Marshmallow Krispies are an irresistible holiday treat. Marshmallows dipped in caramel and rolled in crunchy rice krispies for a delicious combination.
Marshmallow Krispies are an indulgent holiday dessert that will have everyone asking for more. Simply dip marshmallows in caramel and roll them in rice krispy cereal. Make this classic treat ahead of time and freeze to enjoy during the busy holiday season.
Why We Love This Recipe
- We call this unique take on caramel rice krispie treats ‘Marshmallow Krispies’ while some others refer to them as ‘Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Balls.’
- They’re a family favorite during Christmas time and a must-have on our holiday treat table—they go fast (and have been known to create ‘fights’ over the last few).
- This holiday treat is so easy to make, and the kids will love to help.
- The recipe makes 5 to 6 dozen, so you can easily keep some for your own family and gift some to friends and neighbors too.
- We love to prepare them ahead of time and store them in the freezer until Christmas.
All you need are 5 simple ingredients to make these marshmallow krispies.
- 16 oz Kraft caramels
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
- 1 1/2 packages of large marshmallows
- 1 box Rice Krispies cereal
Caramels: we use the Kraft caramels you need to unwrap. But have you seen the Kraft caramel bits? These will save you time without having to remove all the wrappers.
- Large, microwave-safe mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Dipping tool or fork
- Parchment or wax paper
- Baking sheet (optional)
- Storage container or serving platter
How to Make Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Balls
Step 1 | Unwrap the Caramels
Unwrap the individual caramels. This is an easy job for kids. Skip this step if you are using the caramel bits for easy melting.
Step 2 | Make the Caramel Mixture
In a large bowl, add the butter, caramels, and sweetened condensed milk. Melt in the microwave in small increments until smooth, stirring often.
Step 3 | Dip Marshmallow in Caramel
Next, dip the entire marshmallow into the caramel mixture. We use a dipping tool we often use for dipping cake pops. You can also use a fork.
Step 4 | Roll Marshmallow in Rice Cereal
Roll the caramel-dipped marshmallow in rice krispy cereal. You may have to press the marshmallow into the cereal to get it to stick and completely cover the caramel.
Step 5 | Place on Parchment Paper
Place the rice krispy balls on a wax paper or parchment-lined cookie sheet to set.
Step 6 | Allow to Set for About 1 Hour
Repeat until all of the caramel mix is gone. Allow the marshmallow krispies to set for about an hour.
Step 7 | Store in Airtight Container in Fridge or Freezer
Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container until you are ready to serve. They’re even delicious to eat frozen.
Don’t forget to test at least one. 😉 This recipe should yield about 5 or 6 dozen, making plenty to share with friends and neighbors for holiday gifts.
More Delicious Holiday Recipes
- Microwave chocolate fudge
- Old-fashioned peanut brittle
- Peanut butter cups
- Grandma’s molasses cookies
- Pumpkin corn flake treats
- Bread Machine Buns
- Unwrap the caramels.
- In a large bowl, add the butter, caramels, and sweetened condensed milk.
- Melt in the microwave in small increments until smooth, stir often.
- Dip each marshmallow into the caramel mixture.
- Roll in rice krispies.
- Place on wax or parchment paper to set for about an hour.
- Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.
Allow to set for about an hour.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
- Prep Time: 1 – 2 hours
- Category: Desserts
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 rice krispy ball
- Calories: 131
- Sugar: 13.8 g
- Sodium: 98.1 mg
- Fat: 3.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 23.2 g
- Protein: 1.6 g
- Cholesterol: 9.7 mg
Keywords: caramel, marshmallow, rice krispies
Now that you know how to make these Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Balls, it’s time to get baking! This recipe is perfect for a holiday treat. Your friends and family will be asking for the recipe when they bite into these gooey, chewy balls of deliciousness.
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