These Rice Krispie Treat pumpkins are ADORABLE! But I have to tell you from the beginning that if you make them, your hands are going to get dirty. Very messy. Before I figured out how to properly roll them, I had a sticky Rice Krispie Treat mixture all over them. Imagine me standing on the counter, trying to roll a ball, but instead of becoming a ball, it got stuck in my palms and between all my fingers. Grrrr! I hate it when that happens!
1/4 cup of butter
1 bag of large marshmallows approximately 40 marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
Red and yellow liquid food coloring
1/4 cup of cooking oil or melted butter in a small bowl to prevent sticking to hands
In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat.
Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted and combined with the butter.
Remove from heat. Add several drops of yellow food coloring, stir and then add the red food coloring one drop at a time, stirring as you go. Add red/yellow drops until you reach the desired color. (I used about 4 red drops and 12 yellow drops). Mix well.
Add the Rice Krispies and stir to combine.
Cover both sides of your hands with a generous amount of cooking oil or butter, and roll the Rice Krispie mixture into small balls. Place them on parchment paper. Add oil/butter to your hands after each ball.
While the balls are still warm, gently press a Mini Rolo into the top of each stem pumpkin and add a green M&M to its side like the leaf. (Tip: If the pumpkins cool down before you are done, use the end of a thick marker or apple corer to make a small slit in the top so that the chocolate will settle.)
Let it cool down until it is firm.
Thanks to the amazing commentators below who recommend food handling gloves to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands! You could ask the deli counter, the butcher or the bakery for a pair. (My bakery counter said no… But the butcher’s counter at the same shop gave me a pair) No need to add oil to the gloves, there’s nothing stuck to the ones we use!