Gourmet Crispy Rice Treats

Karen Frazier
Homemade rice crispy treats

Delicious gourmet crispy rice treats start with a good basic recipe. From there, you can add additional flavors to take them up to the next level.

Browned Butter, Orange, and Ginger Crispy Rice Treats

With the deep caramel flavor of browned butter and a nice bite of ginger and orange, these treats go well beyond your childhood favorite. Start with the ingredients from the basic recipe (linked above).

Additional Ingredients

Browned Butter, Orange, and Ginger Crispy Rice Treats
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • Up to 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

Instructions

  1. Brown the butter from the original recipe before adding it to this gourmet version. To do this, put the butter over medium-high heat in a skillet with a white or metal base (it can't have a black coating or you won't see the butter brown). Add the ginger and orange zest.
  2. Melt the butter, swirling as it melts, until it just turns brown and fragrant.
  3. Add the butter to the recipe and continue as written.
  4. Allow the treats to cool.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar. Add the orange juice 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a glaze that is the consistency needed to drizzle it over the treats.
  6. Drizzle over the treats. Allow the glaze to harden before cutting into individual pieces.

Chocolate Peanut Dipped Crispy Rice Treat Pops

Chocolate Peanut Dipped Crispy Rice Treat Pops

To get started, make the treats as written in the recipe and cut them into squares after they have cooled. Then, use the following ingredients and steps.

Additional Ingredients

  • Popsicle sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • Multi-colored sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Insert popsicle sticks into the base of each of the treats.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over low heat, stirring to combine.
  3. Remove from the heat. While the chocolate is hot, dip each of the squares half into the chocolate. Lay each on a piece of parchment.
  4. Sprinkle with the peanuts and the sprinkles before the chocolate sets.
  5. Allow the chocolate to cool and set completely.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Rice Mounds

You'll need the ingredients from the basic recipe here, plus a few additional ingredients, but the method is slightly different.

Additional Ingredients

Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Mounds
  • 1/2 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread or another chocolate hazelnut spread

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat. Stir in the marshmallows and cook until melted.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella.
  3. Stir into the rice cereal.
  4. Using buttered hands, form into individual 1 tablespoon sized mounds and place on parchment paper to cool.
  5. Cool before serving.

White Chocolate Cranberry Almond Crisped Rice Treats

White Chocolate Cranberry Almond Crisped Rice Treats

To make these, start with the basic recipe, but add additional ingredients and steps.

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Colored sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a pan according to the original recipe. Then, add the marshmallows and cook to melt, as well, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond butter.
  3. In the bowl with the rice cereal, add the cranberries and almonds until well mixed. Pour the hot butter/marshmallow/almond butter mixture over the top.
  4. Press into the pan according to the original recipe and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares.
  5. In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate chips over low heat with the almond extract and coconut oil, stirring constantly until smooth.
  6. Dip each of the squares into the white chocolate mixture and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
  7. If desired, while the white chocolate is still warm and not yet set, sprinkle with the colored sprinkles.

Simple Stir-Ins

Add all sorts of tasty ingredients into the basic recipe when you add the cereal. Just stir any of the following into the cereal before you add the butter and marshmallows:

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries and 1/2 cup chopped shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried apples and 2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
  • 1/2 cup mini candy coated chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup toffee pieces

Melted Additions

Likewise, you can adjust the flavor by melting in any of the following to the hot melted butter and marshmallows before adding them to the rice cereal. Stir the additions in the hot mixture, off the heat, until they melt completely. Try any of the following:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Custom Gourmet Treats

One of the great things about crispy rice treats is how easy they are to fancy them up. Whether you drizzle, ice, dip, or add additional ingredients, the basic recipe is the perfect neutral palate to place with flavors.

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