You’d be amazed by the amount of marshmallows that I have in my home. Jeremy and I have a fire pit in our backyard and every year we like to try fun, new marshmallow flavors for our S’mores. We have developed a bit of a collection because when we see a new flavor we haven’t tried, we buy it. We had a bunch of half open bags leftover from this summer. I recently decided to “thin the herd” and get rid of some of the older marshmallows. I’m not sure why it is this way, but you get rid of something, before you know it the item has multiplied again.
One of our life group members brought three bags of marshmallows to share with the group. Two of the flavors I had seen before. The one I hadn’t seen before was pumpkin spice marshmallows. We opened the bag so we could sample them and they were very tasty. Just a week after we received the 3 new bags, we were given 6 boxes of gourmet marshmallows as a gift for Pastor Appreciation Month. We have not yet tried them, but they look very good. I think we might have to wait for a reason to share them so we don’t over do it! I like marshmallows… I’m not saying anything against the marshmallows that have been given to us. I am just surprised that I tried to take the collection down to a reasonable size and it more than doubled!
I started to think about what I could do with all these marshmallows. The bag of pumpkin spice ones had been opened, but the majority of it was left uneaten. I let my mind wander and I came up with the idea of using the pumpkin spice marshmallows to make some kind of marshmallow treat. Now the classic is Rice Krispy Treats, but I wanted to stay with the fall theme. After exploring the cereal aisle yesterday, I landed on Cinnamon Burst Cheerios. I figured the cinnamon and pumpkin combination would make for a yummy autumn treat.
This afternoon I assembled what I am calling Pumpkin Spice Cereal Treats. Using the basic Rice Krispy Treat recipe, I mixed my fall inspired ingredients together to create a yummy marshmallow treat. The recipe on the back of the bag said you could decorate using candy corn or another fall candy. I didn’t think the flavors would mix well, so I used Wilton’s Colorful Leaves Sprinkle Mix. I thought they would add to the fall theme without adding another flavor layer.
The recipe on the back of the bag also suggested using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to make the treats into a pumpkin. I have a large pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and I knew that if I used it I wouldn’t get enough servings out of the recipe to share with my class of girls tonight. I decided to keep it all in the 13×9 pan instead.
All I can tell you right now is that they smell amazing and look good. I don’t like to present goodies that have already been partial eaten so I must wait until tonight when I share them with my class of 5th/6th girls to sample them. Here’s hoping they are a yummy snack for my girls and for myself!