Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains

If you have someone in your life that loves the sticky gooey goriness of the season, here is a simple treat, sure to delight your devouring sweet tooth zombie eater.

The head and/or the brain are often used to symbolize the mind as it (the mind) was/is thought to reside in the brain. The physical brain is what gathers, holds, homes and interprets everything that we experience.  Mind however is a non physical property of consciousness, capable of spanning all of creation. All of which is way too much information for someone who really just wants to pretend they are chowing down on brains.

Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains from My Kitchen Wand

You will need:

1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies

1 Tbsp. Butter

1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows

1/4 cup chopped white chocolate

food coloring, red for sure and possibly, yellow or brown


Take a deep breath and know that even if this is not your balliwick, you are doing something “nice” for someone else. Hold that breath for a moment and release. If you have little helpers today, invite them to join you, making sure everyone has washed their hands. Release the nigglies that keep you from the present moment and begin.

Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains from My Kitchen WandPlace the marshmallows and butter in a pan and melt over medium heat.

Stir regularly. They will probably all stick together before melting, ready for the chocolate.

Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper or plastic wrap.

While the marshmallows are melting, finely chop the white chocolate and add to the melting marshmallows.

Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains from My Kitchen WandGood quality white chocolate has a slightly yellow tone. The colour will help take the “pretty pink” tone away when you add the red dye.

If you are using chocolate flavoured melts, they are a purer white colour and adding  a little brown or yellow dye will help you get closer to a proper shade.

Add a VERY small amount of red dye to the mixture.

I took a toothpick and dipped it into the red gel dye. Let one side of the toothpick rest on the mixture to transfer the colour to the marshmallow mixture and then stir well. Repeat with the other side of the toothpick only if needed.

The goal is a very pale change in colour.  Once achieved, pour in the Rice Krispies ( hint: popped popcorn works too. )

Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains from My Kitchen WandStir until cereal is well mixed.

Take the pot off the heat or the sugar will begin to burn.

Wipe hands with oil or butter and form into small mounds. I used a cookie cutter to get even sizes. Take a small amount of the mixture and push down into the cutter. Remove cutter and round the edges to more readily resemble one half of a brain.

Allow to cool. They will be sticky as the added chocolate does not allow the finished product to be as firm as a regular Rice Krispie square.

You can make themShrunken Rice Krispie Brains from My Kitchen Wand even gooier by using the 1 1/4 cups of Rice Krispies but there is a point where they become more difficult to handle.

Put two pieces together with a little jam, flat sides together and rounded sides out.

I used black current jelly for more of a dried blood version but if you prefer the freshly gushing look use strawberry or raspberry.

Stir the jam up a little to break down big chunks but small chunks will look gorier so don’t get rid of them all.

This recipe will make 8 finished shrunken brains and can be doubled with no problem.

Bon Appétit…enjoy?

Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains from My Kitchen Wand

Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains from My Kitchen Wand

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