Ladybug Rice Krispie Treat
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 Ladybug Rice Krispie Treat. I saw this cute watermelon post from Glorious Treats. She was inspired by Dine and Dish‘s watermelons which inspired me to make my own version. I had to do it 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!
Supplies for Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats:
Rice Krispie Cereal
Strawberry Kool-Aid or Red food color
Black food color
M & M’s
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 the straws at T.J.Maxx in the clearance isle this weekend. They are perfect for this project. They have become very common and you can find them in most craft stores now. 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!