A few weeks ago it was my turn to provide the baked goods for the weekly bake sale for the girl’s figure skating team. Many parents buy (gasp!) cupcakes or cookies to bring in, and they all sell just fine. The kids that buy the treats don’t care or even notice where the treats came from. I mean, I don’t care if other people bring in purchased items, but I can’t do anything the easy way. Because I have to make things as difficult for myself as absolutely possible.
So, I was perusing Pinterest for figure skating themed baked goods. Really. That’s what I was looking for. I had a vision of cupcakes that had perfectly shaped fondant figure skates with glinting silver blades balanced precariously on top of a swirly mountain of shimmery white frosting. That I could whip out on a Sunday afternoon. With the limited ingredients in my pantry. And sell to small children for 50 cents.
What I found was Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats over at Family Fresh meals. Go ahead. Go take a look at them. I’ll wait.
Cute, aren’t they? There’s no fondant figure skates though. Or shiny silvery blades. And no mountain of sugary frosting. But they look quick. And easy. And cheap. (There’s a joke there, but I’ll skip it…). I could use the figure skating club’s colors…close enough!
This is a pretty straightforward recipe that you can follow from Family Fresh Meals, but there are a few little things I figured out that would make it a WHOLE lot easier the next time I make them. I’ll share those with you. Yay!
WHAT I DID: I made Rice Krispie Treats following the recipe on the Rice Krispie box except I used more butter because I like them soft and gooey. I made three separate batches to fill my large 12 x 18 cake pan. I lined my pan with parchment paper so when they were set I could just pull the whole thing out of the pan to make cutting them easier. I cut them into rectangles. Kind of. I stuck the sticks in up to more than halfway up the rectangular bar so they had good support. I melted my candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on the bag. I used a tall and narrow container so it was easier to dip. I dipped the bar into the melted candy, let the excess drain off, and then dipped it in my bowl full of sprinkles. Then I stood them sprinkle side down on parchment paper to harden.
It took about a half hour for them to harden enough so that I could lay them down flat. I melted more candy melts and put the melted candy in a small Ziploc bag. I cut the teeniest tiniest little snippet out of the corner of the bag. I found I had to work fast as I zig-zagged over the pops to get a straight line. I wanted to do the other side after the zig-zags were dry but I ran out of time before these had to get bagged up and taken to the rink.
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Well, we’re starting with Rice Krispie treats. Isn’t that right enough? Seriously, though. These were super easy, and you get big perceived value. They look like they took way more time and effort than they did, and everyone was super impressed when I brought them to the rink. The dipping and zig-zagging was really, really easy and fun and takes absolutely no artistic skill to get them to look good.
WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY: I like my Rice Krispie treats gooey so I used extra butter in the recipe. Do not do that! Use just the 3 Tbs the recipe on the Rice Krispie box calls for. My soft and gooey treats were not solid enough to cut into nice rectangles. I had to reshape them after they were cut. It was messy and time consuming. Also, because they were so soft they kept trying to bend over on themselves when I was holding them upright and the stick would poke out the side. And lastly, since they weren’t cut into nice rectangles with sharp edges, they fell over when I was balancing them on the sprinkles while the candy was drying. I had to use the edge of the pan to prop them up.
I also ran out of candy melts and sprinkles. So be sure to buy enough. The melted candy was a little thick. Upon rereading the recipe I realized that I needed to add some oil to the candy melts as I melted them. Oops. Also be sure to leave yourself plenty of time between steps. The Rice Krispie treats should be fully cooled before cutting and sticking. The candy needs to be fully set before you lay them down to do the zig-zags.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Super fun and easy treat to make that gets big bang for the buck. Would be fun for kids to help with if your kids aren’t teenagers who think you and your projects are just too much. Could be made even easier if you used purchased Rice Krispie treats since those are cut very evenly and will dip and stand nicely. Very versatile for any season or event by just changing the colors of the candy melts and sprinkles. They were very popular with the kids and the adults at the rink and every one of them sold even though they weren’t glittery white figure skate cupcakes. Definitely will keep them in mind to make again.
Have you done this project before and have tips or tricks that I didn’t think of? Do you have a project or recipe idea that you would like me to try? Leave a comment below and let me know!