Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats

The addition of chocolate and caramel flavors take this childhood favorite to a whole new level!  These Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are one tasty dessert!

The addition of chocolate and caramel flavors take this childhood favorite to a whole new level! These Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are one tasty dessert! T minus 3 weeks(ish).  That’s right, we’re down to just a couple of weeks before Baby Boy Spiced makes an appearance.  He will be our first child, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him into our lives.  But I fully recognize that our lives are about to change completely.  Actually, check that, our lives have already changed completely.

Several months ago, I moved my home office down into our basement.  My old man cave office is now a nursery.  But, hey, at least now my new office man cave is really down in a cave!  And there’s a big screen tv and couch down there…so I’m guessing I might need to tap into a deep well of motivation to stay at my desk on the cold winter mornings that are a-coming.

The addition of chocolate and caramel flavors take this childhood favorite to a whole new level! These Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are one tasty dessert!In addition to moving the office, my wife and I have spent countless hours in the baby store learning about all of the different things we need now that we will have a baby in the house.  I seriously had to break up those trips into several hour segments.  I had no idea there was so much to learn about!  Strollers, car seats, cribs, dressers, diapers, diaper pails, bibs, onesies…the list goes on…and on…and on.  And I haven’t even touched on all of the toys to keep our little one entertained instead of crying.  Needless to say, this process has made me really appreciate my parents a bit more!  We are overjoyed about the new addition to our family…but holy cow, is there a lot to learn!

All of this baby talk lately got me thinking about kid-favorite foods.  There are so many favorites on this list, but rice crispy treats have to be up there in the Top 10 (if not Top 5) favorite kid foods.  I recognize that our son is still years away from munching on rice crispy treats, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy them in the meantime, right?

The addition of chocolate and caramel flavors take this childhood favorite to a whole new level! These Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are one tasty dessert!My wife loves rice crispy treats.  And c’mon…how can you not love ’em?  They take all of 5 minutes to make, and even less to magically disappear from the kitchen counter.  For this batch, I decided to mix things up a bit.  I added some Caramel Macchiato creamer from International Delight® to the recipe.  Talk about stepping up my game!  These bad boys were delicious.  Add in the chocolate drizzled on top, and these Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats become a fancified (I made that word up) version of that childhood favorite!

We’ve long been fans of adding a splash of International Delights’ creamers to our morning coffee, but adding a bit of the Caramel Macchiato flavor to these rice crispy treats is one heck of a fun twist.  I always associate caramel with Fall.  I’m not sure why, but there is something about the chill in the air that makes me really appreciate that deep caramel flavor.  Heck, scratch that.  I always appreciate that deep caramel flavor…I just appreciate it even more in the Fall!

The addition of chocolate and caramel flavors take this childhood favorite to a whole new level! These Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are one tasty dessert!The next several weeks are sure to be exciting and scary for us.  For you parents out there, what is the one best piece of advice you have to offer to new parents?  If you don’t have kids (or even if you do), what is your all-time favorite childhood/after-school snack.  (I’m taking notes here, people…give me some good stuff!)

The addition of chocolate and caramel flavors take this childhood favorite to a whole new level! These Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are one tasty dessert!

Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats

The addition of chocolate and caramel flavors take this childhood favorite to a whole new level!  These Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are one tasty dessert!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 150kcal

Ingredients

For the Rice Crispy Treats

  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp Caramel Macchiato creamer
  • 1 10-oz. package full-size marshmallows

For the Chocolate Drizzle

  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp Caramel Macchiato creamer

For the Caramel Drizzle

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp Caramel Macchiato creamer

Instructions

For the Rice Crispy Treats

  • Grease or spray a 9”x13” baking dish; set dish aside.
  • Place rice cereal in a large bowl; set bowl aside.
  • Using a large saucepan, add butter, creamer and marshmallows. Place over low heat, stirring often, until mixture is completely melted and smooth.
  • Pour melted marshmallow mixture over cereal and stir until well-coated.
  • Using a spatula or a piece of wax paper, press coated cereal evenly into prepared baking dish. Let cool completely before slicing.

For the Chocolate Drizzle

  • Place a small heat-proof bowl over a medium saucepan of simmering water. (Tip: Do not let water touch bottom of bowl.)
  • Add chocolate chips and creamer. Melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
  • Drizzle over cooled rice crispy treats.

For the Caramel Drizzle

  • In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and creamer until smooth.
  • Drizzle over cooled rice crispy treats.

This conversation is sponsored by International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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24 Comments

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! It’s so strange to me now in that our son could be born tomorrow (eep!) or 4 weeks from now. Either way, I think I’ll need a lot of chocolate + caramel (and coffee!!) to keep me going. 🙂

  1. Wow – 3 weeks!!!! My only advice is enjoy every bit of it – the sleepless nights, the crying, the learning – because, while it might seem never-ending in the moment, it flies by! Lil Shashi is almost 17 and I don’t feel like it’s been 17 years at all! Oh and always give ’em a reason why you tell ’em not to do something – for me, it’s been a LOT easier that way than just telling her no – see, I could tell Lil Shashi, “no you cannot eat any of these treats, BECAUSE they are for me” and she’d buy it…ugh…who am I kidding…no she won’t, she’ll guffaw in my face! Fantastic use of Caramel Macchiato creamer, David!

    1. Wait. Crying? Sleepness nights? No one told me about this part of parenthood! Oh wait, maybe they did and maybe I wasn’t listening. Haha! This is some great advice, Shashi. Thank you! I operate based on reasoning, too, so this advice makes perfect sense to me. Thank you for the kind words!

  2. Oooh Baby Spice is coming soon! I’ll be taking notes to try to prepare for our bairn 🙂
    Rice crispy treats were always a hit in my lunchbox, adding caramel macchiato? Swoon.
    My favorite after school snack was making little pizzas out of triscuit crackers. It was something I could easily do on my own and it was like a pizza 😉 Though eating wheat would leave me in a fetal position these days…

    1. Haha…well I’m sure I’ll have plenty of notes, Lauren. I suspect they’ll be notes about ‘what doesn’t work’ though! But hey, that’s the fun of parenthood I hear. Figuring it out along the way. Everyone does it! Caramel macchiato rice crispy treats are a win…I don’t care if you are a kid or an adult! This batch disappeared surprisingly quickly around here…and I can’t even blame it on the kid (yet). Haha!

  3. Hi David! These were a favorite with my kids! And, hey, chocolate and caramel are always good! The one piece of advise I can offer is relax. You will be surprised at how your natural instincts will come into focus. I raised two of my own and a few more who lived with us. David, my “other” son lived with us for eight years until he moved to FL when he was 19. And, there was another David who still calls me Mom (he’s 35 now), who I have always called “Tall” (he is 6’7″), because I already had one David! No offense to anyone, but I always found boys were much easier! 🙂

    1. I keep hearing about this ‘natural instinct’ thing…but my natural instincts are to grab some dessert and sit down and watch the game. Haha! I’m kidding…I’m sure it’ll all start to make sense here soon. No wonder we’re such good friends, Dorothy…you’ve got Davids surrounding you! Thank you for the advice…I suspect I’ll need a reminder of that one in oh, about 3 months. 🙂

  4. Hi David! I totally forgot to tell you something. Today (1021/15) is the day Marty McFly went to in Back To The Future II – I saw an article on a news site about it! I know you are a fan so I thought you would find this interesting! 🙂

  5. Yay for the countdown beginning! I couldn’t be more thrilled for you and your wife! Im sure you are going to make an excellent father! I mean you are the CL with the mostest, so that’s similar to being a parent…minus the diaper changes, and feeding, and entertaining.. and.. okay so not same same. But you get my drift! These rice crispy treats are all sorts of YUM! I LOVE the addition of Caramel Macchiato creamer!! Talk about taking things to the next level of delicious! I could munch on these bad boys all day long! Pinned! As for my favorite snacks growing up… I liked snack packs, goldfish and nuggets. But I also loved carrots and celery dipped in ranch. And popcorn. I can’t wait to hear all about the baby adventures coming up! Congrats again, buddy! Cheers!

    1. Hahaha…”minus the diaper changes, and feeding, and entertaining…” Oh, my days are about to be so very different! Wait. Or not. 😉 So these rice cripsy treats turned out awesome, Chey. The entire pan disappeared so quickly that you’d swear we had kids in the house sneaking them off when I wasn’t looking! (Ok, so my wife took the leftovers to work…) Oh man, all of those snakc packs! I wounder if Baby Spiced will shar ehis snack packs with me? I hope so! Thank you!

  6. I’m really kind of hoping some lavender stuff would be among top 10 of your son! In this case, just in a few years, when he starts his food blog, he won’t be laughing at me as his father does:) But seriously, this treat deserves to be in top 5 – I can say that right now! But if you send me a dozen of these, I would help to make them in top 3. Deal? Well done, indeed!

    1. Haha…wouldn’t that be ironic, Ben? If my son grows up with an addiction to lavender. But, hey, at least I know who he can call to get a steady supply of it! Wait, if I send you some, then it goes from Top 5 to Top 3? That sounds like bribery…or extortion…to me! 🙂

  7. Eeeee, the 3 week countdown. How exciting. Here I am just counting down to Christmas, and you are counting down to something HUGE!
    I love food like this, and would happily snack on it every day, even though that probably wouldn’t be good for me 😉

    1. Hey, I might also have an internal clock counting down to Christmas, too! I mean, c’mon…it’s Christmas! Yeah, these are definitely in that sweet treat for dessert category. But that’s what the gym in the morning is for…so I can enjoy fun treats like this! Thanks, Dannii! 🙂

  8. Yay for the little sweet nugget you guys are expecting soon David!! I am dying to see cute baby pictures SOON and yes who doesn’t love rice krispie treats?! I am loving the addition of caramel creamer in here! They sound perfect for mornings! Yumm.
    & My husband says lucky you for having your own man cave!! 😛

    1. Hahaha…well, my “man cave” is also now my office so that kinda takes the wind out of the sails there, Ami. But it’s still a cave…so that’s a start. Now I just wish it was like the bat cave from Batman instead! I’m sure there will be plenty of baby photos coming! Probably when I’m awake at 2:30am with him. Haha! Thanks so much! 🙂

  9. EeeKKKK just three weeks?? And that is if he is on time lol! My only advice is to NOT say no to help. Take it ifit is offered. Also do not wake up together at night. Take shifts, that way people are getting rest and less cranky to each other 🙂

    1. Yeha, tell me about, Z! We just had some friends over last night, and they offered to help with whatever we needed. Our instinct is normally to just do stuff ourselves, but I think we need to totally let people help now. Thanks for the advice, and I hope your little one is doing well! 🙂

  10. Mate, this is like an adults only rice crispy treat with the addition of creamer- One which I’d be a huge fan of! Okay, now 3 weeks…well, seeing as I’m playing catch up it’s even less but WHOA. How exciting!!!!

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