Rice Krispy Cake

Use a bundt pan, food coloring, and shamrocks to give Rice Krispy Treats some Irish flair.  You can add your favorite candy to the Rice Krispy Treats instead of Peanut M&Ms.  The shamrocks are made from green gum drops. 

You will need:

1.  Six cups of Rice Krispys

2.  One bag of marshmallows

3.  Butter

4.  Green food dye

5.  Small green gumdrops

6.  Peanut M&Ms (optional)

7.  A bundt cake pan

A Rice Krispy Treat ring with gumdrop shamrocks
Flattened gumdrops Step 1.   Sprinkle some sugar on a plate.  Put nine gumdrops on the plate and flatten them by pressing on them with the palm of your hand.
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Cut the gumdrops to make each one into a heart shape

Step 2.  Cut a small V shape out of each gumdrop.  Pinch the opposite side.  This should make each gumdrop into a heart shape.  Take three of the V shaped pieces and roll them together in the sugar to make a stem for each shamrock.  The sugar will keep the gumdrop pieces form getting too sticky.A shamrock made from gumdrops


Arrange the shamrock in a pan Step 3.  Grease your bundt pan.  Arrange the gumdrop pieces in the bottom to form three shamrocks.
The Rice Krispy Treat mixture Step 4.  Over low heat, melt three tablespoons of butter in a large pan.  Add 4 cups of marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows are melted.  Remove the pan from the heat.   Add the green food coloring and stir until the marshmallows mixture is evenly colored.  Add six cups of Rice Krispys and green, brown, and yellow M&Ms.  Stir until Rice Krispys are coated in the marshmallow goo.
The Rice Krispy Treats being molded Step 5.  Spoon the Rice Krispys into the pan.  Press them down firmly with the back of a spoon.  Set them aside and let them cool completely.
Remove the Rice Krispy Treats from the pan Step 6.  Turn the pan over and remove the Rice Krispy Treat ring.  You may have to shake or even slip a knife into the pan and gently tug to get the Rice Krispy ring out of the pan.   Keep the Rice Krispy Treats covered in plastic wrap until you are ready to serve them.

There really is a marshmallow plant.  Its sweet sap was used by the Egyptians to make sweet cakes.  Marshmallow sap was also used in concoctions to cure sore throats.  The fluffy marshmallow treat as we know it began in France, where confectioners would whip the marshmallow sap and sweeten it.  The process evolved.  Marshmallows are mass manufactured now and gelatin has replaced the sap of the marshmallow plant, although the candy has kept its name.


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