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Square rice krispie treats that have been dipped in semi-sweet chocolate, and placed on parchment paper to set.

Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats

These Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats are sweet, chewy, gooey, made with just 4 ingredients, and a chocolatey twist. A quick and easy, no-bake treat for the whole family!

Square rice krispie treats that have been dipped in semi-sweet chocolate, and one that has a bite taken out of it.

Why I Love This Recipe

Homemade Rice Krispie treats with marshmallows may just top the list of nostalgic, child-friendly snacks beloved by all. They’re gooey, chewy, soft yet crisp, wonderfully sweet, and so quick and easy to make that even your children can get involved. Now, enjoy crowd-pleasing chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie treats for a decadent twist.

Making Rice Krispie treats dipped in chocolate takes only minutes of preparation and four simple pantry ingredients (marshmallows, Rice Krispies, salted butter, and chocolate)—what’s not to love?! Honestly, it’s a little surprising just how addictive this simple dish can be.

Best of all, they’re super versatile and can be decorated and customized to suit practically any party, gathering, special occasion, or even to give as a homemade gift!

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Tips for Making Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats

  • Use fresh marshmallows: They’ll melt easier and more smoothly into the perfect soft, gooey consistency. In comparison, old marshmallows can lead to hard treats.
  • Melt the ingredients over low heat: Also, stir often. This ensures the mallows won’t burn or harden for the best soft, chewy, gooey Rice Krispie treats.
  • For softer, more gooey Rice Krispie treats: Add 2-4 tablespoons of condensed milk to the mallow mixture.
  • Don’t press the mixture in the pan: Instead, lightly pat it down, then allow it to settle naturally. This makes the best ever Rice Krispie treats (soft and chewy).
  • Chocolate not melting? If you have issues achieving a smooth, dippable consistency, try adding coconut oil to the chocolate, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency. Note that it will take longer to set.
  • To cut the bars: Use a large, sharp kitchen knife to cut clean bars/squares.

Recipe Variations

  • Other chocolate: You can substitute the semi-sweet chocolate for dark (bitter-sweet) or white chocolate Rice Krispie treats. Candy melts (any color) also work.

Also, feel free to experiment with fully chocolate covered Rice Krispie bars or chocolate drizzled Rice Krispie treats vs. partially dipping them.

  • Vanilla extract: Add just a little high-quality, natural vanilla extract for warmth.
  • Other extracts: I.e., ¼-1/2 tsp almond, coconut, or peppermint extract.
  • Spices: Add 1/2-1 tsp (or more, to taste) of cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
  • Salted caramel: Fold in a few tablespoons of salted caramel sauce.
Square rice krispie treats that have been dipped in semi-sweet chocolate, and stacked on top of eachother.

How to Decorate Rice Krispie Treats

Their versatility makes them perfect to customize for any occasion. Try decorating Rice Krispie treats for bridal and baby showers, birthdays, Easter, Halloween, game days, tea parties, Christmas, etc., by changing their shape, color, and toppings.

To decorate chocolate dipped Rice Krispie squares/bars, get creative and sprinkle the melted chocolate (while wet) with:

  • Mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, cinnamon chips, etc.
  • Peppermint candies/ candy canes
  • Crushed cookies
  • Other candy (smarties, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, toffee bits, etc.)
  • Sprinkles
  • Freeze-dried berries
  • Chopped nuts (like almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Edible glitter
  • Dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, apricots, blueberries)
  • Peanut butter (swirled in the melted chocolate)

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Can I use mini marshmallows? You can use mini, regular, or giant marshmallows (cut into smaller pieces) – just note the larger they are, the longer they’ll take to melt.  
  • How can I make gluten-free Rice Krispie treats? Most marshmallows are already gluten-free but make sure to check the packaging. Also, use gluten-free puffed rice cereal.
  • How to make colored Rice Krispie treats? Use food coloring liquid drops rather than gel tubes.
  • Why are my Rice Krispie treats hard? There are several reasons chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie treats could be hard, including If you’ve used old marshmallows, melted the mallows and butter over high heats/for too long, or if you’ve packed the mixture too firmly into the pan.
  • Can I make them soft again? Although I’ve never had to try, I’ve heard you can fix hard Rice Krispie bars by placing a slice of bread in a Ziplock bag with 2-3 bars.

How to Store Rice Krispie Treats

Store the chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie treats on your counter in an airtight container between layers of wax paper for 2-3 days.

Alternatively, freeze Rice Krispie treats stacked between layers of wax paper or parchment paper for 6-8 weeks. Leave them on the counter for 15 minutes before enjoying them.

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Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats

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Recipe by Samantha Citro
Course: Sweet RecipesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats are sweet, chewy, gooey, made with just 4 ingredients, and a chocolatey twist. A quick and easy, no-bake treat for the whole family!


  • 1/2 cup salted butter

  • 2 10 oz bags marshmallows

  • 8 cups crispy rice cereal

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Make the Treats
  • Lightly grease 9×13″ baking pan and set aside.
  • In a large pot over medium-heat fully melt the butter.
  • Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and toss to coat. Continue stirring until the marshmallows are fully melted.
  • Remove from the heat, and fold in the crispy rice cereal. Make sure the cereal is fully coated in the marshmallow mixture.
  • With a greased rubber spatula, spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan, being careful not to press the mixture down.
  • Allow the rice krispie treats to fully set up and cool in the pan, about 2 hours.
  • Dip the Treats
  • Cut the set mixture into 3×3.25″ bars and remove them from the pan.
  • Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave them for 30-second increments, stirring between each, until fully melted. The chocolate should be a smooth and dippable consistency. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate using a double boiler.
  • Dip each rice krispie treat 1/3 of the way into the melted chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, then place them on a parchment paper lined surface.
  • Allow the chocolate to fully set at room temperature, about 1 hour, or in the refrigerator, about 30 minutes.
  • Once the chocolate is fully set, serve your chocolate dipped rice krispie treats and enjoy!


  • Avoid hard treats: When spreading the cereal-marshmallow mixture into your pan, avoid pressing it down. Pressing the mixture into the pan can result in rice krispie treats that are hard. Allowing the mixture to settle naturally will give you treats that are perfectly chewy.
  • Chocolate not melting? Each brand of chocolate chips will melt differently. If you are struggling to get the chocolate to a smooth dippable consistency, try adding coconut oil one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. Adding coconut oil will make the treats easier to dip, but will also cause the chocolate to take longer to fully set.

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