Happy Birthday America!

July 4th Rice Krispies Treats

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  Not only is it our country’s birthday but it’s also a fun day spent with family and friends.  For us, it usually involves cookouts, time at the pool, sparklers and ends with a beautiful display of colorful fireworks.

A food allergy diagnosis can make today’s festivities a bit more challenging as most of the cookouts are potluck and you never know where your child’s allergen can be lurking.

A few tips…

  • Always carry at least 2 epinephrine auto-injectors per child with you at all times.
  • Don’t allow your child to eat anything that you didn’t prepare – unless you can read the label.
  • Take allergy-safe food so your child can enjoy today’s festivities.

Today I am taking these yummy July 4th Rice Krispies Treats for my little men to enjoy.  They are super easy to make and are sure to be a big hit!

Happy Birthday America!
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Serves: 8-10
  • 9 TBS Earth Balance {Soy-Free} Butter
  • 16½ cups Mini Marshmallows (3 10-oz bags)
  • 18 cups Rice Krispies
  • Spectrum Shortening
  1. **You will make 3 batches of Rice Krispies Treats and layer them in a 9x13 pan**
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, melt 3 TBS of butter.
  3. Add 5½ cups marshmallows (1 10-oz bag) and stir continuously until all is melted.
  4. Remove from heat and add in 6 cups rice kris pies.
  5. **For the red and blue layer, add food coloring to the marshmallow mixture until you reach the desired color.**
  6. Grease the inside of a 9x13 pan with the Spectrum Shortening.
  7. Press the rice krispie mixture into the pan - layering red, white & blue. Let cook and then cut to serve.

**Allergy Alert**

Be sure to read all of your labels.  I have found many spices and other products (i.e. garlic powder) that include additional ingredients like soy.

Known Allergy Information (containing the major 8): Wheat
If you are gluten free, be sure to buy the Gluten Free Rice Krispies.

**Disclaimer: Please note that every child’s sensitivity to their given allergen(s) varies.  Some of the items that I use do contain “natural flavoring” and “spices” which is hard to determine if it is 100% allergy free.  You should always check with the manufacturer to confirm that your child can have their product(s).  The products that I list are items that I’ve been using for awhile and have proven to be safe for my boys (their allergies are dairy, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish and sesame).**

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  1. Lauren says:

    These look great! Would you mind sharing what brand of marshmallows work for your family?

  2. Carissa says:

    Now that Kellogg’s is no longer making gluten free Rice Krispies, what do you recommend? Thanks!

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