Making Everyday Food Special: Rice Krispies Treat Sparklers

by Rachel Lacy

Rice Krispies Treat Sparklers

The Fourth of July — our American Independence Day — has been one of my favorite holidays since childhood, right up there with Christmas.  It’s hot weather and watermelon . . . sparklers and sno-cones . . . bright streamers of light painting the canvas of the night sky.

It has always been magical for me — a day when everyone in our nation comes together for family barbeques, neighborhood block parties and city firework shows.  United we stand for a day.

As a mother, I love building upon the memories of my childhood to create new memories and traditions for my wee kidlets.  And, the beautiful thing about making new memories is that “simple” works.

These patriotic-inspired sweets — Rice Krispies Treat Sparklers — are about as simple as it gets. . . and a sure-fire favorite for my kidlets, who had the privilege of sampling these when I made them earlier this week.

(oh, the lives of a food blogger’s children!)

They were captivated by the vivid colors, the quirky stars and the fact that everything was on a stick. What is is about food on a stick, anyway?  It seems like anything on a stick — whether bamboo skewers or paper lollipop sticks — is more exciting and fun!

With these red, white and blue treats in hand, we sat outside in their “clubhouse” and talked about the coming national holiday, fireworks, and family.  And, with pleading, strawberry-stained smiles and marshamallow-sticky hands, they asked me to make the Sparklers again for Independence Day.

I think they agree with me: simple treats and simple family time make the best memories.

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Rice Krispy Treat Sparklers
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 15-25, depending on the size of your cutter
Simple ingredients come together for a fun, kid-friendly treat.
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 10-ounce bag of mini-marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 6 cups of puffed rice ("Rice Krispies") cereal
  • Strawberries (one per sparkler)
  • Blueberries (3-4 per sparkler)
  • Star shaped cookie cutter
  • Food skewers or lollipop sticks
  • Ribbon (optional)
  1. In a heavy duty saucepan (I use a large stockpot to give myself plenty of room for stirring in the cereal), melt the butter over low heat.
  2. When completely melted, add the marshmallows and stir continuously until melted.
  3. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Remove from heat and add in the cereal, stirring until completely coated and mixed in.
  5. Pour coated cereal onto wax paper or buttered foil and spread out to the thickness of your cookie cutter. As you spread it out, keep the mixture compact -- don't allow any "holes" to form as the cereal moves under the pressure of your spatula (or wax paper if using that to shape the cereal mixture).
  6. Once completely flat and thin enough for your cookie cutter to go through, allow the cereal mixture to cool and firm up. (Note: if you live in a high-humidity area like I do, this may take as much as 30 minutes)
  7. Once cooled, press your cookie cutter into the hardened mixture, remove the cut out treat from the cutter and set aside. Repeat.
  8. Starting with the strawberries, skewer the washed and trimmed fruit onto the wooden food skewers or lollipop sticks.
  9. Carefully add one Rice Krispies treat on to the top of each skewer.
  10. You can tie a ribbon to the stick/skewer, just below the strawberry for more festive color (and it helps support the heavy strawberry).
  11. Serve and enjoy!
If you want a "stars and stripes" motif, cut half of the Rice Krispies treats into bars. The vanilla is completely optional but I love the added depth it gives to this classic childhood treat.


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Rachel Lacy is the author of Following In My Shoes, where she blogs about Mommyhood, Family-Friendly Recipes and Bento Lunches, and Life in Texas. She is a lover of all things Coffee and Nutella.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mothering From Scratch June 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

{Melinda} My kids are 12 and 15, but I think they’d love these, too! :)


2 RJ June 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

Oh these are just too cute! I love the idea and I bet our kids would have a blast making these.


3 Whitney at It's Gravy, Baby! June 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

These will be fabulous for our 4th of July party! Thanks for sharing. :)


4 Katy June 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

This is a great idea. Simple and easy to make and what a display!


5 LP June 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Very cute. Perfect for July 4th!


6 Susan June 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Rachel, those are awesome… I’ve got to make those for my girls.


7 Riley June 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

These are super cute and look so easy! Thanks for the idea.


8 myfudo June 22, 2012 at 6:31 am

I love the creativity…My daughter is 3 and she loves colors shapes and anything fun to make in the kitchen. We will surely enjoy recreating this!


9 kimi June 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

wahh these are so lovely! where did you get these rice krispies?cant find these at the supermarket here :(


10 Nicole June 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

Love this – and so simple! I guarantee this will be a part of our 4th of July table. Thanks for the inspiration.


11 Nicole Robinson June 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

These are super cute. I am going to knock my kiddos socks off. Thanks.


12 June 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I absolutely love this idea! I will have to make this a tradition at our house. Thanks for sharing :-)


13 Michaela for HaveDeals June 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

These are definitely gonna be at my barbecue this year.
My goal is to make every snack fourth of july themed!


14 DanielSmith June 26, 2012 at 1:11 am

These are really lovely..and look cute to..will surely try this quick recipe..


15 Lisa June 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm

This is such a cute idea! I’m including it in my Tips and Tricks post for the 4th of July with a link back to your site of course! Hope you get lots of visitors! Blessings.


16 Free Referrals June 27, 2012 at 12:01 am

wow. My daughter is absolutely going to love these. Thanks!


17 John Batt June 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I’m loving this idea – simple and easy, my daughter will love making these :)


18 Lindsay July 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Too cute and sounds delicious!!

I featured your recipe on my blog today, feel free to come check it out :)


19 Megan July 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I’m making these tomorrow with my boys to bring to a 4th barbeque! Can’t wait to see how they turn out! :)


20 Lizzie July 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Had a hard time with my rice crispy treats…be sure to make them as tight and thick as possible. Mine couldn’t handle the skewers I used (maybe thinner skewers was the trick) Will try again. The presentation is so cute! Thanks for the idea.


21 Mindy July 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Super cute! I made them this weekend, but even though I waited until the next day to put them on skewers, they were still too soft and fell apart/off the stick shortly after. :(


22 Heather June 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Simple and cute! I love it!


23 Heather July 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

These were a big hit last night! Especially with the kids…but a few of the adults were super stoked about them too;) The only negative thing that happened was when I had the treats displayed on the table for several hours…some of the rice krispie stars eventually started to get too soft, drooped, and fell off:( The only solution I can think of is to keep the treats in the refrigerator until ready to serve, but then you can’t have them displayed. Has anyone else run into this problem? Any other solutions? Maybe make the treats thicker?


24 ESK July 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Very cute decoration. I shared one of your photos on a recent blog post and have linked back to your original article. The link is included, if you’d like to read it!


25 Yolanda Crisostomo July 28, 2013 at 12:16 am

Hi I Love this! I wished I’d seen this earlier but I shared it with our members at Cafemom Holiday and Party Craft group in the July 4th Forum with a link back to your blog for the tutorial.

If you’d like to join our group here is the link :)

Thanks so much! ~Yolanda~


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