Saturday, May 23, 2009

Baby Shower Part 1: Rice Krispie Treat Rattles

So my sister is pregnant. And she had her baby shower recently. A part of my efforts to help, I created edible favors. I mean, who'd want a plastic blue baby whatever for some favors? Anyhow, the first thing I made were Rice Krispies Treat Rattles. I followed the Original Recipe from the Kellogg's website. And a word of advice, use your best non-stick spatula. Silicon is best here.
The ingredients: Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal (6 cups), butter (3 Tbsp), marshmallows (10oz bag). You'll need more butter (~2Tbsp) if you're handling it with your hands.

First, melt the butter on low heat.

Still on low heat, add the marshmallows and melt completely. I can't stress enough about the completely part. It's actually pretty important.

When fully melted, turn off heat. Add cereal and mix thoroughly.

Butter your hands thoroughly. Use the butter like a bar of soap. And while the rice krispie mixture is still warm, shape into balls around dowel. You'll need to re-butter your hands every so often. And lay the 'rattles' on wax paper or silicon mats.

Next, the chocolate coating. The ingredients: blue chocolate and cream.

Melt chocolate and cream over double boiler (bowl over simmering water).

Let chocolate mixture cool and thicken.

Then dip rice krispie rattles. You may want to double dip for a good, even coating.

Wrap and tada! Chocolate covered Rice Krispies Rattles!

23 comments:

  1. what! still using the stove top! - for no fuss no muss Rice Krispie Squares you should try the microwave method. Large Glass or microwavable plastic bowl. Melt the butter, then add the Marshmallows. Depending on your Microwave - start off at 2 minutes on high - continue @ 30 seconds until they are melted. If you want coloured squares, add food colouring to melted marshmallow mix - Add Rice Krispies & you're done. Rice Krispies slide right out of the bowl & clean up is a breeze!

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  2. @ Anonymous: Thanks for the advice! But unfortunately, the amount of rice crispies I had to make called for the stovetop. But I'll keep your tips in mind the next time I make a normal sized batch.

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  3. These are an adorable idea! My sister too is having a baby, in fact, twins, thank you so much for posting this!

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  4. @ Anonymous: No problem! Glad I can help!

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  5. good idea! you could probably make it look more like a rattle by using some decorative elements, like sprinkles or royal icing. marshmallow fondant is easily made, tastes good, and can look amazing.

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  6. Nice! I can see these being really cute dipped in chocolate with colored (blue, pink, orange, green, or yellow) accents for a modern theme. In addition to sprinkles, could use candy or nuts.

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  7. How sweet! I've seen these dipped in 2 different colors--blue on top and yellow on bottom, too.

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  8. My husband wanted to have a baby,, but he had an erectil dysfunction problem, so we decided to buy viagra and after that i could be pregnant. All my friend was excited with the new, so they organized an secret baby shower for me. It was wonderful.

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  9. How many of these can u make out of one bach?

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  10. @Anon: It really depends on how big you make your rattles. I think I got 18 rattles in one batch.

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  11. what did u use for the cover of the rattles?

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  12. @Anon: I used cellophane bags trimmed to fit the rattles. They have pics of baby rattles on them. You can find them at any arts & crafts store.

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  13. I was looking for a way to let my daughter help with planning a babyshower for my niece. This was so easy and she had so much fun. Our rattles looked so cute. Thanks so much for ths idea !!!

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  14. hi,i wanted to make ratles as a treat for guest..great idea.whats the best tasting chocolate covered for them? i was thinking of buying the one at a store in a tub that i would put into the microwave to dip them,is that ok? & how long should they set for before adding the plastic to it? how long before the shower should i make them to keep them fresh but still time to keep planning for other things? thanks with iny information :)

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  15. @Anonymous: I didn't use normal chocolate bars. I used colored white chocolate found in many arts and crafts or baking stores. Personally, I do not like microwaving chocolate. I'd rather take the time to use a double boiler. The chocolate takes at least 30-60 min to set. Please make sure that it has completely solidified before placing in plastic bags. I made the rattles about 1 weeks before hand and still remained fresh. The plastic wrap helps.

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  16. Hi, great idea. Where do i find the sticks you used for handle ?

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  17. @Anon: Any craft store works. I found mine at Michael's. They're usually candy apple dowels.

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  18. How much heavy cream did you use and when.

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  19. @Anon: I used the heavy cream for my chocolate ganache. I used the full 1 pint of cream, as pictured.

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  20. When u made them a week before hand did u store them in the fridge or leave them out?? Trying to figure which would help the freshness taste

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    1. I left them out. Rice Krispie treats generally do not need to be refrigerated. It can get really hard and stale if chilled.

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  21. I couldn't find any cellophone so the best I could find is the fold sandwich bags. How long do you think they would be fresh if I made them and put sandwhch bag over them with a ribbon tying it closed??

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    1. They'll last about 2-3 days. If you can put it in an airtight container, the better.

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