Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

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Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats take your traditional Rice Krispie treats to a whole new level. You will love the gooey caramel and the hint of salt!

A salted caramel rice krispie treat with a bite taken out of it on a plate
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  1. Rice Krispie Treats with Caramel
  2. Ingredients in Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
  3. Recipe Tips
  4. Five Star Reviews
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Other Sweet and Salty Treats
  7. How to Make Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
  8. Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Rice Krispie Treats with Caramel

I went to a family party the other night and my Aunt Cathie made these amazing treats! They were so delicious and I couldn’t stop snacking on them! I absolutely HAD to ask her for the recipe! Turns out she got it from a blog called Pink Polka Dot Creations. We made them at our house right away! These Caramel Rice Krispie Bars are so chewy and SO yummy! The salted caramel adds such a rich flavor to the original recipe. I just love the combination of salty and sweet in this no bake treat!

Ingredients in Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

  • Rice Krispie Cereal – the original cereal always seems to work out best.
  • butter – I like to use unsalted but either will work
  • brown sugar – light brown
  • heavy whipping cream – or heavy cream (don’t try to use half and half or milk)
  • light corn syrup
  • kosher salt – you could also sprinkle on a little flaky sea salt over the top
  • mini marshmallows – some for melting and some whole pieces
Two salted caramel rice krispie treats on a plate

Recipe Tips

  • One tip when you make these — make sure you have all your ingredients measured out first. You want to get the caramel sauce on the cereal as quickly as possible, while it’s still hot, so it’s easier to have everything measured out.
  • I like to mix the sauce and the cereal in a large bowl using two wooden spoons. When pressing the treats into the pan, make sure to spray your hands with a little non-stick cooking spray, otherwise you’ll end up with more treats on your hands than in the pan.
  • You can speed up the cooling process by covering the pan and sticking it the freezer for about 20 minutes. Store these treats covered and at room temperature in an airtight container. You’re gonna love them!
  • For a fun twist you can also sprinkle on little sea salt or drizzle on a little caramel as a finishing touch.
Marshmallows being mixed with caramel sauce

Five Star Reviews

I don’t think I could eat rice krispies the regular way again!! Love the salty, but sweet! So gooey & delicious!
– Kristen
I love how these taste richer and even yummier than regular rice krispie treats.
– Sue

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of marshmallows in Rice Krispies?

There are some different substitutions that people do – but it will not taste the same as marshmallows. Some of them are:
Peanut Butter and Honey
Sweetened Condensed Milk and vanilla
Syrup and Almond Butter
Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Corn Syrup (similar to our Scotcharoos)

Why are my rice crispy treats not crispy and too gooey?

The biggest culprit for this is too much butter, or not cooking the marshmallow mixture long enough.

Why are my Rice Krispie treats tough and hard to chew?

This is usually from over cooking the wet mixture.

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Other Sweet and Salty Treats

If you love these Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats, try some of our other favorite sweet and salty treats!

If you are looking for a simple classic Rice Krispie Treat recipe, try our 5-Minute Microwave Rice Krispie Treats! 

How to Make Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Three salted caramel rice krispie treats on a plate

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

5 from 5 votes
Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats take your traditional Rice Krispie treats to a whole new level. You will love the gooey caramel and the hint of salt!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9

Equipment

  • 8×8 inch pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine cereal with the 1 additional cup of mini marshmallows. Set aside. Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    A glass bowl full of rice krispies and mini marshmallows
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once butter is melted, add brown sugar, whipping cream, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom. Once caramel thickens, add salt and stir until combined.
    Caramel sauce in a pot
  • Remove from heat and add the 10 oz bag of marshmallows. Stir until all marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
    Marshmallows being mixed with caramel sauce
  • Pour mixture over cereal and marshmallows. Mix until combined. Press mixture into the 8×8 pan. Cover and cool completely before cutting.
    A pan of salted caramel rice krispie treats

Notes

Recipe Tips

  • One tip when you make these — make sure you have all your ingredients measured out first. You want to get the sauce on the cereal as quickly as possible, while it’s still hot, so it’s easier to have everything measured out.
  • I like to mix the sauce and the cereal in a large bowl using two wooden spoons. When pressing the treats into the pan, make sure to spray your hands with a little cooking spray, otherwise you’ll end up with more treats on your hands than in the pan.
  • You can speed up the cooling process by covering the pan and sticking it the freezer for about 20 minutes. Store these treats covered and at room temperature. You’re gonna love them!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 390mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 1339IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 6mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I don’t think I could eat rice krispies the regular way again!! Love the salty, but sweet! So gooey & delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe today & they are delicious! However, I doubled the amounts because I needed a 9 X 13 pan of treats & the recipe calls for 8X8. I filled a jelly roll pan AND an 8 X 8 pan! I cannot believe the original would only fill an 8X8 pan. I believe it should read 9X 13.

    1. Thank you for sharing this– I am pretty sure we have always used an 8×8 but I will go back and check the recipe again next time I make them. How thick were your bars?