rules. No Purchase Necessary. Begins no earlier than 12:00:00 AM (ET) on 11/14/11 and ends no later than 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 12/20/11. For complete Official Rules, go tohttp://web.mediacdt.com/docs/
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 New Year’s Eve are my own. Want more information – check out my full disclosure statement.