December 23, 2013 12:00 PM

REMAKE A CLASSIC RECIPE

Try this childhood favorite from New York City’s Treat House, a dessert shop specializing in bite-size versions of uniquely flavored crispy rice treats

Caramel Sea Salt Crispy Rice Treats

Makes 25 treats

11 tbsp. unsalted margarine

7½ cups miniature marshmallows, divided

Salt

15 (¾-in.) caramel candies, sliced ¼-in. thick, divided

5 cups crisp rice cereal

2 tbsp. amber-colored sugar crystals (optional)

1½ tbsp. medium-coarse sea salt

Cooking spray

1. Melt 8 tbsp. margarine in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in 4½ cups marshmallows; cook until almost melted. Add pinch of salt. Remove from heat; cool 1 minute. Stir in 20 caramel slices until beginning to melt. Reserve remaining caramel pieces.

2. Line bottom and sides of a 9-in. square baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. Stir rice cereal into marshmallow mixture until cereal is thoroughly coated. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Cool.

3. Melt remaining 3 tbsp. margarine in a small saucepan over low heat. Add remaining 3 cups marshmallows; cook, stirring often, until melted and smooth. Spread marshmallow mixture over cooled treats using a lightly greased spatula. Cool 20 minutes or until topping is set.

4. Lift treats from pan, using foil sides as handles; place on cutting board. Sprinkle treats evenly with amber sugar, if desired. Spray large chef’s knife with cooking spray. Cut treats evenly into 25 squares. Top squares with reserved caramel slices. Sprinkle with sea salt.

No time for the kitchen? Order at treathouse.com

BUILD YOUR OWN ORNAMENTS

Let your kids’ creativity shine with this supersimple craft project from HGTV.com’s Marianne Canada

What you’ll need:

Round Plastic Ball Ornaments, 83 mm

Colorful fillings, such as glitter, confetti, fake snow, sand, tinsel, sequins

Hot glue (optional)

String or ribbon

Steps:

1. Remove the top of your ornament, being careful not to bend the metal ring.

2. Fill ornament with your favorite decoration.

3. Gently press the metal prongs back into the top of your ornament. If you’ve filled it with anything heavy, add a bead of hot glue around the top before reattaching.

4. Thread with ribbon or string.

Go for glitter

Fill with fake snow

Stuff with mini-erasers

Try seasonal sequins

Choose a pretty ribbon

Round Plastic Ball Ornaments, 83 mm, $49.99 (package of 32); factorydirectcraft.com

THROW AN INDOOR SNOW PARTY

Turn your home into a winter wonderland with easy, kid-friendly ideas from celeb event planner Mary Giuliani

Melting Snowman White Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

2 cups whole milk

½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

5 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped

2 tsp. granulated sugar

½ cup of heavy cream

1 tsp. confectioners’ sugar

Marshmallows and candies

1. Heat the milk, vanilla extract, chocolate and granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the mixture just starts to come to a simmer, stirring frequently to melt the chocolate.

2. Once the chocolate has melted, whisk the milk until foamy, and divide the hot chocolate between two mugs.

3. Top with whipped cream (beat together cream and confectioners’ sugar, until softly whipped), plus marshmallows and candies to decorate.

Snowman Mini Pizzas

Use a snowman cookie cutter on premade pizza dough. Top with tomato sauce and mozzarella, and bake according to package instructions. “Kids can decorate their snowmen with vegetables and then eat them!” says Giuliani.

Snowflakes to go

Fill a few vases with white candies, and place on a table by the door. Invite guests to take a scoop as they leave.

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