Peppermint Krispie Treats

Classic Rice Krispie Treats get a candy cane twist! Sticky and sweet with a cool minty kick, Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats taste even better when they’re dipped in white chocolate.

Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

I have a serious love affair with Krispie Treats. Don’t worry, my husband is quite aware of this lover of mine! It all started in high school when my BFF and I would make a pan of plain krispie treats, cut it in half, and each eat a giant square!

But now that I’m all grown up and such (kinda), I like to make fancy treats and have perfected how to make rice krispie treats.

Fancy Rice Krispie treats? That might be an Oxymoron! In any case, this peppermint version of the classic childhood dessert feels special enough to serve at any party or occasion.

Peppermint Krispie Treats make a delicious addition to your holiday celebrations!

Ingredient Notes

  • Candy Cane JELL-O – This can be tricky to find when it’s not the holiday season, so when I see it in the grocery store I make sure to stock up for the year!
  • Peppermint Mini-Marshmallows – If you can’t find peppermint marshmallows, use more regular marshmallows and add a drop of peppermint extract for more flavor.
  • Vanilla almond bark – Ghrirardelli white chocolate melting wafers would also work beautifully.
  • Rice cereal – Or try the recipe with other cereals. We love making krispie treats with Cheerios, corn chex or corn flakes to mix it up.

Easy Instructions

It’s convenient when your favorite dessert is also one of the easiest to make!

You melt butter and plain marshmallows together, then mix in the powdered JELL-O mix and rice krispie cereal. Fold in the peppermint marshmallows, press into a pan and let them set until firm.

After cutting the squares, I decided to press a striped straw into each one. That way you can use the straws to make dipping the treats in melted white chocolate even easier.

I also love the colorful pop the straws add to the white treats! A miniature candy cane pressed into the tops of the treats would be a pretty choice too.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use a LIGHT touch when pressing treats into the pan. The firmer you press, the harder the finished treats will be. We want SOFT and chewy treats here, so use your finger tips to lightly spread the batter into the pan without pushing firmly.
  • Let the chocolate set for 15 minutes before enjoying. After dipping the treats into the chocolate, it’ll need time to firm up a bit. If you’re not patient, you’ll end up with white chocolate everywhere when you try to eat your peppermint krispie treats. Not the worst thing in the world, but I promise those extra few minutes are worth it.
  • Store treats in an airtight container. Keep the lid closed when you’re not enjoying your Rice Krispie Treats to ensure they stay soft and fresh. They taste best if eaten within 3 days.

Recipe FAQ

Can you freeze rice krispie treats?

I find thawed krispie treats far less delicious than fresh, so I don’t recommend freezing them. If you’re going to eat a rice krispie treat it should be the BEST krispie treat possible, right?

Will full sized marshmallows work in this recipe instead of mini marshmallows?

Yes. They do take more time to melt but you can cut them into smaller pieces to make them melt easier into the batter. For the peppermint marshmallows, stick with the mini size so you get perfect little bites of marshmallow in each rice krispie treat!

Where do you find Candy Cane JELL-O mix?

I’ve had success finding it at Kroger, Walmart, and Meijer grocery stores. Keep an eye out at any well stocked supermarket during the holidays and stock up to make peppermint rice krispie treats.

Everything you love about Rice Krispie treats with extra holiday goodness! This Peppermint Krispie Treats recipe makes a delicious Christmas dessert that kids and adults alike can enjoy.

Yield: 16 treats

Peppermint Krispie Treats

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats with white chocolate.


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) Candy Cane Jell-o pudding mix
  • 10oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 5 cup Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 cup mini peppermint marshmallows
  • 1 cup vanilla almond bark, melted


  1. In large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add in bag of regular mini marshmallows, reduce heat to low. Stirring constantly, melt marshmallows completely. Remove from heat.
  2. Fold in pudding mix and Rice Krispies cereal. Carefully fold in peppermint marshmallows.
  3. Press into a parchment paper lined 9inch square baking dish. Allow to set, about 1-2 hours. Cut into small squares, pressing a straw (I cut my straws in half) into top of treat.
  4. Dip bottoms of each square into melted white chocolate. Set onto a piece of parchment paper and allow to set (about 15 minutes). ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 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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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 November 29, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. Ok, seriously. How did I  not know about Candy Cane pudding?! Where has it been all life?

    I think I just found my new favorite food blog! <3 

  2. I couldn’t find the Candy Cane pudding or Peppermint marshmallows. So I used Cheesecake pudding and crushed candy canes. It could of used a little peppermint extract for more of a peppermint flavor, but they were very good. And for future this is a great ‘base’ recipe to work with so many other flavor options. Thanks Aimee!!

  3. I am happy to hear that the JELL-O pudding is available at those stores because I looked on the JELL-O web site and it is not listed. I’m going to look for it.

    1. Hi Chris, I have found them at Walmart, Kroger and Meijer. I’ve heard KMart sells the JELL-O pudding too!!! Good luck, I hope you find them!!!

  4. straws! I love straws… and I love your site. I do believe this is my first time here, you had me at crispie treats… 🙂

  5. I’d love a little bit of all of the Pick Your Plum baking supplies. They are one of my “guilty pleasures”….sssshh, don’t tell the hubs!

  6. I am hoping for a little of everything lol. No I am always happy with whatever I get but recipes and ideas are always welcome! Thank you so much for a chance to win.

  7. I would love the staws!! I think my daughter would like to make these little krispie treats.and make them like a lollipop!

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