actually, in my opinion, I think they are easier and more fun to make without a stand mixer. Especially for kids. It's easier to meld with your hands, and since its so thick, you dont have to worry about unclogging your mixer and such.
Im gonna make a million of these tonight
Oh!, and the recipe that we have always used has rice crispies in it! I was looking online for something similar, and it seems like no one else puts rice crispies in their's!