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Neapolitan Krispie Treats

Neapolitan Rice Krispie Treats layer strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavors in one delicious bar! You’ll love this fun twist on a classic dessert.

Love strawberry desserts? Try these Strawberry Glazed Hand Pies or this pretty Strawberry Shortcake Fudge next!

Triple layer Neapolitan Krispie Treats....chocolate and strawberry with a marshmallow frosting center!!

Neapolitan ice cream was made for those of us who have a hard time choosing. Strawberry chocolate, vanilla . . . give me a scoop with all of it please!

Why this Treat is Best

  • Strawberry and chocolate rice krispie treat layers.
  • Sandwiched together with a creamy marshmallow filling.
  • Inspired by Neapolitan flavored ice cream–only these treats don’t melt in the sun!
  • This recipe is easy to make with an eye-catching combination of colors.

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with Rice Krispie Treats.

I’m not talking about those nasty prepackaged ones in the blue wrappers…I’m talking fresh and gooey, homemade Rice Krispie Treats.

If you’re new around here, you may be thinking, “How old is she? 5?”

It’s true. It’s the strangest thing for a grown woman (I’m almost 50, by the way) to be obsessed with Rice Krispie Treats. But I’ve come to embrace it over the years!

When you show up to a potluck and find a stack of homemade krispie treats on the table between the chicken tetrazinni and potato salad, it’s odd.

When you make a batch at home only to eat the entire pan before your FOUR lovely children get home. Again, odd.

I am obsessed. I have no will power when it comes to those gooey delicious treats.

I hope you love these Neapolitan Krispie Treats as much as I do. Just promise me if you see them at a potluck, you won’t eat all of them before I have a chance!

Triple layer Neapolitan Krispie Treats....chocolate and strawberry with a marshmallow frosting center!!

Ingredient Notes

Like all of my rice krispie treat recipes, this one starts with butter, mini marshmallows and rice krispies cereal.

To make Neapolitan krispie bars, you’ll also need:

  • Cocoa krispies cereal – a chocolate flavored version of the classic.
  • Unsweetened baking cocoa – gives the chocolate krispie layer a richer flavor.
  • Strawberry gelatin powder – I used sugar free JELL-O in the strawberry krispie treats layer for a less overpowering flavor. If you use regular, reduce the amount to 1 tablespoon.
  • Marshmallow cream – for creating the sweet, soft marshmallow (“vanilla”) layer at the center of the treats!

Easy Instructions

First, make the chocolate rice krispie treat mixture. Press it into the bottom of a buttered baking dish.

Beat together the marshmallow cream ingredients. Spread it over the chocolate krispie treats.

Now make another rice krispie treats mixture with the strawberry JELL-O. Gently press it over the marshmallow layer.

Cover the pan with plastic wrap or foil. Let the Neapolitan Krispie Treats set a room temperature for about 1 hour.

Slice in to bars to store, or serve and enjoy!

A few more tips for how to make Rice Krispie Treats.

Tips and Tricks

  • Start with fresh marshmallows. Stale mallows are hard to melt. I’ve tried, it doesn’t work well. And it doesn’t result in a chewy krispie treat
  • Don’t over mix your cereal into your melted marshmallows. You want to fold the cereal into the mixture by running your spatula from the outer side of the bowl (pan) to the center. Trying to get the sticky marshmallow from the bottom to the top. By overmixing, you’re going to make crumbs of the cereal. No bueno!
  • Always use parchment paper or foil in your baking dish. If using foil, make sure to spread a little butter on it so the RKT don’t stick. I usually use my empty butter wrappers to do this.
  • DON’T PRESS your krispie treats into the pan! You don’t want rock hard treats. You want to gently, using your fingertips, spread the RKT into the pan. To keep my fingers from burning (and sticking), I run them in cold water (don’t dry) and press gently. I repeat in the water if they start sticking. HOPE THIS HELPS!!

Recipe FAQs

Do Rice Krispie Treats with marshmallow cream need to be refrigerated?

These treats hold up beautifully at room temperature! No refrigeration necessary.

How long do they stay good?

Neapolitan Rice Krispie Treats taste best enjoyed within 3-5 days of preparation. When I’m around, I tend to eat them all long before they get stale.
Make sure to keep the treats tightly covered for longest freshness!

Can I freeze these treats?

I don’t recommend freezing homemade rice krispie treats. Some people have success with freezing them, but I like my krispie treats soft, chewy and gooey! Freezing makes them harder and less flavorful, in my opinion.

What can I use instead of cocoa krispies?

You can use any kind of chocolate cereal, like cocoa puffs or chocolate cheerios! The taste will be a little different without rice cereal but still delicious.

Triple layer Neapolitan Krispie Treats....chocolate and strawberry with a marshmallow frosting center!!

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Yield: 32 treats

Neapolitan Krispie Treats

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Which flavor do you choose when enjoying Neapolitan ice cream? These Neapolitan Rice Krispie Treats let you enjoy all flavors in one delicious bite!

Ingredients

FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 5 ½ cup Cocoa krispies cereal

FOR THE MARSHMALLOW LAYER:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 jar (7 ounce) marshmallow cream
  • 2 teaspoons milk

FOR THE STRAWBERRY LAYER:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • 0.3 ounce package sugar free strawberry gelatin mix
  • 5 ½ cup rice krispies cereal

Instructions

For the Chocolate layer

  1. Line a 13x9 baking dish with foil. Spread about 1 tablespoon butter in bottom of pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder. Fold in chocolate cereal and mix until fully combined. Spread in bottom of baking dish, pressing very gently. Set aside.

FOR THE MARSHMALLOW LAYER:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with powdered sugar, marshmallow cream and milk.
  2. Beat for about 3 minutes until smooth. Spread evenly over the chocolate layer in the baking dish. Set aside.

FOR THE STRAWBERRY LAYER:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in the strawberry gelatin powder until combined. Fold in cereal. Spread gently over marshmallow layer. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to set, about one hour.
  3. Cut into desired pieces.

Notes

  • If using regular (not sugar free) gelatin, use about 1 Tbsp powder.
  • Store in a covered container for about 3-5 days at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Neapolitan Krispie Treats are easy to make with layers of chocolate, marshmallow and strawberry!

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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 11, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. I love rice Krispie treats! These are especially delicious with the gooey layer in the middle. Thanks for all your great tips.

  2. I love neapolitan! My grandmother always had neapolitan ice cream on hand and the flavor combination reminds me of my childhood at her home.

  3. I am right there with you on the RKT love…although it has been a little too long since my last fix! I think that calls for some treat lovin this weekend for sure!!! These are so pretty and I absolutely love the marshmallow center in these!!!

  4. What a fun way to make rice krispie treats! I love them and secretly make them for myself while pretending to make them for my son 🙂

  5. These are so fun!! Thanks for the tip on not pressing them into the pan and using cool water on your fingers to smooth it out! So helpful! Can’t wait to try these out for me and my girls 🙂

  6. You must be related to my family in some way! We love Rice Krispie treats! I especially like the gooey center layer that you put in these 🙂 Pinned!

  7. My son is here peering over my shoulder and drooling. They look so good! He says I must PIN it. 🙂 Have a great day Aimee!

    1. Yeah, I’m pretty sure when I’m old and can’t chew I’ll be making RKT milkshakes. Ohhh, that sounds good!!

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