DIY: Rice Krispie Treat Popsicles
Remember when you were a kid and had to make really hard decisions – like how you were going to spend your dollar at the ice cream truck?! The agony of just picking out one popsicle…only one! At least that’s how it went when the ice cream truck came down my cul-de-sac! I was thinking back to those sweet summertime childhood memories and was inspired to pay a little homage to some classic popsicle and ice cream treats from my day. What resulted was a batch of delicious chocolate covered rice krispie treats. Continue on below to see how to make them!
Materials Needed (for the 6 treats):
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 package marshmallows (4 cups)
- 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
- Plastic popsicle molds + popsicle sticks
- Cooking spray or spray butter
- Wax paper
- Wilton® colored candy melts
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Plastic bags (ziplocks or pastry bags)
- 1 waffle cone bowl
Warning: Things get really messy. Cover everything in wax paper and make sure to wear an apron!
Step #1: First, make your rice krispie treats mix. In a microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add cereal to melted marshmallows and stir until coated.
Step #2: Spray the inside of two popsicle molds with cooking spray. Add the rice krispies treats into the greased popsicle molds. Add a little butter to your hands or use wax paper to make the sticky situation as little less sticky. Once you’ve filled the two molds with the rice krispies mix, insert a popsicle stick into the mold just as you would for a popsicle. Place the molds in the fridge to set. Using wax paper, roll three cylindrical shapes for your other popsicles. Insert a stick into the end of each stick and place in the fridge to set. You should still have some of your rice krispies mix remaining – set aside in a warm place for now.
Step #3: Take a waffle cone bowl, wrap it in a damp paper towel and place in the microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute. The condensation and the heat will open the bowl and give it a mold-able consistency. Working quickly, mold the bowl into a taco shape and set aside for a few minutes. Take a handful of the remaining rice krispies mixture and insert into the interior of the waffle taco. Place in the fridge to set.
Note: Allow your popsicle and ice cream rice krispies treats to set in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before moving on.
Step #4: Remove the treats from the popsicle molds. [Note: I found it easiest to wait for them to come back to room temperature before pulling them out.] Set aside on wax paper once removed.
Step #5 – Decorating: Below you’ll find what you need to do for the decorating process of each treat.
- Creamsicle: Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Use a spatula to cover one of the popsicle molded treats with the melted white chocolate. Set aside on wax paper in the fridge to set. Once set, repeat the process using orange candy melts. To get a smooth surface, I found it easiest to place the popsicle on wax paper and pour on the orange candy melts. Once the surface was coated, I took the treat over the sink to allow the excess orange chocolate to drizzle off the popsicle. Once finished, place in the fridge to set.
- Fudgesicle: Follow the steps of the creamsicle popsicle, but with chocolate chips in place of the white chocolate and orange candy melts.
- Big Stick: Melt orange and yellow candy melts in two cups in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Once melted pour the orange onto a piece of wax paper and roll one of the cylindrical popsicles in the orange chocolate. Set in the fridge for 5 minutes. Using a new piece of wax paper, again pour orange chocolate across the wax and then drizzle on yellow chocolate. Roll the popsicle in the chocolate for a second time – this should create that orange and yellow swirl look. Once finished, place in the fridge to set.
- Choco Taco: Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Dip the top half of your taco treat into the chocolate. If necessary, set in the fridge and dip a second time for a thicker chocolate layer. Once finished, place on wax paper in the fridge to set.
- Lick a Color: Melt red candy melts in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Once melted, dip another one of your cylindrical popsicles into the red chocolate. If easier, you can also use the wax paper method (from the Big Stick) to coat the popsicle. Set in the fridge for 5 minutes and repeat to coat a second time. Once the red popsicle treat has hardened, use a knife to carve out a small hole. Melt just a few chips of the yellow, blue, orange, and green and layer each color into the interior of the hole – allowing time for each color to set before adding the next.
- Rainbow: Melt red, orange, yellow, green, and blue candy melts in the microwave. Once melted, transfer each color to its own plastic bag (or pastry bag). Start at the bottom with the red, cut a small end (tip) for the plastic bag and add on chocolate, using a spatula to smoothly coat on the red. Place in the fridge to set for a few minutes. Once set, use a knife and cut off any uneven chocolate on the top portion. [Note: This is a little tricky to explain without images, but you basically just want an even line before you start your next color.] Repeat the process for each color until you’ve reached the top.