Eating outdoors, enjoying picnics and BBQ’s with family and friends is always one of the highlights of summer. When planning food (or dessert) for a picnic or BBQ, often need treats that travel well, can handle being left out in the heat, and are easy to eat. Rice Krispies Treats are an ever popular.
These cute treats are perfect for summer get togethers or a summer birthday party.
Watermelon Rice-Krispie Treats
Yield: 16-18 slices
For the green (rind) outer ring:
4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
4 cups mini mashmallows
3 Tablespoons butter green food coloring
For the red (watermelon) center:
5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
5 cups mini marshmallows
3 Tablespoons butter red food coloring
For the Seeds:
Chocolate covered sunflower seeds, or mini chocolate chips
Prepare 2- 8″ cake pans by greasing with butter or non-stick spray.
Make the green (rind)– Add 4 cups rice krispies to a large bowl, set aside. Melt 4 cups marshmallows and 3 tablespoons butter in a large bowl in the microwave about 2 minutes, or until very puffy. Carefully remove from microwave, stir, and add in green coloring. Pour green marshmallow mixture over the bowl of rice krispies. Stir mixture together, quickly, using a buttered spatula. Working quickly, divide the mixture between the two prepared cake pans, and press along the sides of the pans, creating a ring about 1.5 inches tall and 1-1.5 inches wide/thick. Rub a bit of butter on your hands as necessary, to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
Make the red (watermelon) center- Repeat as above, using the ingredients listed (left). Press red mixture into the center of the two cake pans, press down and smoothign the top surface with a buttered spatula.
Add “seeds” Chocolate covered sunflower seeds, using a tiny bit of melted chocolate to keep each seed in place.