This idea was hatched this past weekend. My grandmother, my mom and my daughter all hung out at Baskin Robbins. Hannah, being 3, saw a really cute chick ice cream cake in the freezer case and demanded to have it. I took one look, curious myself, and after seeing the $28 price tag I promptly said NO. That resulted in about 20 minutes of a tantrum and a time out. It’s difficult being a dad. On the one hand you want to spoil the child, but she’s got to learn what no means. She was so mad, it made me laugh inside because she is so strong willed like me.
On Sunday I was wasting time on the Pinterest app (do you follow Wannabite on Pinterst?) and I saw a variation of this idea. It was SO CUTE. So in full disclosure this isn’t a completely original idea, it’s “pinspired.” Hannah loves to bake, so does my wife (I know that’s where she gets it) and so I closed the laptop and looked at Hannah and said, do you want to make special chicken cupcakes?! Of course she jumped up and said, let me go get the ‘mixerwave’. That would be our Kitchen Aid Mixer that she confuses with the microwave. Totally cute!!
I informed her that we wouldn’t need it at all, we just needed to melt some marshmallows and butter. Add a little yellow food coloring and then some rice crispies and we are set! It took maybe 15 minutes flat to have it all mixed. Once the rice crispies were added, I then added lots more food coloring to the rice crispy mixture. I did this to add imperfections in the rice crispies. This will add bright bites of color and make them look more ‘click-like’.
Once the rice crispies are mixed and the color, I put a cadbury egg inside, very appropriate for a chick. You don’t have to do this, but Hershey was kind enough to send me a Easter basket of my favorite goodies (thanks #Hershey) and I thought it it would make these chicks super cute. The last thing you do is add the face and legs. I used Hershey’s Kisses for the feet, that worked beautifully. I actually added a little icing to make sure and anchor them to the body. The eyes are just candy eyes from Walmart and the nose is a slice carrot. I didn’t really like the nose, so I posted this on Instagram and many different Instagrammers had great suggestions.
My favorite was to slice an orange taffy into triangles! Remember to follow @WannaBiteBlog on Instagram!!
All in all this way a fantastic Easter project with Hannah. She enjoyed making the Rice Crispy Chicks and I enjoyed spending the time with her and of course eating them! Enjoy!
- Bag of Marshmallows
- Box of Rice Crispies (use enough to get the desired consistency)
- Yellow Food Coloring
- Candy Eyes (or alternative)
- Orange Taffy or Carrot for Nose
- Mini Cadbury Eggs
- Hershey's Kisses for legs
- 3-4 ounces of butter
- Slow melt butter over warm heat
- Add Marshmallows and allow them to melt slowly
- Add 3-5 drops of yellow food coloring to the mixture
- Add Rice Crispies and remove from heat
- Once the mixture is thoroughly combined sprinkle more yellow food coloring to give the crispies more highlights of color
- If desired, wrap a minicadbury egg inside each chick
- Add the eyes, nose and feet and enjoy!