How to Make Pink Rice Krispie Treats

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How to make pink Rice Krispie treats with food coloring. Easy recipe perfect for a baby shower, Valentine's Day, treats on a stick, and more.

Whether you're hosting or attending a Valentine's Day party, a baby shower, or maybe even a birthday party, pink Rice Krispie treats are the perfect choice.

pink Rice Krispie treats with heart sprinkles in mint green baking dish

With only a handful of ingredients, including red food coloring, they're easy to make and delicious too. No oven time is required for this recipe.

As for the main marshmallow treats, I'm using my favorite recipe for homemade Rice Krispie treats.

While I use Aldi's crisp rice cereal for my pink rice crispy treats (because it's gluten-free and affordable), you can use any brand rice crispy cereal.

As for the marshmallows and the food coloring, we'll talk about them below. I have my own preferences and tips for each.

If you want strawberry flavor, strawberry Rice Krispie treats are the perfect choice.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my treat making tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Large Pot – I use my Dutch oven; you can also use a large saucepan.

Heat-Resistant Spatula – This one (also pictured) is my go to spatula.

9″x13″ Baking Dish

stack of sprinkle-topped pink Valentine Rice Krispie treats with bite taken, sitting on white and red Valentine paper heart, with mint green baking dish and glass of milk behind

HOW TO MAKE PINK RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Before you get started, prepare your baking dish by spraying it well with cooking spray.

Making pink colored Rice Krispie treats is a quick 4 step process…

  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven on the stovetop.
  2. Then add in the vanilla extract, salt, and mini marshmallows. Continue stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the red food coloring.
  4. Once your mixture is the shade of pink you want, quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.
how to make pink Rice Krispie treats by melting butter in blue Dutch oven, mixing in mini marshmallows, stirring in red food color, and mixing in crisp rice cereal

Now just spread the mixture evenly and smoothly into your baking dish; and at this point, you can add sprinkles if you want, before your treats cool.

spreading pink rice crispy treats in mint green baking dish with Valentine heart sprinkles on top

Once they've cooled, you can slice them up and serve them.

They make the perfect Valentine Rice Krispie treats. They're also the perfect pink treats for a baby shower or a birthday party.

hand pulling pink Rice Krispie treat from other treats in mint green baking dish, with gooey strings of marshmallow

LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF MARSHMALLOWS

While you can use either big marshmallows or mini marshmallows, I definitely recommend the minis.

You have to melt the marshmallows before mixing everything together with the Rice Krispies cereal. So the mini marshmallows are an easier choice, since they melt a lot quicker than the jumbo marshmallows.

Plus if you have leftovers, you can put a handful in a cup of hot chocolate. It's a win-win.

stirring pink colored Rice Krispie treats with white spatula in blue Dutch oven

LIQUID OR GEL FOOD COLORING?

While you can use either liquid food coloring or gel food coloring, I recommend liquid. And I'll tell you why.

  • Liquid food coloring is less expensive, and you can find it pretty easily in any baking aisle.
  • It quickly and easily mixes in with the melted marshmallows.
  • Just a few drops will give you a pastel pink color. You don't need a lot to get the results you want.

When using liquid food coloring, you do have to be careful not to add too much, or could change the consistency of your Rice Krispie treats, and they may not set up well.

With gel, you have to be careful not to add too much, or you may have a darker color than you prefer.

If you want to know more, Spoon University has a really helpful guide to Gel Food Coloring vs. Liquid Food Coloring.

stack of pink Valentine Rice Krispie treats with sprinkles on top, sitting on white and red Valentine paper heart doilies, with mint green baking dish and jar of milk behind

HOW TO STORE PINK RICE CRISPY TREATS

It's important to store your treats in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag.

And you'll probably want to eat them within the first 2 or 3 days, so they're still nice and soft.

CAN YOU FREEZE PINK RICE KRISPIE TREATS?

You can if you need to. And then get them out with at least half an hour to thaw before serving.

Be sure when freezing them, though, that you again store them in an airtight container or freezer bag. And you might even put wax paper or parchment paper between the layers of treats so they don't stick together.

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Yield: 16

How to Make Pink Rice Krispie Treats

How to Make Pink Rice Krispie Treats

How to make pink Rice Krispie treats with food coloring. Easy recipe perfect for a baby shower, Valentine's Day, treats on a stick, and more.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9"x13" baking dish by spraying it well with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven on the stovetop.
  3. Then add in the vanilla extract, salt, and mini marshmallows. Continue stirring until the marshmallows have fully melted.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the red food coloring, adding drops, 1-2 at a time, 'til you reach your desired shade of pink (I added around 5 drops or so).*
  5. Once your mixture is the shade of pink you want, quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal.
  6. Now just spread the mixture evenly and smoothly into your baking dish; and at this point, you can add sprinkles if you want, before the treats cool.
  7. Cut into serving size pieces and serve!

Notes

*4. Be careful not to add too much liquid food coloring, as it can upset the ratio of ingredients and keep your crispy treats from setting up properly.

LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF MARSHMALLOWS

While you can use either big marshmallows or mini marshmallows, I definitely recommend the minis. You have to melt the marshmallows before mixing everything together with the Rice Krispies cereal. The mini marshmallows are an easier choice, as they melt a lot quicker than the jumbo marshmallows.

LIQUID OR GEL FOOD COLORING?

While you can use either liquid food coloring or gel food coloring, I recommend liquid. And I'll tell you why.

  • Liquid food coloring is less expensive, and you can find it pretty easily in any baking aisle.
  • It quickly and easily mixes in with the melted marshmallows.
  • Just a few drops will give you a pastel pink color. You don't need a lot to get the results you want. With gel, you have to be careful not to add too much, or you may have a darker color than you prefer.

HOW TO STORE PINK RICE CRISPY TREATS

It's important to store your treats in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag. And you'll probably want to eat them within the first 2 or 3 days, so they're still nice and soft.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

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