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Christmas tree crispy rice edible hanging ornaments

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It is almost time to trim the tree. This is a fun family event filled with laughter and togetherness. Many people string popcorn and use that as garland on their trees. Creating some ornaments out of crispy rice to hang on the tree is attractive and a way to get children more involved in helping with all the decorating. While they are in the kitchen with you another family member can be stringing the lights without many little hands getting in the way or tangling the strands.

If you have little ones you can place these ornaments near the bottom of the tree and not worry if they take one down and put it in their mouths since all of it is edible. On the other hand you might want to put them near the top if you have dogs present in the house. You don’t want them sniffing out a sweet treat and knocking the tree down after all the work you put into putting it up for the seasons celebration.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • M & M candies
  • Black and red decorative icing
  • Red vine licorice stands

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan melt the butter over a low heat.
  2. Once the butter is melted add in the marshmallows and stir into the butter until the marshmallows melt completely.
  3. Remove the pan from the stove.
  4. Mix in the crispy rice cereal until all is coated nicely.
  5. Roll the crispy rice treats into balls.
  6. Take a piece of red licorice and thread it through a mini marshmallow and press it into the top of the Christmas tree treat ball.
  7. Press a few M & M candies around the middle of the rice ball.
  8. Use the decorative icing and draw a line around the top and bottom of the treat.
  9. Allow them all to cool completely and the icing to set before serving or placing on the tree.

Suggestions:

  • Instead of melting mini marshmallows use marshmallow cream or fluff from a small (7 ounce) jar, it will work beautifully in the recipe.

© 2013 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved

Jackson residents can shop at any of these local grocery stores: Pick’n Save or Wal-mart for all the ingredients needed for this recipe.

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