Fun Ways to Use Assorted Cereals for Rice Krispies Treats
Updated: Mar 5
February School Break meant our kids wanted to do lots of fun activities.
One of our favorite activities to do is making desserts in different ways and putting a twist on some classics.
We decided to make Rice Krispies Marshmallow Treats with a Twist!
Rice Krispies Treats can be so much fun to make as a family because they use very simple ingredients.
Kids love to get sticky mixing the marshmallows into the cereal.
Check out how we made unique Rice Krispies Treats using assorted cereals.
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What Types of Cereals to Use?
The best part about making Rice Krispies Treats is that you don’t have to only use Rice Krispies Cereal.
We decided to purchase a package of assorted cereals, so we didn’t have to buy a lot of cereal. We were able to use all the cereal we purchased and didn’t waste any ingredients.
Some of the cereal options to use are the following:
Puffed Rice Cereal
The type of cereal really depends on personal preference. You can use any sugary cereals you want to put some tasty twists on this classic dessert, even if I didn’t list it above.
My favorite way to make them is to use as many cereals as you want so you can have a variety of new flavors to eat.
How to Make Rice Krispies Treats
1. What to Make It In
The best way to make Rice Krispies Treats is in a large deep baking pan. There are so many options to choose from. For this specific recipe, I used a 9”x13” pan so I had plenty of space for all the different cereal options.
You will want to line the baking pan with parchment paper to make clean up easier. It is much easier to pull your Rice Krispies Treats off the parchment paper than trying to dig it out of the bottom if you’d pan. If you prefer, you could spray the bottom of your parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray before adding the cereal mixture. I do not recommend aluminum foil or plastic wrap since they will stick to your Rice Krispies Treats.
2. Gather Ingredients and Supplies
8 Mini Boxes of Cereal
2 10.5oz Bags Mini Marshmallows
1 Stick of Butter (8 Tbsp)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Medium or Large Pot
Small Mixing Bowls (1 per cereal type)
Large Deep Baking Pan (9”x13”)
* You can use salted or unsalted butter. Personal preference.
* The amount of vanilla use is to taste. You could add a little more or a little less.
*While you can use marshmallow fluff as a replacement for marshmallows, I choose not to because I prefer the buttery flavor of the melted marshmallows.
To do this, you would replace 2 bags of mini marshmallows with 35oz marshmallow fluff.
Before melting the marshmallows, you should prep the cereals.
Once the marshmallows are melted, they will need to be added to the cereals and stirred quickly before the marshmallows harden.
Add each type of cereal to their own small bowl and assign a spoon or small spatula to each bowl.
Have your prepared baking dish or pan out and lined with your parchment paper so your cereal mixture can be quickly transferred over to cool.
Heat the stick of butter in the bottom of your medium pot on medium heat until the butter is almost fully melted.
Reduce the heat to medium-low heat and add in your first bag of marshmallows into the melted butter, stirring the entire time with a scrapper spatula.
Stir and pull the mixture away from the side of the pot.
Add a little more than 3/4th of the second bag of marshmallows to the melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
Continue to stir and pull the mixture away from the edges of the pan until all the marshmallows are melted.
Add a teaspoon vanilla to the marshmallows and fully stir together.
Once everything is full mixed and is a smooth texture, divide it up between each if your cereal bowls. Make sure to add more to bowls that contain more cereal. A few cereals I used 2 boxes, so I needed more marshmallows in those bowls.
Quickly stir the cereal and marshmallows together in each bowl so the cereal is completely covered in the melted marshmallow mixture.
Transfer mixture of each Rice Krispies cereal into a different section of your baking dish so they remain separated. Be sure to push the Rice Krispies mixture into the edges of the dish to spread it out evenly. This will combine all the cereals together to make an even bigger treat.
Cover your cereal treats with aluminum foil and let sit on the counter at room temperature for about an hour to harden.
How to Get the Kids Involved
My kids really love to help make different meals and bake desserts with me. They love to feel included and it’s always fun to know you’re eating something you made yourself.
Since this recipe must be done quickly, I make sure my kids help to prep as much as they can. They poured the boxes of cereal into each bowl, so we were ready to go once the marshmallows were melted.
Once the marshmallow mixture was poured into each cereal, they were able to stir the cereal for me, which was a huge help. They knew the marshmallows were hot, but it had cooled down quite a bit by the time I was done pouring the mixture into each bowl evenly.
You could even take it a step further and after the Rice Krispies Treats have hardened, use fun cookie cutter shapes to cut out the Rice Krispies Treats.
There you have it, a delicious way to make Rice Krispies Treats that the kids love.
This awesome assorted Rice Krispies Treat recipe is so much fun to make and so delicious no matter which cereals you decide to go with.
If you are looking for new desserts to make for your child, these Rice Krispie Treats will give you endless options.
You’ll find it lasts much longer and stays fresher if you store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
If you are looking for more food items for your child, check out our Well-Balanced & Kid-Approved School Lunch Ideas for the Picky Eater.
Have you ever made homemade Rice Krispies Treats?
What types of cereals have you used?
Let us know in the comments below!