JESSICA’S TOP TIPS FOR MAKING CEREAL ART
1 Use a nonstick pot and a silicone spatula
when melting the butter and marshmallows. That way, you won’t lose any of your crispy rice cereal mixture to the pot or the utensil. Plus, both will be easier to clean up later.
2 Use miniature marshmallows
(which melt more evenly than the big guys), and don’t let them melt all the way before you take them off the heat. Otherwise, they’ll be too hot to work with. I let mine melt about 75 percent of the way—so
I can still see the outlines of individual marshmallows in the melted mallow—before I turn off the heat.
3 Add the food coloring before the cereal.
Start with less than you think you’ll need, and stir it into the melted mallow mixture. A little goes a long way. While you can always add more, you can’t really take it away.
4 Grease your hands
with cooking spray before handling treats, and reapply as needed to keep the cereal mixture from sticking to you. This also helps protect your hands a bit from getting stained with food coloring.
5 Work quickly!
Every second counts when you’re sculpting treats. Make sure you get your overall shape molded quickly, and then focus on fine-tuning. ABOUT JESSICA A Long Island native who previously worked in sales for the fashion industry, Jessica Siskin is the Ms. behind Misterkrisp (a New York food business that specializes in customizable crispy rice treats) and @mister_krisp (an Instagram account that catalogs her creations).
ABOUT THAT “MISTER” MONIKER The name is a nod to Mr. Crisp, the villain in Sister Act 2, one of Jessica’s favorite movies.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN “When I discovered how vibrantly a bit of food coloring tinted Rice Krispies treats, I was overcome with the immediate impulse to make a cheeseburger out of them,” Jessica says. “I posted it on Instagram, and I broke 100 likes for the first time. I brought it to work, and my coworkers freaked out. I loved making it and people loved seeing and eating it, so I kept experimenting and launched the @mister_krisp Instagram about a year later. My Treat Yourself! cookbook was published in 2017.
And I now take custom cereal art orders in New York via misterkrisp.com.”
Snowman Tint base with bright-white food coloring (optional). Decorate with orange and chocolate licorice, black icing, and black orbrown M&M’s.