Christmas Tree Rice Crispy Treats- Mint Flavored
Christmas Tree Rice Crispy Treats portray beautiful culinary artistry and offer a bite of a dazzling blend of mint flavor and white chocolate packed all into one treat. In other words they will have your taste buds dancing, but you may not want to eat it because it's pretty enough to use as an Christmas ornament.
Great for party favors or gifts learn how to make these one of a kind rice crispy treats, invented right here at Deluxe-Sweets-and-Candy Gifts.com by yours truly- Rick.
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How to Make Christmas Tree Rice Crispy Treats- Mint Flavored
Supplies (These are items that you should already have):
Here is an image of the supplies and ingredients you will need. Please note some of these are optional, like the paint tray, and some were left out by mistake, like the microwaveable bowls for melting the chocolate. You can get many of the ingredients or supplies you need at craft stores or candy-making supply stores like Candyland Crafts. I have added links on this page to ingredients and supplies of what I recommend to use.
1. Spray glass casserole dish and set aside. Set cereal in large mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Place mint candies in plastic sealable bag and lightly pound with rubber mallet on counter top (for the protection of your counters place cutting board on top of counter first). Set aside.
3. Melt butter in sauce pot on low heat. Once starts to melt add package of marshmallows. Stir with wooden spoon.
4. Once completely melted and in liquid form remove from heat. Add one drop of mint candy flavoring and stir well.
5. Pour marshmallow mix from sauce pot into cereal in large bowl. Spray wooden spoon with cooking oil and stir well. Add a small amount of the crushed mint candies then stir. Do this several times until the candy is used up. Leave some of the crushed mint candies for later to create snow on your treats.
6. Press mix into baking sheet then place in refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to harden faster.
7. Remove from refrigerator and press cookie cutter into mix. Form shapes throughout entire casserole dish. Use left over mix to press to top off filled
cookie cutter. Stuff as much mix into the cookie cutter for each rice crispy treat. The fuller the treat, the easier it will be to cover in chocolate and the more
8. In small microwaveable bowl place small amount of Green Merckens white chocolate chips or wafers. (Or if you prefer, place 2-4 drops of green, oil-based food coloring into chocolate after melting wafers and stir well.) On 40% power warm chocolate for 50 seconds. Remove and stir. If soft and liquidy go to next step, if not, repeat step, but in 10-second intervals. (Make sure to reset power each time.)
To keep chocolate melted place the bowl within another bowl. In the bottom bowl place WARM water NOT hot into the bottom.
9. Spread green-colored white chocolate onto each treat with spatula, sides and tops. Repeat melting process until all treats are covered. To add snow sprinkle some of the left over crushed mint candies onto some of the trees. After finished set in fridge again for another 15-20 minutes.
10. Now to create the Christmas lights (above picture on right side).
a) If you have the chocolate paint tray simply place one or two colored wafers in one cavity at a time. Then melt in microwave using same process as above. Work with one color at a time since chocolate dries fast.
b) Or just melt a VERY small amount of white chocolate wafers in a small bowl and add 4-5 drops of oil-based food coloring the first color you choose for the lights after first melting chocolate. Stir until no signs of white show.
11. To apply Christmas light colors on tree either use a toothpick or eye dropper. You will have to constantly clean out the eye dropper since chocolate will clog up the tip.
You will work with all the trees on the baking sheet for each color. Add a few drops per tree then move to the next one until finished with all of them.
Then move to the next color and repeat the same process.
12. Paint the wooden stump brown. To create brown color you will need to use oil-based food coloring. Add 2-4 drops of black, then 1-2 drops of red, then stir well.
13. Let's make the Star Christmas Tree Toppers now.
The stars are made of yellow-colored white chocolate. To create them figure out how big you want them to be then draw 2-4 rows of them on a white piece of computer paper, enough to cover all of your trees. Place a piece of wax paper over the top.
Now we will trace the outside of each star first. To do this either use the eye dropper or a small sauce, squeeze bottle. Just melt a small amount.
After outlining each star let them dry a few minutes then fill the middles.
Next place them in the fridge to set for a few minutes.
Remove them from the fridge. Now we will stick them to the trees to make the toppers. Peel them off the sheet with a thin steak knife. In order to make them stick either apply some melted chocolate to the tree first or use corn syrup. If you use chocolate only do one tree at a time or the chocolate will dry before you can stick a star to them.