- 1/2 cup of margarine or butter
- 10 cups marshmallows
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 12 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 cup large chocolate candy melts
- licorice candies
- multicolour candy-coated chocolates
- 1 thin chocolate bar
- black icing for decoration
- large, non-stick saucepan
- cutting board
- sharp knife
- wooden spoon
- small (2-in), medium (2.5-in) and large (3-in) round cookie cutters
- measuring spoons and cups
- 6-in round pan
- 8-in round pan
- 9×5-in pan
- wooden skewer
1. Make a double batch of the Original Rice Krispies Treats recipe (find it here or on the side of your cereal box)
2. Fill a 6-in round pan with some of the Rice Krispies mixture. Let cool 3-5 min.
3. Working with lightly buttered palms, gently pat down and smooth out the top. Let cool 15 min more. This will be used for the upper body of the ukulele.
4. Repeat with 8-in round pan. Let cool for 15 min. This will be used as the lower body of the ukulele.
5. Repeat with 9×5-in pan. Let it cool for 15 min.
6. Shape both circles into ovals.
7. Using a sharp knife, cut the 9×5-in portion into thirds, making one piece wider than the other two. You will use only one small portion and the wider portion for the head and neck of the ukulele. (Save the other small portion for snacking!)
8. In a small bowl, melt chocolate candy melts in the microwave, 1-2 min, stirring halfway through. This will be used to glue the ukulele together.
9. Get building!
For the head:
Using a wooden skewer, poke four holes in the head. Place a licorice candy inside each one—these are the tuning pegs. Secure the head to the neck using candy melt.
For the body:
Secure the upper body to lower body, and the head/neck to the upper body, using candy melt. In the middle of the body, pour a generous amount of candy melt to make the sound hole. Use a spoon to help shape it.
About five fingers below the sound hole, stick on the chocolate bar using candy melt. This is the ukulele’s bridge.
10. Decorating time!
Using black icing and working slowly, draw a straight line from each tuning peg down to the bridge. These are the ukulele’s strings.
To decorate your ukulele, use more black icing to stick on candy-coated chocolates. Sweet tune!
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