We love Rice Krispie Treats. We make a lot of them and we’ve blogged about quite a few of those. But these 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats are our current favorite holiday version of this yummy classic. We know they are going to be a big hit at our 4th of July party. And don’t be afraid, they were really easy to make and we have all the directions right here.
How to Make 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats
You will need:
- 1 Large Box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Cereal
- 2 16 oz. Bags of Mini Marshmallows or (3 10 oz. Bags)
- 2 Sticks of Butter (We use Sweet Cream Salted Butter)
- Americolor Super Red Food Coloring
- Americolor Navy Food Coloring
- 2 Cookie Sheets
First, we made two batches of Rice Krispie Treats (Each batch: 5 tbsp. butter, 5 cups mini marshmallows, 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal). We left one white and colored the second with red food coloring. For best coverage, put the food coloring into the melted marshmallow mixture and then add the Rice Krispie Cereal.
To make the Rice Krispie Treats, we melt the marshmallows in a pan and not the microwave although I have seen that people do that. Here is what we do. I melt the butter in a medium sized pan on medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the marshmallows. You don’t want the pan to get too hot or the marshmallow mixture to boil or you will have tough/chewy Rice Krispie Treats. Stir the marshmallows slowly as they melt. This process should only take a few minutes. As soon as the marshmallows are melted, turn off the heat and add the food coloring. When the marshmallow mixture is the color you want add the Rice Krispie cereal.
We pressed the Rice Krispie Treat mixture into two cookie sheets (make sure they are the same size) in a thin layer. You can see here in the picture that the Rice Krispie Treats only went up about 1/2 of the way up the side of the cookie sheet. Let them set for approximately 15-30 minutes.
We cut the sheet of Rice Krispie Treats into three equal pieces. Each of these will be a “stripe” in the flag. I made a guide with a piece of aluminum foil to help make even cuts. We did the same thing with the sheet of white Rice Krispie Treats.
We started with a red layer and then added a white layer.
Then we added a second red layer and a second white layer. This is the base of our 4th of July Rick Krispie Treats flag.
For the remaining 1/3 of the sheet of red Rice Krispie Treats -we cut it in half. And we did the same thing to the white Rice Krispie Treats.
We used three of these “half” pieces (red/white/red) to make the stripes that appear to the right of the blue area of the flag. What did we do with the 2nd white piece? We can’t lie, we ate it!
Now we made up a smaller batch of blue Rice Krispie Treats (3 tbsp butter, 3 cups mini marshmallows, 3 cups Rice Krispie Treats.) We let it cool on one of the cookie sheets for about 10 minutes.
Then we buttered our fingers and molded the blue Rice Krispie Treats mixture into the open area of our 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats.
We tried to make sure the top was as flat as the bottom. We even turned it upside down and let is set a little while like that. Once it was completely cool we used a hot butcher knife to cut our 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats Flags. We trimmed off a little bit on the left and right edges and that’s all there was to it!
How adorable are these? We love them!!! Happy Birthday, America!
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