Halloween is near! October is my favorite month, not just because it's my birthday (which these days means a trip home to see my family and friends and go to the cider mill,) but because Halloween, the greatest holiday in the history of dressing up and getting free candy celebrations, is near. Run on sentence.
I haven't hosted a Halloween party (or attended one) in a few years, but my favorite treat this time of year to make are my Rice Krispie Ghosts. After the jump I have the recipe, plus a few other marshmallow items that caught my fancy.
Trader Joe's has these treats, called the "Smashing S'mores". They're chocolate covered squares of marshmallow and graham cracker, as you would expect from a s'more treat. They're pretty frakkin' tasty, and apparently if you stick them in the microwave for a couple of seconds, you can get a real "campfire" like experience, but I wouldn't know, because I can never make it to the microwave before eating one of these things. Click on the thumbnail if you want to torture yourself with a gooey cross-section photo.
I feel like an asshole for not knowing the artist who does these decals. I bought two of them at Mid Ohio Con last year, this Mr. Stay-Puft (which I haven't been able to stick anywhere other than up on my fridge) and a Wonder Woman one that I have on the front of my Asus EEEpc. Anyway, if you're in the Columbus, Ohio area, check out Mid Ohio Comic Con next weekend, November 6th and 7th. A weekend pass is only $25 and there are tons of vendors and artists, some of whom will do cheap sketches for you. I'm going to try and get my All-Zod sketchbook going. So far I've only got a Franco Aureliani sketch (not that there's anything wrong with that.)
The Hello Kitty Marshmallow Pop is super cute, but since I found it during NYCC at the Times Square Toys R Us, it was $3.99, which is way out of my price range for a single piece of candy. But, if you ever find yourself in Times Square, definitely check out that store. They have an ice cream parlor section called "Scoops R Us" where I got a dynamite Rocky Road sundae. They also have a huge candy area, a floor just for Barbie (shaped like the Dream House), and a Jurassic Park section with an animatronic T-Rex.
Rice Krispie Ghosties
We begin with your standard Rice Krispie Treat recipe, except not. Because I hate the standard recipe. Here's my adjustments:
- 1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
- 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows (not the tiny ones)
- 4 - 5 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal
- 2/3 cup cream
- 3 cups white chocolate chips
- wax paper
- mini chocolate chips
(You don't want too much of the crispy rice cereal because when it cools, it becomes a hard brick. You want there to still be some softness to the treats, so don't use as much of the cereal.)
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
- Add the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Stir in the rice krispies cereal, coating them well with the melted marshmallow mixture.
- Allowing the mixture to cool to the point where you can handle it, take handfuls of rice krispie mix (make sure your hands are clean!) and sculpt them in to little ghost-shaped mounds, placing them on your wax paper to cool. (Sometimes the mixture is too sticky, maybe put them in the fridge while you make the ganache.)
- Heat the cream in a saucepan until just about boiling.
- Pour over bowl full of white chocolate chips. Let sit for about 2 minutes until the chocolate is softened. Then whisk in to a ganache.
- Dip the rice krispie mounds in the ganache, coating them. Rest them on the wax paper to allow the chocolate to set up.
- Using two mini chocolate chips per ghost, place them as eyes on each treat. Make sure to do this while the white chocolate coat is still sticky.