Candy corn rice krispies treats are so fun to make with kids! This recipe is made in a 9″ cake pan and makes 8 to 10 rice krispies treats.

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Candy corn rice krispies:

Ever since I became a Mom, I’m getting more into celebrating holidays with cute food. I can’t help it, but I was born for the preschool bake sale. Sign me up for anything monster-themed, Disney character-based, or anything that resembles candy, I love to make it!  

When I was searching for fun candy corn themed desserts to make with Camille, I knew it was all about the brightly colored layers. For years, I’ve successfully convinced Camille that these healthy rice krispies treats that are naturally sweetened were the real deal, but it was time to come clean with her. It was time for REAL MARSHMALLOWS! Needless to say, she loves the real version of rice krispies treats just as much. The brightly colored candy corn layers are just bonus.

This recipe is made in an 8 or 9″ cake pan, and you can slice it into 8 or 10 pieces of candy corn. If your’e giving them as  gifts, I recommend wrapping them individually in treat bags. They’re also very cute served on a stick at a kids’ party, too!

I used this 9″ cake pan, but you can use an 8″ pan, too. Truly, you could use any round pan, just be cognizant of the layers. 

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Baking Halloween treats with kids:

Cutesy food shaped like recognizable characters or in fun festive colors brings a smile to kids faces and to mine. Plus, I like to get kids in the kitchen baking with me, and they’re much more helpful when the recipes are simple and fast to make. When it comes to cooking with kids, instant gratification is the key to success. 

Often, I show my toddler Camille a photo of the final dish before we make it to pique her interest. I find that gets her excited and can often give her enough focus to follow through with the baking process. Often, Camille starts baking with me and then she spies her crayons across the room and wanders off. I don’t mind when she leaves me hanging in the kitchen, because then I can quickly wrap up and clean up. You other Moms know what I mean–kids are sweet, but they’re often a hot mess in the kitchen, heh. I often have to grin and pretend it doesn’t bother me when Camille flings flour out of the bowl while stirring. I know we’re creating memories in the kitchen, so I try to ignore it–you may be better at this than me, of course.

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Candy corn rice krispies treats method:

I love that this recipe for candy corn rice krispies treats is made entirely in the microwave. And, I love that it uses one entire 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows. In order to measure the mini marshmallows for each layer, just pour them into a liquid measuring cup. No need to press the marhsmlloaws flat–just pour them until they reach the specified amount for each layer, don’t over-think it. 

Here’s a visual of what it looks like in the pan before you slice them up:

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First, make the yellow layer in the microwave. I say this not only because it’s the first, outermost layer, but also because you can make the orange layer in the same bowl since orange is made of yellow and red food coloring. So, make the yellow layer first, and then there’s no need to clean out the bowl before making the orange layer. You absolutely must use a clean bowl for the white layer, though, sorry! 

Side note: the mummy cupcakes in the photo above are just my vegan chocolate cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream from my mini vanilla cake for two. Camille used two mini M&Ms to make eye balls! I used this frosting tip that makes long, flat strips of buttercream to make it look mummy-like.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, friends!

Yield: 8

Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats

Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats

Festive candy corn rice krispies treats are a fun easy Halloween dessert for kids.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

For the yellow layer:

  • 2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • big pinch of salt
  • 5 drops yellow food gel
  • 2 1/4 cups crisp rice cereal

For the orange layer:

  • 1 3/4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • big pinch of salt
  • 5 drops yellow food gel
  • 1-2 drops red food gel
  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons crisp rice cereal

For the white layer:

  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • big pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup crisp rice cereal

Instructions

  1. First, spray an 8 or 9" cake pan with cooking spray (or grease with extra butter).
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, first make the yellow layer: combine the marshmallows, butter and salt. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds, stirring until melted. If it's not smooth and melty, return it to the microwave for another 15 seconds. Then, whisk in the food coloring followed by the rice cereal. Stir until well-blended.
  3. Using your hands, press the yellow layer around the edges of the pan to make a ring. See photo for reference. You may butter your hands to make it easier. Try to pack it firmly against the edges of the pan.
  4. Using the same bowl, repeat the process for the orange layer.
  5. Using a clean bowl, make the white layer in the microwave, pressing it into the center of the pan.
  6. Allow everything to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing into triangles.

Notes

This recipe will use an entire 10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows. Alter the food gel amounts to get the colors you prefer.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 304mg Carbohydrates: 46g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g