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Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats


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No bake chocolate Rice Krispie treats are soft, chewy, and packed full of chocolatey flavor. And you can make a batch in less than 10 minutes – talk about a quick and easy dessert. 

Whether you’re looking for an easy party dessert, one that kids can help make, or just something simple for a weeknight, these are the best. They’re also an easy make for bake sales and class parties. 

squares of chocolate Rice Krispie treats with brown sprinkles on top.

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This marshmallow cereal treat is my go-to recipe when I need to whip up something at the last minute or use up leftover Rice Krispies or Cocoa Krispies. Sometimes I alternate the chocolate version with these Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispie treats.

I even have a heart shaped Rice Krispie treats and Cadbury mini egg Rice Krispie treats that are pretty tasty and perfect for parties. PS…if you like s’mores I also have a skillet dip that is to die for. 

While there may be a ton of recipes out there, my favorite thing about this one is that you don’t have to turn the stove on. That’s right – we are melting everything in the microwave and cleanup is a breeze. 

labeled ingredients needed to make chocolate Rice Krispie treats.

Ingredients Needed 

How to Make the Best Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats 

Grease a large spoon and a 10 x 7 baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside. 

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the butter and marshmallows. Microwave for 2 minutes, remove from microwave and stir constantly until smooth. 

two image collage showing melted butter and marshmallows being mixed together.

Immediately add the chocolate chips and stir until melted. 

two image collage of chocolate chips and cocoa powder being mixed into the melted butter and marshmallow mixture.

Mix in the cocoa powder until incorporated. 

Fold in the cereal and stir until all ingredients are mixed well. 

two image collage with Rice Krispies added to a mixing bowl and poured into a pan.

Pour into the baking pan and spread evenly. Press gently with the spoon until the treats are packed. Tip: place a sheet of parchment paper over the treats before pressing them down.

Top with sprinkles and press them down into the treats. 

Cover with plastic wrap and let them set for 3-4 hours before cutting.

Tips for making Rice Krispy cereal treats

  • For easiest melting and best tasting treats, use the freshest marshmallows.
  • Avoid adding more chocolate chips. In this case more is not better. It makes the Rice Krispies hard to bite into once they’ve set up.
  • It’s important to work quickly. When the marshmallow mixture is hot, it’s the easiest to work with.
  • When it’s time to cut, spray your knife with cooking spray – it will help keep the knife from sticking to the treats. You can also try using a pizza slicer.
  • Using a 10×7 pan yields 8 large treats or 16 smaller ones.
  • You can use a 9×13 pan but the chocolate Rice Krispies will be thinner. To make them thicker, double the recipe.

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I like using dark chocolate because it has a richer taste but you can use milk chocolate or white chocolate chips if preferred.

For holidays or special occasions, you can dip the ends in chocolate and add sprinkles. 

As a fun party treat, cut the rice krispie bars in smaller pieces and add sticks. Wrap in cellophane and tie on a bow using decorative ribbon. 

top view of chocolate rice krispie treats cut into squares with chocolate sprinkles on top.

How to Store Cereal Treats

Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days. That’s when they are the softest but ours never last beyond a day. 

Can You Freeze Homemade Rice Krispie Treats? 

In the freezer they will stay fresh for about 1 month. Wrap them in a couple layers of plastic wrap, then transfer to a freezer container or freezer bag. 

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squares of chocolate rice krispie treats with brown sprinkles on top

Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

No bake chocolate Rice Krispie treats are soft, chewy, and packed full of chocolatey flavor. And you can make a batch in less than 10 minutes – talk about a quick and easy dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Rest Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 7 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom



  • Spray a 10×7 pan and a mixing spoon with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • Combine the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes, then stir vigorously to break down the marshmallows and mix in the butter.
  • Immediately add the chocolate chips and stir well again, until they have melted and are fully incorporated.
  • Add the cocoa powder and stir until combined.
  • Add the cereal and stir well, folding the ingredients over each other until the Rice Krispies are fully coated with the chocolate marshmallow mixture.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Press the mixture down gently but firmly until it’s packed and condensed.
  • Top with the sprinkles and gently press them into the treats. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for 3-4 hours before cutting.


  • Make sure your marshmallows are fresh for best results.
  • Don’t increase the amount of chocolate chips or the treats will be hard to bite.
  • Work quickly as you go through the steps – the marshmallow mixture is easier to stir when it’s warm.
  • I used dark chocolate because it has a richer flavor but you can use milk or white chips if preferred.
  • Spray your knife with nonstick spray for easier cutting.
  • Will stay soft for 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container or ziptop bag on the counter.
  • You’ll get 8 larger treats or 16 smaller treats with the 10×7 pan.
  • If you prefer to use a 9×13 pan, the Rice Krispie treats will be thinner. For thicker treats in a 9×13 pan, double the recipe.
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Nutritional Estimate

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 786IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. I have not made this yet but I am going to I will be going to the store in a few days and will pick up what I need. Not much

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