Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jelly Beans, Edible Easter Baskets and Glyphs-Oh My!

A sweet treat I made this week--Edible Easter Baskets!

This is a picture of one of my favorite spring holiday treats.  It is an edible basket of jelly beans.  While you can use the traditional rice krispie treat recipe with marshmallows, I like to use the peanut butter rice krispie treat recipe  (see below).  You can jazz it up by dying coconut green to be used as grass or using a pipe cleaner inserted into opposite sides as a handle.

I suggest making them with your students.  The rice krispies can be made on a hot plate.  Once the mixture has cooled a little, give each student about one cup full and have them mold it into baskets.  (Note that this will be a sticky mess so buttering up their hands ahead of time is suggested and washing them before and after is a must!)  Make the whole experience more educational by turning it into a simple lesson about glyphs for the younger kids or a most advanced lesson about glyphs with some math added in for the older kids.


Recipe for Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars:

1 cup white karo syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rice krispies

1) Put the first two ingredients in a pan and heat.  Let the mixture come to a rolling boil for one minute.
2) Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter.  Mix this together with the rice krispies in a separate bowl.


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