Use beach sand molds to create cute Rice Krispie Treat Sea Animals including crabs, crocodiles, fish, whales, and more. These sweet treats are easy to make for a summertime party or snack.
Today, I'm going to show you how to use sand molds, something your kids would normally use at the beach, to create sweet Cereal Treat Animals.
I've used similar techniques a few other times at Hungry Happenings.
Aren't they fun?
These simple plastic toys can be an amazing tool in the kitchen and they are cheap! You can often find them at dollar stores, and it's a great idea to stock up on them at the end of the summer when they are on clearance.
If you've made Rice Krispies Treats before, you know how quickly they come together. Take just a bit more time, and you can transform ordinary square treats into fun animals to serve at a party or as an afternoon snack.
This recipe includes some white chocolate which helps make the cereal treats easier to mold plus it adds a nice chocolate flavor.
Your Rice Krispie Treat animals can be left a nice natural color if you don't want to have any artificial color in your treats.
If you like, you can even add some sparkle by coating your natural or colored treats in colorful sugar.
So many options. So easy. So, let's get started.
Rice Krispie Treat Sea Animals
(makes 1 or 2 large or up to 6 small animals)
¾ cups white chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter, plus extra to butter hands and supplies
*If you want to make several different colors, I recommend making smaller batches using ¼ cup white chips, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 cups mini marshmallows, and 2 cups cereal. It is easier than trying to divide the marshmallow mixture once it's melted.
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In a microwave-safe bowl heat the white chocolate chips, butter, and marshmallows on high for 45 seconds.
Stir with a buttered rubber spatula or spoon.
Return to microwave and heat for 30 more seconds, then stir.
If the marshmallows and white chocolate aren't melted, return to microwave and heat for 15-second increments, stirring after each, until melted.
Note: You can also melt it in a saucepan set over low heat on the stove.
If adding color and you want just one color, add food coloring to a large batch of marshmallow mixture and stir. Add more coloring until you reach the desired shade. Stir in Rice Krispies until well blended.
*If making smaller batches so you can use a variety of colors, melt ¼ cup white chips, 1 tablespoon butter, and 2 cups mini marshmallows for 30 seconds in the microwave.
Stir in food coloring. If not completely melted, heat for 10-second increments until melted. Stir in 2 cups of cereal.
Spoon some of the natural or colored cereal mixture into one of your molds. Use your buttered hands or gloved and buttered hands to press the mixture into the mold.
Add more cereal as needed, pressing down firmly to compact it in the mold. Press it flat on top, removing any cereal that hangs over the mold.
To un-mold, turn the mold upside down and pull on the plastic wrap being careful with the smaller detailed areas.
Remove the plastic wrap.
To add sparkle, press colored sugar onto your cereal treats. I filled a bowl with colored sugar and pressed an animal face down into the sugar. It stuck nicely.