Monday, December 6, 2010

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How To Make a Rice Krispies Treats Holiday Centerpiece

If you are planning on hosting a holiday brunch or any get-together where both adults and children will be attending, I have a fun idea for a holiday centerpiece for you. This idea uses classic Rice Krispies Treats and Rice Krispies cereal. You may have everything you need around the house to create this centerpiece already. It is pretty simple to make.

First of all you will need to make at least one batch of treats. You can follow this link to find the Classic Rice Krispies Treats Recipe, but you can always find it on one of the panels on a box of Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal. The treats will need to be cut into cubes, so the size of your pan and the number of guests you are expecting will determine how many batches of treats you will need to make. I decided to go with the classic treats because the colors suited my centerpiece design. I did consider crushing candy canes and mixing them into the cereal, but was worried my centerpiece would look less elegant. You can experiment as much as you like. In the past, I have made Rice Krispies Treats with chocolate-covered pretzels and some with chocolate-covered peanuts, both of which seemed to have been a hit.


Other supplies you will need:
  • A shallow glass vase
  • 2 large glass votive cups
  • 2 unscented tealights
  • Artificial holiday flowers
  • Coordinating wired holiday ribbon
  • Wooden skewers 12" or longer
  • Rice Krispies Cereal
  • A table runner or 2 place mats
Step #1. Place your vase and two votive cup holders on top of your table runner, with the vase centered and one votive cup on each side. I could not find a runner that I liked well enough, so I bought these two placemats at Target and just placed them together side-by-side.

Step #2. Cut the stems of your flowers so that most of the arrangement is about 3 or 4 inches shorter than the skewers you purchased. Then arrange the flowers to your liking in the vase. Barbecue-length skewers would have allowed me to use a taller vase and to create an even grander centerpiece, but they are out-of-season where I live.

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Step #3. Next fill the vase about 2/3 of the way with Rice Krispies Cereal, making sure the cereal fills in around the stems and leaves.

Step #4. Fill the two votive cups about halfway with Rice Krispies Cereal. Then place one unscented tealight in each of the cups, making sure they are centered and nestled into the cereal.


Step #5. If you have not already, cut your Rice Krispies Treats into cubes. Then skewer 2 or more treats with the wooden skewers, making sure that the treats stay near the top end. How many treats you can put on each skewer depends on how tall your arrangement is.

Step #6. Push the bottom ends of the skewers into the rice cereal within the vase, making sure not to overshadow the flowers.


Step #7. Tie the wired holiday ribbon around the vase and form a large bow on the front. If you would like to, you can dovetail the ends of your ribbon.


Our Final Results . . .

Your centerpiece may come out drastically different from mine, depending on the components you choose to use. That is the wonderful thing about this project. You can create it to suit your own taste and decor.


After the guests have enjoyed all the skewers of Rice Krispies Treats, you will still have an attractive centerpiece leftover. When the event has concluded, you can empty out the cereal and either keep the bow or remove it and swirl the ribbon inside the vase around the stems and leaves.


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If you would like to add a little color and spice to your Rice Krispies Treats, here is a quick and easy recipe . . .

Recipe: Cinnamon Holiday Rice Krispies Treats

INGREDIENTS:
3 Tbsp butter or margarine
10oz package of white mini marshmallows
1/2 cup Brach's Cinnamon Hard Candy, crushed

Step 1. In a large saucepan or skillet, melt the butter or margarine over low heat.

Step 2. Add mini marshmallows and stir continuously until completely melted and blended with butter.

Step 3. Add Rice Krispies cereal and then the crushed cinnamon candy.

Step 4. Remove the pan from heat. Then stir until the cereal and candy mixture are completely coated with the melted marshmallow.

Step 6. Transfer entire mixture into a 13" x 9" baking pan, casserole dish, or plastic storage container coated with nonstick cooking or baking spray.

Step 7. Using a folded piece of wax paper, press the mixture into the pan, packing it as evenly and tightly as possible.

Step 8. Allow the pan of Rice Krispies Treats to cool completely before cutting into 2" squares.

Store your treats in an airtight container. It is best if they are consumed within 2 days or so.


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This project was inspired by a challenge put before me by TheMotherhood.com . You can see what other participants have come up with by visiting TheMotherhood's Rice Krispies Recipe Box Circle, Kellogg's Rice Krispies on Facebook and following Rice Krispies on Twitter along with the hashtag #RiceKrispies.


I received payment for my participation in this campaign sponsored by TheMotherhood, who also provided the funds for supplies, the cereal, and a contest prize on behalf of Kellogg's Rice Krispies Brand Cereal.





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