Canadian Flag Rice Krispies Treats
Sweet Patriotic Treats For Canada Day Parties
Canadian Flag Rice Krispies Treats are the perfect sweet treat to serve during Canada Day celebrations. I love making food that is fun and creative and I just couldn't resist turning one of my family's favorite no-bake desserts into a patriotic Canadian themed party food.
Join me as I show you step-by-step how you can make these treats yourself with the help of a large loaf pan and a small maple leaf cookie cutter. They are very simple to make and only take 20-30 minutes to put together, excluding cooling time.
I used the original Rice Krispies Treats Recipe, although I adapted it by doubling the recipe and adding a couple drops of red food coloring to one batch.
Ingredients And Supplies You Will Need
In addition to Rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows and red food coloring, you will need a small maple leaf cookie cutter, a large 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
I used a 1 1/2 inch maple leaf cookie cutter. This is a great nesting set that can be used in all kinds of recipes and craft projects. The cookie cutters range in size from tiny to large.
How To Make Canadian Flag Rice Krispies Treats
Lightly grease a loaf pan and baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. This will make it easy to remove the Rice Krispies treats from the pan.
You will need two glass bowls. Place 3 tablespoons of butter in each bowl. Place the first bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted. Repeat with the second bowl.
Add 4 cups of marshmallows to each bowl and microwave the first bowl on high for 1 minute. Microwave for another 30 seconds or until the marshmallows are completely melted. Repeat with the second bowl.
Add 2 or 3 drops of red food coloring only to one of the bowls and stir untl mixed.
Add 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal to each bowl and stir until combined. You will now have one bowl of white Rice Krispies and one bowl of pinkish-red Rice Krispies.
Take out 1/3 of the red Rice Krispies mixture and scoop into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Flatten by pressing firmly with the palm of your hand. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Lay the greased loaf pan on its side and scoop 1/2 of the remaining red cereal mixture onto the bottom side. Flatten the mixture with the tips of your fingers, pressing firmly, ensuring the mixture covers the entire side of the pan.
Scoop the white Rice Krispies mixture on top and repeat the process. Finally, finish off with the rest of the red cereal mixture. You should have a red, white, red pattern. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Take the pan out of the fridge and gently remove the layered Rice Krispies treats and place on a cutting board. Use a butter knife to loosen the edges if necessary.
Using a very sharp large knife, cut the loaf into 16 slices, approximately 1/2" thick. These are so much easier to cut and keep their shape when they are cold, so it is crucial you don't skip the cooling process.
Trim the ends from each side of the flag to make them even. Don't throw away the trimmings. Just pat them back down in a baking pan and cut them into squares.
Remove the red Rice Krispies mixture in the 8 x 8 inch pan from the fridge, and using a small maple leaf cookie cutter, cut out 16 shapes. Set aside.
Using the same cookie cutter as above, cut out a maple leaf from the center of the white section of the flag. Repeat for all 16 slices.
Replace the white maple leaf with a red one. Place the Canadian Flag Rice Krispies Treats in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. They will keep their shape better if they are kept cold.
- Prep time: 30 min
- Cook time: 30 min
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: 16-18 slices
- 7 tbsp butter
- 8 cups marshmallows
- 12 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 2 -3 drops red food coloring
You will need 12 cups of toasted rice cereal total. I use Kelloggs Rice Krispies in my treats because I can always count on the cereal being light and airy.
I like to use the Wilton gel food colorings in my desserts. The colors are very vibrant and you don't need to use very much.
- You will need two medium sized microwave safe bowls, a 9" x 5" large loaf pan and an 8" x 8" baking dish.
- Using 1 tablespoon of butter, grease the loaf pan and baking pan.
- In one bowl, melt 3 tablespoons butter on high for 30 seconds.
- Add 4 cups of marshmallows.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and continue microwaving for 30 second intervals until the marshmallows are melted.
- Add a few drops of red food coloring and stir.
- Add 6 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal and gently stir until combined.
- Repeat for the second bowl, minus the food coloring.
- Place 1/3 of the red mixture into the 8 x 8 inch pan and press down firmly. Allow to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Place the loaf pan on its side and scoop 1/2 the remaining red mixture into the pan. Press down firmly.
- Scoop the white mixture on top of the red mixture and press down.
- Fill the remaining layer with the rest of the red mixture. Allow to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove the 8 x 8 inch pan from the fridge and cut out 16 maple leaf shapes using a small maple leaf cookie cutter. Set aside.
- Remove the loaf pan from the fridge and remove the layered Rice Krispies treats. Place on a cutting board.
- Cut into 16 slices. Trim the ends so they are even.
- Cut out a maple leaf shape from the center of the white section using the same cookie cutter as above.
- Replace the white maple leaf with a red one.
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container to preserve their freshness and to help keep their shape.
How To Make Gluten-Free Rice Krispies Treats!
Substitute the regular cereal with Kellogg's Gluten-Free Rice Krispies Cereal made with brown rice. That's it! Kraft Jet Marshmallows and butter are already gluten-free!
© 2014 Corrinna Johnson