Step-by-Step Guide to Making Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

Elevate your snack game with Caramel Rice Krispies Treats, a delightful twist on the classic crispy rice cereal treat that everyone knows and loves. This version adds a gooey layer of caramel between the crispy, buttery layers, creating an irresistible combination of textures and flavors. Perfect for parties, after-school snacks, or a sweet treat to brighten your day, these Caramel Rice Krispies Treats are sure to impress both kids and adults alike. The addition of caramel not only enhances the flavor but also adds a luxurious richness that makes each bite even more satisfying.


The idea to incorporate caramel into Rice Krispies Treats came to me during a family baking session. As we gathered ingredients, a jar of homemade caramel sauce caught my eye, and inspiration struck. Why not layer the caramel within the treats for an extra special touch? The experiment was a resounding success. The first batch barely lasted through the afternoon, devoured by a chorus of approval and requests for more.

These Caramel Rice Krispies Treats quickly became a staple for our family gatherings, bake sales, and as gifts for friends. They represented not just a delicious snack but a shared moment of creativity and joy in the kitchen. Every time I make them, I’m reminded of that fun afternoon and the simple pleasure of making something special from classic ingredients.

Why You’ll Love Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

  • Deliciously Different: A familiar favorite with a decadent twist.
  • Easy to Make: No-bake and simple to prepare, requiring only a few ingredients.
  • Perfect for Sharing: Great for parties, holidays, or as a homemade gift.
  • Customizable: Add nuts, chocolate chips, or a drizzle of chocolate for even more variety.

Ingredients Notes For Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

  • Rice Krispies Cereal: The base of the treats, providing that classic crispy texture.
  • Marshmallows: Melted with butter to create the sticky, sweet mixture that binds the cereal.
  • Butter: Adds richness and helps the marshmallow mixture become smooth and spreadable.
  • Caramel Sauce: Either homemade or store-bought, layered in the middle for a gooey, rich flavor.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt in the caramel layer can enhance the flavors and balance the sweetness.

Recipe Steps

  1. Prepare the Pans: Line a pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it.
  2. Make the Rice Krispies Base: Melt butter in a large pot, add marshmallows and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the Rice Krispies cereal until well coated.
  3. Layer Half the Mixture: Press half of the Rice Krispies mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Add Caramel Layer: Spread a layer of caramel sauce over the base layer. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt if desired.
  5. Top with Remaining Mixture: Carefully spread the remaining Rice Krispies mixture over the caramel. Press down gently.
  6. Cool and Set: Allow the treats to cool and set in the refrigerator before cutting into squares.

Storage Options

  • Room Temperature: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days for best texture.
  • Refrigerate: Keeps longer in the fridge, but may harden slightly. Let come to room temperature before serving


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Step-by-Step Guide to Making Caramel Rice Krispies Treats


For the Rice Krispies Layer:

  • Butter: 3 tablespoons
  • Marshmallows: 1 package (about 10 oz or 40 regular marshmallows)
  • Rice Krispies cereal: 6 cups

For the Caramel Layer:

  • Soft caramels: 1 package (about 14 oz)
  • Heavy cream or evaporated milk: 3 tablespoons

Optional Topping:

  • Chocolate chips: 1/2 cup (melted for drizzling, optional)


  1. Prepare the Rice Krispies Base:
    • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
    • Remove from heat and quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal until they are well coated with the marshmallow mixture.
    • Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press the mixture into a 13×9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside to cool.
  2. Make the Caramel Layer:
    • In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the soft caramels and heavy cream (or evaporated milk). Stir continuously until the caramels are fully melted and the mixture is smooth.
    • Pour the caramel over the prepared Rice Krispies layer, spreading evenly with a spatula. Allow to cool and set. If using, place the pan in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to help the caramel layer firm up faster.
  3. Add Chocolate Drizzle (Optional):
    • If desired, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel layer with a spoon or a piping bag.
  4. Cut and Serve:
    • Once the caramel (and chocolate, if used) has set, cut into squares or bars.
    • Serve at room temperature for easier eating, as the caramel can harden when chilled.
  • Author: Maria

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