These sticky gooey, monster rice bubble treats are really easy to make, they don’t require any baking, and they’re perfect for a Halloween party
And if the kids are going to make a mess in the kitchen, it may as well be a big, sticky, delicious mess!
Instead of making rice bubble treats in a traditional slab and cutting them into squares, we dolloped spoonfuls into individual cupcake liners. Their rough, random, ball-ish shapes look like little sticky gooey monsters. Add some green food colouring, some eyes and some mouths, and you have little hand-sized monster treats!
We first made these monster rice bubble treats quite a few years ago as a birthday treat to take to preschool, and they were a huge hit. Since then we’ve tweaked the recipe a little and perfected our technique.
These days you can buy pre-made candy eye balls, which make the whole process quicker and easier. The little eyes do tend to get a bit lost among all the rice bubbles though so it is worth going to the effort of making the chocolate chip eyes.
To make the chocolate ‘eyeballs’ you need some big white chocolate melts/buttons, some small choc chips, and a bit of plain icing to glue the two together. We used the same chocolate eyes for our happy face cookies too, you can find the recipe here.
You can make your monsters any colour you like, and use your imagination when it comes to adding other features. What lollies (candy) could you buy to make horns or tentacles for your monsters?
- 60g butter
- 4 cups marshmallows (white)
- 5 cups rice bubbles
- green food colouring
- Pre-made chocolate eyes, or candy eyes
- raspberry licorice, or lolly snakes (for mouth)
- Sprinkles or other lollies to decorate (optional)
- Before you mix up the rice bubble mixture, make sure you have all your decorations ready. Make the chocolate eyes, and cut the licorice into small strips for the mouths.\
- In a large saucepan, over a love heat, melt the butter.
- Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted.
- Cook the mixture for another minute or two, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat.
- Add 5-10 drops of food colouring, and mix well.
- Stir through the rice bubbles until they were well coated.
- While the mixture cools a little and becomes sticky, set out 15-18 cupcake liners on a tray.
- When the mixture has cooled for a minute, using two spoons shape spoonfuls of the rice bubble mixture into rough balls and pop them into the cupcake liners.
- Decorate them with eyes, a mouth and any other decorations you like.
- Put the rice bubble monsters into the fridge to set for around 30 minutes.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
Making these monster rice bubble treats may leave your kids, and your kitchen a bit sticky, but it’s worth it!
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