For my last birthday party post I decided to put together a super simple, quick and easy recipe (well, I wouldn't even call it a recipe, it's just a decorating idea, really.) I am very aware of the fact that many of my recipes here at Hungry Happenings take time and patience to re-create and I try to offer alternatives for those occasions when you just don't have either.
When you look at the picture above, would you imagine that these festive little balloons take minutes to make using three store bought products? They may even be items you already have on hand. If not, go to the store, buy some Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats, Fruit Roll-Ups, and Twizzlers Pull & Peel. Unwrap a treat, shape it into a circle, wrap it in a roll-up, and tie on a Twizzler. Done!
Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Balloons
Special Equipment Needed:
2 1/4" round cookie cutter, optional
Unwrap Rice Krispies Treats. Smash all four edges of the treat so that you have curved edges. If you want a perfectly round balloon, press the treat into a 2 1/4" round cookie cutter. Otherwise just smash and shape the treat into a round or oval shape. Unwrap a Fruit Roll-Up and lay one on top of a round treat with a corner pointing upwards.
Turn this treat over, so that the Fruit Roll-Up is on the work surface and the treat is facing up. Fold over the top point of the fruit roll then begin folding in the fruit roll all around the treat, leaving the bottom open. Turn the treat face up and pinch the bottom part of the fruit roll gently in the center.
Peel the Twizzlers Pull & Peels apart into individual strings. Tie a Pull & Peel string onto each of the Rice Krispie Treat Birthday Balloons.
There are many ways to serve your Rice Krispies Treat Birthday Balloons. You can simply place them on a serving platter. Or you can cover a large cutting board or piece of cardboard with fun paper. I used a roll of fadeless bulletin board paper with a blue sky and clouds. I purchased it at Office Depot for around $8 and have used it to serve several of my themed recipes, but if you don't want an entire roll of paper, just use scrapbook paper or blue poster board. Whatever paper you choose, be sure to cover it with a layer of plastic wrap or cellophane so your treats won't stick. If you want to give these out as individual treats, just wrap the balloons in cellophane bags. You can even insert a lollipop stick into each balloon before wrapping them. I think, no, I know, it took you more time to read this tutorial than it will take you to make these fun little treats.
The best part is, the kids will love how they look and how they taste. SWEET!