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These no bake treats take classic Rice Krispies to the next level!  With plenty of gooey marshmallows, melty chocolate and the crunch from the cereal, these Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are sure to be a hit!

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Dark Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats in a silver container with parchment paper.  The treats are topped with Mini M&M's.

Why I Love This Recipe

  • ​It’s a no bake dessert and especially in the summer I appreciate not needing to turn the oven on!
  • It’s an easy recipe with simple ingredients that I typically have on hand.
  • Fun to top with a chocolate drizzle and your choice of toppings!
The ingredients needed to make Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats on a white background.

Ingredients Needed (Amounts in recipe card below!)

  • Mini Marshmallows – You can also use large marshmallows.
  • Butter – I like to use salted butter, but unsalted butter will work too.
  • Corn Syrup – Light or dark corn syrup will work great.
  • Cocoa Powder – aka Unsweetened Cocoa
  • Salt 
  • Chocolate Chips – For this recipe, I highly recommend semi-sweet chocolate chips!  They add lots of chocolate flavor without adding too much sweetness like milk chocolate chips would.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cereal – I like to use Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles because I LOVE chocolate!  But if you don’t want the chocolate flavor quite as intense, regular Rice Krispies work great too!
  • Toppings – Though these crispy treats don’t need any topping, they’re super fun with a drizzle of melted chocolate, sprinkles, etc!  (More ideas below!)

How to Make Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

Start by preparing the pan.  You can either use nonstick cooking spray or line the 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper for easy removal once they’re done!

Now, you’ll grab a large pot and add most of the marshmallows, the butter, corn syrup, cocoa and salt.  Stir over medium heat until smooth.

Then, add the chocolate chips and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Now you’ll add the cereal and finally the remaining miniature marshmallows.

A pan of chocolate Rice Krispie bars.

Use a greased spatula to press the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and let cool!

A pan of chocolate Rice Krispie treats drizzled with chocolate.

How to Top Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

​I love starting with a drizzle of melted chocolate chips!  While the drizzle is still melty, you can add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, a handful of Mini M&M’s, colored sprinkles or mini chocolate chips on top!

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.  They will harden a bit over time, so I recommend eating them or freezing them on day 3…..if they aren’t gone by then! 😉

Can I freeze Rice Krispie treats?

Yes!  Make sure they’re completely cool, then place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.  When you’re ready to enjoy, let them set on the counter for 1-2 hours to thaw.

Why are my homemade Rice Krispie treats so hard?

If you find that your cereal bars are hard, there are a couple possibilities.  First off, you overcooked the marshmallow mixture.  Doing so will cook the sugars more than you want and that will make the treats harden quite a bit as they cool.  
The other possibility is that you added too few marshmallows or too much cereal.  Also, they will harden if refrigerated, so keep them at room temperature.

Can I make these in a square pan?

​You sure can.  If you make a full recipe, you’ll end up with super thick, tall Rice Krispie treats.  OR, you could simply cut the recipe in half and it’ll work great in a square pan!

Three Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats in a stack with a glass of milk in the background.

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A hand holding a Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat with a bite out of it.

Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
24
These no bake treats take classic Rice Krispies to the next level!  With plenty of gooey marshmallows, melty chocolate and the crunch from the cereal, these Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are sure to be a hit!

Equipment

  • One 9×13-inch pan

Ingredients
 

  • 8 cups mini marshmallows divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles about one 11 ounce box
  • additional chocolate chips and/or sprinkles for topping optional

Instructions

  • Grease a 9×13-inch pan and set aside.
  • Add 6 cups of marshmallows, the butter, corn syrup, cocoa powder and salt to a large saucepan.
    8 cups mini marshmallows, 6 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup corn syrup, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Place over medium heat and stir frequently until the marshmallows are melted and smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla until the chocolate is completely melted.
    1 cup chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stir in the cereal until well-coated.
    8 cups Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles
  • Stir in the remaining marshmallows.
  • Press into the prepared pan and let cool.
  • Top with melted chocolate, if desired, and any toppings you'd like!
    additional chocolate chips and/or sprinkles for topping
  • Cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 5.2g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 7.3mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 56.6mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 3.3mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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