Uncle Ben's Rice is a part of Americana recalled fondly from my childhood growing up in the 60s. But this well-known icon has actually been around a lot longer than I have since the first Uncle Ben's Rice brand was marketed way back in 1943. So, when Mom Central invited me -- along with an elite group of other mommy influencer bloggers -- to attend a small cooking party in L.A. last month launching Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice, I accepted immediately.
All you do is follow the cooking directions on the rice's package. I don't use pre-seasoned rices for my own family so I chose plain Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice instead for this project. But you can use any of Uncle Ben's rice products or any other brand of rice to make these easy treats.
After the rice is cooked you gently use a spoon to pack the product, while still warm into metal or plastic cookie cutters that are open on the top. You can also use pancake molds such as the cow pictured here, used create the rice treats above. Then just let them cool completely before unmolding carefully. My kids and I decorated the heart and cow with dried apricot and cherry bits to make them more colorful and appetizing, but any other healthy garnishes that are edible work equally well.
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