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13 Ways to Spice Up Rice Krispies Treats

I loved cooking as a child, but I remember certain recipes being off limits because of the oven. The big scary, yet shiny object that was off limits. I once grabbed something fresh out of the oven without knowing the consequences, which led to a long stretch of not being “old enough” to use it anymore.

There were certain recipes I could make all by myself though. I still remember the feeling, as a young girl perched on a step stool at the countertop. I would approach my station like it was the first day of work, and I was ready to impress all who I would encounter.

One of my favorite recipes to make was Rice Krispies Treats. My mom taught me the steps: melting the butter, adding the marshmallows and slowly melting them over the heat, stirring in the Rice Krispies with a big wooden spoon and finally shaping them to the pan. After the first few times of preparing Rice Krispies Treats alongside me, my mom started letting me take on making them alone. It was such a special time to learn from her. With a hectic household, it was a quiet time to spend just the two of us.

As I’ve grown up, I still love to cook, but I’ve gotten bored with the treat that once captured my attention. So, I went hunting for some new variations on my beloved treat that I can (now) make all by myself… but I’ll definitely be inviting my mom over for some, too!

The Classic

You have to start with a beloved classic Rice Krispies Treat, while I will venture out to new flavors, nothing will totally replace this childhood friend. Learn how to make the classic OG Rice Krispies Treat with this simple recipe! 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

This is my personal favorite variant. The two big additions are chocolate and peanut butter, seriously?! Here’s how to make your own chocolate peanut butter Rice Krispies Treats! 

S’mores Treat

Looking for a nice little way to elevate your Rice Krispies Treat? Add in some crushed up graham crackers and don’t let all the marshmallow chunks melt. Get your s’more on with this easy-to-follow recipe

Muddy Buddy Treats (AKA Puppy Chow)

Puppy Chow has long been a Christmas staple in my home – you take Chex cereal, throw in some peanut butter, chocolate and cover it all in powdered sugar. It’s heavenly. Now take that concept and put it into Rice Krispies treat form…. Meet Muddy Buddy. Channel your Christmas nostalgia with this simple recipe!

Mini Chocolate Chips

If you want to try a new flavor, and only have some chocolate chips on hand, this is the recipe for you. Here’s how to make your own mini chocolate chip Rice Krispies Treats! 


This add in is loved by many, and is a natural addition to such a nice base treat like Rice Krispies Treats. If you’re a Nutella fan (which, who isn’t), you’ll definitely want to try your hand at this quick recipe! 


This one is killer for me, all the Snickers flavor delivered in a rice krispies treat? A few extra steps are involved to get the flavor in there, but it’ll be worth it. Try making Snickers Rice Krispies Treats here! 

Matcha Treats

For the tea or health food lover in your life, these matcha treats have arrived. Adding in matcha powder will give it a green tea flavor, but be warned – if you aren’t already a fan of matcha it may take some time to adjust to the strong (but yummy) flavor. Try making these Insta-worthy treats for yourself! 

Dairy Free Gluten Free Treats

This take on the treat makes it easy for a gluten intolerant or dairy intolerant friend to enjoy with you. These use Coconut Oil, Marshmallows, and gluten free rice cereal! Here’s how. 

Reese’s Cookies

Use up your Rice Krispies still, but this time make them peanut butter + chocolate filled (heart eye emoji) and then make them cookies. These could possibly replace the classic treats in my book, just possibly. Follow this recipe, and beware of your watering mouth! 

Maple Syrup Bacon Treats

I’m not sure if the bacon in sweets trend is over, but these are worth sticking around a while. These treats offer a sweet and salty take on the beloved classic. Get your breakfast-for-dessert on with this recipe

Cotton Candy Treats

First of all, did you know they sold cotton candy flavoring in packages? If you are a cotton candy connoisseur this will give you just what you want. A carnival ready rice treat. Learn how to make cotton candy Rice Krispies treats here. 

Samoa Treats

My favorite Girl Scout cookie can finish this list off. If you are craving Girl Scout cookies and it’s not that time of year, this treat could be exactly what you need. It’ll give you all the flavor of a crisp Samoa cookie, packaged in a Rice Krispies Treat body. Channel your inner girl scout with this recipe.