Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monster Munch

Most everyone likes Rice Krispie Treats and I thought I would make a family size treat for some Halloween fun! I adapted this idea from a recipe I saved from Woman's World magazine years ago (Oct. '02).

 
Isn't he sweet?  I had so much fun watching "Frank" come to life:) He's simple and fun to make. I'm sure  kids of all ages will have a great time helping out with this kitchen craft!

Franken-Crunch to Munch (adapted)
Ingredients:
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Wilton Leaf Green food coloring paste (about a 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (or other rice cereal)
  • 1small tube black decorating icing
  • 5 black licorice bites
  • 1 1/2 large marshmallows
  • 2 blue M&M's (or other candy)
  • 2 pieces white Chiclets type gum
  • 2 2" pieces cut from a thick pretzel stick
  • 2 large gumdrops
  • 1 pouch grape fruit roll up*

* I wanted the purple and couldn't find it anywhere so ended up using the only purple gummy candy I could find, that would work- a gummy tongue:) I flattened it out with a rolling pin and cut it with kitchen scissors to look like Frank's hair.

Coat  8" square baking pan with cooking spray.  In pot melt butter over low heat.  Stir in marshmallows; cook, stirring, until melted. Tint mixture green with food coloring; remove from heat.  Coat inner sides of pot with cooking spray so cereal won't stick; stir in cereal until combined.  Spray hands with cooking spray; press mixture into pan.  Cool 1 hour.  Turn out onto platter.
For the face: For the eyebrow, use icing to attach licorice bites along forehead. For eyes, vertically cut 1 marshmallow in half; with icing attach about 1" apart below brow.  For pupils, with icing attach M&M's to eyes.  For mouth, use icing and fashion a mouth to your liking. Attach gum below for teeth. Using a knife, cut a hole in the bottom of each gumdrop; insert pretzels. Cut holes near bottom of each side of head; gently press pretzels with gumdrops into holes.  For nose, pinch sides of remaining half marshmallow to form triangle, as shown; attach between eyes.  For scars, use icing. For hair, horizontally fold fruit roll(*note substitute above) in half; cut into triangles.  Arrange triangles along top edge. Ta da!  Meet Frank!


Happy Halloween!
My Frankie was featured yesterday on Kathia's blog, Pink Little Cake as part of her "28 Days of Sweet Halloween Ideas."  Thanks, Kathia for letting me in on the fun!

This is linked to Alicia's "Tasty Tuesdays" at A beautiful Mess.  Lots of fun ideas!
I'm also linked up to Tidy Mom's I'm Lovin' it Fridays.  Check out all the other great ideas!

30 comments:

  1. LOVE IT!! I might have to make it for my son's Halloween class party.

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  2. This is the cutest Halloween treat I have ever seen. The face is adorable. The best part is that I bet it tastes good too; if you could stand to part with it.

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  3. Oh my gosh! Adorable. The uni-brow kills me!

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  4. That is adorable, my kid would go wild for this. Adorable for sure & great for a party

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  5. Sue, I am in love with him. I have been working a rice krispie Frankie out in my mind, but I am not going to make one -- yours is perfect! Zoulah

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  6. I'm loving the 28 days of sweet Halloween ideas and I love you Frankie, excellent use of rice krispies

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  7. OH MY GOSH! That is awesome!!! So cute!

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  8. That is so darling!!! How do you come up with all these great ideas!!!

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  9. That is the best, cute without being scary. I love it.

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  10. This is just about the cutest Halloween goody I've seen. And I've seen a lot! I absolutely had to post a feature on EdibleCrafts.CraftGossip.com.

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  11. Sue, This is really almost too cute to eat! I love that kids can help make it- I know some little Goblins that will have fun putting this together.

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  12. Oh my goodness that it so darn cute..My little granddaughter would love to make one.. I will have to show her next time she is here. thanks for sharing.

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  13. This is just too cute! I love it! I will have to try this one, the grandkids would love it! thanks for your nice comments!

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  14. Hi Sue! This is great. Your kids must have been so excited!! LOL my favorite part is his crooked smile :)

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  15. That's fantastic. When my kids were young, I used to love making this kind of treat. Now that I think about it, they'd probably still love it!

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  16. Sue this is so cute!!! I'm so glad you did a post for Kathia too. She is awesome, but then again so are you.

    Laura

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  17. You managed to make Frankie appear so friendly, not like most that we have seen .... Well, rice krispies does create a wonderful munch. Love the ingredients and color that you use and this great end result must have driven kids crazy :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  18. What a fun and fabulous idea. My kids would love it.

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  19. Haha you are SO creative! This looks fantastic Sue! :D

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  20. Sue - I'm printing this off for the neighbor across the road and her munchkins - they'll love it!
    Maggie
    http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com

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  21. What a fun Halloweeny way to make rice krispy treats. I am bookmarking this as well!

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  22. Another super cute idea! Thanks for sharing it. I can hardly wait to do this with our girls when we return from our vacation. Mahalo!

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  23. I LOVE THIS, SUE!! I was initially drooling over your 'split holiday' sugar cookie cookie bars, then I saw 'Mr. Green Monster Crispy Crunchy Munch', and I was in love! He's perfect! Must add to my Halloween repertoire!

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  24. That is very cute! Rice krispie squares are my favourite.

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  25. This is so cute!!! Love Rice crispy treats!!

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  26. I've got to make this for the art kids! Thanks Sue!

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  27. How did you get Frank to be the perfect shape? Is there a special "Frankenstein" pan?

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    1. I used a pyrex pan that I had on hand (It's included in the instructions). I wish the pan had been more square, without rounded corners. Have fun!

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