Pink Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treats

Valentine’s Day is in my top three holidays for two very solid reasons: pink and heart-shaped treats. Today, I’m combining both of them into a tried and true staple – Rice Krispie treats! I haven’t really felt up to baking or cooking lately, so when I finally felt up to it, I knew that Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie treats were the thing to make. 

To be honest, I mainly used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to make these. I’ve been wanting to make Rice Krispie treats for almost a year. I keep putting it off, but no longer!  Only a few pictures of these were captured. They disappeared almost immediately after I made them!

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Why Rice Krispie Treats?

I made a double batch because I plan on Cody taking some of these to work with him, but the recipe at the bottom is for a single batch of treats. I also swapped in salted butter for my typical unsalted butter. In the past, I’ve just made them with whatever butter I’ve had on hand. Salted gives it a little bit more depth. I also added mini marshmallows to the second batch. I know some people prefer them without, but I think the more mallows the better.

Keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, I tinted my melted marshmallows with a little red food dye. In my first batch, I only did four drops and got a barely there blush pink. In the second batch, I added in 8 drops and got a beautiful light pink. 

Related: Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Because nobody is perfect, I’ll share my oopsie with you. The first batch was extra sticky because I was listening to a podcast, paying absolutely zero attention to what I was doing, and added in too much butter and marshmallows. They still taste yummy, but they definitely aren’t portable. The sticky gets all over your hands! 

Oh, and if you have littles in your life, rice Krispie Treats are such a fun activity to do together. 

Rice Krispie Treat Tips & Tricks

Line your dish with lightly buttered parchment paper for an easy removal process. If using something other than silicone to mix with, butter it! Wood, metal, whatever . . . lightly grease before mixing and it’ll make your life so much easier. Pressing the finished treats down into the pan? Lightly grease your hands. 

When in doubt, light grease! It’ll make it all so much easier in the long run, promise. 

Oh! And if you have one, use a nonstick pot. Cleanup will be a breeze compared to a typical metal pot.

Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treats

The perfect anytime treat updated just for Valentine's Day!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Cool Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 18 squares

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp Salted Butter
  • 16 oz Regular Sized Marshmallows
  • 7 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1-2 cups Mini Marshmallows Optional
  • Food Coloring Optional

Instructions

  • Grease a 9×13 pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Melt the butter over low to medium heat in a large saucepan.
  • Once melted, add all of the regular sized marshmallows. Stir frequently, until 80-90% melted. If using food coloring, add it during this step.
  • Remove saucepan from heat, stirring continuously. Smash the remaining unmelted marshmallows with spatula until marshmallows are completely melted and smooth.
  • Add Rice Krispies to melted marshmallows, stiring until completely combined.
  • If adding in mini marshmallows, wait 30-60 seconds until slightly cooled and then fold them in.
  • Pour into prepared pan and let cool for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Notes

Other Versions: 
These treats can also be made with Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, or other cereals. You can also add in sprinkles, chopped animal crackers (the iced ones are where it’s at!), or even Reese’s PB Cups. 

Three Q’s For You

Do like the mini marshmallows in your Rice Krispie treats?

What Valentine’s Day treats are you making?

What treat do you always want to make but never do?

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