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Did you know Rice Krispie Treats aren’t the only no-bake treat you can make from marshmallows and crisped rice cereal? Oh it’s true, my friends. There’s another option out there that just might be even better than the crisp and chewy bar – these Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Balls! They’re a bite-sized treat that pairs the airy crispiness of the cereal with a marshmallow center and a caramel coating – but don’t let that caramel coating scare you, they happen to be incredibly easy to make.

There’s no sugar work or candy thermometers here, because all you’re really doing is melting down some store bought caramels to make the coating. Easy, right? You just unwrap the little guys, and combine them with some sweetened condensed milk, butter, and salt in a saucepan and let it cook until it’s smooth and creamy.

Then, you’re going to take a whole marshmallow and coat it all over in that sticky sweetness…

… and quickly roll it in Rice Krispies.

Let them set for a bit and all that’s left to do is indulge!

Not that these really taste or feel like an indulgence. They’re so quick to make that it’s easy to whip them up on any ordinary day and while they’re sweet, they have a light and airy bite that keeps them from being cloying. Anytime you’re looking for a sweet snack that comes together in a few minutes, these fit the bill.

Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Balls

Yield 40 balls

10m prep time

5m cook time

5
Rated 5 out of 5
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Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) bag caramels
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10 oz) bag large marshmallows
  • 7 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Preparation
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the unwrapped caramels, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and salt. Stir constantly over medium heat until smooth and creamy.
  2. Using a skewer or a toothpick, dip each marshmallow in caramel mixture, letting excess drip off.
  3. Pour cereal in a large bowl and roll covered marshmallow in cereal until coated.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and remove toothpick or skewer. Let set 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.