Christmas – Rice Krispies Snowman

I like making funny gifts for the younger kids (and the big kids who are young at heart) for the holidays.  These were about 7 inches tall but you can make them smaller or larger.

I made the Rice Krispie treats following the recipe on the box the pour the whole thing on some wax paper to cool just enough so I could handle it.  I made balls in three sizes (head, middle section, base) and lined them up on my wax paper.

I put my white melting chocolates in a microwave safe bowl and microwaved for 1 minute, stirred then microwaved another 15-30 seconds more to make sure there were no solid pieces.  Then dipped each ball in the chocolate, taping the fork to the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate, and placed on the wax paper to set.  That was really the hardest part of this.  The rest was putting them together and adding the fun touches.

To make it easier to handle, I took each ball and added the decorations before I stacked them together.  I took black melting chocolate and microwaved in an unsealed Ziplock bag for 1 minute, sealed the bag and kneaded to melt the chocolate.  Then back in the microwave for another 15-30 seconds till there were no solid pieces.  I cut just the tip off one of the corners of the bag and squeezed a test on wax paper to make sure the hole was big enough or if I needed to snip off a little more.

Working on all the smallest balls first I made the eyes and mouth.  Then went on to the middle sized balls added the 2 buttons and doing the same for the larger balls.  I put them on the wax paper lining up all the heads, then a line of the middle sections and another line of the bottoms.  This helps when it’s time to assemble.  Then taking orange melting chocolates in a Ziplock bag I microwaved the same as I did the black chocolate and cut off the corner.  Taking the heads I squeezed the carrots on the face and let those set.

Taking more white chocolate in a Ziplock bag and microwaved I begin to stack.  I had some nonpareils pearls in small and large sizes and poured them together in a small bowl.  I squeezed a large circle of white chocolate on my wax paper, pushed in the larger ball (base) and sprinkle on the nonpareils (to look like snow).  You can used sugar crystals or nothing at all.  When this set you’ll have a good base to keep your snowman from falling over.  You can use a good bit of chocolate to make sure the base is solid and steady.

**Tip**  If you cut off a little slice off the balls and make them flat it’ll make stacking them together a little easier!

Once the base had set I took more white chocolate, squeezed a little on the top of the base and topped it with the middle section and let that set.  And did that again for the head.  The snowman was cute as it was at this point.  But I wanted to add a little more (duh) so I took some Fruit Roll-Ups and cut them to make little scarves and carefully wrapped them around the neck of the snowman.

Cute but still wanted something else!  A hat!!  I melted some black and red chocolate.  I put some of the black melted chocolate in a Ziplock bag and squeezed a circle on my wax paper.  I stuck a toothpick in some mini marshmallows and dip them into black melted chocolate and let that set.  Now taking my black marshmallow I dipped just a little of the bottom into the red chocolate and stuck it on top of the black chocolate disc I made earlier.  This makes the red “band” around the hat.  If you don’t want to go through all that, instead of taping off the excess chocolate from your dipped marshmallow keep as much chocolate on it as you can.  Put the dipped marshmallow on your wax paper and swirled it around a little to smear the chocolate then leave it in the middle of your swirl and let set.  This makes the hat with the brim.  The only problem I had with making the hats that way at times the “brim” comes out a little thin and gets fragile often breaking or chipping when handled.  Plus I like having the little red band around the hat.

When the hats were set I removed the toothpicks leaving a small hole at the top.  This can be hidden with a dot of black chocolate or, the way I like it, to add some holly on top of the hat.  I did this by melting a little green chocolate in a Ziplock bag but instead of cutting the tip off the bag I cut towards the bag just a little.  This makes a ruffle effect when squeezing out the chocolate.  I practiced a couple of times on wax paper to get the shape I like.  Squeeze firm and slow to allow the ruffles to form.  I put three leaves on top of the hat starting in the middle and squeezing outwards, then stop squeezing and pull away to make the tip of the leave.

I let those all set, melted some red chocolate in a bag, cut off the tip and made 3 red dots for the berries at the center of my holly leaves.  Now, I just had to squeeze a little white chocolate on the head of the snowman, put on the hat and get ready to wrap them up for gifts.  You can see this snowman peaking out of the cookie basket!

 

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