Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rice Krispies Holiday Challenge and a $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!


Congrats to VK!

Back in August, I was asked by The Motherhood and Rice Krispies to take part in a Rice Krispies Recipe Challenge. I had to create a Back to School Conversation Starter recipe related to Rice Krispies Treats. I had a lot of fun with it, so when they asked me to take part again, in a Holiday Show Stopper Rice Krispies Challenge, I was delighted and of course, said "YES!"

This time around I had to use my Martha Stewart skills because I was up against 29 other bloggers to create an awesome and unique Holiday themed treat, so here it is!

Rice Krispies Treat Choo Choo Train Centerpiece

I knew I wanted to do something different and challenging, although I will be honest with you, I did not anticipate the challenge this was really going to be! It ended up being fun and entertaining and the kids and hubby had fun with me while I was painting away on the train cars and pieces. I even laughed at myself when I realized my choice in Peanut Butter to adhere the pieces together was probably not the best choice (more on that later! LOL)


1. Follow directions per the Rice Krispie Treat recipe on the box (super easy and so few steps, not to mention FAST! This is why I LOVE Rice Krispie Treats!) 
2. In order to have a few thicknesses of RKT, I used a few seperate pans. One normal one, to cut out the train cars from and another, smaller one to make thinner wheels out of and the logs for the log car.
3. I'm not sure if this is a well known trick or not, but when I want to flatten out my RKT, I always used a buttered-up spatula to flatten them out smooth. The butter keeps them from sticking and the spatula just slides across the top! I once tried using buttered-up hands, but burnt my fingers on a hot spot on the RKT. I DO NOT advise using your hands alone.

4. When RKT are still warm, but not hot start cutting out your wheels from the small. I used a (you guessed it) buttered-up shot glass to give a perfect circle to the wheels. I smoothed down the rough edges with my hands to make them smooth.
5. Then cut out train cars and any accessories you need to complete your project.

6. I laid them all our on a cooling rack, so they'd dry/harden faster. IT's much easier to "paint" the harder, cooled off RKT, plus they dry faster.
7. Get out a few small bowls, a paint brush (new one preferably, unless you don't plan on actually EATING the RKT), and food coloring. Make colors in the bowls, as well as have a water bowl, to rinse of your brush in. Yes, use undiluted food coloring, it gives you the bet colors. Be sure to wipe off any excess water from your brush between switching colors, too.

8. Paint away on the train car and accessories. I did this on a cookie sheet lined with a few layers on paper towels (insert laughing husband as he (AND I) discover how time-consuming this project will be)
9. I let the pieces dry over night. Take them off of the paper towel, and put back on the cooling racks, with a paper towel underneath. You don't want the paper towel touching the RKT as they will most likely stick, but by laying a paper towel down on the counter you will protect your counter, but allow the RKT to dry without the risk of sticking.
10. Then you're done. Add them to your dessert table or centerpiece. Everyone will get a kick out of them!

Now we did not actually eat the RKT train, because it took me DAYS to complete this as I figured out the logistics, but by all means, if you keep them covered and sealed in a container, I am sure they will stay fresh enough to display AND eat.

This was a fun project, that really let my creative side show. I would have liked to find some sort of pedestal to raise up the trains, so they didn't get lost in the snow here, but I REALLY love the effect of the snow on the table. Next time I might even make the trains TWICE this size!

Wanna Win?

Rice Krispies and The Motherhood want to give away a $100 gift card to one of you. And it's easy to enter!

~~~Just leave me a comment here with your favorite way to eat Rice Krispies for a chance to win~~~


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1. Only ONE entry per person in this giveaway.

2. Winner will be chosen by on Tuesday December 21, 2010 at or after 11:59pm CST. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to original congratulatory email or an alternate winner will be chosen. Please be sure there is a way for me to get in tough with you. you can leave your email address in the comment, you may email me at mommyinstincts AT comcast DOT com with your email address, or if there is contact info in your profile, that works too.

3. One winner per campaign (so if you win from me, you can't win from any of the other 29 bloggers involved in this campaign). But you CAN increase your chances of winning by visiting The Motherhood Rice Krispies Circle to see other participating bloggers!