I’m so excited that Valentine’s day is almost here! I’m celebrating with these tasty Valentine’s Candied Rice Krispie Squares!!
This is a super simple recipe that takes the traditional rice krispies treats and adds a little pop! you are sure to love. But, I mean, here I am, a girl who loves a rice cereal treat more than a candy bar…so, what do I know?! Maybe you should try these and find out…LOL!
In all seriousness, I’m also super excited to make these and celebrate Valentines because I get to share them with my Hubby! The first 5 years we were married, he was on the road for Valentines. It’s so nice to have him around to celebrate these special days!
So I am making fancy dinner plans, and testing recipes and sampling along the way. This easy rice krispies treat recipe is at the top of the list!
He loves a good rice crispy treat and I know that, after I’ve added frosting and candy bits, he’s just going to flip for this super easy dessert recipe.
I’m definitely pinning this so I remember to make it next year…hint, hint.
What You Need to Make Valentine’s Candied Rice Krispie Squares
To Make the Rice Krispies:
- 5 c Rice Cereal
- 1 bag Mini marshmallows (or regular sized will do as well)
- 1/3 c Butter
- ½ c Cinnamon Candy Hearts
- 2 – 3 tbsp. Candy sprinkles
To Make the Icing:
- 1 c Powdered sugar
- 2 – 3 drops Red food coloring
- ½ + tbsp. Milk
You could also use canned frosting, just thinned out with a couple more tablespoons of milk. But I never have a can of that handy, so I just make my own. Easy enough to do that and making homemade frosting is so easy, it’s totally worth it.
How to Make Candied Rice Krispie Squares
- In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
- When completely melted, add the marshmallows and stir constantly until they are melted. Remove from heat.
- Add the rice krispies cereal and candy to the marshmallow mixture. Stir quickly and thoroughly.
- Empty the contents into a 9 x 13 pan that’s been lined with wax paper and/or greased. Wet hands quickly and press the contents into the corners of the pan and continue to press until it’s even.
- Let cool to room temperature.
- In a bowl, mix together the powdered sugar with ½ tsp of milk. Continue to add the milk in ½ tbsp. increments until you reach the consistency that you would like for drizzling on top of the squares. The icing will set up slightly as it sits.
**Note: You can cut the squares first and then drizzle the icing, or you can drizzle the icing over the top of the squares before you cut them.
**Another note: If you prefer ridiculously chewy, very dry rice crispy cereal treats, you can cut the marshmallows down by 1/3. If you prefer super gooey, ridiculously not-gonna-hold-their-shape treats, just add 1/3 again more marshmallows. Either way, they’re really tasty.
**Last note, I promise: If you want frosting that is stiff enough to write with, that won’t spread and you can actually, maybe write someone’s name out or whatever, you can just add less milk to the powdered sugar. If you want to basically cover the top of the rice krispies bars with frosting, you can make it thin and then spread it out with the back of a spoon. OR, if you’re really nuts for frosting, you can also make it juuuuust a little thinner than I did by adding another 1/2 tablespoon of milk and then you can dip the corners of each rice krispies treat in the frosting.
Don’t these look amazing? The kids would go nuts for some Valentine’s Candied Rice Krispie Squares after school or for a class treat! I know that my hubby will enjoy these in his lunches over the next few days!
Whats your favorite valentine’s treat to share?
Need more Valentine’s treat inspiration? Try these!