Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Homemade Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are the best no bake dessert for any chocolate lover. All you need are 6 ingredients and a little time to make the BEST chocolatey homemade rice krispie treats.

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My family and I rediscovered Homemade Rice Krispie Treats a few years back… and let me tell you: they are delicious.

Not only are they incredibly simple to make, but they’re a fun recipe to make together. 

Classic with a Twist

This recipe is a twist on the classic version, which we had a lot of fun taste testing. 

We also learned that cocoa crispy rice cereal (as opposed to the classic cereal) is an excellent addition to this easy no bake dessert and takes it to a new level of deliciousness.

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These Chocolate Krispie Rice Treats are decadent. They’re wonderfully chocolatey and gooey… and they’re hard to stop eating once you start. 

If you’re someone who loves chocolate, this is the recipe for you because it does NOT skimp on the chocolate flavor.

We also added some additional chocolate flavor with the decorations. My family and I added a chocolate drizzle AND chocolate sprinkles, but I have ideas for you below on how you can make these more colorful or make them your own. 

No matter how you slice them, these Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are something special!

overhead serving platter of chocolate rice krispie treats cut into squares

Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients

You can easily find all these ingredients at your local grocery store. Here’s what you need:

  • Cocoa crispy rice cereal — use your favorite brand! There are several available. I recommend seeking out the cococa crispy cereal because it adds extra cocoa flavor that I could not get into these bars otherwise.
  • Butter — you can use salted or unsalted butter. If using salted butter, don’t add the salt. If using unsalted butter, you need a little extra sprinkle of salt. I have more details about this below so you know how much to add, promise. If you’re adding a chocolate drizzle, you’ll also need a bonus tablespoon of butter for that.
  • Kosher salt — only to be added if you’re using unsalted butter!
  • Vanilla extract — this adds just a little more flavor, in my opinion, and the combination of vanilla with marshmallow and butter is simply divine.
  • Marshmallows — mini marshmallows melt best and easiest! Make sure they’re fresh. (Not marshmallow fluff.)
  • Chocolate chips — I used semisweet miniature chocolate chips for both the cocoa crispy treats and the drizzle on top of it, but you can use your favorite type of chocolate here.
mixing bowl with cocoa krispie cereal and chocolate marshmallows

How to Make Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats 

You are going to love how easy these fun treats are to make!

  1. Prepare the pan. I use a 9”x13” baking dish and line it with wax paper. This will make removing the crispy rice treats easy. You can also give the paper a spritz with nonstick cooking spray to ensure your treats will remove easily. Set aside.
  2. Measure out the cereal into a large bowl, and set aside. We won’t be mixing these in the bowl, but having this measured out before our marshmallow-butter-chocolate mixture is melty is important.
  3. Make the krispie treat base. Melt the butter over low heat with the salt in a large pot. Once the butter is melted, stir in the marshmallows. Continually stir until the marshmallows have melted completely, then splash in the vanilla and stir. Next, add the chocolate chips, and stir until they have melted.
  4. Mix the treats. Turn off the heat, and pour the cereal into the pot with the marshmallow mixture. Stir quickly until the cereal is completely coated.
  5. Make the bars. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Gently spread it into an even layer with a rubber spatula. If your spatula begins sticking, spritz with the nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Add decorations! I melted chocolate chips and a little butter in a bowl and then transferred them to a piping bag before drizzling it on the tops of these treats. I also sprinkled on some chocolate sprinkles, too!
  7. Let the treats cool for about an hour, then cut into rectangles (or any shape you desire) with a sharp knife.


You can make Rice Krispie Treats for any occasion or celebration. All you need is a vision and some additional products to make ‘em festive.

We’ve used candy melts, as well as sprinkles and chocolate-coated candies to decorate our rice krispie treats to elevate them for holidays.

Here are a few more ideas: 

  • Dip in white chocolate or dark chocolate on top to make Dipped Rice Krispie Treats. You could also do this with colorful candy melts.
  • Add some color. Instead of a chocolate drizzle, melt candy melts or white chocolate for a different color. You could also add rainbow sprinkles as a decoration, too.
close up of chocolate drizzle topping on chocolate rice krispie treats

Quick Tips and Tricks for the Best Crispy Rice Treats

Although easy to make, there are a few things to know to make the perfect rice krispie treats.

  • Use fresh marshmallows. They melt more easily and will provide a better texture for your treats. (How do I know this? I’ve attempted this recipe with older marshmallows, and they didn’t turn out quite right.)
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. After this point, the treats will begin to harden.
  • Make the decorations even more fun! You can see that I added a drizzle of chocolate and chocolate sprinkles, but you could switch this up, if desired. Add a white chocolate drizzle or colorful sprinkles to decorate these more colorfully.
angled shot of plate of chocolate rice krispie treats

Storage and Freezing

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. After this point, the treats will begin to harden.

Freezing: You can also easily freeze them! allow to fully cool and then wrap in parchment paper and freeze in an airtight container or plastic bag.

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close up of a chocolate rice krispie bar

Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

3.32 from 79 votes
Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are the best no bake dessert for any chocolate lover. Only 6 ingredients and less than 1 hour to make them!
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cool Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 24





  • Line a 9”x13” baking dish with wax paper or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Pour the cocoa krispie rice cereal into the large bowl, and set aside.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add the salt when mostly melted.
  • Stir in the marshmallows once the butter has melted. Continually stir until the marshmallows are completely melted. Add the vanilla, and stir.
  • Add the chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth.
  • Pour the cereal into the marshmallow mixture. Stir quickly until the cereal is coated.
  • Pour the cereal bar mixture to the prepared baking dish and gently spread the mixture into an even layer with a rubber spatula. (If the mixture begins sticking, spritz the spatula with the nonstick cooking spray.) Do not press down hard on the mixture, as your treats will be more compact.


  • In a small saucepan over low heat or a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, melt the chocolate chips and butter together. Drizzle over the bars in a pattern. Sprinkle on the chocolate sprinkles while the chocolate mixture is still tacky.
  • Let the treats cool completely, about 45 minutes-1 hour.
  • Cut into squares with a sharp knife, and enjoy within 2-3 days.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.


I cut my treats into 2” squares. If you cut yours larger, you will have less. If you cut them smaller, you will have more.


Calories: 124 kcal, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 76 mg, Potassium: 27 mg, Fiber: 0.1 g, Sugar: 11 g, Vitamin A: 569 IU, Vitamin C: 4 mg, Calcium: 13 mg, Iron: 2 mg
Calories: 124
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate rice krispie treats
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Chef Jessica Anne Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal, Mashed and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Whipped up a batch of these for an afternoon treat and they did not disappoint! A fun twist to a classic recipe; exactly what I needed to cure my sweet tooth!

  2. 5 stars
    Love these chocolate rice krispie treats! I’ve made them a couple of times and they always turn out perfect. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These chocolate rice krispie treats were absolutely delightful! It really took the classic treat to the next level!