Fruity Pebbles Treats are no bake dessert bars with only 4-ingredients. Easy to make and fun to eat, these gooey treats are a hit with the whole family!
Rice Krispies aren’t the only cereal you can turn into a dessert. I love all kinds of cereal based treats, from Cheerio Bars to Lucky Charm Treats and now this fruity pebbles version.
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Why These Treats Are Best
Anyone who’s known me for more than 5 minutes knows that Rice Krispie Treats are my favorite dessert of all time.
All the fudgy brownies, coconut cakes, and chocolate chip cookies on this site and, at the end of the day, I really just want that soft, chewy combination of marshmallows and cereal.
- The fruity cereal packs even more flavor than Rice Krispie Treats.
- Gooey ribbons of marshmallow.
- Eye-catching and colorful—no need to decorate!
- Quick and easy to make.
- Only 4 ingredients!
These Fruity Pebbles Treats are all of the things I love about the Rice Krispie version, only with the fun pop of fruit flavors and color!
Kids go nuts for these, and so do I. They would be an instant hit at any bake sale, birthday party or potluck!
The ingredients for Fruity Pebbles marshmallow bars are unbelievably simple. Here’s everything you need.
- Salted butter. Usually I use unsalted butter in my baking, but the salt helps enhance the flavors in today’s recipe.
- Fruity pebbles cereal. I used the original flavor. They also have a birthday cake version that would be fun if you’re making these for a birthday party!
- Mini marshmallows. The mini sized ones are perfect for folding in at the end for extra marshmallow goodness.
- Vanilla. My secret ingredient for BEST flavor. It creates the illusion that you’re using homemade marshmallows in this recipe.
Tips and Tricks
- Use fresh marshmallows for this recipe. Those stale marshmallows in the back of your pantry will make the treats taste, well, stale. Grab a fresh bag before you make Fruity Pebbles treats.
- Line your baking dish with parchment paper. Use binder clips to help it stay in place as you add the treats to the pan. This way you don’t have to worry about the bars sticking.
- Dampen your fingers. Keep the treats from sticking to your hands by dipping your fingers in water before pressing them into the pan. It’s like magic! Works better than butter and your hands won’t end up greasy.
- Press GENTLY! The number one reason Fruity Pebbles Treats come out hard is pressing the cereal mixture into the pan too firmly. Use a light touch and only press as much as you need to spread out the treats.
- Let set for 1 hour before cutting. The treats should be soft enough to slice but still hold their shape.
No, imitation vanilla doesn’t work the same magic. Trust me: REAL vanilla makes a huge difference. Use a high quality pure extract or make your own. It imitates the flavor of homemade marshmallows elevating your treats to next-level deliciousness!
This recipe uses one 16 ounce bag of mini marshmallows. That’s the equivalent of 8 – 9 cups if you’re measuring by volume.
You can use regular marshmallows for melting with the butter. You won’t be able to fold whole regular sized marshmallows in with the fruity pebbles unless you chop them into pieces first.
Fruity Pebbles Bars keep well in an airtight container for about 2 days. I’d be shocked if they last that long! My family can easily eat a whole pan in one day.
More Easy Dessert Recipes
- Peanut Butter Krispie Treats
- Banana Pudding
- Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
- Avalanche Cookies
Fruity Pebbles Treats
- 6 Tablespoons salted butter
- 16 ounce bag mini marshmallows divided
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
- Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add in all but 1 cup of the marshmallows. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until completely melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the cereal and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows and gently stir until combined.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish. Press GENTLY with your fingertips just until completely spread out (the harder you pack them in, the harder they are to eat).
- Allow to set, about 1 hour. Cut and enjoy!
- How many marshmallows do I need? One 16 ounce bag of marshmallows is about 8-9 cups. You’ll melt all but one cup of the marshmallows in the butter, reserving the last cup for adding with the cereal.
- Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. This way you don’t have to worry about extra butter on your fingertips, or the other extreme of your bars sticking to the pan! Use binder clips to help the parchment paper stay in place.
- Use fresh marshmallows. Seriously, they make a difference. Don’t grab that bag that’s been in your pantry for months and months thinking it will be okay since you are melting them. It won’t be okay.
- Add my secret ingredient. VANILLA EXTRACT. Not imitation vanilla, but PURE VANILLA extract. It makes a difference in creating the illusion that you’re using homemade marshmallows.
- DO NOT (I repeat) DO NOT press these bars into your pan firmly. Using your fingertips, GENTLY press them in just until they are spread out. The harder you pack them in, the harder they are when it’s time to eat them!
- The trick to pressing them in your pan without sticking to your hands is to run your fingers in water, shake off the excess, and press. Voila. No sticking!
- Store in an airtight container for two days. If they last that long, I’d be shocked!
Move over, Rice Krispies Treats! These no-bake Fruity Pebble Treats are a delicious and brightly colored twist on the classic childhood dessert.