Cereal Shifting – Eliminating Excess Sugar

cereal shiftingHeres a quick tip – when you get to the last of your cereal pour into a sifter to eliminate the excess grounds from the cereal and excess sugars so you do not ruin a perfectly good bowl of cereal.

Rice Krispie Easter Egg Treats

541252_459905984082547_267980172_nThis is such a great little edible goodie that you can make for Easter: parties, kids school functions, bake sale etc.

Make Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

1/4 cup butter

4 cups miniature marshmallows

5 cups crisp rice cereal

  1. Melt margarine in large sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted and well-blended. Cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.

Clean, dry and spray the inside of plastic eggs. Push mixture into top and bottom and then squeeze together by adding an small amount of mixture to one side and then squeeze the two halves together. Open up and as you do so move each side in a different direction to “unscrew” your new creation.

Melt candy melt or chocolate – add food dye to desired color – dip eggs into the mixture and then sprinkle with candy confetti, sprinkles, etc.

Strawberry Valentines Day Chex Mix

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Strawberry Valentines Chex Mix

Ingredients

6 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 bag of white chocolate baking chips {12 oz}
1 box of Strawberry Creme Jell-O Pudding {make sure you use pudding!! Gelatin does not have the same effect, trust me!}
Valentines M&M’s, sprinkles, food coloring- whatever you’d like to make them more festive!

Measure out 6 cups of Chex into a large bowl.

Dump white chocolate chips into a glass dish. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir gently.

Return to the microwave and melt for an additional 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave another 30 seconds and even though the chips still hold their shape, once you stir it, you’ll see that they are in fact melted!

You can add about 1-2 tsp of shortening to the chips and it will help the consistency be slightly thinner and smoother. It’s easier to cover the cereal when you use a little shortening, however it’s optional.

Note: Microwave times will vary. I have a 1500 watt microwave, so this is what worked for me. If your microwave is less powerful, you will have to increase the times. Go slowly. You don’t want to seize the chocolate. In my experience, the chocolate is always done before I think it is. If it’s nearly melted, just let it sit on the counter for a minute or two and stir again- chances are the heat from the mixture itself is enough to melt the chips the rest of the way.

Add 4 TBSP of the strawberry creme pudding into the white chocolate and stir gently until smooth. You can also add a bit of food coloring if you’d like. Since you added the pudding, it tastes like strawberry, but it doesn’t actually add any color.

I opted to divide mine, making most of it pink, but leaving some white.

Dump the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal and stir gently until the cereal is coated in chocolate.

Add any Valentines candy, sprinkles, etc.

Lay out on pieces of wax paper to cool and solidify. I found the M&M’s looked better if you sprinkled them on top, once the mixture is laid out to cool. The candy sticks to the Chex cereal but it doesn’t get coated so you can still see the colors.

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Pebbles Snowman

Prep Time:
20 min.
Makes:
24 servings

Ingredients
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine 1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) miniature marshmallows (6 cups) 1 pkg. (13 oz.) Fruity Pebbles Cereal (about 8-1/2 cups) 1 chewy fruit snack roll 6 ring-shaped chewy fruit snacks 3 bite-size chocolate sandwich cookies 1 strawberries & crème flavor soft candy

Directions
GREASE 2 (9-inch) round cake pans lightly; set aside. Microwave butter in 4-qt. microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring after 45 sec. Add cereal; mix well. REMOVE 1 cup of the cereal mixture; shape to resemble the snowman’s hat. Press remaining cereal mixture evenly into prepared cake pans. Cool completely. REMOVE cereal rounds from pans; place on large cutting board or serving platter to resemble head and body of snowman. Place hat on the snowman’s head. Decorate with fruit roll to resemble the scarf and hat band, and with fruit snacks to resemble eyes and nose. Add cookies for the buttons. Gently stretch soft candy into 2-inch length and use for mouth.