Can we start with a discussion about whether these are green rice Krispie treats or green rice Crispy treats? Because I see that people are spelling these easy St Patrick’s Day recipes have been named both ways. All I know is that when you pair natural food coloring with this easy recipe you have a delicious snack that the whole family will enjoy!
Green Rice Crispy Treats
I LOVE rice crispy treats. There really isn’t an easier dessert to whip up. I have a slight problem of eating a whole pan of them in a day. It really is a problem…
If you don’t know how to make rice crispy treats, you can use this recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff. I’ve started making them my go-to for school treat days and work food days. There are never any leftovers. Plus, they are gluten-free and can be made with ingredients that I trust. For St Patrick’s Day, I wanted to make them fun, so I added a little twist. I made GREEN rice crispy treats!
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Natural Green Food Coloring
We’re pretty into the clean eating in our house. So I needed to find a solution to your standard green food dye. Our kids love eating fun colored treats. And even though they are great veggie eaters. (I’m knocking on wood as I’m typing this) sometimes you just want something sweet. Enter Maggie’s Naturals food coloring.
I was able to get the fantastic green color, without all the chemicals. Instead of Yellow #5 and Blue #1, which is what you find in your standard bottle of food coloring. Maggie’s is made with gardenia extract (a flower) and curcumin (a spice). You get a beautiful green color. Not a bright green, like you get from the standard food coloring. More of a subtle sage green. Which I love more anyways.
How to create green rice Krispie treats
To get the green color, add the food coloring to your marshmallows and butter while they’re melting. I used about 2 Tablespoons of the food coloring. Which is more than you would use with the standard food dye, but it’s not concentrated, so it takes a bit more.Another little trick I use…marshmallows without corn syrup. Yep, I’m that mom that makes organic rice crispy treats…I’m OK with that.I took a batch of these to the office and they raved that they were the best tasting rice crispy treats. I’m pretty sure that it had everything to do with the marshmallows. They have such a great rich flavor! It’s nice to have easy St Patrick’s day recipes that don’t make you cringe!