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Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats

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image source: babble

Nothing says summer like a tasty slice of watermelon. But this dessert only looks like the real thing. These Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats are festive for a hot day, plus, they can be prepared in advance and no refrigeration is required. This pretty watermelon fake-out will be the perfect dessert for your next barbecue.

Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats

adapted from Cooking Classy

Makes: 1 9-inch round “watermelon” (or 6 treats)

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5 1/2 cups marshmallows
  • Red and green food coloring
  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • 3 teaspoons mini chocolate chips
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions

  1. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, then set aside.
  2. For the rind, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add in 2 1/2 cups marshmallows, stirring until they have melted. Remove from heat.
  4. Add green food coloring, then stir in 2 cups rice cereal until evenly coated.
  5. Pour into the prepared cake pan, let cool slightly, then spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and press around the outer edge.
  6. Rinse and dry saucepan for the middle part of the watermelon. Melt 2 1/2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in the remaining marshmallows, stirring until they have melted. Remove from heat.
  7. Then add red food coloring and stir in the remaining cereal.
  8. Repeat step 5, pressing the red portion of the watermelon into the center.
  9. Let slightly cool, then sprinkle the chocolate chip “seeds” over the middle section (the warmer treats will make the chips stay in place). Then cut into 6 wedges, add popsicle sticks, and enjoy!
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