Easter Candy Rice Krispies are a colorful and fun Easter treat recipe! Classic rice krispies with pastel colored m&m candies and mini robin eggs. Easy to make with only 6 ingredients and they are so fun to customize with whatever candy or sprinkles you have at home.
For more recipes that use up leftover Easter candy be sure and try these Peeps Rice Krispy Treats, Cadbury Egg Cookies, and these Easter Confetti Surprise Cookie Bars.
Leftover Easter Candy Rice Krispies Recipe
Y'all know by now how much I love to make Holiday themed & colorful food. Especially for Easter! These Easter Rice Krispies are such a fun and easy treat to make, and it's simple enough that even the kids could make them.
I am convinced that Easter has the best candy selection with all the colors, light pastel springtime colors, and cute bunny packaging. So it's no wonder that I always have a collection of fun candy in my pantry for any given Holiday.
Only 6 ingredients are needed to make this recipe. Below are the ingredients you'll need and I share a few tips for some of them too!
- Butter - I prefer using salted butter but if you'd rather, unsalted butter can be used as well.
- Mini Marshmallows - I use white marshmallows but if you want to get really colorful and festive, then try using the colorful mini marshmallows. I've never tried melting them so they may turn a muddy color once they're melted, I am not sure.
- Vanilla Extract - I apologize as this was left out of the ingredient photo. My mistake!
- Rice Krispies Cereal
- Pastel Easter M&M's - You can use anything you want here! I've used sixlets candy before or try switching out the m&m's for a different variety like peanut butter or peanut m&m's.
- Mini Robin Eggs - This is what we like the best but again, anything can be used here. You can leave the robin eggs whole or chop them up.
How to Make Rice Krispies with Easter Candy
Learn how to make rice krispies treats at home with leftover Easter candy, sprinkles, and whatever else you have lying around. This recipe is super adaptable!
Step One : Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by lightly spraying with cooking spray, or you can line the pan with parchment paper or tin foil to make it easy to lift the bars out and cut them evenly.
Step Two : In a large saucepan or stockpot, over medium heat, melt butter and mini marshmallows together. Once the mixture is completely smooth and melted, take the pan off the heat.
Step Three : Add the Rice Krispies cereal and pastel m&m candies. Stir gently as not to melt and break apart the m&m's, which can result in the chocolate melting. If wanted, you can even stir in the Rice Krispies firsts and then a couple minute later add the m&m's to ensure that they don't melt.
Step Four : Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Gently press the mini robin eggs onto the top of the treats. You can either leave the robin eggs whole or chop them up. Let set, at room temperature, for 1 hour before cutting.
Tips For Success
Here are a few of my helpful tips so that you will have success with this recipe in your own kitchen!
- Stove Heat : Make sure to not turn the heat up too high when melting the butter + marshmallows. Low & slow is the key here! Do not turn the stove heat higher than medium when melting this. Be sure and stir it frequently to avoid the marshmallows burning.
- Melt Marshmallows Completely : Do not take the pan off the heat until the marshmallows and butter are completely melted and smooth. There should be no soft chunks of marshmallows or butter anywhere.
- Candy : You can literally use whatever candy you want in this recipe. I think the mini robin eggs are so yummy in these treats so I would suggest using those. But feel free to use whatever fun and colorful candy you want. I also add some Easter themed pastel sprinkles as well. Because sprinkles make everything better, right?! I also prefer to chop the candy before pressing it into the tops of the bars, but you can leave the candy whole as well. Either way works just fine.
- Butter : A lot of people tend to use unsalted butter, but with Rice Krispies, I actually prefer to use salted butter because it adds more balance to all the sweetness going on in the bars. But of course, either one can be used with great results. It's just whatever salt level you prefer.
Easter Candy Rice Krispies FAQ's
- What Are Some Substitutions I Can Make?
- There are lots of ways to change up this recipe. The easiest way is to use whatever Easter candy you want!
- Use a different variety of m&m candy like peanut butter m&m's or the new Holiday flavors they always come out with like white chocolate, etc.
- Cadbury Mini Eggs instead of m&m's.
- Use several different candies in smaller amounts. Just make sure you stick to the 2 cups total candy measurement.
- Add some festive Easter or pastel colored sprinkles. Either on top of the krispies treats or you can mix them in with the cereal. Make sure you don't use the small balls of sprinkles, as the color tends to bleed easily.
- You can even press Reese's peanut butter eggs on top of the treats.
- How To Store Leftover Rice Krispies Treats
- Leftover rice krispy treats need to be stored at room temperature, in an air-tight container, for 2-3 days.
- The longer they are left out, the firmer and harder they will become.
- I store them in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag on the counter.
- Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
- Yes! The recipe actually needs at least 1 hour for the treats to set so they're easier to cut.
- I would not make them more than 24 hours ahead of time because rice krispy treats are much better when they're gooey and soft, and eaten within the first day.
- How Do I Double This Recipe?
- This recipe can easily be doubled if needed.
- Use a 9x13 baking dish and just double each ingredient. So you will need 12 cups of cereal, 2 bags of marshmallows, and 2 sticks of butter, plus whatever candy mix-ins.
More Festive Easter Recipes You'll Love
- Swirled Easter Cake
- Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies
- Cadbury Mini Egg Magic Bars
- Sheet Pan Carrot Cake Bars
- The Best Carrot Cake
- Carrot Bundt Cake
- No Flour Cadbury Egg Cookie Bars
- No Bake Coconut Cream Pie
Easter Candy Rice Krispies
- 6 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 bag (16 oz) mini marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Easter pastel M&M's
- 1 cup Mini Robin Eggs roughly chopped
- Easter colored sprinkles optional
- Prepare a 8x8 baking dish by spraying lightly with cooking spray. Or you can line it with tin foil or parchment paper to make it easier to pull out the bars and cut into even slices.
- In a large sauce pan or soup pot, over medium heat, add the butter and mini marshmallows. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is completely smooth and melted together.* Stir frequently to help it melt and to avoid burning
- Take the pan off the stove and add the vanilla extract and cereal. Stir well until all the cereal is coated in the melted marhmallows. * If you want softer/slightly melted M&M's then add them in with the cereal and vanilla extract.
- Add the M&M candies and gently stir. * If you want sprinkles inside the treats then add them here with the M&M's
- Press the Rice Krispies treats mixture into the prepared pan. Gently press the mini robin egg candies (to ensure they stay in place) into the bars. You can also put sprinkle on the top if wanted.
- Let the bars set at room temperature, for 1 hour, before slicing and eating.
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