Last holiday season, I had so much fun spreading the word about the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats for Toys program, that I was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the role this year. (You can see all the fun we had in 2017 here.) The program has everything I love about the holiday season going for it – delicious treats, the opportunity to give back, and the chance to spend some time with my son doing something that is fun. Because he’s now a little older, he was able to participate so much more this year and I really loved that.
For those of you not familiar with Treats for Toys, it really is a wonderful opportunity that allows everyone the chance to make a difference this holiday season. All you need to do is create a toy-shaped treat out of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, then snap a photo of it and either upload it to treatsfortoys.ca or share on social media using the #TreatsForToys hashtag. For every photo uploaded and or shared between now and December 31, 2018, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will donate $20 to The Salvation Army to buy a real toy for a child in need. And here’s the exciting thing – this is the sixth year for Treats for Toys. In the past five years, the program has donated over 25,000 toys (which is amazing), so this year we want to get to the goal of 30,000 toys!
I don’t know about you, but what I really look forward to this time of year is giving gifts, far more than receiving them, and according to a study by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, 7 out of 10 Canadians agree with me! I also think that it’s really important to teach my son the concept of philanthropy – the same study revealed that 85% of the country is with me on that as well. Obviously, that can be a challenge with toddlers, so it’s important to reinforce the idea of giving back as early as possible, as well as to find a way to make it fun. Treats for Toys totally makes that possible – because we had a blast with this year’s project.
We decided to model our toy after one of my son’s favourite toys again this year, so we went with a monster truck that he loves to play with. The great thing is that no baking is involved – we just followed the simple recipe to make a batch of Rice Krispies treats – which of course I did most of or very closely supervised because it involves melting butter and marshmallows on the stove top - and then once they had cooled we were ready to get creative!
Here is the basic recipe for the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (note that I used butter, because obviously…). For an extra festive look, you can use the Holiday Rice Krispies at this time of year as well, because ‘tis the season!
To Assemble the Monster Truck:
First, you will need to cut out your shapes. You will need one larger, thicker rectangle for the body of the truck, and a smaller one with a slanted edge for the cab. You will need four circles (I used a round cookie cutter) that are large in relation to the body of the truck (because this is a monster truck, after all)
If you want the wheels to be black (or any part of the truck to be any colour – there are two ways you can do this. One is by using food colouring in when you are making your batch of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies treats. Or – you can paint the wheels once they are formed before you affix them to the truck. Or after, but it’s messiest that way.
Use melted white chocolate wafers to affix the cab to the body of the truck. This works best, but you can also use icing. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time. Do NOT add any liquid to it.
To attach the wheels to the body of the truck, use toothpicks and a smear of white chocolate (to really make sure they are on there). If you need to disguise the toothpick on the outside of the wheel, a candy item (like the liquorice all sorts I used) works really well.
Then, it’s up to you! Decorate your truck as you see fit! For me, I used liquorice ropes as bumpers, gumdrops as lights, and icing to paint on a window on the cab.
Monster Trucks not your thing? No problem – have fun with your kids, or the kids of all ages that you know and make something that you love, and don’t forget to snap a photo and share it on social or on TreatsForToys.ca.
Note: This post was produced in partnership with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. But the love of delicious treats, smiles and opinions are, of course, my very own.