Quite the mouthful, amiright? Say that 5 times fast…matcha marshmallow monster, matcha marshmallow monster, matcha marshmallow monster. I only got up to 3 before messing up. BUT aren’t these just the cutest Halloween treats? Best part – they take less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Hell yes.
A while back on Instagram, I polled my followers to see what ingredient(s) they wanted to see featured in a recipe. My friend Jenn requested matcha, and instead of going the classic route of making a latte, I decided to use the Trader Joe’s Matcha Latte powder to flavor these marshmallow treats.
And the reason I’m calling them marshmallow treats is because the store did not have any Rice Krispie cereal, so I just had to improvise. Like the true procrastinator I am, I had in my head that I wanted to make these for Halloween, but waited last minute to go to the store to purchase ingredients. But sometimes, things just happen for a reason, ya know?
I’m not gonna lie, I think using the Special K cereal turned out better than the standard rice krispie treat. It holds it’s shape better and has more crunch to it, which is not a bad thing in my opinion.
And while these aren’t technically rice krispie treats, the process is the same. You can do these over the stovetop, but the microwave is just easier.
One trick I have up my sleeve for these is using the butter stick wrapper as assistance for pressing the treats into the molds. In this case, I used a mini cupcake tin.
When it comes to baking with butter, Kerrygold is the best in my opinion.
Remember when I mentioned I would be adding some “not so clean” treats? Well, this is a prime example. For the matcha, be sure you get the matcha latte mix from Trader Joe’s, as that has some added sugar to make these extra sweet. Yes, not the healthiest recipe, but then again it’s Halloween. Go for it.Print
- 6 cups Special K cereal
- One bag mini marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons butter – I love using Kerrygold
- 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Matcha Latte mix
- Candy Eyes – I found these at Safeway and are the Betty Crocker Brand. I’m sure Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics would have some as well! They both have great baking isles.
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
Optional – green food coloring if you want them to be extra monster-y
Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
Chop the butter up into small pieces, and add to a large microwave safe bowl with the marshmallows.
Microwave for 30 second increments, stirring after each set, until the mixture is fully melted. It took me 1.5 minutes. If you are using food coloring, add that now.
Add in the cereal and matcha powder and mix until combined. You’ll need to work quickly to put the mixture into the muffin tin, or else it will harden and be hard to work with. Scoop the marshmallow cereal mixture into the muffin tins and press down using the inside of a butter stick wrapper. You could also get messy and spray your hands with cooking spray to press the treats into the molds. It will get you the same result.
Microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second increments until melted. While the chocolate is melting, line a baking sheet with Parchment paper. These precut ones are my new favorite thing, like ever.
Remove the treats from the molds and dip the bottom that was just facing out (so that you have the flat surface that was on the bottom of the tin now on top as the “face” to put the eyes onto) into the chocolate. Place treats onto the baking sheet, then carefully stick on the eyes using the remaining chocolate. A little goes a long way here.
Place in the fridge to give the time for the chocolate to set before serving.
- If these are being used for a class treat for kids, you might want to omit the coconut oil just in case anyone has nut allergies.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN MY FELLOW FOODIES!!!