We were invited to a couple of 4th of July parties this year and needed a treat to bring. So I came up with the Rice Krispie Treat Watermelon. My kids love faux-foods, and this one we came up with on our own.
Strawberry flavored marshmallow Rice Krispie treats with dried blueberry "seeds" covered with fondant.
Step 1: Ingredients
You still need to make in two separate batches to make it easier to handle.
3 Tablespoons of butter
6 Cups of Rice Krispie Treat Cereal
1 10 oz. bag of Kraft Jet-Puffed Strawberry Marshmallows
1/4 Cup of dried blueberries
8 oz of mini marshmallows (half a bag)
1 pound of powdered sugar
shortening (for your hands)
Step 2: Watermelon Skin
The skin of the watermelon is made from fondant. Do not use pre-made fondant from a bucket. Make you own. The recipe I used is from Peggy Weaver's site.
Just follow the directions on her site. It is the best tasting fondant and is easy to make. Once you have the base fondant made start adding color. I started with equal parts green and yellow. Add just a few drops at a time and work it in. Once you have a good yellowish-green put a third of it in a plastic bag. Now start darkening the remain 2/3 with more green and some blue. Again work in the colors a few drops at a time before adding more. If your green is too bright add a drop of red. Compare to you light green to judge your colors. Put the darker green in a baggie and place them in the refrigerator.
Step 3: Watermelon Insides
I added about 5 drops of red food coloring, I wanted the inside to be a little more pink. Now add 6 cups of Rice Krispie Cereal. Stir them in with the dried blueberries. (Our first thought was to use chocolate chips, but they would have melted too easily.)
Spread the mixture on to a greased cookie sheet to let it cool. Now repeat the recipe again and add the second batch on top of the first.
When it has cooled enough to handle, roll it up into a log and cover with waxed paper. It needs to cool for an hour or longer. If it is too warm it will loose it's shape.
Step 4: Forming the Melon
Get the fondant it out and knead it some. It will warm up quickly. Use powdered sugar to keep it from sticking to the counter and rolling pin.
I used a piece of plastic wrap to get the size I need to roll out. Make sure your stripes are in the right direction.
Step 5: Finshing Touches
If you have it outside slice it quick, the humidity make the "skin" stick together. It may not be as refreshing as a good watermelon, but you can make them year round.