Have you heard about #TreatsForToys? It is one of the best Christmas programs because it makes giving back so easy. All you have to do is create a toy shaped rice krispie treat and upload it to RiceKrispies.ca or use #TreatsForToys on social media. And guess what? For every photo uploaded, rice krispies will donate $20 to the Salvation Army to buy a toy for a child who otherwise might go without this Christmas. Isn’t that awesome?!
For our first #TreatsForToys post, we created these snowflake magic wands, inspired by everyone’s favourite ice queen. (Yep, Frozen fever is still making the rounds at our place!) To start, we created a pan of rice krispie treats – we like original, but you can use the festive holiday, vanilla flavoured, or brown rice (which are gluten free) ones as well. I also like them sticky and gooey, so I add about 1/2 cup less cereal than the recipe on the box calls for.
After you make and cool your treats (I pop them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes) cut them out using fun cookie cutters. We used tiara and snowflake cutters. We also used some premade icing and a variety of blue and white sprinkles. My favourite is the colored sugar – I love the crunch it adds! If you want to make wands, you will also need paper straws. These snowflake ones were leftover from the Elsa party we had in May.
Add icing to your cookie and spread before adding your choice of sprinkles. Poke the straw through the bottom carefully, and place back in the freezer for a few minutes to harden the treats around the straw.
These are the two designs we created with the rice krispie treats – aren’t they cute?
We also had a little milk and cookies party with the tiaras. I wrote my daughters names on the tiara shaped treats, and they enjoyed them with a glass of milk. Since tea parties are second only to anything Frozen-related, this was like a doubly good treat for my youngest daughter!
And here’s the little snow queen now, enjoying her magic snowflake wand!
In total, making and decorating the toy shaped rice krispie treats took about 30 minutes, and cost about $5. Out of that pan, we were able to create 8 different shaped toys by using cookie cutters. So in under an hour, you can help give over $100 of toys to needy children this Christmas – AND you get to spend a lot of fun time with your kids creating them, and teaching them valuable lessons about the importance of giving back. That’s what I love about this program – anyone can participate, and it’s so easy to do so that no one has any excuse not to!
So go get started making those rice krispie treats and upload your toy shaped treats to RiceKrispies.ca or use #TreatsForToys (on a public facebook, twitter, or instagram post). I can’t wait to see what we can do together!
*This post was compensated by Rice Krispies, however all opinions and beliefs are my own.*