Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead (Nov.2nd) is a beautiful remembrance of the departed…. I made this Caramel Chocolate Almond Rice Krispie Treat as a dedication to my Uncle Robert. It was one of those days…. I was missing my Tio who passed away 3 years ago. With Dia De Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead (Nov.2nd) around the corner, I decided to start building an alter in his name. I put on his favorite song “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones and played it loud on repeat. Choked up with tears stuck in my throat, I tried my best to belt it out and get to the rest of the song without a complete break down. The title “Miss you” seemed perfectly appropriate. My Tio loved Rice Krispies, he use to eat them all the time. He also loved his caramel, so why not combine the two to make the perfect treat. My family has always observed Dia de Los Muertos but it takes on a completely different meaning when you are honoring a close family member dearly missed. I dedicate this recipe to him and hope that where ever he is now, he’s eating his favorite foods with his friends having the best time.
Ingredients for Caramel Almond Dia de Muertos Rice Krispies Treat:
Non-Stick cooking spray
1 – stick butter (melted) or smartbalance
6 – cups vegan marshmallows
2 – tablespoons 1/2 and 1/2 or almond milk
50 – caramel candies (plastic wrapper off)
1 – box of Rice Krispies cereal (12 oz.)
1 1/4 – cups whole almonds
I decorated my calavera with the following items:
mini vegan marshmallows
edible metallic decorative balls
pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Spray the whole room with non-stick cooking spray. Just kidding just spray a 9×13 pyrex glass baking dish, one pot, a big mixing bowl, and mixing utensil. Set to the side.
- Place the pot over a medium flame and in add butter and vegan marshmallows. Mix until marshmallows are completely melted and smooth.
- In an additional pot add 1/2 and 1/2 and caramel over a low flame and mix until melted and smooth.
- Then take both mixtures and combine in a big mixing bowl.
- Fold in the Rice Krispies and almonds along with the marshmallow caramel mixture.
- Press into 9×13 sprayed pyrex dish and continue to press down to make mixture even. Allow to cool completely in pyrex.
- Once cooled, flip over onto a cutting board.
- Using a calavera (skeleton head) stencil made out of a piece of wax paper cut around the edges of the stencil.
- Remove excess pieces and either eat or use later for decoration.