Try making Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Treats for a delicious and patriotic dessert. We love to make festive treats for July 4th and Memorial Day. 

Rice Krispy Treats topped with sprinkles.
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This easy no bake dessert is always a hit around here. My kids go crazy over rice krispie treats and we make them all the time.  We decided to jazz them up a little bit and make 4th of July Chocolate covered Rice Krispie Treats. 

They are perfect to pair with some of these No Bake 4th of July Desserts. We also love 4th of July Sugar Cookies.

Why This Recipe Works

The recipe only calls for a few ingredients and you don’t have to heat up the oven. This easy no bake treat is practically effortless but turns out so delicious.

It’s also really festive with all of the red, white and blue!

Ingredients

Ingredients for Red, White and Blue Rice Krispy Treats - rice krispy cereal, butter, marshmallows, candy melts and sprinkles.
  • Rice Krispie Cereal. Make sure the cereal is fresh and not stale or the recipe will not turn out.
  • Butter. Real butter is always suggested for best taste.
  • Red, White and Blue Candy Melts. These are perfect for dipping and look so smooth and pretty.
  • Red White and Blue Star Sprinkles. Optional but so festive!

Find the entire ingredients at the bottom of the page.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray.  
  • Step 2. Melt the butter on low heat in a large saucepan.
Saucepan with melted marshmallows.

Step 3. Next, add the marshmallows and stir with a rubber spatula until completely melted.

Cereal added to mixture.

Step 4. Remove from heat and gradually add the Rice Krispies Cereal. Combine until they are completely coated.

Rice Krispy Treats in baking dish.

Step 5. Then press the mixture down into the prepared pan.

Rice Krispy Treats cut into bars.

Step 6. Allow to cool completely and then cut into rectangle pieces. 

Rice Krispy Treats dipped in melted candy melts.

Step 7. Place the candy melts in 3 separate microwave save bowls. Melt in 30 second increments. Dip a half of ⅓ of the rice krispie treats into the each candy of the candy melts. 

Sprinkles added to each bar.

Step 8. Finally, place the rice krispie treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a fork to drizzle the other colors or tops with the star sprinkles. Allow to set before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Make Thinner Rice Krispie Treats – You can make half of this batch for thinner rice krispie treats.  We love thick rice krispie treats. Just do what you prefer. 
  • Do not store in the refrigerator.  They are best left to cool at room temperature so that the remain gooey and delicious! 
  • Use store bought treats. You can make these with store bought rice krispie treats as well. 
  • Parchment Paper – To easily lift treats out of the pan, use parchment paper.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients – When making these treats always use fresh marshmallows and cereal. The treats will taste better and last a lot longer.
  • Add Extra Marshmallows – We love adding in extra cups of mini marshmallows. In fact, adding in a cup of marshmallows when you are mixing the treats together gives it more of a marshmallow taste.
  • Gently Press into Pan – Make sure to use your hands or spatula to press into pan so the treats remain soft.
Rice Krispy Treats topped with sprinkles on a platter.

Variations

You can easily modify these this rice krispie treats recipe to make it your own.

  • Add any of your favorite red white and blue candy on top.
  • You can dip in melted chocolate instead of the melted candy.
  • Use cocoa krispies to make a fun and tasty chocolate treat.
  • Add chocolate chips or peanut butter morsels to the mixture to change up the flavor if you prefer. Yum!
  • Drizzle chocolate on top. White Chocolate works great for this.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my Rice Krispie treats hard?

Make sure to cook this over low heat. Increasing the heat will result in hard or tough treats that will not be soft like desired.

It could also be if you are pressing too hard when evenly spreading out the treats. Gently pressing the cereal mixture will help keep the treats soft.

Do Rice Crispy Treats have to be refrigerated?

Do not store in the refrigerator.  They are best left to cool at room temperature so that the remain gooey and delicious! Place inside an airtight container.

How long do Rice Krispie Treats last?

If you store the rice krispie treats in a container , they will last about 3-4 days. Ours never last that long though because we eat them so fast. Also, use wax paper in between the treats to keep them from sticking.

Can you freeze Rice Krispie Treats?

We do not recommend freezing these treats. They are best served fresh.

Are Rice Krispie Treats Gluten Free?

These Rice Krispie treats are not gluten free. Rice Krispie Cereal contains malt flavor according to their ingredients. Malt flavor contains barley, which is part of a grain which contains gluten.

However, you can purchase crispy rice cereal that is gluten free.

Can you make these treats microwave version?

Yes, just make sure to use a microwave safe bowl when heating the butter and marshmallows. This usually takes about 3 minutes but can vary based on your microwave. 

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I can’t wait for you to make these for your next party. Leave a star rating and comment please!

Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Treats

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Try making Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Treats for a delicious and patriotic dessert. We love to make festive treats for July 4th and Memorial Day. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 180

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Instructions

  • Spray a 9X13 pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter on low heat in a large saucepan.
  • Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and gradually add in the rice krispies cereal. Mix until completely coated.
  • Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  • Allow to cool completely and then cut into rectangle pieces.
  • Place the candy melts in 3 separate microwave save bowls.
  • Microwave each bowl in 30 second increments or until the candy melt is completely melted. Stir until smooth.
  • Dip a half of ⅓ of the rice krispie treats into the each candy of the candy melts. 
  • Place the rice krispie treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper. With a fork drizzle with the other colors or tops with the star sprinkles. 
  • Allow to set at room temperature until the candy melt hardens.  Enjoy!  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 180kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 1g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 121mg, Potassium 18mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 17g, Vitamin A 1019IU, Vitamin C 9mg, Calcium 2mg, Iron 4mg

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