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Ultimate Rice Krispie Treat Flavor Guide

I’ve created THE ULTIMATE Rice Krispie Treat Flavor Guide. Everything you need to know about How to Make Rice Krispie Treats with all the fun flavors and styles!

Collage photo of rice krispie treats.

You guys know how much I love candy, cake and brownies. But the real way to my heart is through an ooey-gooey rice krispie treat.

Once or twice (or maybe more) I’ve been known to eat an entire pan of rice krispie treats before my kids got home from school. I don’t really recommend doing this –I’ve made myself sick from doing it, but I just have no willpower when it comes to rice krispie treats!

I have made dozens of types and flavors of rice krispie treats over the years, so I decided to compile what I think of as the Ultimate Rice Krispie Treat Guide for you.

Let’s talk about how to make rice krispie treats and how to change the flavors for the seasons!

How to Make Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

Seems pretty straightforward, right? After all, they’re probably one of the first things most kids learn to make with their parents.

But I have 6 tips for making and enjoying the PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats. They’re small tweaks that make a big difference between hard, brick-like bars and soft, ooey gooey rice krispie treat perfection.

TIP 1: Line the 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!

If you make sure there is extra parchment paper coming up the sides, you can even use it like a sling to lift them out of the pan.

TIP 2: 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.

TIP 3: 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.

TIP 4: Toss in some extra whole mini marshmallows with your cereal. This adds a whole dimension of chewiness!

TIP 5: 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!

Remember, we’re going for soft and chewy treats, not rice krispie bricks!

If the treats are sticking to your fingers when you’re trying to press them in the pan, run your hands under cold water. Shake off the excess water, and while your hands are wet, press them gently. Works like a charm!

TIP 6: Store in an airtight container for two days. It’s the perfect amount of time for them to stay soft and chewy. But if they last that long, I’d be shocked!

Classic rice krispie treat on a sheet of foil, being pulled from the pan so you can see the marshmallow.

Scroll down to get my Perfect Rice Krispie Treats recipe! Now let’s talk customization…

Customization and Flavor Fun

As much as I enjoy a classic rice krispie treat, I think it’s really fun to change up the flavors for different seasons and celebrations.

I have 5 easy and fun ways to customize your rice krispie treats.

By using one or more of these tricks, you can make almost any flavor you like!

Chocolate rice krispie treats cut into squares on a silver serving tray.

Use different cereal

I know, they’re called rice krispie treats for a reason. But you can replace some or all of the rice krispies for a totally different texture and flavor!

Try using Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Golden Grahams, Fruit Loops or even Chex, just to name a few.

You can even make Cocoa Krispie Treats to have a chocolate flavored twist!

Flavored marshmallows

Did you know that they make all sorts of flavored marshmallows?

That’s right, you don’t have to just use vanilla marshmallows! Flavors ranging from strawberry and peppermint to pumpkin spice and gingerbread can make fun additions to your rice krispie treats.

Use them in place of the melted marshmallows or in place of the whole marshmallows mixed in with the cereal.

Pumpkin spice rice krispie treat topped with white chocolate and halloween sprinkles.

Add instant pudding mix or JELL-O

I really love using instant pudding or gelatin to add flavor and color to all sorts of recipes. You can do the same for rice krispie treats!

Just mix in the powdered pudding mix or gelatin with your melted marshmallow mixture before folding in the cereal. Voila! Flavored rice krispie treats with very little effort.

I love using banana cream pudding mix for Banana Rice Krispie Treats, pistachio pudding mix for Pistachio Rice Krispie Treats with Dark Chocolate, cherry gelatin for Cherry Rice Krispie Treats with Dark Chocolate, or pumpkin spice pudding mix for Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats.

Stir in some fun mix-ins

There are all kinds of things you can stir into rice krispie treats to add fun flavor and texture.

Anything from candy and spices to nut butter or biscoff spread is fair game!

Fluffernutter rice krispie treat on a wooden cutting board. Topped with Reese's peanut butter cups.

I like to add creamy biscoff spread to make Biscoff Rice Krispie Treats, mini peanut butter cups to make Fluffernutter Rice Krispie Treats, peanut butter and mini chocolate chips for Avalanche Krispie Bars, and espresso powder, pure pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice for Pumpkin Spice Latte Rice Krispie Treats.

Get creative with decorations

The best part of rice krispie treats is that you can decorate them for any season or celebration!

Try cutting them into fun shapes with cookie cutters (spray the cutter with no-stick spray first) or decorating the tops with chocolate, candy melts, or even frosting. And don’t forget sprinkles!

I love using candy melts, mini marshmallows and candy eyeballs to make my Mint Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Treats look like Frankenstein’s monster for Halloween. Or some spooky Spiders as a fun easy Halloween treats. You can even make these cute Mummy Rice Krispie Treats!

Cut treats into circles and decorate with chocolate wafers, candy corn and candy eyes to make Turkey Rice Krispie Treats.

Thanksgiving rice krispie treats cut into circles and decorated to look like turkeys.

Slice treats into triangles and decorate with melted white chocolate and rainbow chips to make Christmas trees or melted milk chocolate, pretzel pieces, red hots and candy eyes to make reindeer like I did with my Holiday Scotcheroos.

Whether you love the traditional rice krispie treat or have a craving for something a little different, there are so many ways to make this classic treat perfect for you and your family.

What flavor will you make first??

Yield: 9 large bars

Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Get the secret tips and tricks to making the most PERFECT Rice Krispie Treats. Kid and adult friendly!

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 16 oz bag mini marshmallows, divided
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal

Instructions

  1. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the cereal and the remaining 1 cup of marshmallows.
  4. 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).
  5. Allow to set, about 1 hour. Cut and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Why do my rice krispies treats get hard?A: Could be many factors. Starting with stale marshmallows or cereal. Keep heat on low while adding marshmallows. And finally, do NOT press too firm when you're adding the treats to the pan.
  2. Do these treats need to be refrigerated?A: Absolutely NOT. It actually could make them hard as well (see above question). Keep them covered at room temperature for best results.
  3. Can I use other cereal?A: Yes! Cocoa Krispies and Fruity Pebbles are both great options. You could also use Cheerios, Golden Grahams, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!
  4. Can you freeze them?A: I would say no. While some people will tell you they have had success with this...I'm a purist when it comes to the rice crispy treat. I want it to taste amazing. And freezing it will result in a stale, less than stellar dessert.
  5. How many marshmallows do I need? One 16oz 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g

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Aimee

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 16, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’m excited try some of these recipes! Such simple additions to one of my favorite treats that I never thought about. Thanks for sharing them and giving my creative side a major boost!

  2. Hi, great recipe!
    Can you use Puffed rice instead of rice krispies cereal? would you add anything else if using puffed rice? like more marshmallows?

  3. I followed the original marshmallow recipe and it was the WORST Rice Krispies I have had. They didn’t stick together and it was a crumbly mess. The recipe did not call for enough marshmallows to be melted with the butter. Such a disappointment. Do NOT follow this original Rice Krispie recipe.

  4. Hello I have two jars of jet puffed marshmallow crepe I’d like to use up and wanted to know if you could tell me how much to use for rice crispy treats. Thanks very much!

  5. I put in 4 squares of white almond bark chocolate when melting the butter. Then the rice crispys. Then Reese’s pieces and white chocolate chips. They sure are good franf

  6. Do you have a post on how to make the treats that are pictured in the left bottom of the collage? They look like they are on a stick with stripes of chocolate. What kind are those? Thanks

    1. Those are Caramel Covered Rice Krispie Treats (with chocolate) 🙂 You can get the recipe HERE: https://www.shugarysweets.com/caramel-krispie-treats/

  7. oh my goodness am i glad i found this blog! my kids love rice crispies!! but im not very creative. i always just make the traditional kind. i cant wait to try some of these out with them!

  8. What a great guide on Rice Krispies Treats! I love the addition suggestions you made with pudding and adding different candy bars or flavored cereals. This really is the ultimate guide to these delicious treats and one I’m going to keep on hand.

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