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Summer Marshmallow Treats

Summer Marshmallow Treats

Ali Fedotowsky-Manno is making fun, kid-friendly watermelon rice cereal treats and ice cream rice cereal treats.
Ingredients for Watermelon Rice Cereal Treats
  • 2 10 oz bag large marshmallows
  • \½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, divided, plus more for greasing
  • 12 cups rice cereal, divided in half
  • 2 0.08 oz packets kiwi-strawberry Propel drink flavoring*
  • 2 0.08 oz packets watermelon Propel drink flavoring*
  • Green food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • Mini chocolate chips for decorating
Materials for Watermelon Rice Cereal Treats
  • 1 2.5 quart bowl
  • 1 9” round cake pan
  • Wax paper
Ingredients for Ice Cream Rice Cereal Treats
  • 1 10 oz bag large marshmallows
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • ½ teaspoon non-alcoholic vanilla extract
  • 10 ice cream cake cones
  • 1 cup candy melts, color of your choice
  • 1 bag large round candy, like sour cherry balls or similar
  • Colorful sprinkles
Materials for Ice Cream Rice Cereal Treats
  • Standard ice cream scoop
  • Cooking spray
  • Wax paper


Directions for Watermelon Rice Cereal Treats

1. First, make the green rice cereal treats. In a large nonstick pan, melt ¼ cup of butter on low heat until completely melted. Add 1 bag of marshmallows and let melt, stirring often with a spatula. When the marshmallows are melted, add the kiwi-strawberry juice flavoring and 10-12 drops of green food coloring. Remove from the heat and add 6 cups of rice cereal. Stir well so that all the pieces of cereal are evenly coated with the green marshmallow mixture.
2. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Grease the bowl and cake pan generously with butter.
3. Add about ⅔ of the mixture to the greased bowl. Use a small piece of wax paper to push the rice cereal mixture up the sides of the bowl to create the “rind” of half a watermelon. Continue working the rice cereal treat until you have about a ½” thick rind covering the inside of the bowl. Set aside.
4. Add the remaining ⅓ of the mixture to the cake pan. Use the same piece of wax paper to form a ring around the edges of the cake tin about ½” thick. This will be the rind of the watermelon slice. Set aside.
5. Next, make the pink rice cereal treats. In a large nonstick pan, melt ¼ cup of butter on low heat until completely melted. Add 1 bag of marshmallows and let melt, stirring often with a spatula. When the marshmallows are melted, add the watermelon juice flavoring and 8-10 drops of red food coloring. Remove from the heat and add 6 cups of rice cereal. Stir well so that all the pieces of cereal are evenly coated with the now pink marshmallow mixture.
6. Add about half of the pink marshmallow mixture to the bowl with the green rind already in place. Use a small piece of wax paper to press down the rice cereal mixture in the center of the green rind to form the watermelon flesh. Press firmly all around the edges and in the center of the marshmallow treat. Set aside to cool.
7. Add the rest of the mixture to the center of the cake tin. Press down firmly to form the watermelon flesh of the watermelon slice. Set aside to cool. Once the rice cereal treats are cooled, add mini chocolate chips as “seeds” for decoration.

*If using a powdered drink flavor that already contains coloring, omit the food coloring and use 1 packet instead of 2.

Directions for Ice Cream Cereal Treats

1. In a large nonstick pan, melt ¼ cup of butter on low heat until completely melted. Add marshmallows and let melt, stirring often with a spatula. When the marshmallows are melted, add the vanilla extract and mix well. Remove from the heat and add rice cereal. Stir well so that all the pieces of cereal are evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture. Allow to cool for a few minutes until cool enough to handle.

2. Grease and ice cream scoop with cooking spray. Scoop a portion of the rice cereal mixture and use a small piece of wax paper to help detach the portion from the sticky mixture. Use the wax paper to press the mixture down into the ice cream scoop. Top one cone with the formed ice cream scoop. Use the wax paper to finish shaping the ice cream scoop and smooth out imperfections as needed. Repeat until the rice cereal mixture is gone.

3. Melt the candy melts according to the directions on the package. Spoon generously over the finished ice cream scoops. Top with sprinkles and a round candy as the cherry.

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