Halloween is for the kids. What better way to kick things off than with a special, kid-friendly Halloween treat? A Halloween Cocoa Krispie Treat to be more specific. One dressed up with candy corn, chocolate chips, and festive sprinkles -- yes, please.
Whether you are whipping these up to ship off to school, serve at your very own Halloween party or just indulging in a festive dessert for yourself, these Halloween Cocoa Krispie Treats are the perfect way to ring in the holiday.
Can you recall the excitement of Halloween building up in you as a child? It came long before the holiday actually arrived. What would you be that year? What would suit you best now that you were one year older, and so much more sophisticated than last year's you? The school day would be full of festive activities, and the whole day seemed to be one big party that would continue all the way into the night. These treats are an excellent way to wrangle the excitement in one quick and easy Halloween package.
This is a fun and festive Halloween sweet you can easily make ahead of time, and send with your kiddos to school for their class party treat. And, if ever you've made Rice Krispie Treats at home, you know that desserts just don't get any easier than this. Just a moment of melting marshmallows on the stovetop, a tidbit of stirring and before you know it, you're done.
We went with Cocoa Krispies for this recipe, as the chocolate would pop and bring out all those Halloween colors. And, surely all you chocolate lovers out there won't mind the alteration. Our little test subjects certainly didn't.
However, if you'd prefer, feel free to sub in regular Rice Krispie Cereal.
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And if you like these little gems, you will absolutely adore these Halloween Pretzel Rods, complete with a generous dip in chocolate and sprinkled with candy eye decals and festive Halloween sprinkles.
And for a complete list of Halloween treats, sweet and savory, check out all of these stellar Halloween recipes, perfect for your party!
Halloween Cocoa Krispie Treat dressed up with candy corn, chocolate chips, and festive sprinkles!
- ⅓ cup candy corn
- ⅓ cup jumbo Halloween colored nonpareils (round sprinkle balls)
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1 ounce package small candy eye decals
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter plus extra for greasing casserole dish and hands
- 1 (16 ounce) package jet-puffed mini marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 (11 ounce) package Cocoa Krispies
Have ready a greased 9x13" casserole dish. Combine the mix-in's in a bowl, and set aside until ready to use.
Place a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the marshmallows and increase the heat to medium-high. Allow the marshmallows to melt down, stirring often. Once the marshmallows have melted, stir in the salt and vanilla extract, followed by the Cocoa Krispie cereal.
Once the cereal is coated in the marshmallow mixture, add in the majority of the mix-in's, reserving about a ⅓ cup for topping. Stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared dish and using your hands (lightly greased with butter), roughly pat out the mixture to form a flat surface. Sprinkle the remaining decals evenly over the dish, and gently pat to set.
Allow the treats to cool completely, about 45 minutes - 1 hour. Then, cut into squares, serve and enjoy!