Cornflake Wreaths, or the better, Christmas-ier rice krispy treat.
There are few foods that involve melted marshmallows that aren’t good. I mean, does anyone really not like a rice krispy treat? Everyone knows that marshmallows are vastly improved by melting. Consider s’mores, and hot cocoa, and that thing people do when they jam marshmallow peeps on a skewer and hold it over the gas stove.
If you’re wondering why I am going on about melted marshmallows and rice krispy treats, it’s because a cornflake wreath is really just a rice krispy treat made with cornflakes. You dye the melted marshmallows green, stir in cornflakes, and smash it all into a ring mold. All that’s left is sprinkling it with candies to magically transform it into a delicious Christmas wreath.
A cornflake wreath is also a pull-apart treat, and the overall texture is softer and looser, so no biting into big ole squares.
Anyway, if this all makes you go, STOP STALLING ALREADY, you had me at melted marshmallows, read on for this very extremely simple treat that takes almost no real cooking effort. As usual, scroll down for tips, and recipe below!
- 1 bag mini marshmallows
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 4-6 cups of cornflakes
- Green food coloring
- Candies for decorating
- Melt it. In a large pot melt the stick of butter over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the mini marshmallows, stirring constantly to make sure they don’t brown.
- Dye it. Add as much food coloring as you need to get your marshmallows to a bright shade of green. Don’t be afraid to make it vivid – once you add the cornflakes the color will lighten and tone down a bit.
- Stir it. Remove the marshmallow butter mixture from heat. Wait a minute or two for the mixture to cool just a little. Add your cornflakes one cup at a time, slowly stirring to coat all the cornflakes.
- Cool it. If your mixture is already cool, skip this. The important thing is you don’t burn your fingers, but you want it to be nice and pliable for easy molding, and that happens right after it stops being hot.
- Mold it. Coat your mold with spray oil. A heavy coat wont hurt anything – you don’t want your wreath to stick and become malformed when you pull it out. In bunches, lightly press your mixture into your mold.
- Decorate it. Sprinkle your wreath with candies as you like. I used candied fennel for mine. Red hots are the classic move.
- De-mold it. Gently pull your wreath out. You may want to use a butter knife to start the de-molding off right. Voila! You’ve got wreaths.
- Use fresh marshmallows. You might think – I can just melt these stale marshmallows I happen to have right here. And maybe you can, but in my experience fresh mini-marshmallows work best, and stale-eys can surprise you with their insistence at not melting. If your marshmallows don’t melt, you can do the following: try adding corn syrup one TBS at a time, stirring all the while. If that doesn’t work you can try a splash of cream. Extra butter works too, but can compromise the stretchy/tacky nature of the marshmallows.
- When you stir the cornflakes in try not to crush them. Don’t overthink this, just do your best.
- You can use muffin tins if you don't have mini molds like this jell-o junkie does. Just poke a hole in the center. For the big wreath, use a cake or springform pan, and put something heavy and round in the center, like a jar or can filled with something like rice.
- If your candies don’t stick, don’t sweat it. Just add more candies right before you serve it.
- Gumdrops sliced into rounds, and silver and/or pearl cake decorations also look great. Hell, stick whatever you want on there that says WREATH to you.
PS. You can see the cornflake wreath that made me go -CORNFLAKE WREATHS 4EVR- right down there. It's the one I made for the Astronaut Wives Club Christmas episode.