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Annabel Karmel reveals her favourite kids party food recipe
Learn how to make a Rice Krispie 5-a-side football team in under 6 minutes!

Annabel KarmelIf you are like most parents, chances are you’ve got yourself into a real panic about cooking food for a children’s party. Well the worrying stops here! In a rare opportunity we caught up with nutritionist Annabel Karmel who in a step by step video guide shares one of her own recipes, a Rice Krispie Football team and football pitch! But don’t worry, although this might sound complicated, this guide is so easy to follow you certainly won’t get caught offside!

The best part about this recipe is that both you and the children can get involved, whether it’s mixing the ingredients together, cutting out footballers, or making the grass - there is an activity for kids of all ages. And seeing the fruits of their labours emerging gives kids a real sense of achievement. So what are you waiting for, click here and cook up a storm!

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You can have some fun making your 5-a-side Football teams from Rice Krispies and they can be dressed in your favourite teams colours . . .


Chocolate Orange Players:
100g orange flavoured dark chocolate
100g unsalted butter
50g golden syrup
85g fine porage oats
50g Rice Krispies
1 tbsp cocoa powder

White Chocolate Players:
100g white chocolate
100g unsalted butter
50g golden syrup
85g fine porridge oats
50g Rice Krispies
1 tbsp icing sugar

30g dark chocolate melted for the markings on the football

For the Football Pitch:
400g desiccated coconut
One and a half bottles green food colouring 100g apricot jam

For the football shirts:
150g yellow ready to roll icing
150g red ready to roll icing (for decoration) Tube of white Writing Icing fudge Tube of Red Gel icing

For goal posts, centre circle and lines:
2 and a half packets of white chocolate Cadbury Fingers 30g white chocolate melted (to fix goal posts)

1 board 60 x 42cm
Very small paintbrush


  • Put the orange chocolate, unsalted butter and golden syrup into a small heatproof bowl.
  • Put the white chocolate, unsalted butter and syrup into a separate bowl.
  • Melt over two pans of just simmering water until smooth and melted.
  • Measure the oats, Rice Krispies and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl.
  • Pour over the melted chocolate orange mixture and mix until all of the oats and Rice Krispies are coated.
  • Repeat with the melted white chocolate mixture and remaining oats, Rice Krispies and icing sugar.
  • Wet the inside of two 18cm x 28cm (7" x 11") tins with cold water. Line both tins with clingfilm and leave some extra to overhang the tin (this will make it easier to remove the mixture once it is set).
  • Press the Rice Krispie mixture into the tins and press down using a potato masher to level the surfaces.
  • Place in the fridge for about 1 hour to firm up.
  • Tip the tins upside down onto the boards and peel the clingfilm away.
  • Cut out 5 dark chocolate men and 5 white chocolate men using a gingerbread man cutter (3" cutter). You can press the excess mixture back into the tin to set again so that you can make a whole team.
  • Take a small amount of the left over white chocolate Rice Krispie mixture and form it into a football.
  • Melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and using a small paint brush, paint the black markings onto the football.
  • Whilst the Rice Krispie mixture is setting in the fridge, you can make the football pitch. Mix the coconut and the green food colouring together in a large freezer bag to make the grass.
  • Using a pastry brush, spread apricot jam over the cake board and sprinkle over the green coconut and press down until the board is covered.
  • Arrange the white chocolate fingers to make the lines and centre circle on the pitch (you will need to cut some of the fingers into shorter lengths to make the circle).
  • Join the white chocolate biscuits together using melted chocolate for the goal posts. You will need to cut the ends off two of the fingers diagonally and use these to prop up the goal posts.
  • Roll out the red and yellow icing and using the same gingerbread man cutter, make football shirts for each member of the team (simply cut off the heads and cut to the waist to make the shirts).
  • Stick the shirts onto the players and give them each a number using the Writing Icing tubes. Also give them eyes and a mouth using the Writing tubes.
  • Arrange the players on the pitch, position the ball and blow the whistle . . .


You could also melt the chocolate/ butter mixture in a microwave.

Published 03 December 2008

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