4th of July Rice Krispy Treats

4th of July Rice Krispy Treats

Get ready for a festive Fourth of July treat that’s not only patriotic but also ridiculously easy to whip up! These Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect blend of crispy, gooey, and sweet, with a colorful flair that'll make your celebration sparkle. 

These treats are bursting with the red, white, and blue spirit, they’re the perfect sweet snack to add to any Patriotic celebrations. Each bite delivers a satisfying crunch wrapped in gooey marshmallow goodness, topped off with colorful candy melts and sprinkles that make these treats as fun to look at as they are to eat.

They’re simple to make, ideal for getting the kids involved, and will add a delightful pop of color to your dessert table. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or just want to celebrate with a little flair, these treats will bring the fireworks!

Easy-to-Make Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows (about 10 ounces)
  • ½ cup red meltable candies
  • ½ cup white meltable candies
  • ½ cup blue meltable candies
  • Sprinkles (as many as your heart desires!)
Rice Krispy Treats


Prepare Your Workspace
Grease a 9x13-inch pan with a little butter or line it with parchment paper. This will make removing the treats a breeze later.

Melt the Marshmallows In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the mini marshmallows and stir continuously until melted and smooth. Keep an eye on this, as the marshmallows can burn easily!

Mix in the Cereal
Remove the pot from heat, and stir in the Rice Krispies cereal until it’s evenly coated in the marshmallow mixture.

Rice Krispy Method


Spread the Mixture
Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press it down evenly using a spatula (greasing the spatula first makes this easier).Place the pan in the refrigerator to cool and set for at least an hour.

Cut into Shapes
Once set, use the parchment paper to lift the treat out of the pan. Transfer it to a cutting board and slice into squares or rectangles, or whatever shapes you prefer.

Melt the Patriotic Colors
Melt each color of candy melts in separate bowls according to the package instructions. You can do this using a microwave (zap in 20-30 second bursts, stirring in between) or a double boiler. Make sure to use bowls that are deep enough for dipping. 

Dip and Decorate
Dip each Rice Krispie square into the melted candy of your choice, covering as much as you'd like. Allow the excess to drip off, then place the dipped squares onto parchment paper. While the candy coating is still wet, sprinkle generously with your favorite sprinkles to complete the look. This is where you can get creative, so go wild with stars, stripes, or anything that screams "4th of July!

Let Them Set
Leave the treats out at room temperature to set or pop them into the fridge for quicker cooling. Once set, they’re ready to enjoy!

These are sure to be a hit at any Independence Day bash! The bright colors and easy prep make them perfect for both kids and adults to enjoy. Share them, snack on them, or maybe just keep them all to yourself!

4th of July Rice Krispy Treats

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can I use large marshmallows instead of mini marshmallows?
    Yes! Just make sure to use the same total weight (about 10 ounces). Large marshmallows might take a bit longer to melt, so be patient and stir continuously for a smooth mix.

  2. What’s the best way to store these treats?
    Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If they’re already dipped in candy melts, place parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking.

  3. Can I use food coloring instead of candy melts?
    You can, but candy melts give a richer coating and create a more vibrant color. If using food coloring, ensure it’s oil-based to mix well with the melted chocolate.

  4. Do I have to chill the treats before cutting and dipping?
    Chilling helps the marshmallow mixture firm up, making it easier to cut into neat shapes. While not mandatory, it's a handy step if you want precise edges.


  1. Layered Treats:
    Divide the marshmallow-cereal mix into three portions, dyeing each portion with red, white, or blue food coloring. Layer the colors in the pan to create a striped effect.

  2. Different Shapes:
    Use cookie cutters to make stars, hearts, or other festive shapes. This adds a creative twist and will delight kids and adults alike.

  3. Add Mix-Ins:
    Mix in chopped nuts, pretzels, or mini chocolate chips to the Rice Krispies base for an extra burst of flavor.

  4. Fruity Fun:
    Add dried cranberries or blueberries to the cereal mix to incorporate natural red and blue hues.

These creative twists will keep your Fourth of July Rice Krispie treats exciting and uniquely yours!