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Written by Darci Tomky   


The snap, krackle, pop of Rice Krispies first began talking to cereal eaters at the breakfast table in 1927, and today Rice Krispies are treating Americans to creations in all shapes, sizes, flavors and colors.

To the delight of elementary school kids (and adults), the recipe for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Marshmallow Treats were first advertised in 1940 and have continued a yummy tradition ever since. The sticky, sweet, crunchy treats were actually first popular for mailing to service people overseas in WWII.

I’ll admit I ate my fair share of pre-packaged Rice Krispies Treats in my school lunches, and Rice Krispies Treats cereal was probably the best idea to ever hit the 1990s breakfast tables. Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please!

Earlier this month, I was feeling quite patriotic with Independence Day and all, so I whipped up some red, white and blue Rice Krispies Treats for a picnic barbecue. I may have gone a bit overboard, walking out of the grocery store with my arms overflowing with Rice Krispies boxes and bags of marshmallows. “Making Rice Krispies Treats today?” asked the store clerk. “You know it!!”

I made three batches of treats for my three layers, but I’m sure one or two would have been sufficient. Just split your recipe into thirds and use food coloring mixed with the melted marshmallows and butter for the red and blue layers. If you’re feeling extra patriotic, you can even add red, white and blue sprinkles on top. Bonus points if they’re in the shape of stars.

If you are a recipe follower, I found the actual recipe for you at

Yes, I know the Fourth of July has passed, but you can still be patriotic any time of the year! Or, you can check out the adorable Watermelon Rice Krispie Pie from on-rice-krispie-pie/.

Nothing says America and summer like watermelon! These are super easy to make and definitely make a statement. And who ever thought of adding Jello to your marshmallow treats?

If you’re serious about getting a bright color, especially with red, I’d suggest buying some higher quality food coloring. (It’ll always come in handy, I promise!) Otherwise, you’ll find yourself adding drop after drop after drop and all you get is pink! Also, when you add the coloring to the marshmallows, make it a bit darker than you actually want it, because when you add it to the white cereal, the color lightens up.

Fourth of July Rice Krispies

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 package marshmallows
3 tablespoon margarine or butter
Food coloring (red and blue)

Divide the Rice Krispies and marshmallows in three for the three layers (2 cups Rice Krispies and about 2 cups marshmallows). Stick marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl along with the margarine (1 tablespoon) for a few minutes or until they start to get big and almost touch the top of the microwave. Take them out, stir well and add the food coloring. Then add the 2 cups of Rice Krispies and stir well.

Press into well-greased 9x9 (a 9x13 works but makes thinner treats). Do this for all 3 layers starting with the blue, then white (which is just regular and requires no food coloring) and then red. Pat down all layers really well using wax paper. Let set for a bit, then cut, serve and enjoy!

Watermelon Rice Krispie Pie

Red Portion:
4 cups Rice Krispies
4 cups marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter
Red food coloring or 1 box of
watermelon, cherry or strawberry Jello

Green Portion:
4 cups of Rice Krispies
4 cups of marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter
Green food coloring

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a large microwavable bowl or in a double boiler over medium to low heat. Remove from heat and add in the green food coloring. Add in the Rice Krispies and stir until the cereal is completely coated. Press into a greased round 14x3-inch pan (or 2 8x3 pans) and press up against the sides to form a crust (about 1/2 inch tall and 1/4 inch thick).

Repeat steps above for the red portion using either green food coloring or the box of watermelon flavoring. Press into the center of the pan, working your way outward. You may have to use cooking spray on your hands to keep the cereal from sticking to it. Top with raisins, chocolate almonds, chocolate sunflower seeds or chocolate chips. Allow to rest for 1-2 hours before cutting and serving! Slice it up like a pie and ENJOY!

Holyoke Enterprise July 18, 2013