Your favorite marshmallow cereal treats packed with scattered chocolate pieces in every square. These chocolate chip Rice Krispies are easy to make and so much fun to eat.
Rice Krispie treats are already an amazing snack. Gooey, soft, crunchy, sweet, and perfect for any occasion (including weddings!) But adding chocolate into the mix is just incredible and even easier than you may think!
If you're a fan of chocolate (who isn't), I'm sure you can understand why these Rice Krispie squares with chocolate chips are so irresistible. These yummy cereal bars have been a huge hit with adults and kids.
For more rice krispie recipes, make sure to check out my Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallow Fluff, and Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats.
Why This Recipe Works
- Simple ingredients. One of the best parts about making rice krispie treats is that they use basic and simple ingredients. This recipe is just as basic, but with a single addition.
- Easy to make. This recipe doesn't take much more effort or time than when you make traditional rice krispie treats.
- Delicious! Soft, chewy, gooey rice krispie treat that you already know and love and filled with rich, melty chocolate in every bite.
Butter- Butter will give us rich flavor and soft texture.
Mini marshmallows- For that gooey sweet consistency.
Rice Krispies- Crispy rice cereal is the base ingredient in this recipe.
Chocolate chips- You can use any variety of chocolate chips, but I find that jumbo sized holds up best because it takes longer to melt. You can use white chocolate, milk chocolate, and even semi-sweet.
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make rice krispie treats with chocolate chips with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Grease an 8x8 baking dish with butter and set aside.
Add butter to a large pan over medium-low heat.
Cook until the butter has just melted.
Add in the mini marshmallows.
Allow them to cook until dissolved, stirring occasionally.
Remove the pan from the heat. Add cereal.
Stir until the cereal is well coated. Let rest for 2-3 minutes to cool down.
Add the chocolate chips.
Stir quickly to incorporate. Immediately place the mixture into your prepared baking dish.
Press down with greased hands to compact the cereal into the pan.
Work quickly because the chocolate will being to melt thanks to the residual heat in the cereal bar mixture.
Let sit for about 2 hours to cool and set as the chocolate will be melty.
Slice into squares and serve.
🍴 Recipe Tips
You can add up to another cup of mini marshmallows (to make the ratio 1:1) if you would like your cereal treats to be more gooey and soft. You can also use coconut oil instead of milk if you'd like to try them with a little different flavor. The coconut oil would be very light in flavor and taste great with the chocolate!
Another big tip to keep in mind when making these chocolate chip Rice Krispie treats is that the chocolate chips will try to melt. It's a hot pot and warm melted cereal and marshmallows, so naturally chocolate will melt.
This is why it's important to wait a few minutes before stirring in the chocolate chips. I recommend 2-5 minutes. You don't want to wait too long though as the Krispies might try to set up and become harder to stir.
During the time that I wait for the cereal to cool down, I prep my baking dish by spraying it with nonstick spray, rubbing with butter, or lining it with parchment paper. How you prep is up to you, but the parchment paper is my favorite because it makes it easier to remove from the pan and slice.
Not every type of rice crispy cereal out there is gluten-free but some are. Look for product packaging that specifically states gluten-free and then double-check the ingredients list just in case of allergen info.
If you overcook, overstir, or overheat your marshmallows and butter then you can easily end up with hard cereal treats. I recommend cooking at a low to medium temperature. Slow might take longer but it won't overheat and stirring every once in a while keeps you from overworking the sugars too.
My favorite chocolate chip to use for my Krispie treats is the jumbo-sized ones. They're semi-sweet and large enough that you can't miss them when they're scattered around. Not only that but because you're mixing warm cereal with chocolate, the chocolate tends to melt with smaller chips, so the bigger it is, the more time you have to toss everything together and press into a pan.
More great cereal treat recipes to try
- Dairy Free Rice Krispie Treats
- Fruity Pebbles Treats
- Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats
- Easy Microwave Scotcheroos
Rice Krispie Treats with Chocolate Chips
- ¼ cup Butter ($0.38)
- 1 bag (10oz) Mini marshmallows ($1.00)
- 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal ($2.00)
- 1 cup Chocolate chips ($0.99)
- In a large pot melt your butter over medium or low heat.
- Stir in the mini marshmallows and cook until dissolved, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat. Stir in rice crispy cereal.
- Wait about 2-3 minutes for the mix to cool down before quickly stirring in the chocolate chips. Move quickly and carefully as the chocolate will melt from the residual heat.
- Press the rice crispies into the bottom of a greased 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Let sit for about 2 hours to cool and for the chocolate to set before serving.
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