Rice Krispy Treat Pumpkin

We used Rice Krispy treats and candy to make this tasty Halloween decoration.  Our pumpkin is big, but you could easily make single serving sized jack o' lanterns.

You will need:

1.  4 cups of Rice Krispys

2.  2 cups marshmallows

3.  2 Tbs. of butter or margarine

4.  Orange food dye.  You can also mix red and yellow dye.

5.  Green and purple Laffy Taffy

6.  Plastic wrap

7.  A big pot and a spoon

8.  Chocolate chips or black licorice.  (Optional)

A popcorn spider and a Rice Krispy pumpkin
Melted marshmallow goo Step 1.  Melt the butter in a large pan.   Turn the heat to low, add the marshmallows, and stir them until they are melted.  Add the food dye.  Make it a little bit darker than you want your pumpkin to be when it is finished.  Add the Rice Krispys and stir until they are evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.
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A orange ball of Rice Krispy treats Step 2.  Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.  Then dump it onto a plate or counter.  Form it into a large ball.  This ball will want to collapse and fall apart at first.  Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it until the marshmallow mixture is completely cooled.  Now the ball will hold its shape.
A orange pumpkin make from Rice Krispys and Laffy Taffy Step 3.  Open a green Laffy Taffy and shape the taffy into a leaf and a stem.  Use a knife or your finger to make a small hole in the top of the pumpkin.  Insert the leaf and the stem.
A cute jack o' latern made from Rice Krispy treats Step 4.  Use the purple Laffy Taffy to make features for your pumpkin.  If desired, you can use chocolate chips or slices of black licorice to make pupils for the pumpkin's eyes.

Halloween has an interesting history.  This holiday combines elements of ancient pagan rituals and a Christian feast day.   Jack o' lanterns also have an odd mix of tradition associated with them.  Some people associate them them with souls wandering earth with nowhere to go.  Some people believe they ward off vampires or spirits.  Most people simply enjoy making and displaying their jack o'lanterns for Halloween.


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