Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats: Halloween Recipe

by Heather

Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,” published in 1818, has captivated readers and sparked endless discussions for over two centuries. The tale of Victor Frankenstein and his creature transcends time and remains as relevant today as it was in the early 19th century. In this comprehensive blog post, we’ll delve into the enduring appeal of Frankenstein, exploring its evolution and influence throughout the years.

Frankenstein

Photo: Great God!’ … Boris Karloff in The Bride of Frankenstein, from 1935. Photograph: Allstar/Universal/Sportsphoto/Allstar

The Undying Popularity of Frankenstein: A Tale Through the Ages

Birth of a Monster

The popularity of Frankenstein can be traced back to its inception. Mary Shelley, at the tender age of 18, conceived the idea during a summer visit to Lake Geneva, where she and her companions engaged in a storytelling contest. The result was a haunting tale of scientific hubris and its dire consequences. Frankenstein’s initial popularity was driven by its groundbreaking blend of Gothic horror, science fiction, and social commentary.

The Novel’s Early Reception

Upon its publication in 1818, “Frankenstein” received mixed reviews, with some critics praising its imaginative power and others questioning its morality. However, it quickly found a devoted readership. The story’s ability to tap into societal fears of scientific advancement and the unknown resonated with readers of the time.

Stage Adaptations

Frankenstein’s first stage adaptation, “Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein,” premiered in London in 1823. The play’s success helped introduce the story to a broader audience, cementing its place in popular culture. These early adaptations laid the foundation for Frankenstein’s transition from the page to other forms of media.

Cinematic Resurrection

The real turning point in Frankenstein’s popularity came with the advent of cinema. The creature made its silver screen debut in the 1910 silent film, “Frankenstein.” Since then, numerous cinematic adaptations have explored different facets of the story, further solidifying its cultural significance.

Universal Pictures’ Classic Monsters

Universal Pictures’ “Frankenstein” series, which began with the iconic 1931 film starring Boris Karloff as the creature, is perhaps the most enduring and influential cinematic adaptation. The image of Karloff’s creature, with its flat head and bolted neck, remains an indelible part of popular culture.

Hammer Horror

In the 1950s and ’60s, Hammer Film Productions released a series of Frankenstein films starring Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein. These films brought a new level of sophistication and psychological depth to the character.

Contemporary Interpretations

In recent years, Frankenstein has been reimagined in various ways, from Kenneth Branagh’s faithful 1994 adaptation to Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein” stage production in 2011, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating in the roles of Victor and the creature.

Literary Legacy

Beyond the realm of cinema, Frankenstein’s legacy has extended into literature. Writers across genres have drawn inspiration from Shelley’s masterpiece, paying homage to or reinventing its themes.

Bride of Frankenstein

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Retellings and Spin-offs

Several authors have penned retellings or spin-offs of Frankenstein, exploring different facets of the story. Notable examples include “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” by Peter Ackroyd and “Frankenstein in Baghdad” by Ahmed Saadawi.

Scientific Ethics and Technological Dystopias

As science and technology have advanced, Frankenstein’s themes of scientific ethics, the consequences of unchecked ambition, and the relationship between creator and creation have become even more relevant. Works like Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” and Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake” echo these concerns.

A Cultural Touchstone

Frankenstein’s influence extends far beyond literature and film. It has permeated various aspects of popular culture, becoming a symbol of enduring themes and ideas.

Frankenstein Donuts

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Halloween Icon

The creature’s visage, often associated with Halloween, has become an instantly recognizable symbol of the holiday. Frankenstein-themed costumes, decorations, and events are staples of Halloween celebrations worldwide.

Art, Music, and Fashion

Frankenstein has also left its mark on the worlds of art and music. Countless artists and musicians have drawn inspiration from the novel, creating works that explore its themes. Additionally, the creature’s image has been featured in fashion, with its distinctive appearance gracing clothing and accessories.

The Continuing Relevance

In the 21st century, Frankenstein remains as relevant as ever. Its themes continue to resonate in a world grappling with ethical dilemmas posed by scientific advancement and its consequences.

Biotechnology and Ethics

Advancements in biotechnology, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence have raised ethical questions reminiscent of those explored in Frankenstein. The novel’s warnings about the dangers of playing with the forces of life and death are echoed in contemporary debates.

Environmental Concerns

The novel’s themes of creation and destruction, as well as the unintended consequences of human actions, find resonance in discussions of environmental issues and climate change. Frankenstein’s cautionary tale serves as a reminder of the need for responsible stewardship of the planet.

An Enduring Masterpiece

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” stands as a testament to the enduring power of literature to capture the human imagination and provoke thought. Its evolution from a novel to a cultural touchstone demonstrates the story’s ability to adapt and remain relevant across generations. As we continue to grapple with the ethical, scientific, and existential questions it raises, “Frankenstein” serves as a timeless mirror reflecting our deepest fears and aspirations.

In a world where science and technology advance at an unprecedented pace, the cautionary tale of Victor Frankenstein and his creation reminds us to tread carefully, to consider the consequences of our actions, and to reflect on what it means to be human. Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, with its enduring popularity, invites us to ponder the boundaries of science, morality, and the mysteries of life itself.

Frankenstein has been an icon in my life since I first picked up the novel.  From literature to film, he has held space in my head for as long as I can remember. Now, my kids get to enjoy Frankenstein in films like Hotel Transylvania.  Today, we celebrate the iconic character with our Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats just in time for Spooky Season!

Frankenstein Rice Krispie

FRANKENSTEIN RICE KRISPIE TREATS

WHAT YOU NEED

Rice Krispie Cereal

Marshmallows

Green Gel Food Coloring

Chocolate Chips / Melting Wafers

Rolos

Candy Eyes

The first step is to make the classic Rice Krispie Treats, with one important addition.

When you have melted your butter and marshmallows, add the green food coloring. Add as much or as little as you want to get your desired shade. Once you have achieved a green color you like, then add the Rice Krispie cereal and form the Rice Krispie treats like normal and cut them into rectangles.

Once your Rice Krispie Treats have formed and set, melt your chocolate in a double-boiler or the microwave

Dip the Top of the Rice Krispie treat into the chocolate to form his hair

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Dip the top of two Rolos in chocolate and stick them to the sides of his “neck”

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Put two dots of chocolate in the eye positions and stick on two candy eyes

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Using a toothpick, draw on a little scar

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Then draw on a mouth in whatever fun shape you would like

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Voila

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 40 regular marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Chocolate Chips / Melting Wafers
  • Rolos
  • Candy Eyes

Instructions

The first step is to make the classic Rice Krispie Treats, with one important addition.

  1. When you have melted your butter and marshmallows, add the green food coloring. Add as much or as little as you want to get your desired shade. Once you have achieved a green color you like, then add the Rice Krispie cereal and form the Rice Krispie treats like normal and cut them into rectangles.
  2. Once your Rice Krispie Treats have formed and set, melt your chocolate in a double-boiler or the microwave
  3. Dip the Top of the Rice Krispie treat into the chocolate to form his hair
  4. Dip the top of two Rolos in chocolate and stick them to the sides of his "neck"
  5. Put two dots of chocolate in the eye positions and stick on two candy eyes
  6. Using a toothpick, draw on a little scar
  7. Then draw on a mouth in whatever fun shape you would like

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2 comments

Brittany Gilley October 4, 2023 - 9:18 pm
super cute idea
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Ashley Parks February 17, 2024 - 11:29 pm
These are so fun!! My kids love rice crispy treats! They'd love to see them decorated like this!
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