Rice Krispies and Halloween go hand in hand, at least for me.
We grew up in rural Ontario, and when Halloween rolled around it was a night of fun like no other. We didn't have store bought costumes, and we didn't give or get store bought treats. It was a different time, after all it was the 1970's and early 1980's. Yes, there was the occasional scare about someone tampering with an apple, but that was in the big city, not in our community. And, we only visited homes of family and neighbours - people we knew and people who knew us.
Our final stop on Halloween night was at my grandparents. On grandma's kitchen table there were pans upon pans of Rice Krispie squares - by the time we arrived those pans were mostly empty. (But, she would always save a square for each of us.) When a trick or treater arrived at Grandma's door she would cut a square and then wrap it in plastic wrap, to send home with the child. While Grandma got the rice krispie ready, Grandpa would talk the the trick or treater about their costume and who they were supposed to be. This all took place inside the house in the kitchen. In fact, as I recall it, every house we went to on Halloween night, we went right in.
Fast forward thirty or so years and I still equate Halloween with rice krispies. Gone are the days of handing out homemade treats. Yet, the tradition of making rice krispie treats with my children is alive and well, and full of nostalgia for me.
This year we made decorated cut-out rice krispie treats.
Simply start by making your marshmellow, melted butter and cereal mixture. Place on a tray and let set for about five minutes. I cut out pumpkin and bat shapes using a cookie cutter, and then let my kitchen assistant loose. She had black and orange gel and an assortment of candies for decorating.
I think Jillian did a fantastic job and when she was finished to her satisfaction she announced that she was done baking.
We are planning to whip up another batch tomorrow evening for her to take to her Halloween party at school on Wednesday. Rice Krispies are so simple, yet so delicious. Who doesn't love them?
Visit wwwricekrispies.ca to find Rice Krispie Halloween recipe inspiration and fun treats all centered around our favourite yummy snack.
Maybe rice krispies bring back a special memory, as they do for me? Have fun this Halloween, and take a little time to remember the good old days!
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