If you’re looking for Halloween Rice Krispies treats, these Rice Krispie pumpkins are super easy to make and so cute!
I originally published the recipe on October 16, 2013 (where did the time go?) but the post needed an update, so today’s the day and 2020’s the year.
And the pumpkin Rice Krispie treats are as tasty as tasty can be. They’re perfectly sized for Halloween parties, lunchboxes or after school snacks too.
Ingredients for Rice Krispie Pumpkins
- marshmallows (I prefer the mini ones so they melt faster)
- orange food coloring gel
- Rice Krispies cereal (or any crisped rice cereal)
How to make pumpkin Rice Krispie treats
As with all Rice Krispies treats recipes (try my Christmas Rice Krispies treats too), you start by melting the butter in a saucepan over low heat, then add the marshmallows and continue stirring until they’re melted and smooth.
Remove from heat and stir the food coloring gel into the melted marshmallows, adding more gel to deepen the color, etc. I used two drops for mine (and I got impatient and added my color in the last stage of melting—which is totally fine.)
The marshmallows will be a shiny, delicious shade of orange—just perfect for making Halloween Rice Krispies treats.
Stir in the Rice Krispies cereal, making sure to thoroughly incorporate the marshmallows with the cereal.
Let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes then either spray cooking spray on your hands or use butter and gently mold the mixture into round balls and transfer to a sheet of waxed paper to cool completely.
Once you’ve made the little orange balls of yumminess, you can stick a candy stem in the top of them (or whatever you’d like to use as a stem—ideas below).
Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats Tips
For pumpkin flavor, look for pumpkin spice marshmallows. You’ll find them in stores closer to Halloween. Jet-Puffed is the brand I’ve used. They’re orangeish-brown pumpkin-shaped marshmallows. However, regular marshmallows are classic and easy to find and either kind works.
I used green candy stems from a cupcake decorating kit for the stems. You could also use green licorice, tootsie rolls, gumdrops, M&Ms or sour punch straws.
If you’re inspired, you could turn them in jack-o-lanterns by making little faces with icing, gel or candies.
Other Halloween recipes you’ll love
- Graveyard pie
- Paranormal parfaits
- Mummy cookies
- Lit’l smokies mummy dogs
- Chocolate monster donuts
- Toxic tumbler cocktail
- Swamp punch
- Slimy slurpies
Rice Krispie Treats Pumpkins
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 8-oz pkg mini marshmallows or 1 10-ounce pkg large marshmallows
- Orange food coloring gel
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal or any crisped rice cereal
- Melt butter over low heat on stovetop. Add marshmallows and stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring gel, a drop at a time until desired shade of orange is reached. Add crispy rice cereal and mix until ingredients are evenly dispersed.
- Let cool for a few minutes, then with buttered hands, take small amounts of the cereal mix and form into balls. Place on waxed paper to cool.