These Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins are so cute and they're really easy to make!
1bag large marshmallowsapproximately 40 marshmallows
Red & Yellow Liquid Food Coloring
1/4cupcooking oil or melted butter in a small bowlto keep it from sticking to your hands
In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat.
Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted and combined with the butter.
Remove from the heat. Add several drops of yellow food colouring, mix it together, then add red food colouring one drop at a time, mixing as you go. Add red/yellow drops until you reach your desired colour. (I used about 4 drops red and 12 drops yellow). Mix well.
Add the Rice Krispies and stir to combine.
Coat both sides of your hands with a generous amount of cooking oil or butter, and roll the Rice Krispie mixture into small balls. Set on parchment paper. Add oil/butter to your hands after each ball.
While the balls are still warm, gently press a Mini Rolo into the top of each pumpkin for the stem and add a green M&M beside it as the leaf. (Tip: If the pumpkins cool before you're finished, use the end of a thick marker or apple corer to make a small indent in the top for the chocolate to sit in.)
Allow to cool until firm.
[2019 edit] Thank you to the awesome commenters below who recommend food handling gloves to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands! You might be able to ask your deli counter, butcher, or bakery for a pair. (My bakery counter said no... But the butcher counter at the same store gave me a pair.) No need to add oil to the gloves - nothing stuck to the ones we used!