4 Secrets to the Best Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie treats are so simple, and yet so, so good. Have you ever met anyone who said they didn’t like them? And yet, all Rice Krispie treats are not created equal. You know how you have some that are just amazing and others that are just OK. After lots and lots of Rice Krispie treat “research,” I have stumbled on four secrets that will make your Rice Krispie treats the best on the block.

rice krispie secrets

  1. Use Real Butter – Sure, you’ll find many a recipe that says “butter or margarine,” but you’re just not going to get the same taste from margarine. Only real butter will give you the rich taste that will make your Rice Krispie treats the best.
  2. Salt – While the official recipe doesn’t call for it, a generous pinch of salt in your Rice Krispie Treats will balance out the sweetness nicely and give them a little extra something.
  3. Extra marshmallows –  That’s right. This is the biggest secret of all. Stir some extra marshmallows into the mixture when you add the cereal, and you’ll end up with chunks of extra marshmallow-y goodness in your Rice Krispie treats.
  4. Sprinkles –  Put sprinkles on the top of your Rice Krispie treats. Because, sprinkles. Sprinkles, sprinkles, sprinkles. Sprinkles make everything better.

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Here’s the basic recipe, along with my “secret” alterations.

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Best Rice Krispie Treat
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • 1½ 10-ounce bags mini marshmallows
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • Sprinkles
  1. Grease a 13x9 inch pan.
  2. Combine butter and 1 bag of the marshmallows in a large pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until everything is melted and combined.
  3. Turn off stove.
  4. Stir salt into marshmallow/butter mixture.
  5. Add the remaining ½ bag of mini marshmallows and the Rice Krispies. Stir well until everything is coated.
  6. Press into greased 13x9 pan.
  7. Press sprinkles into the top of the treats.
  8. Allow to cool and set before slicing.



  1. Allison Downes says

    I was very surprised by the salt! I love making Rice Krispie treats, because like you said, they are simple yet sooo good! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Amy Alvarado says

    Extra marshmallows? Heck Yes. Sign me up. I’m way worse than the kids! But sprinkles for them make everything “magic”. Thanks…

  3. Sandra VanHoey says

    My daughter makes these all the time for my grandchildren, I am going to as her what all she does with hers.. Maybe I can help make hers even better for the kids if she doesn’t already do this

  4. ellen beck says

    I have to agree with the butter. Nothing beats using the real thing and they taste so much better when it isnt fake ingredients. I like the sprinkles too!

  5. Dina L says

    Rice Krispie Treats are my all time favorite treat! Using real butter is a must! I have tried some made with margarine and it really affects the overall flavor!

  6. Rosie says

    The last time I made rice krispie treats they were a flop – I had to eat an entire batch of dinosaur cut-out treats. These look amazing, and I SOOO appreciate the little tricks to make these perfect – I’m so excited to try this!!! for the little ones!!

  7. Meredith Hutchins says

    My momma always put a little sprinkle of powdered sugar in hers… and a splash of vanilla. (: I think I’ll make the boys some later! Thanks for the post!!

  8. Nicole Dz says

    The best rice krispie treats are the one with the big chunks of marshmallows in them as shown in the pictures. My fav ones are at starbucks.

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