Rainbow Cannoli Is A Perfectly Unconventional Springtime Dessert

Dessert, as everyone knows, is the most fun course of any meal.
We aren’t saying that breakfast, lunch, and dinner can’t be fun — just look at these wild tater tot sandwiches if you need proof — but dessert is, far and away, the best time to goof off and eat something really silly and entertaining.
And in that spirit, what could be better than a chewy, delicious dessert that totally encapsulates all the color, flavor, and fanfare of springtime?
It’s a twist on a signature staple of Italian patisserie, the cannoli, but taken in a direction that we promise you have never seen before!
After all, the cannoli, as most people know it, is a semi-sweet pastry shell filled with creamy mascarpone and sometimes studded with chocolate chips. Our recipe, in contrast, is all about combining kid-friendly comfort food classics with the stylish sophistication of the cannoli.
The end result is a confection of colorful and chaotic proportions, combining conventional mascarpone filling with a shell that takes it cues from rice crispy treats!
  • 3 Tbsps. butter
  • 10 oz. mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups fruit-flavored rice cereal
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 8 oz. mascarpone
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles, to garnish
  • Instructions
    • In a large saucepan, melt butter.
    • Add marshmallows, heat until they melt to a gooey consistency.
    • Add cereal, mix thoroughly with melted marshmallows until fully absorbed
    • On a baking tray lined with greased wax paper, spread cereal mixture into a flat sheet.
    • While it's still warm, cut the mixture into circles using a lid or large cookie cutter.
    • Wrap each circle into a tube, using a roll of tin foil inside to help it keep its shape. Set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Mix thoroughly with electric mixer.
    • Add mascarpone, and mix once more. Stir in lemon zest.
    • Chill pudding mixture for 15 minutes
    • Meanwhile, remove foil from cereal "shells."
    • Using a pastry tube, pour pudding mixture into shells.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles, and enjoy!
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