Surprise and delight all the goblins you know at this year’s Halloween party by serving up this easy to make Freaky Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Treat. Think it’s too difficult to make? Think again! I’ll share with you my TIPS and TRICKS with an easy to follow step-by-step photo tutorial.
I’ve been lovingly referring to the recipe for Frankenstein rice cereal Halloween treat and the instruction post as “The Frankenstein Project” because I’ve had the exciting opportunity to collaborate with AmeriColor – The World’s Finest Food Color. Although AmeriColor has sponsored “The Frankenstein project,” I’ve been a loyal customer and user of AmeriColor’s Soft Gel Paste and AmeriColor’s Gourmet Writers for well over ten years! It is with AmeriColor’s wonderful selection of colors and high-quality products that my creativity comes to life! Much like Frankenstein, himself! *insert evil laughter here*
If you’re intimidated or scared by the looks of this Frankenstein rice cereal Halloween treat because you think you wouldn’t have success making him yourself, I’m here to give you the evil eye (make that “eyes”) and prove you wrong! Stick with me (marshmallow humor) as I show you just how painless making this Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Treat will be…
The first TIP I’m sharing (and probably the most important one) is to make the rice cereal marshmallow treat in a slow cooker! Yes.That’s right! By making the rice cereal treat in a slow cooker it will keep the marshmallow cereal treat warm (not hot), and malleable enough to work with so you’ll have time to push and pull Frank’s facial features around until you’re happy with the results. Much like a mad scientist!
My second TRICK for making a realistic looking Frankenstein is to use white gumballs for his eyes and color them with AmeriColor Gourmet Writers. The gourmet writer colors I’ve used to make his eyes are Red, Black, and Brown, but feel free to use any colors you choose.
AmeriColor’s Gourmet Writers dry almost immediately and won’t smear or streak, even when working on a slick surface of a gumball. I chose to make my Frankenstein’s eyes brown, but I urge you to use your own creativity and make his eyes any color you like. But, whichever color eyeballs you choose to go with, don’t forget to add lots and lots of red squiggly veins using AmeriColor Gourmet Writers.
Below is an Amazon affiliate link for one pound of white 1″ gumballs, if needed. Since you’ll only need two white gumballs for “The Frankenstein Project,” why not color all of the gumballs into eyeballs using AmeriColor Gourmet Writers and then place them in a bowl for another creepy Halloween treat your friends didn’t “SEE” coming! Mwahahaha!
The third TIP I have for you when making this Frankenstein rice cereal Halloween treat is to have plenty of baking (or, I used coconut) spray handy and use it liberally on your hands and spoons to keep the marshmallow cereal treat from sticking too terribly to places you don’t want it to stick to. Plus it will keep Frank from becoming a major mess. You can even spray it directly onto your project if needed. Let me tell you, that TRICK helped me tremendously!
The fourth TIP I have for you is in making the royal icing. I used that for Frankenstein’s hair, eyebrows, and stitches. I also used it for the glue needed to hold the Rolo candy in place for Frank’s neck bolts. After you’ve made your royal icing, keep it covered well until you’re ready to use it. Royal icing can be made in advance (no refrigeration required) and thinned with water if needed. Once royal icing comes in contact with air for a prolonged period of time, it hardens and becomes firm. It is still perfectly edible after it firms, but it won’t smear or wipe off as a buttercream icing would.
When coloring royal icing with AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste, I like to spoon an amount of white icing into smaller bowls and then drop bits of color into the icing and mix well. Start with a small amount of color first, and add more if you desire a deeper color. The complete directions are shown below.
The AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste colors I’ve used for this Frankenstein rice cereal Halloween treat are Leaf Green, Chocolate Brown, Red Red, Burgundy, and Super Black.
The fifth, and I believe final, TIP I have for you in making this Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween treat is to use plastic zip-top bags in place of parchment paper or piping bags. Zip-top bags work just as well as long as you make sure to get all of the icing into a bottom corner of the bag. Once you do, grip the bag as close to the icing as you can and twist the bag. When all the icing is into the corner, nice and tight, use scissors to snip off the corner tip of the plastic bag (small snip for thin lines, larger snip for thick lines), and VIOLA! You now have a piping bag that works every bit as good as what the professionals use. See photos below.
Ready to learn how to make this Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Treat? Great! Let’s get busy…
To make the eyeballs, use the AmeriColor Gourmet Writers to draw a circle in the center of a white gumball. Color the circle in. You may want to do two to three coats of color for deeper color.
Use the red AmeriColor Gourmet Writer to add the squiggly veins to each eyeball. Use the black AmeriColor Gourmet Writer to add the black pupils to each eyeball. Set the eyeballs aside until you’re ready to insert them into the Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Treat.
To make the royal icing, place 3 cups of confectioners sugar in a large bowl. Add one teaspoon of pure almond extract and ¼ cup warm water to the bowl.
Add 1½ tablespoons of light corn syrup. Blend with a hand mixer on low to medium to form a relatively firm icing but one that still flows evenly when dropped back into the bowl. Add in three tablespoons of AmeriColor’s Premium Meringue Powder to the icing.
Continue to beat on low speed for 1 – 2 minutes and the icing will thicken slightly. You’re looking for a consistency a little looser than peanut butter.
Divide the icing into two bowls. In a medium bowl, add approximately 1½ cups of icing along with several drops of AmeriColor super black soft gel paste. Stir well. If you prefer a darker hue, add additional drops of black gel color and mix until you achieve your desired color.
In a smaller bowl add the remaining white icing. Stir in a few drops of AmeriColor red red soft gel paste to the white icing, and a few drops of AmeriColor burgundy soft gel paste, and stir well to combine and make the color for Frank’s stitches. Again, you can add additional gel food color for a deeper, darker hue, if desired. *Note – Royal icing can be made in advance. Place the colored or white icing in covered containers and store at room temperature until ready to use.
WAIT! There’s a sixth and, I promise, final TRICK for making this Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Cereal Treat, and it’s really THE BEST ONE OF ALL! You can make the eyeballs and the royal icing IN ADVANCE so on the day you’re ready to assemble Mr. Frankenstein, he’ll go together in a snap! How’s that for making your party planning easier?!!
Melt one stick of butter in a slow cooker over low heat. Add one bag of marshmallows and stir to coat all the marshmallows with the butter.
Once the marshmallows have started to melt, add a few drops of AmeriColor leaf green soft gel paste, and a drop or two of AmeriColor chocolate brown soft gel paste.
Stir well to combine, and thoroughly mix the color so no streaks remain. Add the rice cereal and mix well with the green-tinted melted marshmallows.
To prevent massive sticking of the marshmallow treat cereal, spray your hands and work tools liberally with coconut oil or baking spray. Place 2/3’s of the colored rice cereal treat onto a serving plate. Use your sprayed hands to press the warm rice cereal treat into a modified rectangle, making Frank’s forehead area slightly wider than his chin reign. Frank’s face dimensions are approximately 10″ tall by 8″ wide (without his ears).
Using the remaining warm rice cereal treat in the slow cooker fashion two ears and affix them on either side of Frank’s head. Also, make a triangle shaped nose and stick it in the center of his face, a little above the bottom of his ears. *Note – Remember to use the non-stick spray liberally. It will help you mold and sculpt the sticky rice cereal easily without excessive sticking to your hands and tools. The spray can be sprayed directly onto your project if needed.
Take your time working and molding Frank’s features until you’re happy with the results. Add the gumball eyeballs to either side of Frank’s face at the bridge of his nose and press each gently to recess them. Use more warm rice cereal to fashion a thick snake-like piece for Frank’s evil forehead and brow line.
Gently work with Frank’s brow line and pull and push the warm rice cereal over the tops of his eyes (to hood them and make them creepy), and also form his brow line around the sides of each eye slightly. Then press the warm cereal area around and under each eyeball a bit to give his eyes a more sunken appearance. This step may be hard to tell from the photos, but doing this step gives him a lot of impact! Taking a bit more warm cereal, build up his chin to give Frank a manly appearance. Use a paring knife sprayed liberally with non-stick spray and gently cut a slit for Frank’s mouth that is turned down ever so slightly down at both ends for his menacing frown.
Next, use the paring knife to add frown lines and wrinkle likes around his mouth to add character. Also, build up Frank’s cheekbones with some additional warm cereal that remains in the slow cooker. This step helps to finish off the contours of his face and give him a realistic appearance.
It’s now time to put the finishing touches on Mr. Frankenstein. Use a large zip-top plastic bag and scoop the prepared black royal icing into the corner of the bag. Push the icing into a bottom corner tip of the bag, twist, and snip off the corner to form a relatively large hole. This will be used to pipe Frank’s hair on top of his head, above his ears (as sideburns), and slightly over his forehead in a fringe-like fashion. See photos below.
Apply firm and even pressure to pipe a jagged royal icing line of hair over Frank’s forehead. Use a spatula or knife to gently smooth his hair in place, if desired. Use the same black icing to pipe Frank’s unibrow.
Next, pipe a bit of royal icing onto two candy pieces (I used Rolo candy) and stick one on either side of Frank’s chiseled jawline. Finally, use a small zip-lock bag (or a piping bag as you see in the photo) and spoon in the red royal icing. Snip off a small corner off the bottom corner of the bag (for piping thin lines), and carefully add as many stitches to Frank’s face as you desire!
Display. Serve. Enjoy! This Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Treat is sure to be a giant hit with your family and friends and will make you the talk of the town, in the very best way of course!
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- To make the gumball eyes may be made in advance:
- 2 white 1" gumballs
- 3 AmeriColor Gourmet Writer Pens. Red Brown, Black
- To make the royal icing may be made in advance:
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1½ tablespoons light corn syrup
- 3 tablespoons dry meringue powder
- AmeriColor Gel Paste food color. Red Burgundy, and Ultra Black
- To make the rice cereal treats:
- 1 stick butter
- 6 cups of crisp rice cereal
- 1 bag marshmallows
- AmeriColor Gel Paste Food Color. Leaf Green and Chocolate Brown
To make the gumball eyeballs:
Draw and color in a circle on two gumballs to resemble an iris in size comparison to the gumball.
Use the red writer to draw squiggly lines to represent the veins.
Draw a black circle in the center of each iris to represent the pupil.
Set aside until ready to assemble Frankenstein.
To make the royal icing:
In a large bowl, use a hand blender to beat the sugar, almond extract, water, corn syrup and meringue powder. The consistency will be that of a loose peanut butter. Add additional water if needed.
Divide the royal icing into two bowls.
One bowl should have approximately 2 cups of the icing. Add several drops of AmeriColor Gel Paste Food Color to the bowl and stir well to thoroughly combine. Add more color if you prefer a darker color.
In a smaller bowl, add a few drops of AmeriColor red, and a few drops of burgundy Gel Paste Food Color to the remaining white royal icing and stir well to combine. Add more color if you prefer a darker color.
Cover both bowls well and store at room temperature if making the icing in advance. No need to refrigerate.
To make and shape the Frankenstein rice cereal treat:
Melt the butter in a slow cooker over medium heat.
Add the marshmallows to the cooker and stir until they're coated with the butter and starting to melt.
Add a few drops of AmeriColor Leaf Grean Gel Paste Food Color to the marshmallows along with a few drops of Chocolate Brown. Stir well to combine and until the marshmallows are completely melted and there are no streaks of color in the mix.
Stir in the crisp rice cereal and mix well to completely combine the marshmallows with the cereal.
Turn the cooker heat to low.
Use non-stick cooking spray on hands and utensils as you mold Frankensteins face into place on a serving platter (see Kudos Kitchen by Renee blog post)
For step by step photo tutorial, please visit:
Press Frank's gumball eyes in place and recess them slightly.
Continue working the warm cereal to finish Frank's features (see Kudos Kitchen by Renee blog post)
Pipe the black royal icing in place to form Frank's hair and unibrow.
Pipe red stitches in desired areas on Frank's face.
Add two candies (using the royal icing as glue) to the sides of Frank's jawline as his bolts.
Allow the royal icing to lightly dry before covering.
No need for refrigeration. Will keep for up to one week.
Serve and enjoy.
Tools and equipment:
AmeriColor Gourmet Writers
AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste
AmeriColor Meringue Powder
zip top bags
large bowl, medium bowl, small bowls
butter knife or offset spatula
Don’t look now, but somebody’s watching you!! HAPPY HAUNTINGS!
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this Frankenstein Rice Cereal Halloween Treat as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you. If you have any questions for me regarding his ingredient list or instructions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or leave me a comment in the comment section. I promise I’ll get back to you ASAP with a helpful answer.
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