Rice Krispies Gold Nuggets
Rice Krispies Gold Nuggets are an easy, fun, and quick treat for the kids to make for the holiday, or anytime. The basic recipe is just butter, marshmallow, and Rice Krispies cereal. Then we had fun adding the green drizzle, and gold sprinkles. This is the perfect treat, or dessert to make for those St Patricks Day parties.
The kids wanted to make these Rice Krispies Gold Nuggets for St Patrick’s Day, and what a great idea. These traditional treats are a favorite among the kids, and adults too. We took the original rice krispie treat recipe and had some fun with it.
I was worried at first about the kids working with the hot marshmallow. (Curious kids) Surprisingly, once the hot marshmallow was in the bowl with the Rice Krispie, it wasn’t hot at all. Just allow the marshmallow mix to rest in the bowl for a minute, so it can cool. They were able to handle the ingredients without any heat to their hands, and they formed the Rice Krispies Gold Nuggets.
This was by far the best recipe for this holiday Rice Krispie treats, and easy for the kids to make. I think not having to make them a certain shape or size really made it more fun for them. My son Brody is a sensory seeker, so he always has to touch everything.
Simple Ingredients List
- butter or margarine
- miniature marshmallows
- Rice Krispies cereal
- mini M & M’s (optional)
- vegetable oil or shortening
- Wilton green candy melts
- Wilton gold sprinkles
- cooking spray for hands
STEPS TO MAKE THE RICE KRISPIES TREAT
These are also great for a kids party. We picked up a green pot from the party store, and some jars from Dollar Tree. The kids decorated them with a few fun St Patricks Day stickers, and filled it up with the Rice Krispies Gold Nuggets. They were so excited about making this festive display that even the parents were impressed.
RICE KRISPIES GOLD NUGGETS VIDEO
WHO INVENTED RICE KRISPIES TREATS?
This is fun trivia about the invention of Rice Krispie Treats. In 1939 Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day invented this popular treat at the Kellogg Company Home economics department as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls.
HOW LONG ARE HOMEMADE RICE KRISPIES GOOD FOR?
Rice Krispie Treats are best if eaten within 2-3 days after being made. They start to lose their freshness, and will go from soft and chewy to hard and stale tasting. Freezing is best, and they can last up to 6 weeks in an airtight freezer bag or container.
HOW TO MAKE THESE KRISPY TREATS?
Pour rice Krispies into a large bowl over the melted marshmallow. Also, you can pour the rice Krispies right into the pot used with the melted marshmallow mixture. We have it set up this way for the show. Landon felt it was very important that he got the job of pouring the rice Krispies into the bowl.
Also, is you decide to add the mini green M&M’s, this is when you will add them. They do start to melt, so don’t stir, just turn them with a spoon into the mixture. This just created some chocolate flavor, and some added green.
Forming them into nuggets can get very sticky and messy so let the mixed Krispy treats rest for a couple minutes to cool before handling. I highly suggest spraying your little ones hands with cooking spray, or you can rub a little butter on them. This will keep the marshmallow from sticking to their hands.
Form them into irregular shapes/ nuggets and let dry on some parchment paper. Then drizzle with the melted green candy melts. be careful, this can get really fun. Before this dries sprinkle with the gold sprinkles, so it with stick to the candy melts.
Let them dry and they’re ready to eat!
TIPS TO MAKE THE RICE KRISPIES TREAT
- Use fresh soft and fluffy marshmallows so they will be soft and gooey.
- Grease spoon or spatula before mixing so it will be easier to combine. (very sticky)
- Let mixture cool before touching with your hands to avoid any burns.
- Spray hands with cooking spray, or a little butter so treats won’t stick to your hands.
- After molding the nuggets, place on wax or parchment paper.
- Use a ziplock baggie, or a piping bag for the green candy melt drizzle. This will ensure an even drizzle, and so much easier to handle than a spoon drizzle.
- Add the gold sprinkles while the candy melt drizzle is still wet, so the sprinkles stick to them.
RICE KRISPIES GOLD NUGGETS
- 3 tablespoons butter or margerine we used butter
- 1 10 1/2 ounce miniature marshmallows (10 1/2oz package)
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 cup mini M & M's you will need to separate the green from the other colors in the bag.
- 1-2 teaspoon vegatable oil or shortening
- 1/4 cup Wilton green candy melts drizzle for the top
- sprinkle Wilton gold sprinkles sprinkle for the top
- cooking spray for your hands
- Melt butter or margarine in a large sauce.
- When melted, add the marshmallow until completely melted and smooth.
- Pour in the Rice Krispies and the mini m&m's folding, and stirring until well mixed.
- Let cool for a minute so you can work, and touch with your hands. Just a minute or 2.
- Spray your hands with the cooking spray, making sure it covers the palm or your hands. Otherwise, the marshmallow with be very sticky on your hands, and hard to mold the nuggets.
- Scoop with you hands 1-2 tablespoons and roll them, and press them to make irregular shapes. I liked making different sizes, just like gold nuggets.
- Time to drizzle the candy melts. Put 1/4 cup green candy melts into a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 30 second bursts until melted. A few lumps not melted are okay, just keep stirring and they will melt.
- Add a teaspoon canola oil, or shortening to the hot candy melts and stir in. This will thin it out, and it will be easy to work with. Don't use too much or it will become runny. When you hold the spoon above dish, it should stream off slowly.
- Now using the spoon, or a piping bag. Start to drizzle over rice krispies gold nuggets. Use how much you would like to make your design.
- Sprinkle the gold sprinkles over the nuggets while the drizzled candy melts are still wet, so it will stick.
- Let them dry, and they're ready to eat.
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