Rice Cereal Treat Candy Hearts Recipe

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Gregory Hale Modified: March 22, 2022
Rice Cereal Treat Candy Hearts Recipe

How To Make Rice Cereal Treat Candy Hearts

Give loved ones a rice cereal treat in the shape of candy hearts for this Valentine’s Day! Enjoy sticky-sweet rice cereal treats covered with candy melts.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Cool Time: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Rice Cereal Treats:

  • non-stick cooking spray,for greasing
  • 5tbspunsalted butter
  • 6cupsmini marshmallows
  • 6cupscrispy rice cereal

For Royal Icing:

  • 1tbspmeringue powder
  • cupspowdered sugar,sifted
  • 2tbspwater,room temperature
  • ¼tspvanilla extract
  • ½tspred gel food coloring

For Coating:

  • 1cupyellow candy melts
  • 1cuppink candy melts
  • 1cupgreen candy melts
  • 1cupwhite candy melts
  • 1cupblue candy melts
  • 5tbspcoconut oil,divided

Equipments

  • Heart cookie cutter, 2½ to 3-inches

Instructions

Rice Cereal Treats:

  1. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and grease with non-stick spray.

  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir for about 5 minutes, until completely melted. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cereal, 1 cup at a time, until well coated and evenly distributed.

  3. Spread the cereal mixture in the prepared pan, pushing down with a spatula or oiled hands to create a flat, even surface. Let cool completely for 30 to 45 minutes.

  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  5. Use the edges of the parchment paper to lift the cereal treats from the baking dish and transfer to a cutting board.

  6. Starting at one corner, use the heart cookie cutter to cut a heart out of the cereal treat and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  7. Rotate the cookie cutter at 180 degrees so the heart shape is upside down and punch out another heart directly next to the first one. Repeat until you have cut out 3 rows of 5 hearts each, yielding 15 hearts total. Set aside.

Royal Icing:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the meringue powder and powdered sugar. Add the water and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

  2. Add a few drops of red food coloring and whisk to combine, gradually adding more food coloring until the desired shade of red is achieved. Transfer the icing to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Set aside.

  3. Place each color of candy melts in a separate microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to each bowl.

  4. Working one bowl at a time, microwave for 30 seconds, stir with a spatula, then continue to microwave at 15-second intervals, stirring between, until smooth and completely melted.

  5. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. Place a cereal treat heart in the bowl of melted yellow candy. Using 2 forks, flip and coat the heart all over so no rice cereal remains visible.

  7. Let excess candy melt drip off the heart and carefully drag the bottom of the heart along the edge of the bowl before placing on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat to make 3 hearts of each color.

  8. Transfer the hearts on the baking sheet to the refrigerator to harden for about 5 minutes.

  9. After completely set, remove the hearts from the refrigerator. Using the red royal icing, decorate each heart with messages.

  10. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 484.62kcal
  • Fat: 25.74g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.61g
  • Trans Fat: 0.16g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.02g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.79g
  • Carbohydrates: 70.55g
  • Fiber: 3.52g
  • Sugar: 55.12g
  • Protein: 3.19g
  • Cholesterol: 10.18mg
  • Sodium: 23.78mg
  • Calcium: 20.72mg
  • Potassium: 219.29mg
  • Iron: 3.64mg
  • Vitamin A: 32.38µg
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