How to Dye Rice Krispie
In the quest to make a great PokéBall shaped Rice Krispie Treat for a Pokémom theme birthday party, I started experimenting with coloring.
The most important starting point is the Best Rice Krispie Treat recipe. After that it is a matter of playing with color.
1. Choose and Mix Color into Bowl
A PokéBall design needs white, red and preferably black. However, as we were experimenting, we chose to try for orange and blue instead of red and black. Plus, my son thought black rice krispie would just be yucky.
For our experiment, we used Betty Crocker Gel Food Coloring.
To determine how much food coloring is needed, the best start is to read the instructions on the food coloring box.
If the box does not have helpful instructions, 1 teaspoon of gel will give a recognizable color to a batch of treats. 2 teaspoons is enough to cause tongues to change colors while eating.
We tested the color on a cold marshmallow to get an idea of what it would look like.
2. Combine Marshmallow Mix with Color
For the most consistent rice krispie color, take a 1/4 cup of the hot marshmallow and butter mix from the pan and stir it into the color dye quickly.
While everything is still hot, pour the colored portion back into the pan with the rest of the mix. Stir so that the color is consistent in the pan.
If unsatisfied with the brightness or the tone of the color, this is the time to make color adjustments.
Continue stirring until the color is smooth. Make sure to stir from outer edge into the center so that the marshmallow and butter mix is evenly heated throughout this part of the dye process.
3. Use Dyed Mix to Dye Rice Krispies
The rest of the process follows the normal instructions for Rice Krispie Treats. Pour the dyed marshmallow and butter mix into the bowl of Rice Krispies and mix well.
It is possible to add more color at this point but the probability of inconsistent color is high. The Rice Krispie treat mix cools down relatively fast resulting in uneven color application when dye is added with everything else already in the bowl.
Problems with Color (Dye) on Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispies are Inconsistent Color
Adding the color into the pan with the butter and marshmallow greatly improved our color consistency. Originally with blue, the color was added into the bowl at the same time as the Rice Krispies and the marshmallow and butter mix. It was bulky to mix and did not come out as consistently as the orange.
Dyed Product Tastes Strange
Some people can taste food dye. In our family, it is red food dye that is most noticeable. Luckily, the dye to butter ratio in this recipe masks most of the taste. This will have to be a future experiment.
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