Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving "Corn" Marshmallow Treats

This past weekend the hubby and I had the great privilege of babysitting my niece and two nephews while their parents were out of town.

I was in charge of coming up with an amazing activity to keep them occupied, and since I work for Studio 5 now, that was pretty easy.

The idea for the "corn" marshmallow treats comes straight from a Studio 5 segment you can watch here.  This was just one of 10 ideas for edible Thanksgiving favors.

Here's what you need:
Kix Cereal
Corn Husks (found in the Mexican food aisle at the grocery store)
Popsicle Sticks (or another candy stick)
Twist Ties (or you can tear pieces of the corn husks and use those as ties)

Use your favorite Rice Krispie Treats recipe (I used the one on the Kellogg's website and doubled it) and replace the Rice Krispies with Kix. Above, my niece Gemma is helping me pour the cereal into my giant stainless steel bowl from IKEA.  The boys were too busy playing with G.I. Joes to help right away, but that didn't last long.

Sanitation was not the number one priority in this project.  Here's Gemma eating a few Kix right out of the bowl.  A theme you'll continue to see throughout this post.

While I was getting the rest of the supplies ready, Gemma got to work on probably the best part of the project.  Separating the M&M colors.  You only want to use orange, brown, red, and yellow M&Ms.  All the rest are up for eating.  That's when my nephew Sawyer decided he wanted to be part of out little activity too.

Sidenote: Yes, I put makeup on my niece.  It's the glitter eyeshadow from Eye Kandy, and it's AMAZING!  I'm currently obsessed.

Here's Gemma helping me melt the marshmallows and butter.  She ate the marshmallows, I stirred the mixture.  Again, not very sanitary.

One lesson I learned in all this: don't use big marshmallows for Rice Krispie Treats.  They take FOREVER to melt.

One thing I love about Gemma is how excited she gets about EVERYTHING!  For example, her reflection in my big pot.  We couldn't move forward with our treat until we made a million funny faces!

Then it was time to add the marshmallow to the Kix.  This was when Milo finally decided to join us.

I tried to wait a while before adding the M&Ms, but I probably didn't wait long enough.  They got a bit soft while we were molding the treats.

Speaking of which, molding the treats is the next step.

Make sure you have the popsicle sticks ready, plus you want to start soaking the cork husks.  They need to sit in water for a few minutes so you can mold them.

Then it's time to get messy!!

Mold the marshmallow treats into the shape of corn on the cob. Leave out at least an inch of the stick.
Place the finished treat on the corn husk and use the twist tie to secure it to the popsicle stick.
That's it!  You're done.  Pretty easy, eh?

We were all very proud of our work!

Milo shows off the chewy goodness.

Sawyer was so funny.  He was so proud of his corn, he held it like a new baby!

Here are the finished masterpieces!

1 comment:

  1. That is so awesome! I liked the step by step instructions. You did such a good job documenting the activity, and I loved all the cute pix!