crispy treat pumpkin patch

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan, Vegan MoFo

This week has brought some stresses – some that have tried my patience and some that are GOOD – remember there is something called eustress? Stress that is healthy or fulfilling.

Some exciting things happening, and I’ll talk about them soon!

In the meantime, my extra antsy hands worked while my mind processed. I used to have a pretty substantial solitaire habit, where I would process and plan during mindless mouse movements.

If it weren’t for these pumpkins, I would have been getting familiar with freecell this week.

A basic rice crispie treat or popcorn ball would work for these pumpkin patches of confection. I used my favorite, orange cardamom rice crispies.

I found some gelatin free and gluten free green jelly beans (actually free of many allergens!), green florist wire, and a lot of extra energy to expend.

Jason gave me some dark chocolate pomegranate seeds for my birthday. Little did I know they would make great jack o lanterns.

If I hadn’t colored these orange (SEELECT is natural / organic), they’d look like mummies. Hmm…

What flavor should I make the mummy treats? 


{ 82 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JL goes Vegan October 6, 2011 at 6:54 am



2 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

😀 so are YOU!!


3 Kris @Krazy_Kris October 6, 2011 at 6:56 am

you are BRILLIANT!
I can just see you… giggling and arranging the patch and poking and attaching the stuff…


4 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:59 am

heee – yep, that’s what I was doing! 😀 it was good times – therapeutic! LOVE YOU TOO, my dear! XO


5 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

OMG too cute! How much fun for the kids to make too. Mummies should be white chocolate 😉


6 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

oooh – white chocolate – that sounds AWESOME! yes!


7 Lisa October 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

Ahhhhh, I love them! So cute!
Hmmmm…..I’d probably go with either an obvious blondie vanilla or something like mint. Yum!


8 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

mmm, mint would be nice, just a hint of mint. 😉 I’m glad I asked – you all are coming up with great ideas! happy Thursday, Lisa B! Basil sends wag wag wags!


9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

These are the cutest crispy treats I’ve ever seen!


10 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

thank you, Gina!! 😀


11 Dawn October 6, 2011 at 7:15 am

Fabulous!! I was going to say mint too, but Lisa beat me to it. Coconut would also be nice


12 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

I really like the mint idea, and Heather’s white chocolate idea. maybe both!


13 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

These are adorable. Meghan would love me to make these! Did you use regular food coloring? I’m afraid to use artificial food dyes with Meghan, but I may have to seek out some natural stuff to make these happen.


14 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

the coloring I use is natural and organic – linked in the post, here it is again –> SEELECT I love these, and have used them a lot. when reordering, the colors are sometimes different each time, but that’s okay. they have great colors for being natural! :)


15 meg October 6, 2011 at 7:20 am

Agh! Those are so darn cute!! If you’re into it, you should make your mummies coconut!


16 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:39 am

coconut would be fun – especially if I added shredded coconut, it would add to the “wrap” 😀


17 Cara October 6, 2011 at 7:21 am

Where did you find the GF and vegan jelly beans??? I was searching for them yesterday and wa-la, here is your post. Help me, oh wise jelly belly guru :)
P.S. LOVE this post too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and one more ! There.


18 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:38 am

do you have a Sweet Factory in your area (usually in shopping malls?). that’s where I found these, surprisingly!! look –> allergen free!


19 Allie October 6, 2011 at 7:30 am

Toooo adorable! And mummy ones are coming up too?? I’d vote for hazelnut, but that’s mostly because I’m currently on a hazelnut kick.


20 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

I love hazelnut! mmm, maybe a white chocolate hazelnut? :) I was thinking about them looking like mummies only after I had added the faces – and now everyone is coming up with great flavor ideas, I may just have to make some! 😀


21 Allie October 6, 2011 at 8:02 am

Ooo, white chocolate hazelnut sounds perfectly mummy-like!


22 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

YEP! 😀


23 Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 6, 2011 at 7:40 am

LOVE these! Can I use them on Cute Food Saturday?!


24 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

you sure can!


25 Cara October 6, 2011 at 7:40 am

Get out of town with these allergen free jelly beans! I’m wiping my eyes because I don’t believe it. Wait… Yup, I read it correctly. Must go to the mall now. Maybe I will take off work today. *cough* *sniffle* I’m feeling a cold coming on :) hehe. THANKS!!!


26 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

haa haaaa! I love it, Cara! yep, you sound kinda like you may need a HALF day, at least!! 😀 I know, I could not believe it either! so happy!


27 jess @ cupcakes and kale October 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

these are so darling! love, love, love!


28 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

😀 thanks, Jess! pretty fun, I love Halloween!


29 katie October 6, 2011 at 8:02 am

omg these are SO cute! I bet they are so good , but so cute as well!!!!

I would make the mummy ones a smore’s flavor!!!


30 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

Mmm… with strategically placed chocolate for face parts! 😀


31 Dorry October 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

KRIS! You’ve outdone yourself. These are so adorable…and I know tasty, as well. I used to play Solitaire for hours when I was in 7th grade. Hahaha. Glad you found something to keep your hands busy. :) Sounds like some exciting things are happening for you and that makes me so HAPPY!


32 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

I kinda miss my solitaire game – but know I should stay away from it? :) although it is an effective “processing” tool for me. and thank you – something new on the horizon for me, I’ll talk more about it soon! 😀 your support means a lot, my friend!


33 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oooohh..what is the news?!?! Can’t wait!


34 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

I will tell as soon as I can – contracts to sign first! 😀



35 Jeni Treehugger October 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

They are ADORABLE!!!
Now….let me eat ’em.


36 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

hee – right? 😀 they’re pretty fun – and I just can’t get over the orange cardamom flavor – YUM :)


37 Laura October 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

So excited about these!!! Now the kids, and I, can enjoy some yummy treats!!!


38 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

oh, good! I hope you make them! 😀


39 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan October 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

These are too cute for words!
I say make the mummy ones vanilla-something flavored…maybe vanilla-caramel for “moldy mummies” 😛


40 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

mmm, vanilla caramel sounds SO good. someone else suggested ZOMBIES… so maybe those could be caramel 😉


41 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

These are too cute! I’m definitely making these with the boys. I have crispy brown rice for them already! As for the mummies…white chocolate!


42 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

thanks, Sarena! the boys (even the BIG one…) will love them! 😀


43 Heather @ girlyeverafter October 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

I love holidays! They give me an excuse to make super cute edible treats;)


44 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

hi Heather!! yep – that’s how I feel too – especially Halloween, I always feel I can be FUN with that one.


45 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

What flavor should I make the mummy treats? = chocolate

These are…adorable. Omg soooo creative and cute. Almost too cute to eat. Almost.



46 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:46 am

thanks for the reminder, Averie 😉 I think I had already submitted by your comment, but it’s always helpful (I sometimes forget!) 😀

happy weekend!


47 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} October 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Those are so adorable!!! I laughed out loud when I saw the faces. Too clever!


48 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:45 am

I know – they’re pretty cute, right? :) and your comment made me laugh!


49 Pure2raw twins October 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

omg those are soooooo cute!!!!


50 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

thank you! 😀


51 October 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Super cute!!! And so festive! Love these. :)


52 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

thanks, girl! 😀 I love Halloween – couldn’t pass up an opportunity for these 😉


53 Kris | October 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

WOW!!!!!! How GORGEOUS are these!!! Where do you think of these brilliant ideas?! Love it!



54 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

thank you, dear! 😀 they were fun to make.


55 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 7, 2011 at 4:18 am

omg you are the cutest! hehe I love the little faces on them.
Hope you’re not too stressed out and things are a-ok :)


56 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

thank you, my friend! I’m doing great now – it was really just a short stress 😉


57 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

Oh good, I’m glad. Can’t wait to hear what’s bubbling up in your life! I hope it’s all sunshine and rainbows! hehe


58 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

thank you!! it is, I’m pretty excited about a new opportunity – I’ll tell more when I can (contracts to sign soon!) 😀 XO


59 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oh contracts… sounds all official and AWESOME!

60 Virtually Vegan Mama October 7, 2011 at 4:24 am

adorable…I’m compiling some healthy halloween treats for the kids.I’ll add this to the list!



61 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

thank you, Jen – honored to be added!


62 Stephanie October 7, 2011 at 4:29 am

Or zombies! Zombie rice krispie treats. And you could make one of them eating another one’s head.

Chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds sound intriguing!


63 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

haa – now you have me thinking, with zombies! :) the pomegranate seeds are good – if you ever see them I recommend you try – a tart and sweet combination!


64 Jess October 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

such a cute idea! <3


65 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

thanks, Jess – they were definitely fun to make!


66 hihorosie October 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

ha ha! Those are so cute! Love ’em!


67 francis October 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

so creative and festive – I may make these with our children today, they love to get involved in the kitchen!

thanks, I found you recently from gojee and have been enjoying your recipes and photography.


68 Kath (My Funny Little Life) October 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

Haaaaaaaaa, these look so great! Especially the ones with the little jellybean faces! 😀 And the antennae are just cool!


69 spabettie October 11, 2011 at 5:49 am

I’m so happy you appreciate them! 😀


70 Katie October 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Those are so cute! Do you know if those jellybeans use beeswax to make them shiny? No judgements if they do and that doesn’t bother you, I was just curious.


71 spabettie October 11, 2011 at 5:44 am

aw, man. the one thing I didn’t think of… I did ask over the phone if they had vegan + gluten free jelly beans – I’m now thinking they said yes based on the fact they do not have gelatin. and that some people do not consider honey + beeswax a bad thing (I just had another conversation about this yesterday!! my argument is that it’s the same as an egg.) 😉

I don’t know for sure, but now that you say it, I would not be surprised if beeswax was in the coating… *sigh*


72 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) October 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

These are so cute! Hmm, mummies… vanilla or white chocolate?


73 Arielle (Your Vegan Girlfriend) October 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Ahhh I LOVE this. SOOO creative!!!!


74 spabettie October 11, 2011 at 5:19 am

thank you, Arielle!


75 Jana October 11, 2011 at 6:11 am



76 spabettie October 11, 2011 at 6:30 am

thank you, Jana!


77 Kendall November 13, 2011 at 3:37 am

so cute!


78 Kristine February 21, 2012 at 4:39 am

I need to remember these for this year, I’m a teacher and my kids would love them!!


79 Hannah-lyz October 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

OOoooh these are fantastic!! I love your photographs! So artistic ^^ I’d go for caramel-mummies! And maybe some mint-green-ghouls? And white-chocolate skulls… hmm, I think I may be feeling the halloween spirit! =D


80 spabettie October 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

yes you are, Hannah, all fantastic ideas! :)


81 The Peace Patch October 31, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Ridiculiciously cute! I think I must make a witch hat version too and drizzle it with chocolate. Thank you for sharing the recipe! :)


82 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 8:12 am



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