Grown-up Krispies

Who says Rice Krispies Treats are for kids? You can take that same crunchy, marshmallowy goodness and turn it into a sugar festivus for all your grown-up friends. All you have to do is take things you know they like: dark chocolate, browned butter, sea salt, and add them to things you know they already love: Rice Krispies Treats, and BOOM. Swoon.

Chocolate closeup


Grown-up Rice Krispies Treats with Chocolate, Brown Butter, Sea Salt

An enhancement to The Original Treats recipe

Makes 12 – 24 bars, depending on your generosity



  • 1 stick Butter, plus more for greasing things
  • 1 x 10 oz bag Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 8 – 12 oz Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • 1 – 2 oz White Chocolate (optional)
  • 1 large pinch Coarse Sea Salt
  • Wax paper


  1. Grease or coat with non-stick cooking spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking pan.
  2. Brown the butter: stirring constantly, in large saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Keep your eyes on the butter as it can go from browned to burned very quickly.
  3. Once the butter is completely browned, turn heat to low and add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted.
    Melted Marshmallows
  4. Remove from heat and add cereal and ½ tsp sea salt. Stir until cereal is completely coated and incorporated into marshmallows.
  5. Working quickly, and using wax paper or by buttering your hands really well, press the cereal mixture into the greased baking pan. Be sure to flatten as evenly as possible an fill in the corners. Allow to cool, about 5 – 10 minutes.
    Krispies in pan
  6. Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate and butter. I do this by microwaving for 20 second intervals and stirring after each interval. Start with just 8 oz and add more only if necessary.
  7. Once cool, turn the treats out onto a cutting board lined with wax paper or other large, flat surface. Pour the melted dark chocolate over the cereal and spread evenly to coat. If there is not enough chocolate to your liking, melt some more chocolate to add to the top.
    Chocolate coating
  8. While the dark chocolate is still soft, melt a small amount of white chocolate in the same way, using a clean bowl. Streak the white chocolate over the dark chocolate.White chocolate streak
  9. Using a toothpick, kebab skewer, or other long, pointy device, drag the tip through the chocolates to make interesting patterns.
    Zig zag patterns
  10. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate with a generous pinch of coarse sea salt.
    Sea Salt
  11. Wait for the chocolate to cool completely, or briefly put the treats into the fridge to cool. Once cool, cut into desired serving sizes and enjoy.

Finished treats

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