I was walking through the grocery store yesterday and saw this new flavor of Rice Krispie cereal and without hesitation put them in my cart and went straight to the baking aisle to get marshmallows because hello – Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats! I was happy to see they were flavored and colored with natural ingredients so I feel like they have more of a natural strawberry flavor (as opposed to like, strawberry chapstick, ya know?) These are gooey and sweet and I studded them with little bits of fresh (freeze-dried) strawberries. My family all agreed that this was one of their favorite Rice Krispie treat versions, yet! Keep reading for a secret ingredient that makes the flavor top notch!
The Rice Krispie Trick You Need to Know
You might think that all rice krispie treats are created equal, but boy are you wrong. We have very strong feelings about our krispie treats around here. So much so that we have a whole section dedicated to them in our index. One of my favorite tricks for superbly gooey treats is to add some marshmallows to your cereal mixture. I learned that from the Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treat Recipe (which, if you haven’t made, you need to. Saying something is life-changing sounds so cliche, but then they’re also kind of life-changing.)
Add Some Real Berries
I wanted to add extra fresh berry flavor and texture here without fresh berries, obviously, so I turned to one of my favorite ingredients: freeze-dried strawberries. I actually have my own freeze dryer but freeze dried berries are so easily accessible these days! You can find them at most grocery stores and even at places like Target.
The Secret Ingredient
The secret ingredient in that marshmallow goo is just a bit of almond extract. I add almond to pretty much anything strawberry or cherry because it just brings out the flavors so well.
The Best Rice Krispie Mixing Bowl
I’ve said this before, but if you don’t have an enormous mixing bowl, you need an enormous mixing bowl. I’m not talking about just a big one. I’m talking about an enormous one. You might have to store it in a closet or something but this is one of THE most handy items in my kitchen. At our house, we actually call it the “Rice Krispie Bowl” but it’s handy for any sort of mixed cereal treat. Even though it can handle up to a triple-quadruple batch of treats, I use it even for single batches because it makes stirring and tossing SO easy and you don’t lose half your ingredients over the edge of the pan. It’s also amazing for coated popcorn mixes, and salads for 100. You can grab one on Amazon for 20 bucks and I’m just sayin’- you should all have one!!
If you’ve got a red polka dot pan, now is definitely the time to use it. TIP: Don’t pack down your treats. So many people pound on them at this point and that makes them hard and dense. Just gently pat them into an even layer and call it good.
These are ultra thick and perfectly gooey and so adorably sweet and strawberry-y.
All my kids and my husband commented on how amazing these were.
I think you need them, too!Print
Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
Sweet and gooey and studded with bits of berries, these fruity krispie treats are perfection!
6 tablespoons butter
6 cups Strawberry Rice Krispies
1 16oz bag mini marshmallows (about 10 cups)
1oz bag freeze-dried strawberries
1 teaspoon almond extract
Line an 8×8 (or 9×9) pan with parchment, if desired.
Place butter in a large pot on the stove top. While it’s melting, place Krispie Cereal in a separate large bowl and add 1 1/2 cups marshmallows. Use your hands to gently crush the freeze-dried berries as you add them to the bowl with the cereal. You don’t need to pulverize them, just crush them into smaller pieces.
When butter is melted, add remainder of marshmallow bag and stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add almond extract. Use a rubber spatula to scrape out all marshmallow mixture and pour over cereal mixture. Gently stir until cereal is completely coated and transfer mixture into pan.
Coat hands with a little butter and then gently press down (DON’T pack it down, gently press!) and let sit until cooled and set. Cut into squares to serve, or ya know- just start pulling chunks out with your hands. I won’t judge.
I made these for my soccer team for Valentine’s day. They were a hit. I did have to make some substitutions. I couldn’t find freeze dried strawberries in a reasonable size and cost. Instead I added shredded coconut after fine chopping it in the blender. I didn’t have almond extract, so i used coconut and lime extract. It sounded like a combo you’d approve.
Loved these! Made them this weekend, and the whole family and the extra guests we had over really enjoyed them. I put mine in a 9×13 pan, though… I was afraid they wouldn’t fit in the 8×8 I had. Thank you!
Going to try these without the added freeze dried strawberries. My 2 huge local super grocery stores don’t have them. I’ve been checking for 2 weeks. It’s frustrating the things you can’t find in northwestern OH.
Our Young Women Group is making and delivering Valentine Treats. I have some regular Rice Crispies I need to put to use. Do you think it would be okay to use regular Rice Crispies and dehydrated raspberries in this recipe?
Sure- they won’t taste like strawberries, but those would still be good!
My family loved these! Best Rice Krispie treats ever!
I found the strawberry cereal at Target, it’s also at my Kroger in Ohio too. I made these today for a Superbowl party tonight, and I don’t know if they will make it out of my kitchen, they are so delicious! Every member of my family liked them. So much more flavor than a regular krispy treat, and not as sugary sweet at ones made with Fruity Pebbles. The almond extract added some magic. Thank you for continuing to share treats from your kitchen, this was a win!
Is it okay to use jumbo marshmallows and just cut them smaller? I have a bag I need to use
You don’t need to cut them, as long as you have the same amount (you can weigh on a kitchen scale to make sure) big ones are just fine!
I forgot to buy almond extract ?♀️, should I use vanilla extract or just leave it out?
Either one of those options is just fine!
I accidentally signed up for the Valentine’s Day party take-home treat for my son’s 1st grade class, lol! I signed my name on what I thought was the juice box line, and it was in pen, and I didn’t have the guts to cross it out once I realized what I had done! I struggle with baking and being all creative, so when I saw this recipe I knew this was what I wanted to make. We made a test batch today and they are tasty!! Thank you for saving me, lol!!
Haha, I love this comment so much. Going for the juice boxes and accidentally signing up for food. Doh!! (many people are surprised to find out that I ALWAYS sign up for napkins ?)
I went to the grocery store to buy the Strawberry Rice Krispies and didn’t see any so I asked the cashier and she looked at me like I was crazy. Where have you seen these at?
They are brand new! Many Target stores carry them, so maybe check there!
I found Strawberry Rice Krispies at my Wal-Mart. I’m excited to make these, but decided to wait and make it as a Valentine’s treat for my kids (and me).
We made them today after church and my crew decided it is a winner! Husband keeps going back for more. Thank you for the idea!
These were really good! I might have snuck some white chocolate chips into the mix too.
I did the same thing when I saw the Strawberry Rice Krispies too! Thanks for sharing this recipe so I can make even better strawberry rice krispie treats! 🙂
Yum!! I made your s’mores version 4th of July week twice bc I ate almost the entire first batch lol and now I’m pregnant and unlike last time no nausea (knock on wood!) but a lot of stuff just sounds terrible to me. These, however, I could polish off by myself haha! My 18 month old will love them too 🙂
I need to find some of these rice krispies.. Be great for Valentine Day.
Looks perfect for Valentine’s day if I can find this new flavor!
And here’s another reason to convince my husband we NEED a freeze dryer…
Almond extract is always an excellent idea. I made rice krispie treats with candy corn and a little almond extract back in the fall and they were so amazing. I’ll have to see if our stores have strawberry rice krispies. You’d be shocked at the number of things you can get in Idaho that I can’t find in southern California!
You are so right! Your Salted Caramel Rice Krispies are LIFE-CHANGING! Literally, they are like the only Rice Krispy treat we make now and take to all our family gatherings and church events. Can’t wait to try this newest version. I love Strawberry and Almond so these sound perfect!
I bought this cereal with the intent to make rice krispy treats so I am glad to find out that you made them first! I am putting this on my weekend to do list
Oh. My. Gosh……I do hope these make it to the U.K. soon.