It’s almost July 4th! I won’t be able to do much celebrating this year because I’ll be working all night, but that didn’t stop me from whipping up some French Vanilla Cake Batter Rice Krispies Pops! Everything is better in ‘pop’ form, and that includes these festive rice krispies treats!
I never used to get very excited about the Fourth of July. My dad was always big into fireworks, so watching them was nothing too out of the ordinary and I think I was always to young to understand the feeling of patriotism and togetherness that I now love about it. I sure wish I was able to be a part of it all this year, but oh well, there’s always next year!
I don’t know what it is about rice krispies treats, but I love them so much! I usually steer away from desserts that are so sweet…okay maybe I don’t steer away from them, but I’d choose something a little more ‘homemade’. Not rice krispies treats though, I can eat them by the pan. Seriously, the genius that came up with Rice Krispies Treats is just that, a genius! I love how adaptable the recipe is. You can mix in candy, flavoring, or use fun flavored marshmallows. I always add sprinkles. Always.
I used my Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats as inspiration, but used french vanilla cake mix because it was what I had on hand. If you use yellow cake mix instead, you will get a much more distinct cake batter flavor. I added lollipop sticks, drizzled them with red, white, and blue candy melts and voilà! A perfect Fourth of July treat!
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup french vanilla cake mix
- 4 1/2 cups crisped rice cereal
- 3 Tbsp sprinkles
- lollipop sticks
- candy melts or melted chocolate for decorating
- Line a 9x13 in baking dish with waxed paper.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Remove from heat.
- Add cake mix and stir until no clumps remain.
- Add the cereal and stir to evenly coat. Add sprinkles and keep stirring until distributed throughout.
- Use buttered hands or a piece of waxed paper to press the mixture into prepared 9x13 inch pan. It's okay if the mixture doesn't spread all the way to the ends of the pan, just try to get a level surface. Let them cool.
- Use a buttered cookie cutter to cut shapes out. You can smush the scraps together and use them to cut more shapes.
- Melt candy melts according to package directions. Dip lollipop stick into candy melts and insert into rice krispies treat and let it harden.
- Drizzle with or dip them in melted candy melts to decorate.