It’s that gaudy pink and red, oversized teddy bears, and chocolate wasted time of year. Yep, tis the season for Valentine’s Day. Now, I’m your typical Valentine Scrooge. I don’t want to celebrate it. I don’t want flowers [okay, maybe I would like a rose or four]. I REALLY don’t want chocolate. And hell no to the big creepy teddy bear.
But, I’ve been working for the school district for over a year now and I feel a deep rooted obligation to celebrate. The kids are going to be handing out those little cards with lollipops, sending Crush sodas to one another, and having a heart themed dance. As much as I want to dress in black sweats and watch horror movies just for the sake of being a party pooper, I won’t. I figured it would be a little creepy to buy my students cards that said ‘Be My Valentine’, so I decided to stick with something I know a little better. Rice Crispy Treats. Valentine’s Rice Crispy Treats.
As I was dropping pink food dye into the ooey gooey marshmallow, I could feel my internal Valentine’s Day spirit coming to life. The color was rich and beautiful and the smell of bubbly sugar was enough to make me forget about my new pair of skinny jeans and summer quickly approaching.
The best thing about these Valentine’s Rice Crispy Treats is that they are fast and easier than cookies or brownies, and we all know that when you have to make treats for school, time is of the essence. There’s work and making dinner, bathing andreading books, and all the other daily rituals that take priority over school treats.
I thought I had some Wilton food dye, but I must have thrown it out when we moved. I have a fascination with getting rid of stuff, except clothes. It’s very satisfying for me, but it never fails that I end up throwing out something that I wish I hadn’t. So, I just used regular old food dye. I had some red and purple and mixed them together, and it turned out to be a lovely mauve-ish color.
The other thing I thought I had was a heart shaped cookie cutter. Yeah, nope. So I spent the good part of 15 minutes cutting out heart shaped rice crispy treats by hand. Don’t be like me. Get a cookie cutter. They turn out nicer, and it’s a hell of a lot less frustrating.
Here’s to that lovey dovey, smoochy spirit… and kids!
Valentine’s Rice Crispy Treats Recipe
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- Pink or Red Food Dye
- 5 cups Rice Crispies
- 1/2 cup Wilton Vanilla Candy Melts
- sprinkles (optional)
Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with vegetable oil or brushing it with butter.
Melt butter in microwave.
Add marshmallows and toss with butter. Cook in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals, until marshmallows are melted.
Add 4-5 drops food dye and stir to make a smooth, even color.
Add rice crispies and stir to coat thoroughly.
Immediately transfer to prepared baking sheet. Put a piece of wax paper over the top and roll flat with a rolling pin.
If using a cookie cutter, cut and remove rice crispy treats before they set. Transfer cut rice crispy treats to a piece of wax paper and allow to set.
Melt vanilla candies in microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between intervals.
Use a rubber spatula to drizzle vanilla over rice crispy treats.
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day Treats? Share with me in the comments, and don’t forget to share with your friends.