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Caramel Cocoa Crispy Bars

I’ve mentioned several times before my love for classic Rice Krispie treats, and the many variations I have tried thus far.  This version originally caught my eye because they sounded like something Ben would love, and it turns out they are my new favorite too!  This recipe uses caramel marshmallows rather than regular marshmallows.  (I thought they would be hard to find, but I found them at the first store I tried – Super Target!)  I wasn’t sure how well the caramel flavor would come through from the marshmallows because I honestly thought they might be more of a caramel-colored gimmick than anything else.  But the marshmallows, combined with the caramel drizzled on top gave these treats a fantastic deep caramel flavor.  Be sure to add the mini chocolate chips immediately after drizzling the caramel, as it will start to set right away.  I’m sorry these are all gone – I could really go for one right now!

Other variations on Rice Krispie treats that you might enjoy:
Black and White Rice Krispie Treats
Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats

Caramel Cocoa Crispy Bars
Ingredients:
3 tbsp. butter
1 (1o-oz.) package Caramel Vanilla Swirl marshmallows
6 cups Cocoa Krispies 

For topping:
12 caramel candies, wrappers removed
1-2 tbsp. heavy cream or half-and-half
Mini chocolate chips 

Directions: 
Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with nonstick spray.  Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Once the butter has melted, add in the marshmallows gradually and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are all melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal.  Once all the cereal has been coated with the marshmallow mixture, transfer it to the prepared baking dish.  Using a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick spray, gently pat down the mixture into an even layer in the baking dish.   

To make the topping, place the caramel candies in a heatproof bowl.  Microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted.  On the last interval add in the heavy cream, heat, and then whisk together.  Add more cream if necessary to make the caramel easy to drizzle.  Drizzle over the top of the Cocoa Krispie layer, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, and gently press down to help them adhere.  Allow the base and topping to set completely.  Cut into bars and serve. 

Source: adapted from Erin’s Food Files

  • http://www.tri2cook.blogspot.com/ ttfn300

    interesting… i have not seen those marshmallows, but those sure do look like fantastic treats!

  • http://www.jamandclottedcream.blogspot.com beth

    I’ve never seen caramel flavoured marshmallows over here in the UK. Will have to investigate – they look delish

  • Emily

    This looks amazing. So glad I found your blog!

  • http://Ibleedpnk.blogspot Miss Kitty

    Those look delish! I just love your blog!

  • http://karaskitchencreations.blogspot.com/ Kara

    I have never looked at a rice crispy treat and drooled until I found your site. I can’t believe the yummy varieties you come up with. This one looks just amazing!!

  • http://www.somethingnewiscooking.blogspot.com MIchelle Sturges

    These look so yummy! I haven’t seen these marshmallows yet, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. I just haven’t had to buy marshmallows!

  • http://oneshotbeyond.wordpress.com/ oneshotbeyond

    sounds great! I love rice krispies warm straight from my pan to bowl! YUM!

  • http://erinsfoodfiles.blogspot.com Erin

    Glad you liked them! I, too, was surprised at how well the flavor came through in the marshmallows. Too bad I literally have NOT seen these marshmallows anywhere since!

  • Sarah

    I’m a sucker for anything caramel!!! These look simple and delicious.

  • http://maplencornbread.blogspot.com/ Jen @ maplencornbread

    DROOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to make these this week for hubby! :)

  • http://tamiskitchentabletalk.blogspot.com/ Tami

    Luv it! A grown-up krispies treat. Delicious!

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com patsyk

    Caramel marshmallows? Now I’ve got to go find some so I can try this one!

  • http://lifes-surprises-steph.blogspot.com/ Steph

    Oh YUM!!! I haven’t seen those marshmallows… but boy, do they ever sound good!! I want to try and make these with regular Rice Krispies, theses marshmallows and white chocolate chips! I cannot eat regular chocolate… :( I bet they’ll be just as good!

  • http://simplemornings.blogspot.com amy

    omg. ditto n not seeing those marshmallows! haha. but this treat looks ggggoood:)

  • http://www.3blondesandthelaw.blgospot.com Nancy

    These sound like a great summer treat to make with my girls.

  • tynaaa

    just wondering.. after you pat down the mixture into an even layer in the baking dish, you refrigerate it or just leave it outside at room temperature? (:

  • Annie

    Hi Tynaaa,
    You can just leave it at room temperature, no need to refrigerate.
    :) Annie

  • Amy

    I also was unable to find any of these marshmallows but was completely unwilling to make them without the carmel flavor! I ended up using imitation carmel extract and they turned out fabulous. I added about 1/2 teaspoon to the marshmallows just before mixing in the rice krispies. Hope this helps everyone else that can’t find them anywhere!

  • http://www.noteyephotography.com Sarah

    Made these the other day they turned out great I couldn’t find the Caramel Vanilla Swirl marshmallows you used so I added some Vanilla power to the melted marshmallow butter mix.

  • Emily

    I just made these for the second time. The first batch was for a bachelorette party – loved them – and I am sending the second one to the firehouse with my firefighter/paramedic husband. I couldn’t find the caramel vanilla marshmallows, so I just added an extra caramel and a couple drops of vanilla to the marshmallow mix. I also use 4 tbsp of butter and 10 oz of marshmallows+ 4-6 extra any time I make rice krispies. Thanks for the inspiration!