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10 Delicious Rice Krispies Treats Recipe Variations

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Star-Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Star-Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies treats are a classic dessert staple, but sometimes you need a way to add a little zing to your treats and step out of the plain Krispies rut.

The following are 10 ways to make your treats even tastier and more appealing to the eye. These ideas can be mixed and matched to create the best treats ever.

The recipes are so simple that even the littlest chefs will still be able to help make them. So grab a box of Rice Krispies and some marshmallows and get ready to make some yummy treats.

How to Make Rice Krispies Treats

Original Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Ingredients and Materials:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • 1 package of marshmallows (10-ounce bag) or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
  • Large pan
  • Spatula
  • Baking pan (13 x 9 x 2)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan over low heat.
  2. When the butter is melted, slowly stir in the marshmallows. Keep stirring until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Using a spoon or spatula coated with butter or cooking spray, gently stir in the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix until the cereal is well covered with the marshmallows
  4. Begin spooning the mixture into a baking pan coated with butter or cooking spray (wax paper can be used as well) while it is still warm. Press the mixture into the desired shape. If the mixture begins to stick to the spoon, recoat it with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Allow it to cool and then enjoy!

Note: If you'd rather avoid using the stove, the butter and marshmallows can be cooked in the microwave as well. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then follow directions 3 through 5.

Mix the Nutella in as the marshmallows are melting.

Mix the Nutella in as the marshmallows are melting.

1. Nutella

Nutella is a spread made from hazelnuts and cocoa. It tastes chocolaty with a hint of nut. The texture and consistency is somewhat similar to peanut butter.

There are several different ways to make Nutella Rice Krispies Treats. You can make basic Rice Krispies Treats and then spread some Nutella over the top. You could also dip the Rice Krispies treats in Nutella.

If you want the Nutella flavor throughout the treat, add 1/2 a cup of Nutella into the mixture when you are melting the marshmallows in step 2 of the basic Rice Krispies treats.

2. Sprinkles

Add fun to your treats by topping them with sprinkles. It works best if you add the sprinkles when the treats are still warm. You can also mix in sprinkles when you add the cereal to the marshmallows.

Pick sprinkles to match a theme or season. Sprinkles come in an array of shapes, colors, and textures, so you can create a seasonal treat in a very simple way.

Heart-Shaped Cocoa Krispies Treats

Heart-Shaped Cocoa Krispies Treats

3. Cocoa Krispies

Craving something chocolaty? Follow the basic Rice Krispies treats recipe, but substitute Cocoa Krispies.

4. Choco Madness

For a chocolate overload, use Cocoa Krispies and add chocolate chips. Then pour chocolate syrup over the top and add chocolate sprinkles!

Before making the treats, place the chocolate chips in the freezer. The chips will need to be completely frozen, or they will melt. Add the chocolate chips when you are mixing the cereal.

Snap, Crackle, or Pop?

5. Fruity Pebbles

If you are in the mood for something fruity, follow the same basic recipe for normal treats, but with Fruity Pebbles instead of the Krispies. Or you can mix ½ Fruity Pebbles and ½ Rice Krispies for a taste that’s fruity without being as sweet.

Add food coloring as you melt the marshmallows.

Add food coloring as you melt the marshmallows.

6. Fun Shapes and Colors

Add appeal to your treats by making them in fun shapes and colors.

Create shaped treats by using cookie cutters shaped in whatever theme you want. First, choose your treat recipe. When the treats have cooled somewhat, you can use the cookie cutters coated with butter or cooking spray to cut out shapes. Decorate them for even more eye-catching fun.

To make colorful treats, add in several drops of food coloring in as the marshmallows are melting. Be sure to mix it thoroughly so the color is even all through the treats. (Note that this only works with recipes using regular Rice Krispies rather than Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles.)

A dessert shish kebab is a fun way to mix it up!

A dessert shish kebab is a fun way to mix it up!

7. Dessert Shish Kebab

Make the treat easy to hold by adding a Popsicle stick or a kebab stick. You can add slices of fruit as well as pieces of the treats to turn it into a dessert shish kebab.

Insert the stick while the treats are slightly warm, and make sure the piece you are putting on the stick is at least a couple of inches big or it might be too flimsy to stay attached.

8. Candy Pieces

Mix in pieces of candy to make the treats sweeter. You can buy crushed candy for baking or you can crush a candy bar yourself. Most candy will work well. Butterscotch, toffee, and caramel pieces also taste great.

If you want the candy melted in with the treats, you can add it along with the cereal when you are making the treats. If you don’t want the candy melted, put it in the freezer an hour or two before making the treats. It can be sprinkled on the top of the treats as well, but be sure to let the treats cool slightly before sprinkling candy on the top.

How much do you know about Rice Krispies?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Snap, Crackle, and Pop are?
    • Rabbits
    • Elves
    • Leprechauns
  2. What was the name of the fourth mascot who appeared for a brief time alongside Snap, Crackle, and Pop?
    • Kaboom
    • Crack
    • Pow
  3. What company makes Rice Krispies?
    • Kellogg's
    • Post
    • General Mills
  4. What are Rice Krispies called in Australia?
    • Rice Poofs
    • Krisp Rice
    • Rice Bubbles
  5. What year was Rice Krispies introduced to the public?
    • 1958
    • 1928
    • 1978

Answer Key

  1. Elves
  2. Pow
  3. Kellogg's
  4. Rice Bubbles
  5. 1928

9. Peanut Butter Treats

Make your treats peanut buttery for a more protein-packed treat. After the marshmallows are melted, add ½ a cup of peanut butter. Remove from heat and stir until it is well melted. Then add the cereal and follow the rest of the basic recipe.

Spread jelly on top if desired for a sweet PB & J snack.

For a chocolaty peanut butter taste, use Cocoa Krispies.

10. Cherry Treats (Fruit Treats)

Add fruit to the treats for a fresh taste. To make the cherry treats, you will need ½ a cup of drained, chopped sweet (maraschino) cherries. Follow the basic treats recipe, adding the cherries after the cereal.

Coconuts and chopped peanuts complement this treat also. They are added at the same time as the cherries.

Other fruits, such as raisins, can be substituted as well. Dried fruits work best. Another way to prepare fruit treats is to line the pan with fruit and then add the basic treat mix on top.

Yummy Poll

© 2010 Candace Bacon

Comments

VerityPrice from UK on December 07, 2015:

Oh that Nutella idea is fantastic! I can't believe I never thought of it, I'll have to try it out with my next batch :)

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on January 24, 2013:

pstraubie48 - Thanks! Hope you enjoy the treats!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 08, 2012:

My family members and friends who have children will love these. I make the traditional rice krispy treats which are yummy. Now I can offer a whole selection of variations to others. Thank you for sharing these clever treat ideas. Sending Angels your way :) ps

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 06, 2012:

TB - Mint chocolate Rice Krispies treats sound delicious. Great idea!

TB on November 28, 2012:

How about adding mint chips to the Cocoa Pebbles?

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on November 14, 2012:

Those sound delicious! Toasted coconut especially.

Diabetic Snacker Reviews on October 23, 2012:

Great tips. I always add 1 tsp vanilla extract to my base for these. My favorite so far is nutella & toasted coconut flakes added in. It turns it into a candy bar for me.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on June 08, 2012:

Marcy Goodfleisch - Rice Krispies treats always make me nostalgic also. Thanks!

PenHitsTheFan - Anything with Nutella is usually delicious. Thank you!

Amy L. Tarr from Home on May 27, 2012:

The Nutella treat sounds like heaven. Hmmmm....

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 24, 2012:

I love the ideas here - it's making me think of camping trips, holiday parties and sitting around munching with my friends! Sharing!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on May 10, 2012:

luvintkandtj - Fruity Pebbles are one of my favorite cereals. They make good treats, too. Thanks!

luvintkandtj from USA on May 09, 2012:

i have always preferred fruity pebbles crispies over rice crispies...its the onlyw ay i can enjoy fruity pebbles because they get soggy so quickly in milk.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on April 23, 2012:

GDiBiase - Anything with Nutella turns out delicious. Hope your treats turn out great. Thanks!

GDiBiase from Portland, ME on April 22, 2012:

yum! I haven't made rice crispy squares for a long time I love the idea of using Nutella. Thanks for the post. I am off to the store to purchase rice crispies!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on April 12, 2012:

chamberlaindey - It definitely helps if you don't want the chocolate chips melted throughout. Thanks!

chamberlaindey on April 12, 2012:

Freezing the chocolate chips so they don't melt when you mix is such a great tip. Thanks for the info!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on April 01, 2012:

midnightbliss - It is delicious. Nutella can make lots of things tastier. Thanks!

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on March 30, 2012:

Nutella recipe...YUMMY! The thought never crossed my mind. Thank you :)

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on March 23, 2012:

Leah - Thanks for pointing that out. Gluten-free and delicious.

Leah on March 23, 2012:

Just a side note-when using Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Pebbles, this becomes a gluten-free dessert!

Me on February 27, 2012:

nice :)

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on January 08, 2012:

nelie gacuy - The peanut butter ones are delicious!

nelie gacuy on January 08, 2012:

i want peanut butter guys..!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on January 06, 2012:

Jen - I have never had a problem with using margarine. The treats always turn out delicious with it in fact. The only trouble I have ever had was when I used tub margarine instead of stick margarine. The treats turned out greasy then, not hard.

Jen on January 06, 2012:

Unless this is a recipe for rice krispie bricks, you cannot substitute margarine for butter. They will be impenetrably hard if you use marg.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 20, 2011:

SanneL - The Nutella Treats are very tasty. They are chocolatey nutty goodness combined with yummy treats.

SanneL from Sweden on December 20, 2011:

I'll have to give this Rice Krispies Nutella recipe a try.

Sounds Delish!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 08, 2011:

natures47friend - I think they are called Rice Bubbles outside of the US. They definitely taste great with fruit. Thanks!

natures47friend from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 07, 2011:

Hi...yum...great hub! I think we call your rice crispies 'rice bubbles'.......I had some yesterday with milk and banana cos it was quick and easy and O.K. for my lazy afternoon tea! (at home of course). lol

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 05, 2011:

shwetha123 - Thanks!

MelissaMo - Thanks for the tip. I'll have to sample that idea.

uniquearticlesbuz - Thanks for stopping by!

uniquearticlesbuz from USA on December 04, 2011:

O la la very Delicious yummyyyyyyy Thanks for sharing

MelissaMo on October 29, 2011:

Try adding 1/2 teaspoon if almond extract to the melted marshmallow mixture for an adult pleasing palate... The moms at playgroup fell in love with them..

Shwetha Shetty on October 11, 2011:

Great! Thanks for sharing.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on September 21, 2011:

Tera715 - That cake batter recipe sounds yummy. I will have to try that the next time I make treats. Thanks for sharing that.

Tera715 from Panama City, Florida on September 21, 2011:

This article caught my eye because I literally just made Rice Krispie Treats for a bake sale two days ago except I made them Cake Batter flavored. It's so easy, you just add yellow cake mix to the marshmallow/butter mixture in the pot, add sprinkles and there you have it.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on August 26, 2011:

Hope you enjoy the recipes. Rice Krispies treats are simple to make for beginning cooks and more experienced cooks can use more complicated variations. Plus they are delicious. Thanks for your comments.

MarkMAllen15 on August 08, 2011:

Thanks for sharing this post. Learned lots of information here.

Rismayanti from Tropical Island on November 26, 2010:

great hub..thank for share

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on October 31, 2010:

IdeaMorphist - I hope you have satisfied your cravings.

Dr Lora - I hope your granddaughter enjoys them. I will have to try the cheerios treats one day.

Dr Lora from Boise, ID on October 30, 2010:

Thanks for the good ideas, especially the one about sprinkles. My granddaughter (age 2) loves anything with sprinkles, so this may be a way to get cereal into her, even if it is coated with marshmallows! P.S. I once tried the recipe with Cheerios instead - pretty good!

IdeaMorphist from Chicagoland on October 26, 2010:

Now I am craving krispy treats!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on July 27, 2010:

Nutella is delicious in Rice Krispies treats. It's great in crepes, too.

Mih36 from New York on July 27, 2010:

Nutella is one of my favorites. I put it on everything lol and never taught of rice krispies. Thanks for the share =)

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on July 04, 2010:

The Nutella ones are my favorites. Hope you enjoy!

Elena from London, UK on July 04, 2010:

This is lovely. It's been ages since I had Rice Krispies. I think it's time to get them again and try out the Nutella Recipe. It will make a yummy breakfast. Thanks. :)

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on June 23, 2010:

The popsicle stick adds to the fun and keeps your hands from getting sticky. Your son has good taste! They are one of my favorites as well.

Kay Creates from Ohio on June 23, 2010:

My son loves these. Clever idea to use a popsicle stick.