Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats are an easy no bake dessert the whole family will love. Today, I’m sharing the recipe, along with my secret ingredient for making the best extra soft and gooey rice krispie treats!
No Bake Marshmallow Cereal Treats
What’s not to love about a cereal treat? They’re super fast and easy to make, kids (and adults) both love them, and they’re endlessly versatile. We’ve made Fruity Pebbles Treats and Lucky Charms Cereal Treats, but I’m somewhat embarrassed we’ve never shared our favorite recipe for classic Rice Krispie Treats.
Today, we finally make that right. We’ve experimented with a lot of cereal treat recipes, and I’m convinced this version is the very best. They come out perfect every time–soft and sweet (but not too sweet), with irresistible strings of ooey gooey marshmallow in every bite.
The only thing that could make them better is a little chocolate, am I right?
These Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats add a little something extra to everyone’s favorite treat. Cover them with sprinkles for a colorful and easy no bake dessert with pockets of gooey marshmallows, crunchy krispies, and a semi-sweet chocolate coating.
Ingredients in Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats
- Butter– Of course. A necessity.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk– THE SECRET INGREDIENT! Adding just a 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk to your treats will keep them soft for DAYS. Plus, it gives them that wonderful milk-left-at-the-bottom-of-the-cereal-bowl taste.
- Marshmallows– You can use either regular or mini marshmallows for this recipe. I choose to add an extra cup of mini marshmallows at the very end, so there are pockets of not-quite-all-the-way-melted mallow in the treats. If you only have regular marshmallows on hand, just omit this, and the treats will still be great!
- Rice Krispies– Be sure to choose gluten free rice krispies if you need them to be gluten free.
- Vanilla extract– Just a splash for some extra flavor.
- Sea salt– A pinch of salt tempers the sweetness and keeps you coming back for more!
- Chocolate + Coconut oil– You can use whatever kind of chocolate you want for this recipe. A touch of coconut oil helps the chocolate spread easily and gives it a little extra shine.
- Sprinkles or other decorations– However you want to pretty up the bars is up to you!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats
- Melt the butter.
- Add sweetened condensed milk.
- Stir in a splash of vanilla and salt.
- Stir in the marshmallows until melted.
- Add Rice Krispie treats + the last cup of marshmallows (if using), stirring to combine. Transfer to a pan and gently spread out.
- Melt the chocolate + coconut oil, and spread evenly over the top. Decorate as you wish.
Note: These treats can be made in either a square 8 or 9 inch pan or a 9 x 13 inch pan. If you want big, thick, bakery style rice krispie treats, use the square pan. If you’re feeding a crowd or just prefer thinner treats, use a 9 x 13 inch.
Tips for Making Extra Gooey Rice Krispie Treats
Nobody wants to crack a tooth on a hard cereal treat. Here’s how to ensure they’re soft and ooey gooey every time.
- Use sweetened condensed milk. We already talked about this above, but it’s the best thing you can do to make soft rice krispie treats.
- Melt the marshmallows over low heat and stir often, so they don’t burn or harden.
- When you transfer the rice krispie treats to the pan, don’t press them down. Instead, gently spread them out evenly. Think spread, not squish.
- Use cooking spray on your hands to keep the treats from sticking to you.
Decorating Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispies
Once you’ve covered the rice krispie treats with chocolate, it’s time to decorate! Here are a few things you could try:
- Sprinkles! Any kind of colorful sprinkle or jimmy works well. You could even get themed sprinkles for different holidays. I love these Christmas jimmies and snowflakes.
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped nuts
- Mini M & Ms
- A drizzle of white chocolate
Storage and Make Ahead Instructions
Technically, the rice krispie treats shouldn’t be cut until the chocolate has fully hardened, which takes a few hours. As you can see, I got impatient and cut into them a little early. The chocolate was a little melty and extra creamy, so no regrets.
Once the chocolate has set, the bars can be cut and stored in an airtight container or wrapped in saran wrap. Because of the sweetened condensed milk, they’ll stay soft for several days. I’ve even had one up to five days later, and it’s still wonderful!
Rice krispie treats should be kept at room temperature, not in the fridge or freezer.
Can I make Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispies instead?
Absolutely. If you’d rather have dipped krispies instead of chocolate covered rice krispie treats, follow the instructions on my Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats.
More Easy No Bake Desserts
- Scotcheroos– A midwestern classic that’s also made with rice krispies!
- No Bake Peanut Butter Bars– Perhaps the easiest dessert of all time, and perfect for chocolate lovers!
- Chocolate Bird’s Nest Dessert– A springtime favorite!
- Peach Delight– So creamy and delicious!
- Caramel Apple Snickers Salad from The Beard and The Baker
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
- Splash vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
- 10 oz. marshmallows (regular or mini)
- 6 cups rice krispies cereal
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Sprinkles, shredded coconut, or chopped nuts or candies (optional)
- Grease a 9 x 9 or 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and cook until bubbly, about 1 minute.
- Lower the heat to low and add the splash of vanilla and salt. Add the 10 ounces of marshmallows and heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is melted and smooth.
- Pour in the Rice Krispie treats, stirring gently until the marshmallow mixture and the cereal start to combine. Add the remaining cup of marshmallows and stir just until distributed and starting to melt.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Spray your hands with cooking spray, then gently spread the rice krispie treat evenly over the pan. DO NOT PRESS DOWN!
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is melted, spread it evenly over the prepeared treats. Allow it to set up for a few hours before slicing.
Rice Krispie treats will keep well stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Once the chocolate is set, individual slices can be wrapped in saran wrap.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 2gSugar: 36gProtein: 4g
Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.