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This is a quick and easy Rice Krispies Treat that's perfect for Valentine's Day with pink-colored Rice Krispies, white chocolate candy topping and sweet X and O sprinkles! Great for a dessert idea or to send along with the kids to school to give to friends!
Rice Krispie Treats are a classic treat everyone loves
Even though this version is pink with a white chocolate candy coating, they have the flavor of your basic everyday Rice Krispies Treat that everyone loves! We've just changed it up a bit and now it's one of our favorite Valentines Day desserts!
How to make this recipe
Rice Krispie Treat Ingredients
- butter - I prefer unsalted
- vanilla extract
- red or pink food coloring
- Rice Krispies cereal or any puffed rice cereal
- white chocolate candy melts
Step by step instructions
Heat butter in a medium-sized pot over low heat until melted.
Add vanilla extract. (You can use imitation vanilla if that's what you have on hand, but I feel real vanilla extract has better flavor.)
Add salt and mix until vanilla and salt are blended.
Stir until marshmallows are mostly melted. Keep an eye on the mixture so it doesn't burn. Don't walk away from this!
Add food coloring a tiny bit at a time until you get the desired color. I only had red, but I knew I could still get a pink color by only using a small amount. Mix together until there are no streaks of color left.
I like to use the Wilton Gel Food Coloring as I think it gives a better color than the drops.
Add the marshmallow mixture to the Rice Krispies cereal in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray for easier removal. Add marshmallow-cereal mixture to pan and spread evenly.
It's also helpful to spray the utensil that you're using to spread the mixture with, with the cooking spray to help prevent it from sticking. You need to work quickly as the mixture is very sticky, and gets more sticky as it cools.
I like to use my brownie cutter pan for these treats. It cuts them evenly and quickly all at once.
Make sure to do it right after spreading, before they set up. Also make sure to spray the cutter with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
For the candy topping, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. All you need for a double boiler is a pan with water brought to a low boil, with a glass bowl placed on top. This helps melt the chocolate at a lower temperature and will keep it from burning and separating.
For the white chocolate candy melts, I like to use the Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers.
After the chocolate has melted, dip the tops of the treats it until there is a thin coating of chocolate.
Make sure to add the sprinkles on top after each dip to make sure the sprinkles will stick before the chocolate re-hardens.
Why are my Rice Krispies Treats hard?
Make sure you cook the marshmallow mixture over low heat. You don't want to heat the mixture to high...just enough to melt the butter and marshmallows.
Also when adding the mixture to the pan, don't press the mixture down hard. Press hard enough to get the cereal mixture spread around the pan.
I like to keep them in a sealed plastic or glass container in the refrigerator. Leave out at room temperature before serving and eating.
Alternately, you can store them in a plastic zipper bag.
Yes, however, I wouldn't make them more than a day or two in advance, and only store in the refrigerator.
As directed above, leave out to get to room temperature before serving and eating.
Yes, but make sure they are wrapped and sealed very tightly. They should last up to 30 days if sealed properly. Thaw for a day in the refrigerator, or on the counter until they reach room temperature and are ready to serve.
Valentine's Day Rice Krispie Treats
- 12 tablespoons butter unsalted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 20 ounces marshmallows
- gel food coloring red or pink
- 10 cups puffed rice cereal
- 10 ounces white chocolate candy melts
- Heat butter in a medium-sized pot over low heat until melted
- Add vanilla extract and salt, and mix until blended.
- Add marshmallows and stir until mostly all are melted.
- Add a very tiny amount (tip of a knife) of food coloring and mix until blended. Keep adding until you get your desired color. Blend thoroughly until the color is solid and there are no color streaks left.
- Add the marshmallow mixture to the rice cereal in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray. Add marshmallow-cereal mixture and spread. Do not press down too hard. To further prevent sticking, also spray the spreading utensil prior to spreading in the pan.
- Cut Rice Krispie treats into 18 servings.
- Melt the white chocolate candy melts in the top of a double boiler.
- Dip each treat into the white chocolate and top each with sprinkles. Add sprinkles right after dipping, to ensure the sprinkles will stick before the chocolate re-hardens.