Use a dolphin shaped bento mold to transform ordinary cereal treats into these sweet Rice Krispie Treat Dolphins for your summertime party. These 3-D treats are so easy to make that you will have an entire pod of them ready for your party guests in about 15 minutes.
I know I have mentioned my affinity for the ocean on more than one occasion here on Hungry Happenings, but surprisingly I've never mentioned my love of dolphins, nor have I made many dolphin treats. A few years ago, I made some Sea Animal Cupcakes that featured dolphin tales, shark fins, and whale flukes, but that is it.
That really amazes me. I am a bit obsessed with the intelligent creatures of the sea.
I've swam with them on more than one occasion, gotten to kiss one, and even gotten to dance with one. I've been a dolphin trainer for a day and didn't want the day to end. I've had to resist the temptation to jump overboard when I saw an enormous pod of these playful animals in the Pacific Ocean. I have their images on t-shirts, bags, and hats and I even have an entire bathroom decked out in dolphin accessories.
Yep, like I said, I'm obsessed.
So, when I created a group of desserts for a beach themed graduation party, I absolutely had to make some dolphins.
Fortunately just before the party, I spotted a Dolphin Bento Mold on Amazon.com (affiliate link.) I just had to have it. I wasn't sure what I would make using the mold as it's meant for rice. I tried fudge and modeling chocolate but had trouble getting both out of the mold. When I made a batch of marshmallow cereal treats and tried them in the mold, I found it worked great.
I just had to adjust the color so my dolphin treats would look more like dolphins and not golden brown imitations of my favorite animal. That was an easy fix. I added a bit of white candy melts and a drop of black food coloring and got a nice grey colored treat.
Being I made these for my nephew's graduation party, I thought it would be fun to add some graduation caps to the treats too. I attached a tiny peanut butter cup and a square of dark modeling chocolate and some white modeling chocolate tassels. They turned out so cute.
I'm going to show you how to make the Rice Krispie Treat Dolphins below, but if you'd like to get an idea of how I made the graduation caps, check out my Fondant Autograph Dog post. You can use modeling chocolate for the base of the cap, if you prefer, or use a tiny peanut butter cup, like I did. Or, you can just leave them plain which is perfect for any under the sea party, pool party, or beach party.
Rice Krispie Treat Dolphins Recipe
- 5 ounces marshmallows
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup 2 ounces White Candy Melts
- black food coloring or use 1 black candy melts
- 3 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
- 16 mini chocolate chips
Heat marshmallows, butter, and candy melts in a large microwave safe bowl on high power for 30 second increments, stirring after each until melted.
Stir in 1 drop of black food coloring, if using, to make the marshmallow mixture light grey.
Stir in Rice Krispies Cereal.
Press cereal mixture into your 3-D dolphin mold filling it to the top.
Turn mold upside down and allow treat to pop out. (Use a thin knife to help it out, if it wont pop out on it's own.)
Repeat, creating 8 dolphins.
Insert one mini chocolate chip eye on either side of each dolphin's head.
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To make your dolphins, just whip up a batch of the rice krispie treats and butter the inside of the dolphin mold. If you are looking to make homemade Rice Krispie Treats, head on over to my new website, HowToMakeRiceKrispies.com. You can also check out how we taste tested 20 versions of the Rice Krispie Treat recipe to come up with the absolute BEST Rice Krispie Treat Recipe. This is a great way to add some extra flavor and love to your treats.
Press just enough of the marshmallow cereal mixture into the mold to fill it. Use a thin knife to release the treat from the mold.
Insert mini chocolate chip eyes on either side of the dolphin's head.
That's it. They are so easy to make.
If you want to add a graduation cap, attach them using melted chocolate.
Embrace the beautiful weather that we are having and make some of these gorgeous and scrumptious Summer Fun Recipes.
You can find the tutorials for the projects by clicking on the links below.
Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Chocolate Beach Pails • Butterscotch Crunch Starfish
Sandcastle Lollipops • Caramel Rice Krispie Turtles • Beach Party Popcorn
Under the Sea Popcorn • Beach Ball Cheesecakes • Under the Sea Gumdrops
Caramel Rice Krispie Treat Starfish • Chocolate Sea Shells • Rice Kripie Treat Dolphins
Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Palm Tree Cookies