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Martin Luther King Day Cooking Craft: Rainbow Krispy Squares

By Brooke McLay |

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Day.  Though he gave hundreds of speeches in his life, the one given on August 23, 1963 to 300,000 civil rights demonstraters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial ring out with effervescent truth.  It is, even still, a battle cry for the hope of what America should be one day.

With my children home from school, I wanted to spend some of our morning focusing on the meaning behind today.  I want them to understand the message of this man whom we revere.  So, inspired by the following quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we’ll be baking up a large batch of these rainbow-colored krispy squares and talking about the way we treat people.  The hope is, that in pulling together all the colors of the rainbow in snack form, we will be able to conjure a worthwhile lesson on the abundant beauty that can be when people from all walks of life, all religions, races, and backgrounds join together in tolerance, understanding, and true freedom.   

I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: ‘My country ’tis of thee; sweet land of liberty; of thee I sing; land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride; from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’

And when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children — black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Catholics and Protestants — will be able to join hands and to sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, free at last; thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” (excerpted from Martin Luther Kings 1963 speech).

Rainbow Krispy Bars
2 tablespoons butter
1 package mini marshmallows
5 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal

In a large pan, melt the butter with your stove turned to medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to stir the butter Pour the whole bag of marshmallows into the pot and stir them until they are melted and mixed with the butter. Add the cereal into the pot and stir it up until all of the cereal is well mixed. Pour the mixture into a large bread pan which has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Allow bars to cool slightly before serving.

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Brooke McLay

Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook. You can find and follow her latest whims at Cheeky Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brooke's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Day Cooking Craft: Rainbow Krispy Squares

  1. Tracy says:

    Have the delicious Rainbow Krispy Bars with this new beverage called the Banana and Beetroot Soy Milk Shake. Perfect match, try it out!

  2. Ashley says:

    Someone made these at a party I attended last summer, and I thought it was a gorgeous twist on rice krispie treats. Thanks for reminding me of their awesomeness :)

  3. Gina says:

    I am an Ex-pat living abroad with 3, ten and under, kids & hubby. I am also teaching English to 8 year olds at a bilingual school abroad. I am looking for ways to creatively help both my children our culture and for the class to understand American holidays and history; your post strikes a cord. Thank you, for the treat idea which also gives me a springboard for my class. We will make these and it came birth to fun lesson plan based on color. Pre- wishes for a Happy Martin Luther King Day.

  4. gina says:

    Happy Martin Luther King Day. Your treats completely inspired me. If you have children and are interested, I’ve posted my craft of the day for MLK Day inspired by your treats. Now, to make these treats.

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