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Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are chocolaty marshmallow cereal bars that are so easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients to make them! They’re the best chocolate cereal treats with gooey marshmallow in every bite.

stacked Rice Krispie Treats made with cocoa pebbles.

Best Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

There are rice Krispie treats and then there are these CHOCOLATE Rice Krispies treats. I don’t know about you, but anytime I can give something a chocolate twist, I’m gonna do it and these chocolate krispy treats do not disappoint.

They have everything you love about rice krispy treats: gooey marshmallow, crispy cereal, and a lightly buttery flavor but with cocoa krispies instead of plain rice cereal.

They’re just as easy to make with just four ingredients. It’s a melt, stir, and press-into-a-pan situation that is perfect when you’re craving chocolate or need a last-minute no-bake dessert. This chocolate version is an easy twist on the classic – I know you’re going to love it!

You can use chocolate rice krispies or make cocoa pebble cereal treats with this recipe. Either way, they’re so good!

Overhead shot of four ingredients needed to make chocolate rice krispie treats

4 Ingredients Needed

  • Cereal: You can use either Cocoa Rice Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles
  • Mini marshmallows: You can also use the large ones, just pay attention to how many you need.
  • Unsalted Butter: Can substitute salted butter if needed
  • Vanilla Extract: Only buy pure vanilla!

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How to Make Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

  1. Place the butter in a large pot.
  2. Melt it over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted.
  4. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Add the Cocoa Rice Krispies (or Cocoa Pebbles) and stir to coat the cereal evenly in the melted marshmallow.
  6. Press the mixture into a prepared 9×13” baking pan lined with foil.
  7. Allow the bars to set before slicing and serving.
stacked Rice Krispie Treats made with cocoa pebbles.

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Cereal Treat Tips

  • Use fresh marshmallows for this recipe. Even marshmallows that are a little bit stale will make your rice krispy treats hard.
  • Also use fresh cereal so it has the best crispy texture and flavor.
  • Be sure to melt the butter over medium-low to low heat. You don’t want to scorch the marshmallows or burn them.
  • Want them even more chocolaty? Add one cup of chocolate chips to the mixture.
stacked Rice Krispie Treats made with cocoa pebbles.


Why are my rice krispie treats so dry?

Be sure to accurately measure the cereal. If you add too much, your chocolate rice krispy treats will be dry.

Why are my rice krispie treats falling apart?

Make sure you measure the right amount of marshmallows. Too many marshmallows will make the treats too gooey and they won’t hold together. Also, allow them time to set at room temperature before slicing them.

Why are my rice krispie treats not crispy?

Too much butter will make your treats soft or even soggy. For the best crispy rice krispy treats, be sure to measure the butter accurately.

How to store cereal treats?

Chocolate Krispie treats should be stored at room temperature. Keep them covered with plastic wrap and plan to serve them within a couple of days.

Can you freeze them?

Technically, you can freeze them but I don’t recommend it. When they’re thawed the cereal can get soggy and the texture just won’t be the same.

Stack of three chocolate rice krispie treats

Chocolate Krispie Treats Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are the best chocolate cereal treats with gooey marshmallow in every bite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Yield 15 treats
Serving Size 1 treat


  • 9 cups (398g) Cocoa Pebbles (or Cocoa Rice Krispies)
  • 15 ounces (426g) mini marshmallows
  • 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
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  • Line a 9×13-inch pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Add cereal and stir to coat with the marshmallow mixture. Pour into pan. Press firmly to compact. Tip: spray wax paper with nonstick cooking spray so you can press without it sticking to your hands.
  • Let set until firm then slice into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1treat | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American

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Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are chocolaty marshmallow cereal bars that are so easy to make and you only need 4 ingredients to make them!

Last Updated on March 25, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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