Monday, October 15, 2012

pumpkin rice krispie treats- aussie style.

I think one of the hardest things about spending your entire life in the northern hemisphere and then moving to the southern hemisphere is the seasons not matching with the holidays.

Take Halloween for example. Halloween happens in the Fall when the summer heat is finally starting to die down and the leaves are falling off the trees. You can finally wear jeans again and are able to break out your most beloved hoodies. You decorate with pumpkins and scarecrows and signs that say things like "Happy Fall Y'all!"

But here in the southern hemisphere we are in Spring... not Fall. We are unpacking our shorts and tank tops. We are enjoying fresh summer fruits and blooming flowers. 

In an effort to bring some Fall spirit to our house this Spring, I decided to bring back the annual de Baugy pumpkin carving (to happen later this week!) and a few fall treats. 

For my first fall treat of 2012 I tried to recreate these Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats- Aussie Style of course :)

My Aussie ingredient substitutes:

Rice Krispies = Rice Bubbles

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I actually found some American style marshmallows which was an AMAZING find because they aren't common and are totally different than the Australian marshmallows they usually sell.

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Tootsie Rolls = Cadbury Flake Bites

NOTHING like a tootsie roll but is kind of the same size and shape for making stems on these bad boys.

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The Steps:

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter then add one bag of marshmallows.

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Continue stirring until the butter/marshmallow mixture is smooth. I was making "pumpkins" so I added red and yellow food colouring until I came up with an orange I was happy with.

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Add 5 cups of Rice Bubbles and mix throughly.

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Once the mixture cools slightly, scoop out a small handful of the mixture and roll into balls. Before I did this, I coated my hands with some cooking spray to help keep the marshmallows from sticking to my hands too much.  The cooler the mixture, the less sticky it is.

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Next, I dyed some pre-made white icing green and added a bit of additional icing sugar (powdered sugar) to make it a little thicker so that it would set.

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Finally, add the "stem" and draw on the "leaves" and you have yourself a pumpkin! Mine actually look kind of like apples... and they aren't nearly as pretty as the ones I saw on Pinterest, but I think they turned out okay.

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And what was my dear husband doing while I was adding a little Fall to our Spring?? Working hard in the shed to get our new doors painted in time for Lachlan's arrival. He is a good man, that husband of mine :)

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So what are you doing to add a little Fall to your Spring (or Fall)?


  1. Right now I am taking a break from carving my pumpkin!! Helloooo, fall!!

    1. ahhhh the annual Commander pumpkin carving... wish I was there with you!!


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