Valentine’s Dipped Rice Krispies Treats

by Kathy Strahs on February 8, 2012 · 36 comments

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I was leafing through the Dean & DeLuca Valentine’s Day catalog that arrived in the mail last week when my eyes stopped on a lovely set of heart-shaped rice krispies treats. They were decorated beautifully in royal icing…and the box of six was priced at $42. Six treats for $42. That’s $7 per treat. If you add shipping, which is $11.50, that’s $8.92 per treat.

Be still my rice krispies heart.

With all due respect to Dean & DeLuca – truly, I order gifts from them often – these are rice krispies treats…three-ingredient confections you can find, with very little variation, at any scout meeting/play date/bake sale across the country.  Now, the ones they’re selling for $7 each plus shipping are nearly 2 inches thick, very even, impeccably adorned – the nicest ones you’d expect to see at any bake sale. But for about 45 cents each (I did the math!) and part of a weekend afternoon you can make really nice Valentine’s Dipped Rice Krispies Treats at home. And have fun doing it.

Following the basic recipe from the back of the Rice Krispies box, I simply spread out the cereal and marshmallow mixture in a large pan (I mixed in some sprinkles to be extra festive) and cut out heart shapes. I was inspired by Mel from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe to dip the edges of the treats in candy melts and add more sprinkles. While I dipped, my 4-year old was hard at work pressing on the sprinkles. I doubt we could get $7 for each of our hearts, but the satisfaction of making them ourselves was priceless.

Valentine's Rice Krispies Treats

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Mel February 9, 2012 at 7:12 AM

I agree, 7 dollars a treat may be a stretch, but yours are cute enough, I might be willing to pay it. They are so festive and lovely!

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Kathy Strahs February 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I absolutely loved yours, Mel!

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Lauren February 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM

These are so adorable!! LOVE!
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Colleen February 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

So cute, and easy to make gluten-free too!

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Dani February 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

U go girl! $7 is ridiculous

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Chef Danielle @ Cooking Clarified February 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

These are adorable! My daughter’s having a sleepover tomorrow night and we’re definitely going to make these.

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Kathy Strahs February 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Sounds perfect – the girls will have so much fun!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

That price is insane! I’m sure someone is foolish enough to buy them though. Yours are beyond adorable. I actually just picked up ingredients to make some. I’m determined to introduce my girls to them soon… I keep forgetting! :)
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TidyMom February 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

lol oh my word that price is INSANE!!!

these are WAY cute!

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ALison @ Ingredients, inc. February 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

These are so cute. I posted them on my Facebook page today
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Kathy Strahs February 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Thanks so much for sharing them, Alison!

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Kalyn February 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

These would be so fun for a school Valentine’s Day party!

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Lannie February 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

so cute!! rice krispie treats are the best!
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Carolyn February 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

My kids would love these!

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Nikki February 1, 2013 at 5:37 AM

I found these delicious treats on Pinterest and had to try making them for myself (as a little Valentine’s gift). I’m not very good in the kitchen and I have to say my first attempt hasn’t worked at all!
I wonder if you could give some guidance..
I admit that I didn’t use ALL the marshmallows. I only used 180g instead of the suggested 300g. But it looked enough! I put in enough rice crispies to suit the final mixture.
When it came to cutting, I used a brand new metal heart cutter but it just sort of squashed the crispies as opposed to cutting through them. Almost like my crispies were stale and soft! (which they weren’t). My final mixture, when cooled (and even put in the fridge) was floppy and gooey as opposed to ‘set’ so my heart shapes (once successfully shaped) where just falling apart under their own weight.
Do you think it’s because I didn’t use enough marshmallows (which I wouldn’t thought would ‘set’ as they are gooey on their own).
Any advice or tips would be very gratefully received. You can probably tell already that the kitchen is not where I should be allowed!! :)

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Kathy Strahs February 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Hi Nikki – I’ve never had Rice Krispie treats come out floppy and gooey before, so there’s definitely something off about the quantities you used. I’m wondering if the conversion to metric may have been off? You probably did need to use all the marshmallows that the recipe called for, otherwise there will be proportionally too much butter, which would make things too wet and (potentially) floppy.

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Nikki February 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Thanks for getting back to me. I think maybe you are right as I used the same amount of butter but, in effect, halved everything else. It didn’t seem overly butterly when I was melting the marshmallows. I will attempt it again and follow the recipe to the letter!
I should have more faith from the start :)
I’ll let you know how I get on.
Thanks again x

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Diana P February 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

How did you food color the white chocolate chips? I have tried to do this before with white chocolate chips and right after I added the coloring the chocolate seized up and was destroyed. This was blue food coloring and the McCormick assorted color food coloring dye. Thank you!

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Kathy Strahs February 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Hi Diana – I used Wilton candy melts (see my note in the recipe) rather than white chocolate for just that reason. It’s really easy to make white chocolate seize up, so on these rare occasions where I want to use melted candy like this I go ahead and use the candy melts. If you do want to experiment with coloring white chocolate I’ve been able to do it in the past with gel-based color (Wilton makes it, I also have some of Duff Goldman’s that I found at Michael’s. ~Kathy

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Megan February 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Hi there! I love these and made them with my mom when I was younger. Up to how long are they good for? Could I make them one night then eat them in the morning or afternoon?

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Kathy Strahs February 5, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Hi Megan – They should definitely be good the next day — just keep them in an airtight container. ~Kathy

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Lori February 8, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Just curious if anyone has frozen these? I want to make them for my daughters class, but might have to make them a week before due to my work schedule. I don’t want them to get stale. Thanks!

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Kathy Strahs February 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Hi Lori — I’d be a little hesitant to freeze them, out of concern for moisture turning them soggy. Kellogg’s does give advice for freezing Rice Krispies treats: http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes/the-original-treats
Keeping the moisture out will probably be key — you’ll want to wrap them really well.

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