Makes about 12 heart treats
You don’t need anything but a microwave for this easy marshmallow cereal bar recipe. The crunchy sprinkles make them a fun treat to eat with every bite!
One or more (3- to 4-inch) heart-shaped cookie cutters
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 cups miniature marshmallows, or 40 regular marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal
3 to 4 of each flavor JOLLY RANCHER Original Hard Candies in Blue Raspberry and Watermelon
1 cup HERSHEY’S Premier White Creme Chips
1 1/2 teaspoons shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread, or oil)
1.Cover cookie sheet or tray with wax paper. Spray inside of cookie cutter, or cutters, with vegetable oil. (If working with just one cookie cutter, make half the recipe at a time so that the mixture is easier to work with.)
2.Place butter and marshmallows in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir. Microwave at HIGH additional 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until butter and marshmallows are melted and smooth when stirred. Immediately add cereal, stirring until well coated.
3.Working quickly, fill cookie cutter with warm marshmallow mixture, smoothing top. Push mixture out of cookie cutter onto prepared cookie sheet. Repeat until all marshmallow mixture has been used. Allow hearts to cool completely.
4.Remove wrappers from hard candies. Chop each flavor in small food processor, or place in heavy duty (freezer) food storage bag and crush with rolling pin to desired coarseness. Smaller pieces will soften into coating. Keep in airtight container until ready to use.
5.Place white creme chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.
6.Dip one side of each heart into melted mixture; tap on edge of bowl to remove excess coating. Place on prepared cookie sheet; immediately sprinkle with crushed hard candies. Allow coating to firm.
TIP: Coat fingers with vegetable oil spray to make it easier to work with marshmallow mixture.
Find this recipe and more holiday treats at hersheys.com