If you’re looking for a fun, delicious and EASY Christmas treat to make with your kiddos, this holiday Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats recipe is the one!
Who doesn’t love rice krispie squares? They take me right back to my childhood, which I love. One of my favorite parts of being a registered dietitian is teaching parents and kids to embrace the joy that food can bring and the memories that it can create. That’s right – food isn’t just valuable from a nutrition perspective, it can also create connection, trigger positive memories, make you feel good and help you celebrate! We often place value on foods strictly based on nutrient quality, which, quite simply, can suck the joy out of eating (not to mention perpetuate diet culture). Are rice krispie treats nutritious? Well they are a source of carbohydrate, which helps to fuel our body, as well as some micronutrients, but no—we aren’t really eating rice krispie treats to improve our nutrition. And that’s ok!
Mix and Match this Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
What I’ve noticed is that there aren’t many holiday-inspired Rice Krispie treat recipes out there, so I decided to create one. It’s simple and delicious and tastes like Christmas! Out of all of the holiday cookies and treats we’ve made, these ones go the fastest (with my kids anyways). Because we are such chocolate fans around here, I decided to make it a chocolate rice krispie square and add in crushed candy canes and holiday m&ms (these add-ins are optional and you can switch them up if you like!). I also sprinkled a bit of sea salt on them at the end which was the best idea ever. Dark chocolate + sea salt is my favorite!
I used full-size marshmallows because that’s all I had, but I would probably recommend using mini marshmallows instead. I melted butter and the marshmallows over medium heat in a sauce pan, added semi-sweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder and then threw in the rice krispies. I then added crushed candy cane, and m&ms, and then transferred the entire mixture over to a greased 9 X 11 glass baking dish. One thought I had was that I could have rolled out the mixture and cut it into holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Something to try at home if you’d like! But if you’re in a rush like me, the old fashioned baking dish works great.