Do you all have memories of childhood Christmas’ of being in the kitchen with Mom or Grandma making a special candy or treat that only they could make? No matter what anyone tried or how well they followed the recipe it just wasn’t the same because it wasn’t made by them.
Well, this treat is one of those things. There are only 5 ingredients including the food coloring, a few steps to making them and they’re done. But nope, they aren’t the same.
And sadly, because my Gramma Bonnie is no longer here to make them, they won’t ever be the same again.
That doesn’t stop us from making them though. It helps us to remember her, keep us closer to us this time of year. To make her recipes, recipes she shared with us, her friends, and have been passed around after so many holiday gatherings there are no telling how many people that have recipes in a file written in her handwriting.
This one I don’t have written down, its one I remember by heart. Just like I remember the smile or laugh when we’ stick out our green tongues after eating them.
I miss my Gramma Bonnie everyday. And today I missed her a little more.
But she’d be happy to know I’m sharing them with you all.
There are several recipes floating around. Since she made these when I was little I know it’s been around for at least 40 years. Here’s the one I used today:
- 3 1/2 cups cornflakes
- 10 oz of marshmallow creme
- 3 TBSP of butter
- and as much green food coloring as you want to reach your desired color
- Red Hot/cinnamon candies for decoration
If you’ve ever made rice krispie treats you can use the same recipe, and add the food coloring. I’ve even had people make these with rice krispies, but they don’t taste the same.
Gramma always made hers the old fashioned way on top of the stove. I make mine in the microwave, adding the butter, marshmallow creme, and food coloring to a bowl and warming it in 30 second intervals and stirring. Depending on your microwave it may only take 30 seconds. After you’ve stirred the mixture up and found the perfect shade of green you can add your cornflakes.When they are all coated you can plop them on a piece f waxed paper, or you can make a wreath like I did. Just make sure whatever you put it in is lightly buttered so that it doesn’t stick.
Decorate with the candies. Let them set up for a bit, eat one and then stick your tongue out 🙂
Merry Christmas everyone!! I have one, maybe two more posts to share before Christmas for last minute gifts you can make, and a special treat I’ve made every year for/with Caylin! I hope you come back to check them out!