Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Crispy Treats Kids Will Love

Whether you call them Rice Crispy Treats, with a “C,”  Rice Krispie Treats with a “K,” Marshmallow Squares, or you have a very specific name for them like Grandma Hattie’s Cereal Bars, these snacks have been popular in kitchens for generations. It started with simple cereal, a little butter, and some gooey marshmallows.

We’ve gathered up a few recipes that put a little twist on the standard Rice Krispie Treats recipe. Give them a try; we think you and the kids will love them.

The Cereal

Crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies) is the most common choice when making cereal treats. But you can replace Rice Krispies with just about any other type of crunchy breakfast cereal. Try the chocolate version of the regular rice cereal, stir in a colorful puffed cereal, or whip up a unique batch using your favorite cinnamon-flavored squares. Be brave and create something fantastic.

The Marshmallows

When making any type of crispy cereal treats, use soft, fresh marshmallows; these melt the easiest. Stale marshmallows have lost their moisture, and trying to melt mallows that lack moisture will create a congealed mass in the bottom of your pan. No bueno.

Either regular-sized marshmallows or mini marshmallows can be used interchangeably when measuring by ounces, of course. However, for a 10 oz. bag of regular marshmallows (which holds approximately 40 mallows), you’ll use about 5½ cups of the mini mallows. In a recipe calling for 16 oz. of standard-sized mallows (about 60), you’ll use 7¾ to 8 cups of miniature marshmallows.

Of course, regular marshmallows will take longer to melt than their mini counterparts. Exercise patience.

Experimenting with different marshmallow flavors can be fun. You can often find flavored marshmallows seasonally–peppermint or toasted coconut for example–and you KNOW there has to be pumpkin spice marshmallows out there somewhere. Chocolate and strawberry marshmallows are fairly common, and we’ve all seen the packages of mini marshmallows with multi-fruit flavors in the bag. They all make great rice crispy treats, if you like that sort of thing.

Microwave vs. Stovetop

Does it matter? It really doesn’t. Either microwave or stovetop can be used when making cereal treats.

In the microwave, use high heat (100% power) to melt marshmallows and butter together. This will take only a few minutes; stir once or twice with a heat-safe spoon.

On the stovetop, melt the butter on low first, then add the marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Remember to use a heat-safe, non-scratch spoon so you don’t ruin non-stick or delicate surfaces.

Scroll down for three cereal treat recipes the whole family will love.

Snickers Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

INGREDIENTS (makes 18)

8 fun-size Snickers candy bars
A big handful of peanuts
½ C. butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 (16 oz.) bag marshmallows
7 C. Rice Krispies cereal
2 C. chocolate chips
2 C. peanut butter chips


Use your favorite Rada Cook’s Knife to chop the candy bars and peanuts. Butter a 9×13″ pan. Set aside.

Melt ½ cup of butter in a big saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir with a heat-safe, non-scratch spoon until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal and chopped candy bars. Press evenly into the greased pan.

Melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, stirring to blend; spread over the top of the cereal mixture and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.

Cut into bars and serve.

Neapolitan Krispies

INGREDIENTS (Makes 36) 9 T. butter, divided 2 (10 oz.) bags regular marshmallows, divided 11 C. Rice Krispies cereal, divided 6 C. Cocoa Krispies cereal 1 (8 oz.) pkg. strawberry-flavored marshmallows DIRECTIONS Line a deep 9×13″ pan (Rada has a nice 2″ deep pan) with foil, letting foil extend over two sides; coat foil with cooking spray and set aside. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a big saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 1 package of the regular marshmallows, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in 6 cups of the Rice Krispies until coated. Spread firmly and evenly into the prepped pan. In a clean saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add the remaining regular marshmallows, stirring until melted. Stir in Cocoa Krispies. Press firmly over the cereal in the pan. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in a clean saucepan. Add the strawberry marshmallows; stir until melted. Stir in the remaining 5 cups of Rice Krispies and press firmly over the cocoa layer. Refrigerate until chilled. Invert the pan onto a cutting board; remove foil. Cut and serve.  

Rainbow Treats

Coat a Rada 9×9″ Square Pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a big saucepan, melt ¼ C. butter over low heat. Add 4 C. mini marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from the heat. Add 1 C. salted peanuts, 3 C. Cheerios, and 3 C. Trix cereals, stirring until well coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepped pan and press into an even layer. Set aside to cool before cutting. Makes 9  

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