Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops

Good morning :)  How are you today?  Ready for an Easter idea?  Easter isn’t until April 20 … it felt so far away … now it’s less than a month!

There are several foods that come to mind when I think of Easter … two of them being chocolate and eggs.  Do you like crispy rice cereal in your chocolate and isn’t everything better on a stick?  I hope you answered YES … because today I made Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops for you!

Krispie Chocolate Easter Egg Pops

There is a list of Easter ideas that I have planned for this year and these Egg Pops were not on the that list!  They were a happy accident all because I went to JoAnn’s to buy drapery lining fabric and supplies to make a handle for this basket cake that I was making for a bridal shower (I’ll share the info shortly) …

basket of flowers cake

I did buy the supplies for the handle … did not buy the fabric lining (those dining room curtains may never get done), but found these cute sparkly foam eggs to make a wreath and another pan that I needed …

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I carried this Easter Egg Cookie Pan with me as I shopped the entire store … tried to talk myself out of buying it … didn’t listen to myself … found out it was on sale … sold!  It went home with me and I knew that Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops would be my first Easter post for this year.  This is a great pan, but if you can’t find it … maybe you already have something in silicone or a candy mold.

These pops were easy peasy and would be a great project for the kiddos to help decorate!  Wouldn’t it be fun if you make the chocolate eggs ahead of time and invite everyone over for a decorating party ;)

This is what you will need to make about 15 pops …

Easter Egg Pop Supplies

  • 1 pound chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
  • 15 lollipop sticks (I used 8″ sticks)
  • Wilton Easy Decorate Egg Cookie Pan

Then pull out a few candies and sprinkles from your cabinet …

Easter Sprinkles

 

  • Nonpareils/sprinkles
  • Edible Confetti
  • Sixlets
  • SweetWorks Candy Pearls
  • m&m’s minis
  • anything else you may like!

Let’s get started …

Crispy Egg Pops

  1. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.  Set aside about 1/2 cup of melted candy to use later.  Mix remaining melted candy with the cereal … spoon into mold and tap pan on the counter to help release air bubbles.
  2. Insert stick into candy … rotate stick to cover with candy … chill for a few minutes.  Note:  make sure you have a clear space in your fridge and use caution when placing pan in the fridge, because the sticks move easily.
  3. The pops should come out of the pan easily … if they don’t … put back in the fridge for a few more minutes.  Hint:  If you like … use a toothpick and some melted candy to fill in the air bubbles … I wasn’t that ambitious … nobody complained as they scarfed down the pops … that’s just the way my guys are!  I’m sharing some pops with the neighbor kids later today … wonder if they will notice?

Chocolate Egg Pops

Use the melted candy that you set aside (I put it in a squeeze bottle, toothpicks work also) to attach candy decorations!  I do have one word of caution … the sprinkles were a little messy … if you are letting the kids do this, they will need help!

Chocolate Krispie Egg Pops

Hope you have fun decorating your Krispie Chocolate Egg Pops :)

Chocolate Rice Krispie Egg Pops

I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuick and SweetWorks for supplies!

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You may like these egg pops too …

Sugared Easter Egg Marshmallows

Sugared Egg Marshmallows (I just saw the marshmallows at WalMart)

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Chocolate Acorns

I’m nuts about acorns and anything acorn related!

I am attracted to acorns themselves, acorn plates, acorn photos, acorn charms … you get the idea.

Do you like these roly-poly little guys …
chocolate acorns

I made them just for you!

These acorns are candy (like a Nestle Crunch Bar) on the bottom and a cookie (similar to a Girl Scout Samoa) on the top.  The cookies have been hidden away in the cupboard for sometime … the hubby’s eyes lite up when he saw them … I knew they weren’t safe around him.  I always gotta keep an eye on him and my cookies ;)

This is what you will need to make 18 acorns …

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1.  Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.  Pour about 1/3 of a cup into a squeeze bottle (or bag), reserve remaining chocolate.  Lay cookies a wax paper covered tray and drizzle chocolate over the tops of the cookies, creating a cross-hatch pattern.  Set aside to let chocolate firm up.  Save the chocolate in the bottle for attaching cookies.

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2.  The pretzels should be about 2″ tall … break pretzels if necessary.

3.  Add rice cereal to chocolate and stir to combine.  Spoon chocolate mixture into mold … about 1″ deep.

4.  Insert pretzel into the middle of the chocolate and tap the mold on the counter to even it out and remove any air bubbles … straighten pretzel if necessary.  Chill until set (5-10 minutes in freezer).

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5.  Remove chocolates from mold.  If you use a silicone mold, you will need to push from the bottom.

6.  Squirt a ring of chocolate around the pretzel (close to the outer edge).

7.  Place a prepared cookie on top and you have created a chocolate acorn!  Repeat 17 more times ;)

acorn samoa chocolate

These would be a perfect addition to each place setting at the Thanksgiving table!

cookie candy acorns 2013You may remember these acorns from the past …

Nutter Butter Acorns 2012 Acorns

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2011 Acorns

It is my goal to create a new acorn every year!  I just love acorns ;)

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*  Thank you once again to Miss CandiQuik for the chocolate :)

Reese’s PB Cup & Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Good Friday morning!  I started writing this post three days ago … don’t know what happened, but I lost everything!  It’s OK because I rewrote it over and over again in my head … several times.  I would ask myself should I share or just post the recipe?  I decided to do both.

I finally figured out that I’m in a slump and need to SNAP OUT OF IT!  I’m not in a rut … my rut or routine has been changed … I think that’s my problem.

Several changes have taken place around here, some good and some not so good.  My hubby recently lost his oldest brother, whom he would visit twice a week, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Our 14-year-old puppy, a.k.a. my hubby’s daughter and my pretty girl, had been ill for several months and we lost her Monday.  On a good note … we are back in home improvement mode … we are slooooow home improvers … finally finishing a master bathroom that has been six years in the making (loooong story).  We have had a nice time visiting with family from out-of-town that we don’t get to see often enough.

We have a few short trips planned, including one to Laughlin, Nevada.

Jackpot Bars

Have you ever been to Laughlin?  I was trying to describe it to my niece (who has been to Las Vegas) I basically told her it’s like old old Las Vegas on a mini scale and located on the Colorado River.  My hubby likes Laughlin because the gambling is cheaper less expensive than Las Vegas.  Now, please don’t laugh at me … the real reason I agreed to go to Laughlin, because I’m not a gambler … is that we will make a short drive to Kingman, Arizona and have breakfast at Cracker Barrel and maybe buy a new cast iron skillet ;)  I live in California …. there is no Cracker Barrel in California!!!  We Californians are Cracker Barrel deprived!  It may sound silly to some of you, but I don’t understand when some people who I know come for a visit to California and must go to In-N-Out-Burger!  Don’t get me wrong, I like In-N-Out Burger, but I think that being deprived … makes it seem even better … just like me and Cracker Barrel :)

Now that I’m finished rambling … these bars are my idea of gambling.  You may get one or two peanut butter cups on a bar or hit a jackpot and get four cups …

Chocolate & Reese's Rice Krispie Treats

Reese’s PB Cup and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 10 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 6 ounces of chocolate marshmallows (4 cups)
  • 8 ounce bag Reese’s Minis
  • 9 cups Rice Krispies (crisp rice cereal)
  1. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and a spatula with butter or cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large pot (6 quart) melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  4. Remove pan from heat, add Rice Krispies, stir until coated.  Immediately pour 1/2 of mixture into prepared pan, sprinkle candy evenly, add remaining cereal mixture.  Use prepared spatula to press into pan.
  5. Let cool and cut into bars.

Good luck … I hope you pick a winning bar and hit the jackpot!

Thank you for listening to my ramblings and I ♥ your comments!

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Carrots … or … Bunny Bait

Carrots … these carrots are not vegetables.  Bunny bait … probably not.  Will they put a smile on someone’s face … definitely!

Carrots … 3 ways …

  • I’m sure that you have seen candy carrots in disposable pastry bags … here is a non-candy variation.  I used about 1 ounce of Cheetos (1 individual bag) in each pastry bag …

  • If you don’t have any pastry bags or want to make small carrots?  How about using sandwich size zip top bags.  Simply cut the bag, fold it to form a cone and tape it as in the photo …

  My carrots have goldfish and basketball crackers … I didn’t know they made such a thing!  (Note to self – read labels in the future)

  • My favorite carrots are the ones made with crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies).  I used my basic recipe for Rice Krispie Treats and added orange food coloring. There are many recipes available … this is the one I use.  You will need … mini marshmallows, crisp rice cereal and butter …

Use a little butter (or oil spray) to grease a jelly roll pan and a firm spatula …

Melt the butter over low heat in a large pan …

Add the marshmallows … stir frequently until melted …

Add food coloring … I used Americolor Orange soft gel paste

Add a few drops and stir to combine …

Remove the pan from the heat, add the cereal and mix well …

Pour into the greased pan …

I know what you are thinking … it doesn’t look like it will fit … but it will!  Use the greased spatula and your muscles to smash it into that pan …

See, I told you that it would fit …

Let the pan cool about an hour … then cut it up.  I divided it into thirds …

Then thin triangles … I got 24 carrots (too funny!) …

To decorate the carrots … I used melted orange candy melts (chocolate) in a squeeze bottle  and a variety of green candies …

Cut the green candy into desired lengths …

Drizzle orange candy over the top of the carrots … just to give it texture.  If you don’t have a squeeze bottle, use a disposable pastry bag …

Poke a hole in the top of the carrot and add orange candy to hold the green candy tops in place …

These are my favorites …

Tell the kids to eat their carrots or the bunny will get them!!!

Crisp Rice Cereal Treats

  • 16 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter (plus 1 tablespoon for greasing pan or oil spray)
  • 11 cups crisp rice cereal (about 12 ounce box)
  1. Grease a 12″ x 15″ x 1″ pan and set aside.  Also grease a spatula or wax paper to use for pressing finished cereal mixture in pan.
  2. Using a large pot (6 quart), melt butter over low heat.
  3. Add marshmallows to melted butter.  Stir frequently and continue cooking over low heat until marshmallows are completely melted.  Stir in food coloring if desired.
  4. Remove pan from heat, add cereal and stir until completely combined.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press (using prepared spatula) into an even layer.  Let cool (about 1 hour), cut into servings.  About 25 servings – 3″ x 2″.

I look forward to your comments!

   

Chocolate Popcorn Party Mix

Popcorn, peanuts, Rice Krispies, chocolate, a hint of peanut butter and easy to make … what’s not to like?  The sweetness of the chocolate is balanced with the salt of the peanuts … yum!

Back in October, I made a version of this for Halloween.  This is one of those recipes that can be changed a little to fit your needs.

This is what you will need …

  • 7-8 cups popcorn (1 bag microwave popcorn 2.5 – 3 ounce bag)
  • 1 pound white chocolate or candy melts (melted)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 cup Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 cup salted peanuts

In a large bowl combine popcorn (no unpopped kernels), cereal and peanuts …

Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peanut butter …

Add the chocolate mixture to the popcorn mixture and mix well …

Spread the mixture out on a large baking sheet lined with waxed paper … and drizzle with dark chocolate …

Pop the tray in the fridge or freezer for just a few minutes to harden up the chocolate … then break it up into chunks …

Great Super Bowl party snack!

Chocolate Popcorn Party Mix

  • 7-8 cups popcorn (1 bag microwave popcorn 2.5 – 3 ounce bag)
  • 1 pound white chocolate or candy melts (melted)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 cup Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  1. In a large bowl combine popcorn (no unpopped kernels), cereal and peanuts.
  2. Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peanut butter.
  3. Add the chocolate mixture to the popcorn mixture and mix well.
  4. Spread the mixture out on a large baking sheet lined with waxed paper and drizzle with dark chocolate.
  5. Pop the tray in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden up the chocolate.
  6. Break up into chunks and serve.

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