Oct 30, 2012

Fall Recipe: Crisp Candy-Corn Treats

I had a fabulous plan for the day. I would make the above adorable rice krispy treat snacks and they would turn out beautifully.

Well, sometimes things don't always turn out the way we think they should.

Crisp Candy-Corn Treats

  • Cooking spray
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 12 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt, divided
  • 9 cups crisp puffed-rice cereal, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • Yellow and red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 
Directions: Lightly coat a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter over medium. Add 4 cups miniature marshmallows and 1/4 teaspoon fine salt; stir until melted. Stir in 3 cups crisp puffed-rice cereal and immediately transfer to pan. Coat an offset spatula with cooking spray and firmly press mixture into an even layer. Rinse saucepan. Repeat step 1 twice: To second batch, add orange zest and enough yellow and red food coloring to tint marshmallow mixture orange before adding cereal, then press into pan. To third batch, add lemon zest and enough yellow food coloring to tint marshmallow mixture yellow. Press third batch into pan. 
Let set 2 hours (or overnight). Run a small knife around edges of pan and invert loaf onto a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut loaf into 10 slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise.Using your hands, gently mold each treat into a candy-corn.
Video demo here.

Pretty sure mine turned out wonky because:

1) I didn't have the right-sized pan
2) I mismeasured the margarine 
(I ran out of butter so used margarine on last layer--no-no!) 
on the yellow layer so it didn't set as well
3) Should've let it set longer

There's a lesson to be learned here. We try our best and sometimes we fall.
Sometimes things don't turn out perfectly.
But we move on knowing we can try, try again.

Or pick a different recipe.
(although these taste amazing with the hint of cintrus...hhhmm)


Becca Acker said...

These are so cute!

Emily said...

I love this post! This happens to me ALL THE TIME. And I always wonder why bloggers never seem to talk about baking fails. Thank you for being so real and awesome.

Breanna Miller said...

Girl, this was pretty much the way my entire day went today. I had all these "awesome mom" plans, mostly spurred on by guilt I was feeling that my kids were not going to get the "normal" Halloween experience this year. Anyway, I always make these huge plans and get so down when they don't go just as planned. Good to know I'm not the only one. Thanks for this encouragement today friend! :)

Amy said...

I make these all the time. Actually, I'm pretty sure most of the school moms think this is all I know how to make (Halloween candy corn treats, Christmas candy corn treats, Valentine's Candy corn treats...you get the picture). Just a little hint for you... If you line your pan with wax paper coated in oil or cooking spray (instead of just coated the pan with it), it's a lot easier to get them out!