Cap’n Crunch Rice Krispie Bars (Cotton Candy)

Spring is here and it is the perfect time to make Rice Krispie treats. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the different combinations you can make. This time around, I wanted to incorporate Cap’n Crunch Cotton Candy Cereal with the Rice Krispie Cereal.

The combination of colors between the two cereals are so vibrant and you definitely get the Spring vibes for sure. With this recipe, you can use any cereal you desire. If you can find the Cotton Candy Cereal from Cap’n Crunch, you are lucky.

Making the cereal bars are pretty simply. However, the only thing is when you are transferring the cereal marshmallow mixture to the pan, it gets very sticky. After that process everything is pretty easy from there.

To add more tastiness to the bars, I added white chocolate drizzle on top. If you are not a fan of white chocolate, you can opt out of it. You can add condensed milk, peanut butter, carmel or whatever drizzle you desire.

What do you need for this recipe?

For this recipe, you will only need 6 ingredients. If you opt out of the white chocolate drizzle, you would need only 4.

  1. Butter: Like all good desserts, the base of great rice krispie treats is butter.
  2. Marshmallows: These krispie treats are extra marshmallow-y (no a word, but it will be one today) without falling apart.
  3. Coconut Oil: This is an easy addition that turns melted white chocolate chips into a silky form prefect for drizzling.
  4. White Chocolate Chips: Any delicious bar needs a drizzle to give it a finish touch. White Chocolate brings out the beautiful in any dessert.
  5. Cap’n Crunch Cotton Candy Cereal: Nothing better than the taste of cotton candy. The crunch in every blue, purple and pink cereal balls make this treat even more tasty!
  6. Rice Krispies Cereal or Generic Version: What’s a crispy treat without rice krispies cereal? The best! If you are on a budget like me, their are so many other brands that look and taste similar. Scroll down to see my favorite brand.

Keto Low Carb Version: Scroll towards the end of recipe. It will be the same directions as this recipe.

Making desserts on a budget….

I was lucky enough to find both boxes of cereal below at my local dollar store. The generic version of Rice Krispie Cereal that I love is called, Crisp Rice. Like I mention before, the taste and texture is the same as the real version.

In addition, it was only $1 compared to $4 for the original version. Lastly, it’s the same next weight of 12 Oz as the original version.

You can find all the ingredients mentioned in this recipe at your local dollar store for $1. There is no need to spend a lot of money making desserts. Especially, when the outcome looks and tastes the same as if you paid full price.

The pan I used in this recipe is a Copper Non-Stick 12.5 inch Pan from Gotham Steel. Click Here to purchase. It also comes with a lid! You can purchase it without a lid as well.

Let’s get to cooking….

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 9 treats

Ingredients:

• 4 tbsps of Salted Butter

[additional 1/2 tbsp for greasing pan]

•10 ounce bags marshmallows/mini marshmallows

• 3 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

• 3 cups of Cap’n Crunch Cotton Candy

[1/2 cup additional needed for topping]

• 1/2 cup of White Chocolate Chips

• 1 tsp of Coconut Oil

Directions:

  1. In 8×8 inch baking pan, grease with butter or line with parchment paper. If using parchment paper, lightly grease the parchment with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add Rice Krispie Cereal and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter over medium heat in a very large pot or a non stick pan. Once melted, add the marshmallows. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon stir the mixture until the marshmallows are completely melted.
  4. Remove from heat, then immediately scoop out half of the mixture into the Rice Krispie Bowl and fold using the spatula. Make sure each piece of cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture. [It will be very sticky]
  5. Then wipe of excess and then fold in the Cap’n Crunch cereal into the mixture in the pan. Again, make sure each piece of cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  6. Transfer Rice Krispie mixture to prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula (greasing it lightly helps), gently spread mixture to fit the pan. Lightly grease the back of a flat spatula and very gently press the mixture down into the pan. Do not pack it down with force, just lightly press down so it’s secure in the pan.
  7. Do the same for the Cap’n Crunch mixture and at that one top. Add remaining Cap’n Crunch Cereal (1/2 cup) on top to cover any gaps and lightly press down. Video Here
  8. Allow treats to set for at least 1 hour at room temperature and up to 1 day. Cover tightly if leaving out for more than a few hours.
  9. Lift the rice krispie treats as a whole out of the pan using the parchment paper.
  10. If using the Butter pan method. Use a small cutting board or flat plate and place it face down on top of the man. Then flip the pan upside down and remove pan which will release the treat. Then place another cutting board or plate on top and flip again.
  11. Cut into squares nine square. [Look at step by step pictures to see how to make it even]
  12. In a small microwavable bowl, add while chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Then microwave for 30 second to 1 minute. Using a small teaspoon, stir until fully melted.
  13. Using a teaspoon, drizzle each bar in a zig zag pattern. [Look at pictures below] Video Here
  14. Cover and store leftover treats at room temperature for up to 3 days. To store, place in layers between sheets of parchment or wax paper.

Video Here

Storage:

Freezing Instructions: Rice krispie treats aren’t the best dessert to freeze because the texture isn’t always completely the same after thawing. That being said, you can still freeze these squares. Freeze in layers between sheets of parchment or wax paper in a freezer container for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Keto Low Carb:

The only things that need to be changed to make these treats low carb is substituting the white chocolate chips, marshmallows, and cereals for low carb sugar-free versions. The ingredients will sadly cost you more, but the guilt free feeling is worth it.

Enjoy! If you make it, tag me on Instagram @eatwhateveryouwant

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