Quick and Easy No-Bake St. Patrick’s Day Rice Krispies Treats

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Son’s class is having a St. Patrick’s Day shindig tomorrow, so I stole my friend’s idea and decided to make green, shamrock-shaped Rice Krispies treats.   This is a great recipe for little helpers.  Son really did most of it himself.

The recipe is right off the Rice Krispies box, but you don’t have to use the name brands.  I used real Rice Krispies (they were on sale) and Great Value marshmallows.

You start with 3 tablespoons of butter, which you melt in a large saucepan (next time I’m going to use my pasta pot).

The recipe calls for a 10 oz. package of large marshmallows (approximately 40) or 4 cups of mini-marshmallows.  I had a 16 oz bag, so Son counted out exactly 40 large marshmallows (next time I’ll use more, as we barely had  enough goo) and poured them into the melted butter.

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I’m not a Rice Krispies treats fan, so Son has never had them before, either.  He didn’t really understand what we were doing, and why we were going to “boil” the marshmallows.  Still, he stirred…

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When the marshmallows began melting we added plenty of green food coloring.  Son didn’t have any idea what St. Patrick’s Day is, so he wanted to add red food coloring, too.  Grabbed his hand Just. In. Time.

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You keep stirring until the marshmallows are completely melted, then remove it from the heat and slowly add the Rice Krispies to the mixture.

When it’s completely mixed spread the mixture onto a large baking pan.  Normal Rice Krispies treats are thicker than what I wanted to do for these, so instead of a 13×9 pan I used a larger one.  The box says to use waxed  paper or a buttered spatula to spread out the mixture, but I found it much easier to wet my clean hands and press without an implement.

We waited for it to cool (really only a few minutes), then started to cut out the shapes.  It wasn’t easy – Son had to use his muscle to make the cutouts.  And I had to help a little…

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He kept pretending to lick them all. But he didn’t. Pinky swear.

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We both had a fun time  making them, and created another wonderful memory.

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I hope you enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day, even if it’s just another Tuesday to you!

Deal of the Day December 7, 2008

Buy a dozen donuts at Krispy Kreme by December 25 and get 12 free holiday gift tags.

Certainly free gift tags are nice on their own, but there’s a free donut coupon on the back of each gift tag. Nice! The free donut coupons are valid the entire month of January.

And don’t even THINK about not using those gift tags and keeping those free donut coupons for yourself!

Hee hee.

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Deal of the Day November 9, 2008

I found this one at Coupon Cravings.  Check out that great blog!

November is Truffle Month at Godiva Chocolates. Stop in November 7-9 or November 21-23 for FREE (Yes, FREE!) European Dessert Truffle samples. They’re also having other weekend in-store sampling events.

Click here to find out more and to locate the Godiva Chocolate nearest you.

I know just where the nearest store to me is.

Yummy!

Deal of the Day October 30, 2008

Two of my favorite words to pair together in any sentence are “free” and “donut”.

Krispy Kreme wants your vote! Actually, the company doesn’t care who you vote for as long as you vote. On November 4, locations around the country will be handing out free star-shaped donuts with red, white and blue sprinkles to anyone with an “I Voted” sticker. So save your sticker if you’re an early voter!

The effort is non-partisan, so don’t worry about one of the candidates forking over a wad of leftover campaign money in some kind of weird get-out-the-vote effort. This is just about Krispy Kreme trying to get some foot traffic of its own.

“We can’t guarantee that your candidate of preference will win on November 4, but we can guarantee that your right to voice your choice will be rewarded with a patriotic doughnut that will remind you just how tasty freedom really is,” said Krispy Kreme’s Chef Ron Rupocinski in a press release. “Krispy Kreme encourages everyone to take part in this historical election and vote.”

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Deal of the Day June 6, 2008

Yesterday Ice Cream, today doughnuts.

Join participating Krispy Kreme stores today, June 6th, in celebrating National Doughnut Day and you’ll receive a free doughnut of your choice. Be sure to stop by on your morning commute to get your day started off right. Valid 06/06/2008 only.

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Deal of the Day April 14, 2008

You want them.  You know you want them.

So why not be the office hero?

When you buy a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts you can get a dozen free when you use this coupon.  Offer ends May 13, 2008.

Go ahead.  Make their day.

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Deal of the Day February 26, 2008

Can you say Krispy Kreme?

Whether you want to be the most popular person in the office or hoard them for yourself (that would be one heck of a binge), redeem this coupon to BOGO dozen free donuts at Krispy Kreme. You can only use it at a Krispy Kreme store, so plan ahead. Good until March 25, 2008.

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