Rich caramel sauce and chocolate combine for the best Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats. Enjoy the best of both worlds in this salty sweet recipe.

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Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

We love rice krispy treats and have so much fun creating new twists. This is the best recipe for chocolate and caramel fans. Each bite is a fabulous combination of rice krispie treats with caramel sauce topped with chocolate.

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Let’s make these delicious caramel rice krispie squares.

Chocolate caramel rice krispie treats ready to serve.

Ingredients: 

FOR THE RICE KRISPIE TREATS: 

  • Rice Krispie Cereal 
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Butter 
  • Vanilla Extract 

CARAMEL SAUCE: 

  • Brown Sugar, packed 
  • Butter 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Coarse Salt 

FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOPPING: 

  • Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Chocolate Chips 
Chocolate caramel rice krispie treats stacked together.

How to make chocolate caramel rice krispie treats

FOR THE RICE KRISPIE TREATS: 

  • Step 1 – Melt the butter and marshmallows. Place the unsalted butter and marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the mixture is melted and well combined. 
  • Step 2 – Add the vanilla. Then stir in the vanilla extract and the Rice Krispie Cereal until the cereal is coated in the marshmallow mixture.  Stir frequently to combine.
  • Step 3 – Prepare the pan. Spray a 9X13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Step 4 – Press the Rice Krispie mixture into the pan.  To press the mixture, I spray a piece of wax paper or parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray. Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill.  
Process of mixing together cereal.

THE CARAMEL SAUCE: 

  • Step 1 – Combine the ingredients. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, salt and heavy whipping cream
  • Step 2 – Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes or until thickened
  • Step 3 – Remove from heat. Let the mixture cool slightly. 
  • Step 4 – Spread the salted caramel. Pour the caramel sauce on top of the Rice Krispie treats and spread it out as evenly as possible.  Then place the pan back in the refrigerator to chill the caramel layer.
Caramel layer being spread.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOPPING: 

  • Step 1 – Add the heavy whipping cream. In a separate saucepan, bring the heavy whipping cream until it’s almost boiling. 
  • Step 2 – Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the chocolate chips.  Continue to whisk until you melt the chocolate and it is smooth.
Chocolate layer being spread.
  • Step 3 – Let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes.  Then pour the chocolate topping on top of the caramel on the Rice Krispie treats as evenly as possible.  
  • Step 4 – Then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow everything to set.  When serving, let the bars sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes to soften slightly.  Cutting into squares, the bars are ready to serve and enjoy! 

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How to store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.  If you live in a humid area, you may need to store them in the refrigerator to keep the chocolate from melting.

Recipe tips

  • Marshmallows. To make the best rice Krispie treats, do not use old marshmallows. They need to be fresh and soft.
  • Overcooking. Be careful that you do not overheat the marshmallows when melting them in the microwave. 
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Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

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Rich caramel sauce and chocolate combine for the best Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats. Enjoy the best of both worlds in this salty sweet recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate then sit at Room Temperature 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 16
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 314

Ingredients

FOR THE RICE KRISPIE TREATS:

  • 7 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 bag Mini Marshmallows 10 oz bag
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

FOR THE CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Coarse Salt

FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOPPING:

Instructions

FOR THE RICE KRISPIE TREATS:

  • Place the butter and marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the mixture is melted and well combined.
  • Then stir in the vanilla extract and the Rice Krispie Cereal until the cereal is coated in the marshmallow mixture.
  • Spray a 9X13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and press the Rice Krispie mixture into the pan.
  • To press the mixture, I spray a piece of wax paper or parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray. Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill.

FOR THE CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, salt and heavy whipping cream. Bring to boil and cook stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Pour the caramel sauce on top of the Rice Krispie treats and spread it out as evenly as possible.
  • Then place the pan back in the refrigerator to chill.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE TOPPING:

  • In a separate saucepan, bring the heavy whipping cream until it’s almost boiling. Remove the pan from the heat, then whisk in the chocolate chips.
  • Continue to whisk until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Then pour the chocolate topping on top of the caramel on the Rice Krispie treats as evenly as possible.
  • Then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow everything to set.
  • When serving, let the bars sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes to soften slightly.
  • Then the bars are ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.  If you live in a humid area, you may need to store them in the refrigerator to keep the chocolate from melting.
To make the best rice Krispie treats, do not use old marshmallows and make sure not to overheat the marshmallows when melting them in the microwave. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 314kcal, Carbohydrates 45g, Protein 3g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 162mg, Potassium 41mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 31g, Vitamin A 1193IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 44mg, Iron 4mg

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