JES­SICA’S TOP TIPS FOR MAK­ING CE­REAL ART

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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.

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