July 1, 2017

Red and Blue Rice Krispies Treats

On the Menu Today~
Red and Blue Rice Krispies Treats made with
Red & Blue Rice Krispies Cereal.

The perfect treat to celebrate the 4th of July....
The All-American Classic...
Rice Krispies Treats~

Celebrate this 4th of July with these fun,
star shaped, decorated Rice Krispies Treats.
Young and Old alike....
Everybody loves Rice Krispies Treats!

History of Rice Krispies Treats~
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal was introduced in 1928 with moderate success.
The cereal's popularity didn't come until almost a decade later,
when Rice Krispies Treats were created by a Campfire Girls troop leader,
looking for an inexpensive fund raiser idea.

Mildred Day, who died in June of 1996 at the age of 92,
was a 1928 home economics graduate from Iowa State.
Day is credited with 'inventing' the recipe for Rice Krispies Treats.
Mildred Day worked for the Kellogg Co., the maker of Rice Krispies and
used the cereal to develop the recipe for the snack,
as a fundraiser for her Campfire Girls group.

Mildred Day, who worked at the Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Michigan,
developed the recipe with Malitta Jensen,
as a fund-raiser for a Campfire Girls group.

Day is credited for bringing this inexpensive treat to life after her scouts,
sold hundreds of Rice Krispies Treats during the summer of 1939 in a small town in Michigan.
The fundraiser would allow her Campfire Girls the ability to raise a large amount of money,
for their summer camps and activity programs.
During that era,
Campfire Girls also sold "Campfire Marshmallows" in a box,
similar to the Girl Scout Cookie drives of today.
Day added Campfire Girls Marshmallows to the mix and
marshmallow treats were born.

The Kellogg brand was popular in her area of Michigan,
not only for their cereal products,
but for their commitment to community.
Kellogg Co. employees were often encouraged,
to use cereal products in new and inventive recipes.
Kellogg's executives took notice of the mania Day's recipe created,
among both children and price-conscious mothers and
in 1941, the company added Day's recipe to the back of the Rice Krispies cereal box and
trademarked the name and recipe for this simple dessert.
The treats created by a clever Campfire Girls leader to raise money for her troop,
soon became a national sensation.

Rice Krispies Treats became and still are,
a staple at children's birthday parties and
elementary school classrooms.
They developed into a treat for all occasions,
with the use of cookie cutters and food coloring.
Holiday-themed treats were easy to make and
allowed young children to participate in the process in the kitchen.

In 1995, Kellogg's began producing and
packaging the treats for grocery stores.
The treats are also available in various colors and
shapes for holidays and seasonal promotions.
When my kids were in grade school,
I always had an extra box of Rice Krispies cereal and
marshmallows in my pantry........
just in case I needed a fast, easy, inexpensive and
delicious treat everyone would love.

Red and Blue Krispies Treats

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (10 oz) package marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 1 (3.5 oz) tube red sparkle decorating gel
  • patriotic star mini shapes
  • star shaped cookie cookies
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add rice krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  5. Using buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with patriotic star mini shapes, lightly press down. Cool.
  6. Cut out using star shaped cookie cutters.
  7. With red sparkle gel, outline stars around the edges.
  8. Serve.

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