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Chewy Marshmallow Rice Bars recipe


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A super-chewy and totally moreish treat. Perfect for snacking on, as a dessert or pop them into your packed lunch.

8 people made this

IngredientsServes: 8

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 300g marshmallows, snipped into smaller pieces
  • 160g puffed rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies

MethodPrep:10min ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:1hr10min

  1. Lightly grease a 20x25cm or similar sized dish.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Gently stir the marshmallows and allow to fully melt. Stir until the butter and marshmallows are blended, remove pan from heat.
  3. Stir in the puffed rice and stir until the cereal is completely coated with the melted marshmallow mixture.
  4. Spread the mixture out into the prepared dish, chill for 1 hour to set and cut into bars.

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I used rainbow drops for the colourful effect which made them very sweet as appose to using plain cereal. These were tasty but found them a little bit too sticky but that could be down to me using the sugary rainbow drops. But will defo be doing them again-17 Mar 2013


26 Creative Marshmallow Recipes

Sticky, sweet, and hard to resist, marshmallow recipes aren&rsquot just for kids anymore!

Let&rsquos be honest, no matter how old we are, there&rsquos something about biting into Rice Krispie treats and s&rsquomores that brings a sense of nostalgia.

There&rsquos just something comforting about marshmallows, no matter how they&rsquore served! I&rsquom sharing 26 recipes that put a creative twist on your childhood favorites.

From campfire options and fantastic gift ideas, all of these desserts will put a smile on your face.

Without further ado, here are the best marshmallow recipes around!


Lucky Charms Cereal Bars

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Lucky Charms Cereal Bars are fun, colorful treats that kids love! Crispy cereal wrapped in buttery marshmallow with more chewy colorful marshmallow bites.

This popular version of Rice Krispie Treats is just as tasty and easy as the original, with the bonus of chewy assorted colorful marshmallows! Kid approved, delicious, and budget friendly, talk about a winning Snack Recipe!

LUCKY CHARMS CEREAL BARS

These Lucky Charms Cereal Bars are so much more fresh and gooey than the store bought version. Since they aren’t coated in a thick white chocolate flavored coating, these homemade bars are the perfect amount of sweet. Plus this recipe makes at least six times the treats in one box for half the price!

Lucky Charms Cereal Bars start with the same butter and marshmallows base as Rice Krispie Treats, but one bite will show you they are completely different. The thicker cereal stays a bit more crisp in the gooey marshmallow mixture. Unlike the mini marshmallows in S’mores Cereal Bars, the rainbow marshmallow bits stay crunchy and give bursts of sugary goodness!

No bake desserts like Lucky Charms Cereal Bars are a fun summertime activity for kids. You can skip the stove top if they aren’t ready for that level and use the microwave to melt the marshmallows. Simply add marshmallows and butter to a large bowl that is microwave safe and microwave for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes.

Lucky Charms Cereal Bars are the perfect St. Patrick Day’s dessert. No need for any green dyes or overly complicated decorating to get a fun dessert that is right on theme. These colorful marshmallow treats are great for bake sales, kid parties, and school events because they are gluten free and allergy friendly snacks.

These tasty Lucky Charms Cereal Bars get even better with white chocolate! The creamy, vanilla flavor in white chocolate goes perfectly with the crunchy cereal and sugary marshmallow bits. Check out the bottom of the post for three ways you can make these Lucky Charms Cereal Bars with white chocolate.

MORE RAINBOW DESSERT RECIPES

Rainbow Cupcakes with Vanilla Cloud Frosting

Easy Fruit Salad

Rainbow Poke Cake With Whipped Cream

Sour Patch Grapes – Healthier than the Candy!

VARIATIONS ON LUCKY CHARMS CEREAL BARS

  • Fruity Lucky Charms: Try these easy Lucky Charms Cereal Bars with their new Fruity Lucky Charms or Fruit Loops with Marshmallows.
  • Vanilla: Bring out more vanilla flavor in Lucky Charms Cereal Bars with a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir vanilla extract into melted marshmallow mixture before adding cereal.
  • Marshmallows: Go marshmallow crazy by stirring 1 cup mini marshmallows into the cereal mixture after it has cooled for 5 minutes. If you’ve got some time, these easy Homemade Marshmallows will take your treats to the next level.
  • Marshmallow Bits: Reserve about a cup of the marshmallow bits and press into the top of your bars before they set. You can also order a bag of just marshmallow bits online!

Lucky Charms Cereal Bars with White Chocolate (3 ways!)


Cheerios Cereal Bars

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These crunchy Cheerios Cereal Bars are the best breakfast on the go! Easy marshmallow cereal bars perfect for snacking, lunchboxes, and summertime treats!

These no-bake cereal bars are just as easy and gooey as Rice Krispies Treats but with some extra crunch! The perfect Snack Recipe for kids of all ages that doubles as breakfast on the go!

CHEERIOS CEREAL BARS

Marshmallow cereal bars of all kinds have been around a while and are one of those classic snacks that never get old. For over 80 years, kids and adults of all ages have loved these sticky gooey chewy no-bake treats. This recipe is a wholesome, wholegrain take on the krispie treat using another well loved classic, Cheerios.

What sets this recipe apart is that this a Cheerios Cereal Bar recipe without peanut butter. Don’t get it twisted, peanut butter is delicious but these Cheerios Cereal Bars are meant to have classic krispie treat flavors. Plus leaving out the peanut butter keeps them healthier and lower in fat and cholesterol.

Don’t let the whole bag of marshmallows fool you, these Cheerios Cereal Bars are actually pretty healthy snacks. At about 100 calories, low fat, and no added sugar in the cereal, these are a snack or breakfast you can feel good about. You don’t have to share your secret, let the kids devour them thinking they are getting a sugary treat!

One of the best things about this Cheerios Cereal Bar recipe is that it starts with 3 basic ingredients, so you can easily make them your own. There are some suggestions in the variations section to give you ideas of what to add. And there are instructions on how to make peanut butter Cheerios Cereal Bars too!

You can make these Cheerios Cereal Bars even healthier by adding dried fruit and nuts, similar to a Granola Bar. Or indulge your sweet tooth by spreading the top with Chocolate Ganache. Allow the ganache to set, refrigerating for 30 minutes if the weather is too warm, before cutting.

These cereal bars can be made ahead of time for easy potluck or cook out snacks. They don’t need to be refrigerated so they travel well and make perfect snacks for road trips and camping. Since Cheerios are gluten free and this Cereal Bars recipe is made without peanut butter they are also allergy friendly bake sale treats!


Caramel Marshmallow Rice Crispy Bars

Ooey gooey rice crispy bars with a layer of soft creamy caramel and more marshmallow for the best crispy rice bar ever. These Caramel Marshmallow Rice Crispy Bars are a classic turned extra decadent and irresistible.

So there’s the Classic Rice Crispy Bars. And that’s really great. It’s iconic. Almost everyone has made them at least once. I was eating one once and had this crazy idea. I thought to myself that I could improve on this classic treat. I could make it absolutely incredible. It could be the star of the bake sale table.

To Improve a Classic

You might be wondering who looks at a rice crispy bar and thinks, “You know, that could really use more marshmallows”? It’s me. Hear me out though. The marshmallowy chewiness is the real reason anyone eats a rice crispy bar and these have not only a ton of marshmallows inside the bar but a whole layer of ooey-gooey marshmallow goodness inside! The caramel is an unexpected chewy surprise that works so wonderfully with the rice crispy cereal and the sweet marshmallows.

Mixing and Making the Caramel Marshmallow Rice Crispy Bars

To make these, I use a 16-quart stockpot to combine the marshmallow mixture with the cereal. The size is probably a little bigger than absolutely necessary, but it helps keep bits of cereal from flying all over your kitchen in the process. Once you pour the melted marshmallow mixture in, tilt the pot at about a 45-degree angle and use the biggest, long-handled wooden spoon you own to stir. Once everything is combined, the best tool for getting it all out of the pot is a cheap, plastic bench scraper.

These Caramel Marshmallow Rice Crispy Bars are so fun to make. My favorite part is taking one of the giant bars out of the pan and sandwiching it on top of the other. Press down firmly to push out any air pockets that might have gotten trapped, but not too hard. You don’t want to crush the cereal into dust. As a finishing touch, I like to drizzle a bit of extra caramel to make these extra pretty.

Once they cool completely, I cut and wrap these individually, then place them in a zip-top bag. They can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for 3 months. If you are serving them for an event, simply unwrap them and place them on a wax paper-lined tray.

More Rice Crispy Goodness

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of these Caramel Marshmallow Crispy Rice Bars. There are so many different variations on the Classic Rice Crispy Bar though. Some of my other favorites are Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Bars. They have the chewy rice crispy base you expect with a rich, peanut buttery layer and a sweet chocolate layer on top. It’s a crowd favorite every time I make them.

Marshmallow Sprinkle Rice Crispy Bars are also super yummy and easy to customize for any occasion or holiday. Check out these ones we made for the Fourth of July!

I love the chewiness of crispy rice bars. I also love the chewiness of a good caramel. What could be better than combining them? Almost nothing. Unless you add more marshmallow. Now we’re really talking. This fantastic, gooey treat is so delicious you’ll question how you ever lived life without it. Let me know what you think in the comments!


The Best Scotcheroos

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Classic Scotcheroos made with mini marshmallows for a more chewy texture on favorite treat.

You guys&hellipI&rsquove been making scotcheroos wrong for years! Scotcheroos are a family gathering staple around here. It was the first treat I was so excited to make on my own (in my little apartment) in college, and I messed it up big time! How does that even happen? The peanut butter rice krispie bottom was rock hard and then I scorched the chocolate butterscotch top. It was my first cooking fail and definitely not the last. I&rsquom actually happy about it now, because I don&rsquot think I would have remembered it if the recipe had turned out right.


Anyway&hellipthis recipe is a classic and so easy, but sometimes some simple swaps can make all the difference. The biggest change to this recipe is to swap out the sugar and corn syrup for mini marshmallows. It makes such a difference in the chewy texture! Just like the best ever rice krispie treats, the marshmallow to cereal ratio needs to be 2 to 1 for guaranteed soft and chewy best ever scotcheroos. Also we add salt to the mixture and flake salt on top for such a nice addition. If you&rsquove been making Scotcheroos for years, I would love to have you give these changes a try and then come back and tell me your thoughts. I&rsquom positive you&rsquore going to love them.

I snapped a few phone pics during the process so you can see them in progress. The 7 tips for making the best rice krispie treats come in handy for this recipe too.


Double Chocolate Marshmallow Crispy Bars

Ahhhhh…these here chewy and crispy chocolate bars take me right back to the farm. Double Chocolate Marshmallow Crispy Bars were one of my favorite childhood treats, and an especially wonderful find in the kitchen when the school day was done. Paired with a tall glass of cold milk, they were the perfect welcome home.

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  • 1 box Duncan Hines® Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease bottom of 8x8-inch pan.
  2. Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions. Remove from oven.
  3. Sprinkle marshmallows on hot brownies. Return to oven. Bake for 3 minutes.
  4. Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in medium saucepan. Cook on low heat. Stir constantly until chips are melted. Add rice cereal. Mix well. Spread mixture over marshmallow layer. Refrigerate until chilled.

  • 1 pkg (400 g) marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups granola
  • 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  1. Combine marshmallows and butter in a Dutch oven. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until marshmallows are melted.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Stir in granola, cereal, sunflower seeds and cranberries.
  4. Press mixture into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  6. Cut into bars. Wrap bars individually in plastic wrap. Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 week. May be frozen for up to 1 month.

194 calories, 8.2 g fat, 4 g protein, 27.2 g carbohydrate, 2.4 g fibre, 203 mg sodium


Toasted Marshmallow Rice Crispy Bars

After years of moderating debates between friends who like their marshmallows flaming and those who prefer a golden brown, my preferences have fallen in-between. I like toast my marshmallows to a lovely brown before plunging them into the flame to get a charred coating. The warm center and toasty outside add a unique balance between the extremes.

I like to think it’s the best of both worlds.

Toasted Marshmallow Rice Crispy Treats are soft and chewy. Miniature marshmallows are toasted under the broiler before mixing into the cereal, creating a twist on the traditional bar. The darker the marshmallows become while toasting, the greater the flavor they will lend to the finished product. A little salt and an undertone of vanilla made these bars a favorite in my home.

Toasted Marshmallow Rice Crispy Bars

6 cups crispy rice cereal
10.5 ounces (1 bag) miniature marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Grease an 9 x 13-inch pan. Place the crispy rice cereal into a large bowl. Set aside.

Spread out the marshmallows into a single layer onto a large cookie sheet lined with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Place on the top shelf of the oven and broil the marshmallows until they are puffed and a very dark brown with a few black spots (the more color the marshmallows have, the more pronounced the flavor will be in the bars). Watch the marshmallows carefully so that they do not burn!

Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. When the marshmallows are toasted, immediately scrape them into the pot and stir until the marshmallows are melted (a few lumps are okay). Stir in the salt and vanilla extract.

Pour the melted marshmallows into the cereal and stir until evenly coated. Spread the cereal into the prepared pan. Lightly press the cereal down the cereal. Let cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Kristin is a baker and science teacher with a serious sweet tooth. She began an affair with butter and sugar fresh out of college as she experimented her way through the kitchen. The voice behind the blog Pastry Affair, Kristin develops recipes for the home cook, combining a mixture of rusticity and homespun flavors with a dash of honesty.



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