If you follow me on Pinterest you may noticed my “Kids Fun Foods” board in which of course I’m pinning fun and creative food ideas kids would love. I try to to make something fun for my kids (often inspired by stuff I’ve pinned to that board) once or twice a month, and every time I do they get so excited! This time around I thought I’d share with you which one I was making because chances are your kids are on summer break too so it would be fun for you to get in the kitchen together and make these! I love how easy these Watermelon Rice Krispies Treats are, I love that they call for ingredients I always have on hand, and I love that they are treat my kids and I both agree on. We are huge rice krispie treats fans around here (and we’re always adding in extra marshmallows! And can we talk about the fact that it’s actually Rice KrispieS treats with an “s”? We’ve never said it that way. It just doesn’t sound right).
I opted not to flavor these with watermelon flavor (I’ve seen it done with and without). I bought a real watermelon flavor online and it tasted and smelled like nothing like a real watermelon (more like artificially flavored and scented lip balm) so I’d rather just stick with the plain flavor. You just can’t go wrong with the classic. These fun treats are a great way to celebrate the beginning of summer so make them soon, whether or not you’ve got kids at home. No matter your age you know you want one :).
Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats
1 1/2Tbspsalted butter
2 1/2cupsminiature marshmallows
Green food coloring(I used gel coloring)
2cupsrice krispies cereal
3 1/2cupsminiature marshmallows
Pink or red food coloring
3cupsrice krispies cereal
2tspmini chocolate chips
Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside. For the rind portion, melt 1 1/2 Tbsp butter in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in 2 1/2 cups marshmallows and green food coloring and cook and stir just until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat and in 2 cups rice krispies, stir until evenly coat. Pour into prepared baking dish and let cool just slightly (so it’s not too hot to the touch), spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and spread and press mixture around outer edge to create a rind that is no more than 1-inch thick (don’t over-press so they stay nice and chewy).
Rinse and dry saucepan then for the center portion melt 2 Tbsp butter in saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 3 1/2 cups marshmallows and pink or red food coloring and cook and stir just until fully melted. Remove from heat and stir in 3 cups rice krispies. Pour into center of cake pan and once cool enough to handle spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and spread into an even layer. Let cool then sprinkle and press chocolate chips randomly over pink portion. Cut into 6 – 8 wedges. Store in an airtight container.