Have you ever been “ghosted”?! We were ghosted last year and have had such fun this year passing along the tradition by doing a “ring & run” and anonymously leaving behind the ghost note and homemade gluten-free crispy rice treats on our neighbors’ doorsteps! (If you’re my neighbor, pretend you didn’t see this!)
Consider that you, my friends, have now been virtually “ghosted” by me and pass on the fun (and the treats) to your neighbors! Everybody loves treats like these, especially when they’re gluten-free (they’ll never be the wiser!).
Note: Because of barley malt (gluten) flavoring, regular Rice Krispies® Cereal is NOT gluten-free. Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (has always been gluten-free & is certified GF by GFCO) is a great alternative and makes awesome treats! It’s also only made from 3 recognizable, natural ingredients: Organic Brown Rice; Organic Brown Rice Syrup; and Sea Salt. Recently Kellogg’s introduced a new gluten-free version of their Rice Krispies Cereals, but since my kids already loved the Erewhon cereal and it is certified organic and gluten-free, I’m sticking with it!
Spooky Pumpkin Crispy Rice Treats
Place butter in a large, deep pot over low heat on the stovetop. Stir until melted with a large wooden spoon or silicone spatula. Add the fresh marshmallows (they should be very soft and squishy) and stir constantly, until melted. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the cereal. You may add more cereal to the mixture if it is too marshmallow-y, but add slowly because these treats should be more malleable than regular bar treats.
The mixture will begin to harden as it cools, so work quickly and if possible, have a partner or kid ready to help! Scoop out balls of equal size (expect anywhere from 9 – 12, depending on size), then roll the balls in orange sanding sugar and while pressing and smoothing them into pumpkin shapes.
Using a sharp knife, cut the spearmint leaves into stems and slice thinly for leaves. Wet the ends lightly and press onto formed pumpkins. Decorate the faces, if you like, using frosting or other gluten-free candies. Seal in airtight containers if they’re not all eaten right away!