Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin rice crispy treats

The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 34 mins
Total: 49 mins
Servings: 8 to 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
200 Calories
5g Fat
31g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 9g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Rice Krispie treats get transformed into jack-o'-lanterns in this adorable Halloween recipe! These vibrant orange balls also make great Halloween decorations or party centerpieces. Experiment with different facial expressions to give each pumpkin its own personality.


  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (3-ounce) box orange-flavored gelatin, premade
  • 8 to 12 green gummy candies
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for pumpkin rice crispy treats
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  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

    Prepare a baking sheet
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  3. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to melt it. Add the marshmallows and microwave for an additional 90 seconds to melt them. The marshmallows might not look melted at the end of this time, but once you stir them, they should liquefy.

    Place butter in a bowl
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  4. Stir to blend the butter and marshmallows, then add the orange gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is well-incorporated: the mixture might look grainy at this point, but it will be okay once the cereal is added.

    Butter in bowl
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  5. Add the cereal and stir until it is thoroughly coated and there are no dry patches.

    Add cereal
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  6. Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and scoop up a handful of the cereal mixture. Press it firmly between your hands, forming a ball shape. Make sure that the balls are compact; loosely formed balls easily fall apart. If the balls don't ​form at first, allow the mixture to sit for another minute and cool, this seems to help them hold together.

    Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray
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  7. Place the Rice Krispie balls on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to firm up at room temperature.

    Place rice crispy balls on baking sheet
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  8. Once the balls are set, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Place the chocolate in a Ziploc bag and cut off a very small triangle from one of the corners.

    Chocolate in bag
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  9. Using this decorating bag, draw jack-o'-lantern faces on the orange balls.

    Draw pumpkin face
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  10. While the chocolate sets, cut green your green gummies into thin stalks and attach them with a small amount of chocolate to the top of the pumpkins.

    Put green stems on
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  11. Once the chocolate is dry, the pumpkins can be served or stored. Keep the pumpkin Rice Krispie treats in an airtight container in a cool, dry room.

    Pumpkin rice crispy treat
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