Pink Marshmallow Cornflake Candy Heart with Cinnamon
My husbands favorite Christmas treat is the Cornflake wreath, made with marshmallows and green food coloring. I’ve been hearing about his favorite Christmas treats for years, but never got exactly what they were called. Finally, Christmas 2010, he tells me that it’s the Rice Krispie treats he loves, colored green, with red cinnamon candies. My little boy and I made a big batch of Rice Krispie treats, colored green, with red cinnamon candies. We were very proud that we made Daddy’s favorite Christmas treat. When Chris came home we proudly showed him our creation. To which he says, that’s not like Mom makes it. Oh. Really. Just HOW does Mom make them? He informs us that she uses Corn flakes, not rice krispies. I remind him, HE said, Rice Krispie treats.
Flash forward to Christmas 2011. Again. All we hear about is the favorite, elusive, Christmas treat his Mom makes. The year before, his Mom made him some, but they were eaten before we were able to get there, in her defense; she does live 5 hours away, and they are really good……
I let him know, since he can not decide what the treats are called, the ingredients, or how they are made, he will need to produce a recipe, or there will be NO favorite treats for him unless his Mom makes them and he goes to retrieve them before they are eaten.
Finally, a few days before Christmas, I received two e-mails from him each with a recipe attached. He assured me the recipe is the one his Mom uses. I, unfortunately, did not get around to making them for him. I have felt bad about it, so I decided I would make them for him for Valentines day. A real surprise, don’t you think? He better like them. Just kidding. Okay. No. I’m serious. (grin)
Here’s what you will need.
2 small jars of marshmallow creme
1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
Cinnamon hard candies
Pink decorating sugar crystals
red food coloring
4 1/2 cups corn flakes
In a *double boiler combine the marshmallow creme, butter, and a couple of cinnamon hard candies
Melt together then add the vanilla,
2 drops of red food coloring,
shake some pink sugar crystals then
mix well until a lovely pink color
Add the Corn flakes gently stirring to mix well
Spoon into a heart-shaped pan, or on to a cookie sheet and form into a heart shape
Sprinkle more pink sugar crystals and arrange the cinnamon candies into heart shapes
Let cool and serve
You could also make small heart shapes instead of one big one, pipe a frosting bow on the hearts and shake pink sugar crystals on it
*Note: If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a ovenproof or stainless steel bowl and a large pot. Place water (don’t fill it up, just about 1/4 way) in the pot. Put the bowl on top (it must fit on top, and not IN the pot). Heat the water until it steams then you’ll see the butter and marshmallow creme melting.