Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! I have got a fun, fast and of course … easy peasy idea for you! Have you seen the pink heart marshmallows that are strawberry flavored? Well, they jumped into my shopping cart several days ago … didn’t know why I needed them, but knew I needed them and figured out why! Chocolate dipped strawberries are oohed and aahed over, but mine … a little whimsical or shall we say quirky? Personally, I like quirky! So … made a big Chocolate Dipped Strawberry out of Rice Krispie Treats …
Rice Krispie Treats are so sturdy … had to do something a little different … stood it up on its side! If you have watched any of the cake competition shows on TV, you know how often Krispie Treats are used in the construction of amazing cakes.
I really wanted someone to say “Wow, how did you do that”? Instead, this is what I got … “did you already take photos and can we eat it?” and “oh, it’s a strawberry, now I see it”. I amazed myself … didn’t even whimper or bang my head against the wall! What can I say … men!
Do you remember a few weeks ago, when I made the Cookie Lover’s Chocolate Bark … comments were left about all the uses for cake pans? I always call them cake pans, but know that some people call them cake molds. Maybe I should change … use a pan to mold Rice Krispie Treats!
You will need these items … a 9″ x 2″ heart-shaped pan, 2 green cupcake papers, a green paper straw and strawberry flavored HeartMallows …
Hint: if you can’t find these marshmallows, try substituting mini-marshmallows, then add pink food coloring and strawberry flavoring to the melted marshmallow mixture.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Krispie Treats
- 6 tablespoons butter + extra for greasing pan
- 1 bag (14 ounces)Strawberry flavored HeartMallows
- 7 cups Rice Krispies (crisp rice cereal)
- 1 pound chocolate candy coating/candy melts (you will probably not use all of it)
- heart-shaped pan (9″ x 2″)
- 2 green cupcake papers
- 1 green paper straw
- Grease pan and a spatula with butter, set aside.
- In a large pot (6 quart), melt 6 tablespoons butter, add marshmallows and allow to melt while stirring frequently.
- Turn heat off and add Rice Krispies, stirring to coat all cereal in marshmallow mixture.
- Scoop into prepared pan and use buttered spatula to press/smash into pan until leveled.
- Immediately turn pan over on wax paper or parchment paper. Remove pan. Let Rice Krispie Treats cool and firm up, about 1 hour.
- While you are waiting for the Rice Krispie Treat to harden up … Use scissors to cut a small “x” in the center of each cupcake paper and snip edges to resemble leaves. Cut straw in half (you will only use 1/2).
- Melt chocolate according to directions on package. Spread melted chocolate (like icing) on top and sides of heart-shaped Rice Krispie Treat to resemble chocolate dipped strawberry. Chill for a few minutes to let chocolate harden.
- Turn the heart over and repeat step #6. Chill.
- Insert straw thru holes in cupcake papers then into heart, to resemble leaves and a stem.
- To stand the finished Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Krispie Treats on a serving plate … put a little melted chocolate on the plate, place the Krispie Treat on it (you may need to hold it in place for a moment) and let harden. (I did remove the heart and laid it down on a flat surface to cut and serve)
Check out that first photo above … my first reaction … “Oh crap, it’s not gonna fit!” All I can say is … smash it, smash like you mean it … it fits!
The Rice Krispie Treats are firm, but the harden chocolate adds even more stability to it!
After this was all done and half eaten, I had second thoughts … should have drizzled a little white chocolate over the milk chocolate … like they do on fancy chocolate dipped strawberries or maybe drizzled chocolate on the plate … like fancy desserts at restaurants. If you decide to fancy it up … please send me a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Are you making or baking something special for Valentine’s Day?