Former fashion girl Jessica Siskin is the mastermind behind Instagram food art account Misterkrisp. There, she shares emojis, pop culture icons and cheese boards she built using Rice Krispies. Siskin started her account three years ago, after creating a surfboard for a potluck birthday dinner and receiving rave reviews. Now, she’s one of the most popular food artists on Instagram, with more than 44,000 hungry followers liking the five to 25 krisps she creates weekly. She even has her own branded leggings, courtesy of a collaboration with activewear label Terez. The ‘grammer got her start with Rice Krispies Treats simply because that’s the only recipe she knows how to cook–and they’re easy enough to prepare in a small city kitchen.
After the success of the surfboard, Siskin started experimenting with her new medium. “When I realized that food coloring could be added to the mixture and saw how beautifully it pigmented the treats, I had the overwhelming impulse to make [a] Rice Krispies Treat cheeseburger. I came home the next night to make the giant cheeseburger, and brought it to work the next day, where everyone loved it. I posted a photo on Instagram, and I knew I was onto something when friends and acquaintances started to message me about it,” Siskin explained.
The most popular posts are pop culture influenced, including a rendering of Kim Kardashian on the cover of Paper Magazine, Beyoncé performing at the Super Bowl, and Pokémon Go characters frolicking around the city. Some of her personal favorite posts are when she re-creates other foods, including a cheese board, fruit and a bowl of ramen noodles. The recent MFA graduate usually highlights orders people have commissioned; a recent custom request was a 3-D panda she had trouble parting with.
Siskin’s interest in crafting has been with her since childhood. “When I went away to summer camp, I’d spend eight weeks in the Arts & Crafts shack while my friends were swimming and playing sports. I continued to make crafting projects well into adulthood, returning home from work to paint watercolor ice cream cones or sculpting tacos out of Play Doh,” she told the Observer. If you’re wondering how to up your Instagram game, consider investing in something as simple as a box of Rice Krispies.