Marshmallow Caramel Rice Krispies Puffs

These Marshmallow Caramel Rice Krispies Puffs are a cheery no-bake treat. Fun to make, fun to eat!

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Some treats are just more fun than others. And these Marshmallow Caramel Rice Krispies Puffs rate pretty darn high on the fun factor scale!

The fun all starts in the kitchen, as they make for a cheerful no-bake project…dipping big puffy marshmallows in caramel and then rolling them in crispy rice cereal. Yes, your fingers will be sticky and gooey for awhile, but that’s really part of enjoying the process. You just need to have a playful mindset when you start. ;)

These sweet treats are a hoot to eat, as well. They’re soft and gooey, with a little Snap! Crackle! Pop! (Did you know Rice Krispies are known as Rice Bubbles in Australia and New Zealand?!) I love listening to our girls eat these – it just makes me smile.

A dear family friend introduced my family to this recipe when I was just a kid. It quickly turned into a Christmas treat that could be found on our sweets platter every year. I hope you give these a try. It’s never too late to start a new tradition. And, hey, you HAVE to try these frozen, too. It was my favorite way to eat them when I was a kid!

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Marshmallow Caramel Rice Krispies Puffs


  • 1 14-oz. package Kraft caramels
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 T. butter
  • 50 to 60 large marshmallows (fresh and soft are the best!)
  • 8 c. Rice Krispies cereal


Melt caramels, sweetened condensed milk, and butter in a double boiler. You can also use a microwave, but watch it carefully so it doesn't scorch, and stir regularly. Individually dip marshmallows into the caramel mixture, letting excess caramel drip off. Then roll in Rice Krispies. Place on wax paper to set.

These keep very well in the freezer. Just separate layers of marshmallows with wax paper. They are fun to eat frozen or just slightly thawed!

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38 Responses to “Marshmallow Caramel Rice Krispies Puffs”

  1. #
    Sommer@ASP — December 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

    How cute are these!?!? I want to live at your house!

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    Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — December 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

    These really are adorable. The sad thing is, if I made these I would probably eat the entire batch… but it’s the holidays, I can do that I guess :P

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    Jesness — December 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

    My mom made these all the time when I was growing up. I totally forgot about them. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Brenda replied on December 9th, 2012 at 7:28 am

      An oldie, and definitely a goodie! ;)

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    Angie — December 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

    These look so good! Yummy!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I think these need to become a new tradition at my house! So fun!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    These look absolutely fabulous!

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    Paula — December 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Now this really takes marshmallows to entire new heights! What a great treat.

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    My kids thank you in advance — they are going to love these!

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    Sandy — December 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I would like to try these with toasted coconut instead place of the cereal.

    • Brenda replied on December 9th, 2012 at 7:29 am

      That sounds awesome, too!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    These are too fun. I love the caramel!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 8, 2012 at 12:31 am

    So fun!

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    Silk Business cards — December 8, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Looks great , sweetness and smoothness of marshmallow with crispiness of rice Krispies,
    must be yummy !

  13. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 8, 2012 at 6:14 am

    This is heavenly! And so easy I love it!

  14. #
    Terri @ that's some good cookin' — December 9, 2012 at 1:56 am

    These look so fun. I think that my grandkaddidles will love them!

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    LoveFeast Table — December 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

    What’s not to love about this combination of flavors?! These look like they’ll be a total hit at our table. Thanks for linking up at the Cookie Exchange. As always, we love your company.
    Chris Ann & Kristin

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    Dina — December 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    these look cute and easy!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I want to make these, but I’m a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them! How clever and yummy!

  18. #
    Julian — December 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

    They look unbelievable! Beside offering this delicious desert, your photos are just a form of pure art.

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    Natalie @ The Stanfield Story — December 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Oh how yummy! :-) I wish I had this recipe last week when we had 5 little girls over to bake cookies! Will have to make these with my little girl! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Brenda replied on December 13th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Awesome to hear from you, Natalie – LOVED your sweet cookie party!

  20. #
    Lynna — December 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I think I`m going to loveee these!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — December 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    By golly, these are tons of fun! I love the varying flavors and textures with the crispy outside, creamy inside and layer of salty caramel. A handful of these would be lovely right now!

  22. #
    Diane (createdbydiane) — December 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    oh I would just LOVE these crunchy marshmallows, yum!

  23. #
    kristy @ the wicked noodle — December 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I can definitely see my girls LOVING both the making and eating process of these yummy treats! So simple and fun!

  24. #
    Katie — December 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    This is pretty awesome… not gonna lie! I think I need to try these soon!

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    Nathan Graham — March 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    These are incredibly cute, and I usually love caramel ANYTHING, but I’m sort of worried that what with the caramel, marshmallows, and sweetened condensed milk, it will be too sweet for me. I wonder if substituting regular milk would mess the consistency up at all?

    • Brenda replied on March 29th, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Hello Nathan! These are sweet indeed. I haven’t tried altering the recipe before, but would be concerned that the caramel wouldn’t have the right consistency with milk. If you give it a try, please let me know how it works!

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    Lucs — December 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    A coworker made these as a Xmas treat and they were very goo ( a little too sweet for me). However, after a couple of hours of sitting out, the rice crispies turn soft and kind of chewy.

  27. #
    Sharon — February 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

    When I made these, I made some rolled in rice crispies and some rolled in chopped pecans. The ones in pecans were the favorite at my family functions!

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    Brittany — November 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I have a silly question but I want to avoid a catastrophe (b/c that’s usually what happens when I attempt to cook).

    Does the warm caramel not melt the marshmallow when you dip the marshmallow in to coat it? What did you use to dip it in without making a mess?

    I’m clearly not a cook but I recently had these at a baby shower and have fallen in love. I really want to be able to make them for future events.


    • Brenda replied on November 25th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      The marshmallow does not melt. I usually use two forks to turn the marshmallow over in the caramel. I’m not gonna lie…there does get to be a bit of a mess. But it’s worth it. ;)

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    Osmond — November 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    we have made these for years! I live in NL and have always used Macintosh Toffie Bars (or Candy) instead of the Kraft Caramels. I made them once with Toffee Bits from a Bulk Barn store-they were good but didnt melt as good.

    I noticed a comment where he wanted to use milk–i dont think that would work as the condensed milk makes the consistency thick, but maybe if he used more caramels than reccommended and mostly melted them first and slowly added a bit of milk (suggest whole or maybe even some cream?) to the mixture to make the caramels a little less thick/hard??? Just a suggestion for that commenter :)

    We call them Haystacks here-if you google haystacks tho these don’t show up :)

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    Sue Eager — December 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    My mom and I have been making these for years. So much fun and what a surprise to first-time tasters to find marshmallows inside!

    • Brenda replied on December 13th, 2014 at 8:14 am

      I love that you know about these, too. They are a great conversation piece. People love trying them for the first time!


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