Krispy Pops (My Cake Pop Alternative)

 I love Bakerella‘s super cute cake pops.  So much so that when I saw her book, I had to buy it, even though I had yet to make any.  They were just all so cute!  I envisioned making them with my girls for a really fun activity.  Enter: reality.  A three year old doesn’t have the best skills for such detailed work, especially when she’d rather just eat them before we’re done.  And as much as Amelia likes art and cooking projects, autism doesn’t help make this kind of project go smoother.  So while I did make some for halloween it was definetely not the fun time I had planned.  But that’s just how life is when you have young children, especially if any have special needs.  You have to adjust and make the best of it.  So enter my substitution I made.  Instead of using cake, I substituted Rice Krispy treats! They are much sturdier for little hands, and we can still use all of Bakerella’s amazinging adorable designs!  For this project, we made Christmas trees and some balls that could either pass for snowballs or a new year’s ball.  And yes! the girls thought they were REALLY fun! 
KRISPY POPS (CAKE POP ALTERNATIVE)
3 T butter or margarine
10 oz regular marshmallows (about 40), or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, or Fruity Pepples (or like sized cereal)
FOR ASSEMBLING:
popsicle sticks
styrofoam block
candy coating or almond bark
sprinkles and decorations of choice
Melt butter in a large pot on low heat.  Add marshmallows, stir until combined and melted.
Remove from heat, stir in cereal until well coated.  Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan and spatula with cooking spray and use sprayed spatula to spread mixture in pan.  When cool, cut in about 1 1/2 inch squares.
Form each square into desired shape, using fingers to press.  Insert a popsicle stick in the end, pressing krispy treats around stick.
 Put in the freezer until cool.  Dip in melted candy coating or almond bark, shaking the excess off gently.
 For the trees, drop a few candy chips on for ornaments, and a large star sprinkle on the top.
Insert into styrofoam to set up.
 For the balls, we used silver or pearlized gold sanding sugar, white pearl nonpareils, or silver dragees.
 I really likes this one, with white sanding sugar.  The girls thought they looked like snowballs.
 And we even did “flocked” trees. : )
 I hope you give them a try, it was really fun!
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