Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

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These fun Halloween Rice Krispie treats are a festive Halloween version of the popular marshmallow and rice cereal dessert squares. With a fun layered look and contrasting black and white stripes, they’re perfect for a Jack Skellington or Beetlejuice themed celebration and will look terrific on your Halloween party table!

Hand picking up Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Want an easy treat that’s sure to be a hit at Halloween parties? Look no further than these festive Halloween Rice Krispies treats. They have all the delicious gooey marshmallow and crispy cereal that you love in classic Rice Krispie treats, with a fun Halloween look.

Black and white food coloring are used to create contrasting layers, giving these sweet treats their signature striped look. Then, they’re topped with white sprinkles for a dessert that’s as pretty and whimsical as it is delicious.

Perfect for all your fall activities, this versatile recipe can also be adapted for other holidays and events by simply using different colors. These sweet, no bake treats are perfect for your next Halloween party!

Top side of striped rice krispie treat

Why We Love This Recipe

It’s a Perfect Treat for Halloween – The contrasting black and white stripes give these fun treats a unique Halloween look that makes them ideal for this time of year. They’ll be the star of your party dessert table.

It’s Inexpensive – Cereal treats are one of the most affordable and delicious desserts you can make to feed a crowd. A box of cereal and bag of marshmallows goes a long way, making this a favorite recipe for parties or classroom events.

It’s a Crowd Pleaser – Kids and adults alike will love the sweet marshmallow flavor and perfect chewy texture. These fun Halloween treats are a guaranteed hit wherever you take them.

Ingredients

Ingredients for rice krispie treats
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Rice cereal
  • Unsalted butter
  • Black gel food coloring
  • White gel food coloring
  • Yellow gel food coloring (optional)
  • White sprinkles

How to Make Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Step 1: Spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.

Step 2: Add 5 cups marshmallows and 3 tablespoons butter to a large mixing bowl if microwaving. If cooking on the stove, add them to a large saucepan.

Mini marshmallows in bowl with butter

Step 3: Cook for about 2 minutes over medium heat or in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until the butter and marshmallows are melted. Mix well.

Step 4: Add about ¼ teaspoon of white gel food coloring to the marshmallow mixture and stir well. This will help brighten up the off-white color of the cereal.

Melted marshmallows with white food coloring

Step 5: Add 4 cups of rice cereal and mix until all the cereal is coated.

Rice Krispie Cereal in bowl with marshmallows

Step 6: Place the mixture in the prepared pan and spread it in a layer that covers the entire bottom of the pan. Using your hand or the bottom of a measuring cup, press the layer flat.

Light colored layer of rice krispie treats

Step 7: Repeat steps 2-5 for the next layer but color it black instead of white. Press the black layer into to the pan on top of the white layer.

Note: If your black coloring produces a dark purple color rather than full black, add 3 drops or so of yellow food coloring to make it true black.

Marshmallows in bowl with black food coloring

Step 8: Repeat the steps for another white layer and another black layer, ending with the fourth layer as black.

Black layer of rice krispie treat in baking dish

Step 9: Sprinkle the top with the white sprinkles. Cover and let rest for 4 hours or until set. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

White sprinkles on top of Rice Krispie Treats

Because of the black and white layers, these could also double as Jack Skellington Rice Krispie treats for a Nightmare Before Christmas party. They’d be so much fun for a Beetlejuice theme too!

Halloween rice krispie treats stacked

Tips & Tricks

  • You can get creative by adding candy eyes or for more festive sprinkles, use ones that have Halloween colors. Put them on a lollipop stick and you’ve got some cute Halloween pops.
  • To make sure all your treats are exactly the same size, you can remove the entire tray before cutting and trim the rounded outer edges off to make perfect squares. Be sure to use a sharp knife so it doesn’t smash the treats as you cut.
  • If your marshmallows are too wet, you can add a bit more cereal. If they’re too dry, melt a bit more marshmallow and butter together and mix it in.
  • If you want your white layers to be really bright white, you may need to use a lot of white coloring. I suggest Americolor brand for the best results.
  • To offset the yellow colors in the white even more, you could add just a touch (the tip of a toothpick) of purple color to it. But take care not to add too much or it could turn light purple or gray.
  • Spray your hands with cooking spray or put a layer of parchment paper on top when pressing the layers into the pan. It will prevent the mixture from sticking.
Side of black and white rice krispie treat

How Do I Store Halloween Rice Krispie Treats?

Store your leftover holiday treats in an airtight container at room temperature or wrap them individually in plastic wrap. They’ll keep for about 4-5 days.

Can I Use Other Types of Cereal?

Sure – you can make cereal treats with many different types of cereals. Regular Rice Krispies cereal works well because of the small pieces, but if you don’t have any on hand, you could make these easy treats with Cheerios or Chex Mix.

Rice krispie treats with bite out

More Delicious Recipes For Halloween

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats for recipe card
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Halloween Rice Krispie Treats


Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Resting time 4 hours
With a fun layered look and contrasting black and white stripes, these Halloween Rice Krispie treats are a fun Halloween version of everyone's favorite marshmallow treat!

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Add 5 cups marshmallows and 3 tablespoons butter to a large mixing bowl.
    20 cups Mini Marshmallows, 12 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Cook for about 2 minutes over medium heat, until the butter and marshmallows are melted. Mix well.
  • Add about ¼ teaspoon of white gel food coloring to the marshmallow and butter mixture and stir well. This will help brighten up the off-white color of the cereal.
    White Gel Food Coloring
  • Add 4 cups of rice cereal and mix until all the cereal is coated.
    16 cups Rice Krispies
  • Place the mixture in the prepared pan and spread it in a layer that covers the entire bottom of the pan. Using your hand or the bottom of a measuring cup, press the layer flat.
  • Repeat steps 2-5 for the next layer but color it black instead of white. Press the black layer into to the pan on top of the white layer.
    Black Gel Food Coloring
  • Repeat the steps for another white layer and another black layer, ending with the fourth layer as black.
  • Sprinkle the top with the white sprinkles. Cover and let rest for 4 hours or until set. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
    White Jimmy Sprinkles

Notes

  • If your black coloring produces a dark purple color rather than full black, add 3 drops or so of yellow food coloring to make it true black.
  • If your marshmallows are too wet, you can add a bit more cereal. If they’re too dry, melt a bit more marshmallow and butter together and mix it in.
  • Spray your hands with cooking spray or put a layer of parchment paper or wax paper on top when pressing the layers into the pan. It will prevent the mixture from sticking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 761kcal | Carbohydrates: 149g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 4250IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 17mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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