Crazy Halloween Rice Crispy Treats

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This week while my kids were off track, we drug out the food coloring, cookie cutters and went totally crazy with dessert staple.

I mean holy-cow-that’s-a-lot-of-food-coloring crazy.

Behold the Extreme Home Makeover edition of the basic Kellogg’s Rice Krispy treat.

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I kinda love them.

The end result was crazy-bright, marshmallowy mash-ups that are so stinkin’ cute and not much harder to make than the original.


The sky’s the limit here for the colors, patterns and shapes you could use. Here’s what we came up with:

Ghosts & Stripes




Pumpkins & Stripes


Plain Stripes & Even Quilt Block Shapes (ha!)

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Once you get started it’s sorta hard to stop.


Everyone knows how to make these so I’ll skip the full tutorial thing. However, there were a few tweaks I made to pull these off that I’ll pass along:

1. To get the color super saturated, you’ll need copious amounts of food coloring – like a full teaspoon of the Wilton jells for most colors. For the black, it’s more like a full jar … um, seriously.  (Try not to think about it … it’s only once a year. :)

First batch with 1/4 tsp. food coloring jell: too pastel-y


Second batch with a generous 1 tsp. jell: much better


2. The other trick to getting a solid color is to use half the amount of cereal the original recipe calls for. Here’s what I wound up doing:


3. To make the stripes, cut long strips from solid blocks of color (like on the tray above) and mush them together.

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This worked much better than taking small clumps of each color and trying to form it by hand.


4. Use a generous amount of non-stick coooking spray on the cookie cutters. You’re welcome.

5. Let the cereal cool for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before cutting. That way the cereal mix will be somewhat set, but easier to work with. Once your shapes are made, go ahead and refrigerate to set.

Have Fun!


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  1. oh wow oh wow oh wow!!! these look great!! (how long did it take??) you should submit to craft gossip!!

  2. These are so cute! I'm way impressed with the stripes, don't know if I have that much patience where Rice Krispie Treats are concerned!

  3. Wow! These look amazing. I would love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  4. So clever! I never would have thought of that. Ever. I'm really craving rice crispy treats now.

  5. I'm a new visitor to your blog. And what better time to hitch my wagon to your star than Halloween.

    I love the excessive use of food coloring here. I'm determined to make these, and I'm certain my kids will think I'm a hero and attempt to carry me around on their shoulders in a victory parade.

    Seriously. What fun. Thanks for the tips on making them.

  6. AMAZING!!! Baking or making cute desserts like these is not my cup of tea! I admire your talent!!! I'd pay for you to make First time stopping by :) ~Nancy~

  7. Saw that you said your kids were off track- I was a year round kid when I was in school as well. I was a D tracker :) Those look like some Denver Bronco rice krispies :)

  8. These are so awesome! And super yummy, too! I would really love for you to share at my Halloween linky party going on until Wednesday at midnight...
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  9. How Fun! I would love it if you came over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and shared it with us. Thanks, I hope to see you there!

  10. I so apologize, but I can't find your html post email in my inbox. Can you please send me your post again. SO sorry.

    thanks jen

  11. What a great idea! Something I learned a long time ago (by complete accident) is if you want a little bit of flavor in your RCT's use 1 cup of colored marshmallows and the rest regular marshmallows. They taste SUPER yummy! :) And it doesn't alter the look - when they all blend together they end up pretty much white.

  12. This recipe would be great for our Halloween Food Blog Hop and we are giving away a prize!

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  14. What a great idea and so cute!

  15. WOWOWOW! Love these! Thanks sooo much for sharing!
    Gaylene at Urban Stylist in the Country


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