Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats

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These adorable watermelon Rice Krispie treats use the classic recipe with some added fun. Top them off with delicious mini chocolate chips for one incredible dessert!

Rice Krispie treats are the perfect no-bake dessert for summer gatherings, 4th of July, baby showers and school lunches, I can’t think of a time they wouldn’t be perfect.

Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats with chocolate chips
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My husband recently told me the shocking news that he doesn’t enjoy watermelon fruit. Once I picked my jaw up off the ground, I decided, more for me!

He can have these as a substitute or one of our other tasty cereal treats like cookies and cream treats or strawberry Rice Krispie treats.

Here is why this recipe is fantastic:

  • Kid-Friendly
  • Easy to make
  • No-bake treat
  • Summer dessert

Ingredients needed:

I’m so excited to bring this new recipe to the site. It’s similar to basic Rice Krispie treats with the addition of decadent cookie butter added to the gooey marshmallow mixture.

Watermelon Rice Krispie Treat ingredients in bowls

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter – I like using salted butter for these treats. It balances the sweetness nicely.
  • Miniature marshmallows – we will divide these when adding the food coloring to create our watermelon slices.
  • Rice Krispie cereal – Feel free to use your favorite rice cereal for these treats. Store brand is fine!
  • Green food coloring (gel) – We used a mix of neon green and regular green but grab whatever you can find.
  • Red & pink gel food coloring – Again, mix these together or use red.
  • Miniature chocolate chips – for the most delicious watermelon seeds you’ve ever had!

You will also need a round springform pan and I like to use non-stick cooking spray or wax paper to keep my hands from sticking to the mixture.

You may use a 10-inch cake pan if you don’t have a springform pan. If you do this, I recommend lining it with parchment paper with the edges hanging out so you can lift the treats out easily.

How to Make Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats

Spray a 10-inch springform pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a large pot, melt one tablespoon butter and add 2 cups of miniature marshmallows. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the marshmallows melt completely.

melted butter and marshmallows in saucepan

Add several drops of green gel food coloring and 1-2 drops of neon green, and stir to incorporate into the melted marshmallows until there are no streaks.

add green food coloring to melted marshmallows

Remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups of rice cereal.

mix in rice cereal

Drop the green rice krispie mixture in large spoonfuls around the outside of the prepared pan.

Use a piece of parchment paper over your hands, or grease your hands with non-stick spray and press the green mixture evenly around the edge of the pan.

This will make about a 1 ½ inch ring pressed against the sides.

create a ring of rice crispy mixture around edges of springform pan

For the inside of the watermelon, we will start with another pot with two tablespoons butter heating until melted.

Add in 4 cups miniature marshmallows, and stir constantly, until melted.

Color the marshmallow mixture with several drops of red food coloring and 1-2 drops of pink, and stir to incorporate until there are no streaks.

Remove from the heat and stir in 4 cups of rice cereal.

Press the red rice krispie mixture into the middle of the green ring you made before, smooth out evenly, and press the mixture up against the green ring so they come together.

melt marshmallows with red coloring for inside of pan

Allow the rice krispie mixture to cool completely and set.

Before serving, press miniature chocolate chips into the red krispie section to look like little watermelon seeds.

remove outer edge of pan and slice treats into triangles

Cut into slices & enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

Store leftovers in an airtight container or on a plate covered with plastic wrap.

Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats sliced in triangles

You don’t have to refrigerate these yummy marshmallow treats but I do recommend eating them within about two days. 

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Watermelon Rice Krispies Treats

5 from 1 vote
These watermelon Rice Krispie treats use the classic recipe with some added fun. Top them off with delicious mini chocolate chips for one incredible dessert!
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 8 treats

Equipment

  • 1 10-inch springform pan

Ingredients 

  • 3 tbsp Butter, divided
  • 6 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 6 cups rice krispie cereal, divided
  • Green gel food coloring, we used a mix of neon green and regular green
  • Red & pink gel food coloring
  • 1 tbsp Miniature chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Spray a 10 inch cake pan or a 10 inch springform pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, melt 1 tbsp. of butter.
  • Add 2 cups miniature marshmallows and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until marshmallows have melted.
  • Add in several drops of green gel food coloring and 1-2 drops of neon green, and stir to incorporate into the melted marshmallows, until there are no streaks.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups rice krispie cereal.
  • Drop the green rice krispie mixture by large spoonfuls around the outside of the prepared pan.
  • Use a piece of parchment paper over your hands, or grease your hands with non-stick spray and press the green mixture evenly around the edge of the pan. This will make about a 1 ½ inch ring pressed up against the sides.
  • In another large pot, heat 2 tbsp. of butter, until melted.
  • Add in 4 cups miniature marshmallows, and heat, stirring constantly, until melted.
  • Add several drops of red food coloring and 1-2 drops of pink, and stir to incorporate, until there are no streaks.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in 4 cups of rice krispie cereal.
  • Press the red rice krispie mixture into the middle of the green ring you made before, making sure to smooth out evenly and press the mixture up against the green ring so they come together.
  • Allow the rice krispie mixture to cool completely and set.
  • Before serving, press miniature chocolate chips into the red krispie section to look like little watermelon seeds.
  • Cut into slices & enjoy!

Notes

Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1treat, Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 176mg, Potassium: 29mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 1532IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American


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Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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