Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats are a delicious no bake treat! Soft and chewy rice krispie squares with caramel and melted chocolate smoothed on top. 

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I’ve come to the realization that I’m a little obsessed with the chocolate and caramel combination. Whenever I’m brainstorming treats to make for the blog, something that includes that combination is always the first to come to mind. Like these amazing Homemade Twix Bars, or these Chocolate and Caramel Dipped Pretzels.

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But these Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats take the cake, because there’s no baking required! Which means they’re perfect for summer, and perfect for your Fourth of July parties this weekend!

They’re easy to transport, great for serving large groups, and the clean-up is a cinch. And did I mention how amazing they are?! They’re soft and chewy and absolutely delicious. I promise they’ll be a huge crowd pleaser!

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Recipe

Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats on TastesBetterFromScratch.com
Prep 40 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 50 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 heaping cups mini marshmallows

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 7 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (half of the can)
  • dash of salt

For the chocolate

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (a high quality brand works best)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Instructions
 

  • Butter a 9x13'' pan. Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl.
  • Place butter in a large saucepan and melt over medium-low heat. 
  • Once melted, add 4 heaping cups of miniature marshmallows. Stir constantly until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. 
  • Pour the marshmallow mixture over the cereal and stir gently to combine. 
  • Pour mixture into greased pan and press gently into the pan. Don't press them down too much so that you have plenty of air pockets, resulting in light and fluffy rice krispie treats! 
  • Refrigerate the rice krispie treats while you make the caramel.
  • Make the caramel by combining all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 
  • Bring mixture to a rolling boil and continue to cook, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage. (You can use a candy thermometer, or do what I always do and use the ice water method. **See further instructions for this in the notes below). 
  • Once it reaches soft ball stage, remove from heat and pour the warm caramel over the rice krispie treats. 
  • Smooth the caramel into an even layer over the rice krispies. 
  • Allow to set for at least 30 minutes, or stick the pan in the fridge while you melt the chocolate.
  • For the chocolate, add the butter and chocolate chips to a bowl and use a double boiler (or your microwave at 30 second intervals stirring in between) to melt the chocolate until smooth. 
  • Pour melted chocolate over the set up caramel and smooth into an even layer. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set. 
  • Enjoy! I store the bars in the refrigerator and they last at least a week.

Notes

For Ice water method to test Soft Ball Stage: Stick several ice cubes in a small cup and fill with water. Test if the mixture has reached soft ball stage by dropping a spoonful of it into the ice water cup. If you're able to just barely clump the caramel sauce together in your hands to form a really soft ball, then it's ready! This is the most important step! Don't overcook the caramel or it will be hard and sticky on your teeth. When the caramel starts to turn golden, I do the ice water method every few minutes until it's ready, just to make sure I don't overcook it.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 196mgPotassium: 72mgSugar: 39gVitamin A: 1165IUVitamin C: 7.6mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 3.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE rice krispie treats and these just take them to a whole new level. Love the caramel and chocolate – maybe a little too much.