Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Deliciously decadent Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats are a new chocolatey twist on the classic treat!

For quick and easy desserts we love whipping up a version of a rice krispie treat like these Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispies Treats. Crack Rice KrispiesLucky Charm Treats, and Rice Krispie Wreath are also some of our favs!

Chocolate caramel rice krispies treats stacked on a wooden table

Chocolate + Caramel

We love easy treats at our house, especially ones the kids can help with. Rice krispie treats are something we whip up frequently. It is such a good base recipe that lends itself perfectly to tweaking and being creative.

Because we are chocolate lovers we thought it would be delish to add some chocolate to the marshmallow flavor, and then why not caramel too?! Those three flavors are just a home-run combination.

Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats are easy to whip up and taste amazing! They are perfectly giftable, shareable, and eatable.

rice krispie treat layer in a metal baking pan

Layer & Enjoy!

PREP. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.

RICE KRISPIES. In a medium pot add butter and mini marshmallows and melt on medium heat stirring constantly. When mixture is smooth, add vanilla. Remove pot from heat and add cereal and mix well. Pour this into the greased pan. Spread and smooth the mixture using a spatula or wax paper. Put in fridge and chill.

CARAMEL. In another pot, add unwrapped caramels and water and cook on low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth. Pour this over your Rice Krispies mixture and spread evenly. Put back in fridge to chill.

CHOCOLATE. For last layer, add chocolate chips to a small pot on low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Add peanut butter and mix until smooth. Remove from heat and add to the caramel layer. Place back in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

SERVE! Cut chocolate caramel rice krispie treats while cold but set out at least half hour before eating so they aren’t as hard and cold. ENJOY!

Layering caramel on top of rice krispies in a metal baking dish.

Tips + Topping Suggestions

Here are a few tips on how to keep them soft and edible:

  • Don’t use old marshmallows
  • When melting, don’t over heat the marshmallows
  • When pressing them in the pan, don’t pack them down too hard.
  • Store them in an airtight container. 

Festive Toppings

  • Holiday Sprinkles
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Toasted Coconut
chocolate layer on top of chocolate caramel rice krispies treats in a baking dish.

Storing Tips

STORE in an airtight container for several days. Keeping them stored tightly will help them last longer and stay soft. Keep at room temperature and not in the fridge.

To FREEZE, wrap each treat with plastic wrap and place them in a freezer Ziploc. Freeze for up to 3 months. Note that after freezing they will not be soft and chewy, but are still safe to eat.

A stack of chocolate caramel rice krispie squares on a wooden table.

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Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Deliciously decadent Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats are a new chocolatey twist on the classic treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 13 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 497 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 7 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 14 oz caramels unwrapped
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  • In a medium pot add butter and mini marshmallows and melt on medium heat stirring constantly. When mixture is smooth, add vanilla.
  • Remove pot from heat and add cereal and mix well. Pour this into the greased pan.
  • Spread and smooth the mixture using a spatula or wax paper. Put in fridge and chill.
  • In another pot, add unwrapped caramels and water and cook on low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth. Pour this over your Rice Krispies mixture and spread evenly. Put back in fridge to chill.
  • For last layer, add chocolate chips to a small pot on low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Add peanut butter and mix until smooth. Remove from heat and add to the caramel layer. Place back in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut bars while cold but set out at least half hour before eating so they aren't as hard and cold. ENJOY!

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Are you okay in swim lessons I am sorry your ear hurts and what movie did you watch Lily an you were excited to stay up at midnight

    1. 5 stars
      Super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Huge hit with the kids. I used semi sweet chocolate chips with crunchy peanut butter and they were divine!

  2. 5 stars
    I was expecting more of a Scotcharoo taste because it looks similar, but loved that it is an elevated Rice Krispie treat. Very good!