Kix Treat Snowman Family
Kix treats take on a whole new personality, or, rather, new personalities, when they become a family of snowmen. Simply roll the treats into balls, stack, sprinkle with powdered sugar and decorate however you like. This can be a fun and easy holiday food craft to make with your kids for a holiday party treat.
Licorice lace, mini chocolate chips, bits of colorful candy, gum drops, fruit leather… use any candies you find to give your snowfamily their distinctive traits.
How to make Kix treat snowmen.
You will need:
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups mini marshmallows
Medium to large-size microwave safe bowl
2 to 3 cups of Kix cereal
9-inch by 9-inch baking dish
Light corn syrup
Candies to decorate: Mini chocolate chips, orange gumdrops or other soft candies, licorice lace, etc.
To make the Kix treats, grease the baking dish well and set aside. Place the butter and marshmallows in the bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds to 2 minutes, or until the marshmallows puff up and are almost melted. You may also melt in a saucepan on the stovetop, if you prefer. Stir well until smooth. Immediately stir in 2 to 3 cups of Kix cereal. Press into a greased, 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish and let cool to the touch, about 15 minutes. Take a 2-inch square of cereal treat in your hands and shape into a ball. Make more balls, some a little bigger and some a little smaller. Pour confectioner’s sugar in a shallow bowl and roll the balls in the sugar.
Smush two balls together to make a snowman. If necessary, dab light corn syrup between the two balls so they adhere better. Break pretzel sticks in half and insert to create arms.
Dab a bit of orange candy in light corn syrup and press on the top ball for a nose. Insert two mini chocolate chips for eyes. For buttons, press little bits of colorful candy on the bottom ball, using light corn syrup as needed to adhere. Wrap a piece of licorice lace around the snowman for a scarf. For the hat, flatten a large gumdrop with a rolling pin and cut out a circle. Top with a jellybean half or a small gumdrop.
Meaghan Mountford, author of Sugarlicious: 50 Cute and Clever Treats for Every Occasion, has been creating crafty sweets for 15 years. She is especially fond of decorating cookies, marshmallows and putting sweets on sticks. See more on her blog, the decorated cookie.