Chocolate Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares

Chocolate Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares + Some Thoughts On Stress

Chocolate Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares
Lately I’ve been purposefully thinking about stress, and its effect on my life. Did you know that stress is actually adaptive for our bodies, and without it we wouldn’t be alive?

Stress exists to prime our bodies against a real or perceived threat. Your endless to-do list might be a “threat”, and your worry and anxiety about your to-do list would be the “stress” you experience. Stress is a reaction, not a situation.

Unfortunately, some of us are primed to have a difficult time shutting down the stress response. We can’t control it. In my case, when stress relates to a mental illness, it’s very difficult to turn off that reaction.

But none of us are immune to regular old kick-you-when-you’re-down stress that occurs due to major life events or changes, work stress, family problems — anything, really. We all feel it. We all wish we didn’t.

When I feel stressed, it feels like I can actually sense the cortisol running through my body. My chest tenses up, my mind loses focus, and I start fidgeting, talking really fast, or getting upset about small things. I’ve been thinking alot about how to reduce the amount of stress in my life, and to do that, I need to try to eliminate some of the situations that cause that stress. A good friend of mine gave me this sound advice.
Chocolate Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares
It seems like a simple task, but it can take some major life changes to change the amount of stress you feel. Jobs, relationships, friendships, daily habits, exercise…those kinds of things don’t change overnight. I decided I would focus on work stress, and make the changes I need to feel more calm and collected.

As you may have already noticed, I’ve been posting twice per week. This is hopefully a temporary fix until I get some other work changes sorted out. As much as I wish I could post every single day, I’d rather write more meaningful posts that you as a reader can personally resonate with.

I already feel a dark cloud lifting.

Let me know in the comments how you deal with stress in your life. I could always use some tips. <3
Chocolate Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares

The Recipe:

These chocolate dipped funfetti squares are really, really easy. Stress-free. Kid-proof. Adult-proof. And lots of fun to make. It’s really just a simple rice kirspie square recipe with funfetti sprinkles and chocolate dip, but it’s a little more fun than your plain marshmallow square. Plus, you can’t go wrong with sprinkles (I have a Pinterest board devoted to sprinkles!). Enjoy 🙂

Tools used for this recipe (affiliate link):

Pyrex Basics 8″ Baking Pan: I can’t get enough of this baking pan. It’s my go-to pan, it’s sturdy, and I love the size so much I actually modify recipes so they can fit in this pan.

Chocolate Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: 9 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rice krispies
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • 2 TB butter
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) marshmallows, mini or regular
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 TB coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray. In a small bowl, combine the rice krispies and sprinkles.
  2. In a large saucepan, add the butter and melt over low-medium heat. Add the marshmallows and melt while stirring. Add the rice krispies and sprinkles and stir to create a giant sticky mess. Spoon it all into the baking pan and place in the freezer to cool for about 5 minutes, or until cool to the touch.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave in 30 second bursts until mostly melted, and stir to finish the melting.
  4. Remove the pan from the fridge and slice into squares (3×3 works nicely). Dip each square into the chocolate and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for about 5 minutes to harden the chocolate. Serve.

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

18 thoughts on “Chocolate Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares + Some Thoughts On Stress”

  1. When I get supa stressed I get physically ill, so I try to control it by meditating and boxing… or baking up a storm in the kitchen. Hope you are able to find a little R &R! These funfetti rice krispies are adorable! Love the sprinkles- duh-and the chocolate dip is perfection! Eating a few dozen of these should help alleviate stress for sure… I’m happy just looking at them! 😉 Cheers, girlie!

    1. Okay boxing sounds like this amazing fun thing that I totally need to start doing. Maybe I should convert my living room into a boxing ring…;)

  2. I have this tea at work call “get happy” that I’m trying to drink everyday. It has St. Johns Wort which is sort of a homeopathic and natural anti-stress reliever. It also comes in a pill form which I take sometimes with my other vitamins every morning. I am trying into meditating or running but I haven’t gotten to that point yet! Hope you are able to deal with work stress! And of course these rice krispies are just too fun.

    1. Ooooh that tea sounds amazing Linda!! I definitely need to see if I can find something like that here. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. I’ve been working on the same thing – I started doing some yoga and trying to also just focus on the good things! And I’ve also cut back to two recipes a week … sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do! And I tell you – it feels so much better just with that one change!!

    Also – these sound awesome!

    1. Yes, I totally agree with you Ashley. Cutting back to two posts per week makes such a huge difference. I feel like I can breathe now! And also, like I can put out much higher quality posts. Yoga sounds awesome and I definitely need to get back into it. Have a great week!

  4. Yoga has helped me so much over the years with stress and I just started weight lifting which feels awesome too. Hope things slow down for you soon. Cutting down to two posts is a great idea – I’ve started doing that too when life gets busy.
    And I love how fun and easy these are!!

  5. YES. Totally agree about trying to eliminate stress sources. And for coping mechanisms, when I had the most stressful job of my life I lived for yoga. Like I needed it to stay sane. I also sometimes will just lay down and close my eyes and listen to music that calms me down. And I do find that when I am working out regularly that really helps keep my stress levels lower. Ultimately, taking care of yourself is your number one priority, so you should never feel bad about that! AND these rice krispie treats are everything. Pinning!

    1. Thanks for pinning and the sweet message, Meghan! Yeah everyone is telling me that yoga works for them so I think I’m going to try and get back into it 🙂

  6. Nature and books are my primary go-to stress relievers. Fresh air and tall trees do a lot for my mood and mind…and I honestly do not know what I would do without my books – books of all kinds! Biblio-therapy is where it’s at for me. Love your krispie treats, my friend! They are so happy looking. 🙂

    1. Ooooh I SO need to get back into reading for fun. I lost the habit after university :(. I’m going to have to message you for some book ideas!

  7. Kety! I can totally relate to the stress you’ve been feeling. Im not sure if its the gloomy January months or just your (and my) personal circumstances, but winter months always seem to have me on my arse. I always find taking myself off to a cafe for coffee and just brainstorming or journalling, reading or people watching calms me, seeing friends, meditating or going for a walk somewhere different to where I’d normally go. I hope you start to feel better!

    Also, Im loving these kris pie cakes! The sprinkles totally bring me back to my childhood!

    1. I love the cafe idea, Lucie! I’m going to have some more free time in the coming weeks so I think I’ll definitely take your advice there 🙂 And yes I agree- sprinkles are too much fun!

  8. Love this recipe so much fun and who can resist a sprinkle or two 😀 Stress is such an awful thing to deal with, my last job was very stressful with 18 hour days 7 days a week. So I took the huge step of leaving and doing a far less stressful job, yes the money is a lot less but I am so much happier. I sometimes post twice a week and I used to stress over that but if I can’t do it I only post once and make sure its a good one instead of a shabby put together one just for the sake of it. I find music a great stress reliever and I really do find baking very relaxing. Hope things calm down for you soon 🙂

  9. Exercise, for sure is the best stress reliever for me! Unfortunately, even though I know this to be true, I still find it difficult to do that for myself when I really need it. I do find that when I’m in the swing of things and exercising regularly, I feel less stressed overall, so that’s always the goal. These rice crispy treats are so stinking cute and you had me at “chocolate dipped!” Hope you are able to de-stress!!

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