By Laura Gee, USstoragesearch.com
Yesterday I mentioned how we were going to have different stations at our Super Bowl party. One of them will be the dessert area. Today’s creation will be the centerpiece for that area!
I’ve created this rice cereal football and football field! It evolved several times throughout this process. As you know, most of my blogs have a “and this is where I screwed up” portion in them. This had so many, I’ll ignore them and just focus on the final product.
Anyway…for this project you’ll need:
- 9 cups of crisped rice cereal
- 15 oz of mini marshmallows (about 1 and a half regular size bags)
- 4.5 tbs of butter divided
- green food coloring
- 1 container of chocolate icing (not the cheapest one there, gross)
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
- 1 can of ready-to-decorate white icing with the tips
- 12×8 inch baking dish
For this whole thing, I made 1 and a half of the traditional crisped cereal bar recipe that you can find here
. I made the first batch separately from the 2nd batch so I could dye the first batch green. For one batch of treats, you need 6 cups of cereal, 3 tbs of butter, 10oz of mini marshmallows. The remaining butter, cereal, and marshmallows are for the 2nd, smaller batch.
So, like I said, you go ahead and prepare the cereal bars normally for the first batch BUT adding about 12+ drops of green food coloring in during the final stages of stirring the mix together. Wait 2 minutes for the mixture to cool down a little bit. Then put this mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Mush it in tight trying to get the top to be as flat as possible.
Now, either wash off the spoons and pot you mixed the green treats up in or get a fresh set…if you try to use the ones you just used, you’ll get a big, burnt, sticky mess if you don’t–trust me.
Create this half batch as normal and allow to cool for 2 minutes. This batch you’re now going to form into the shape of a football (well, half of a football). I used a separate plate to do this one because the two sets of sticky treats weren’t working well next to each other. The ball needs to be created as compact as possible to help with when you put the icing on it. Speaking of icing, once you get the shape set, cover the whole thing in a fairly thick layer of icing. I used my hands to help smooth out the icing as much as possible. Next is the fun/tricky part. You’re going to give the whole “football” a dusting of brown sugar. This helps give it a neat effect. Next, draw on the laces using your ready-to-go icing.
Next, put your football on the field. Yes, the football is giant when you compare it to the field, but that’s okay. It’s the Super Bowl…the football can be big right? Whatever…I try!
Lastly, mix together your coconut and around 10+ drips of green food coloring. Mix this really well until all of the coconut is a rich green color. Sprinkle this around the football on the crispy field to give it a grassy look.
I’m not sure what else I’m going to do from here. I’m thinking a nice field goal or a few team pennants coming out might be nice. We’ll see! I’ll figure that out later. I’ve got to get back to cooking! Lots of people to feed on Super Bowl Sunday!!!