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Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats taste like a mug of hot chocolate, but in a krispie treat! The ultimate comfort dessert to make you feel like a kid again.

Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats with marshmallows and chocolate chips on parchment paper with hot cocoa in back

So, normally, I write posts ahead of time.

Usually at least the day before I post, the words are written, the publish time is set. But today? I’m sitting at my computer and it’s 11:35 AM and this post is for today. And I’ve drawn a complete blank. I’m on borrowed time (well, Jordan’s BFF’s borrowed time – she has to be home at 1:00) and I’ve got nothing.

It’s like waking up in the middle of the night and telling yourself, “I have two more hours to sleep” but then spending the following two hours counting down the actual minutes you have to sleep instead of, you know, actually sleeping.

Today is the last day of Spring Break. Jordan has a friend over until 1:00 and then we have to run our errands (why, exactly, do library cards expire? With no notice? So you can’t check out a Kindle book when you need one?) and get ready for school tomorrow.

So I have exactly 1 hour and 23 minutes to finish this post.

One hour and 22 minutes.

Still nothing.

So, um, can we just talk Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats instead?

Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats with marshmallows and chocolate chips on parchment paper with hot cocoa in back

For someone who loves eating rice krispie treats, I don’t have very many recipes for them on my blog. I think I need to remedy that.

Because, really. I love them. Marshmallows, butter, Rice Krispies, flavoring. What’s not to love?

{If you’re my husband he would have fake retched at marshmallows. And then again when I said Rice Krispies. He’s a strange, strange man. But I love him anyways.}

A few weeks ago I said on Facebook that I had forgotten to make cookies for my daughters’ library book sale. I had a bout -45 minutes the following day and was thinking of buying cookies instead.

Facebook properly chastised me, and told me to buck up and make something. So I did.

These Hot Chocolate Kripie treats make up super quick. I had them in the pan in less than 10 minutes – I swear. You melt together your butter and marshmallows, stir in the packets of hot cocoa and cereal, and press into the pan. It would only have been faster if I could emit radioactive rays from my eyes and melt the marshmallows without having to open and close the microwave.

Because these are Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats, they needed extra marshmallows. So I added some Mallow Bits (they come in those canisters you don’t want to confuse with the parmesan cheese) and mini chocolate chips on the top. You press them in as soon as you put the treats in the pan, quick before they cool. As the treats cool, the chips and mallow bits stick to the top.

Cool, cut, and serve. If you use the fridge to aid in cooling these are start to finish in less than 45 minutes. Seriously.

Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats with marshmallows and chocolate chips on parchment paper with hot cocoa in back

And these Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats are like the perfect comfort food. Crunchy chewy hot chocolate. The perfect treat for when you don’t have a lot of time.

One hour and 12 minutes. Pretty good time, methinks. 🙂

close up of hot-chocolate-rice-krispie-treats

Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats

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Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 24 treats


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 ounces marshmallows
  • 2 packets powdered hot chocolate mix
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/2 cup Mallow Bits
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Keep the cooking spray close by. Measure out cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Place butter and marshmallows in a large, microwave safe bowl. Melt for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on HIGH power, stirring every 30 seconds until they are melted. Stir in the hot chocolate packets. Stir in the cereal and pour into prepared pan.
  • Working quickly, spray your hands with cooking spray so they won’t stick to the mixture, and carefully press the treats into the pan. (Be careful - the mixture will be hot.) Sprinkle immediately with Mallow Bits and mini chocolate chips and press lightly to secure them to the top of the krispie treats. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Check out my Krispie Treats Pinboard for more inspiration! Or, how about some of these:

Brownie Batter Crispy Treats

Rolo Stuffed Oatmeal Cookies

Sweets from friends:
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats by The Sweet Chick
3 Musketeer Rice Krispie Treats by Something Swanky
Cheesecake Rice Krispies by Mallow & Co.


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Last Updated on September 10, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I love this so much! It’s easy to do and it doesn’t take up much of your time, also it’s great to share with family and/or friends! <3

  2. Sounds so good! I could probably finish the whole tray (which is what I usually do)! But I’m wondering how much is two packets of hot chocolate?

    1. Two packets of the packaged kind you can get in the grocery aisle, like Swiss Miss. All of mine are packed away for my kitchen remodel right now so I’d have nowhere to look to see the ounces/pack I’m guessing they have about 2 tablespoons or so of mix per pack. If you’re using a canister with a scoop, use two servings!

  3. Your treats are always amazing! And as much as I try to get posts done in advance, it never seems to stick for very long… Thanks so much for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I’ve Pinned this!

  4. Hot Chocolate is definitely okay year round for me. Even though it’s getting warmer here, it’s not warme nough yet to turn down hot chocolate, especially in rice krispie form!

  5. You had me at hot chocolate Dorothy! Since the weather has been so cold this year, we’re still enjoying a cup of hot cocoa on some nights and these would make a great after evening treat! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh Thank You Dorothy! I have been trying to figure out what treat to make for a play-date I have scheduled tomorrow … but I’m feeling really lazy tonight. This is perfect πŸ™‚