Isn’t Dot a great name for a ladybug? I didn’t think of it. Jon our Special Activities Director thought of it and I liked it so much I decided to make some Rice Krispie Treat Ladybugs. I can’t take credit for creating something cute with a Rice Krispie Treat. I saw this cute watermelon post from Glorious Treats. She was inspired by Dine and Dish‘s watermelons. I had to make something because they had me at “Rice Krispie Treats!” Don’t you love the internet and how we all can inspire each other? I think it is a wonderful thing!
I followed the directions from Dine and Dish to make these but, I used a square pan instead of a round pan and I used Strawberry Kool-Aid for the body and Wilton Black Food Coloring for the head. I wanted the red on the ladybug really red and didn’t want to add a ton of food coloring. You can get her directions here. Or if you want to use food coloring like Glorious Treats click here.
When you add Strawberry Kool-Aid to marshmallows, then add it to Rice Krispie Treats, this is what it looks like! I really wish you could smell these! It smells wonderful!! I don’t like change and was not sure if I would like strawberry treats but, I was pleasantly surprised! They are good! Kids will love you for making something fun and different and they can help with the next steps.
With your lady bug cutter, cut a head out of the black Rice Krispies. I used a sharp knife to cut the black treats into strips so it would be easier to work with. Then, I cut it and smashed it into the head so it would be nice and round. Set it aside.
I found these straws at T.J.Maxx in the clearance isle this weekend. They are perfect for this project. If you don’t have a T.J.Maxx in your area, you can find them here. I inserted a cake pop stick into the straw for more support then slid it into the ladybug.
Time to assemble the little guy. Attach the head and M & M dots with royal icing. I liked the dots smashed into the body a little so it doesn’t look like they are just sitting on the bugs back. Also, be careful when you apply the icing and the M & M’s because it will ooze out the side and make ugly dots. Yes I know this from experience!