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The first movie I ever took Sam to see was the re-release of Monsters Inc. He instantly fell in love with Mike and Mr. James P. Sullivan. Truth be told, so did I. So when when Monsters University
came out, I am pretty sure that Sam and I were the first people in line. As a movie buff, it’s been really special to share his love of these Disney Pictures characters with him. Mike is hand’s down his favorite character in the whole movie, so when he asked to be Mike this Halloween, it was a wish I had to make sure came true.
Now here’s the thing with Halloween at our house: Sam is an extremely picky eater and he doesn’t like candy. Sure, he loves going door-to-door so our neighbors can shower him with attention in his cute costume. And he loves handing out treats to other kids too. But he has no interest in eating candy. It’s a mother’s dream, right? Although I have no idea where he gets it from.
Now that he is getting older and starting to understand Halloween more, I wanted to make the day really special for him. I picked up the Monsters University 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Infinity Figure Combo Pack at Wal Mart. I also got a Mike doll that he has been asking me to get him for months. When he got home from school, I surprised him with his gifts. With the chilly weather finally setting in, it’s been the perfect weather for snuggling up and enjoying a movie together as a family. We’ve already watched it twice in the past four days!
I also surprised him with some treats that I knew he would love: while I was at Walmart, I picked up supplies so that I could make Mike treats. For a while, I had the idea after featuring Sulley-inspired treats
. Plus the character of Mike that Disney Pictures has created lends itself so easily to a round crispy rice treat!
If you’ve ever made rice crispy cookies before, you can make these treats. And if you have ever made rice crispy cookies before, you will know just how easy these are to make.
You start by melting 1/4 cup of butter (or margarine) in a pot on low heat. Add in 5 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir immediately and keep stirring so that it doesn’t burn. Once the marshmallows are close to being melted, stir in 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla. Now it’s time for the fun part. I used Wilton food coloring’s “leaf green” color. If you’ve used it before, you will know that a little goes a long way with this food coloring. So add a little at a time and stir it in completely before adding a tiny bit more. Keep adding until you have the desired color. Then, gently fold in 6 cups of rice crispy cereal, 2 cups at a time. With every two cups, you want to ensure the cereal is fully covered before you add the next.
To make the ball shape, keep your hands are wet – that way the marshmallow mixture won’t stick to your hands. When the balls have hardened, you can press the candy eye in the front. For the horns, just cut off each end of a white jelly bean.
I was so happy that Sam loved these treats as well as his new Monsters University movie and Mike doll!