The Art of Darkness

Unicorn Barf

June 11th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Unicorn BarfI am 100% on board with this idea, although possibly not with the execution.

Following in the footsteps of the splendid unicorn poop cookies comes unicorn barf marshmallow treats. Instructables user Danger is my middle name discovered that the brightly-colored marshmallows used in breakfast cereals like Lucky Charms can be purchased in bulk, and used them to make what are essentially Rice Krispie treats without the Rice Krispies: The crunchy marshmallows are bound together with regular melted marshmallows to make one big wad of (admittedly festive-looking) marshmallow…stuff.

That’s where I take issue with the execution, since they’ve got to be so overwhelmingly sweet they make my teeth ache just thinking about it.

Fortunately, I think there might be a couple of other ways to achieve the same general idea which are still sweet, but not quite “mainlining corn syrup” sweet.

When I first glanced at the photos in the instructions, I thought that they were regular Rice Krispie treats, but with miniature colored marshmallows being used in place of regular white marshmallows as the binding agent. You’d have to be careful to not fully melt the marshmallows, since then they’d just homogenize into a sort of grey goo, but if you dumped in the puffed rice just as they were getting stringy, you ought to wind up with swirled colors.

The other, easier, way would be to use regular marshmallows and replace the Rice Krispies with colored cereal like Fruity Pebbles or Trix.* That would get you the same technicolor contents without quite as much sugar.

As a last resort, I guess you could also make regular Rice Krispie treats and then swirl in a few dabs of gel food coloring to get unevenly-colored patches. The mixture tends to be stiff and hard to work with, though, so I’m not dead sure how that would work out.

Rather than pouring the result into a pan and then cutting it into squares when cool, I’d suggest dropping them in individual mounds on parchment paper so they look a little more barf-like. You might also use slightly less cereal than the recipe calls for so the result is a little gooier.

However you do it, these would be a fun addition to a party buffet, especially if paired with the poop cookies. One or two pieces in cellophane bags would be fun party favors, and you could layer a bunch in a tin as a gift. Who wouldn’t want to receive a package of magical unicorn barf?

*Overseas readers, sorry about the US-centric cereal brands. If you don’t have these specific varieties, hopefully you can find something similar. (I just found out that Rice Krispies are called Rice Bubbles in Australia, so that’s neat.)

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