Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats


No matter how old you are rice krispie treats never get old! I still make them all the time for a quick treat and I’ll never get sick of them. Whenever I take them to a party they disappear in no time (ugh and I can never stop at just one). Here I’ve made them into a fall inspired treat that both young and old alike will love! I’ve mentioned in the recipe if you are making them for adults I’d use the marshmallow fondant then for kids just the green airheads like that pictured.

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These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats don’t have any pumpkin in them but rather they’re just shaped to look like a pumpkin so you still get that same sweet vanilla marshmallow flavor (I’m assuming if you did mix pumpkin into rice krispie treats they’d probably almost immediately go stale and the consistency and everything would just be off. You could add a little pumpkin pie spice though).

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I bought a few different ingredients trying to figure out which would be best for the stem. I got mini twix, red vines black licorice, pretzel rods and I’ve also seen tootsie rolls used. I decided the pretzel looked the best plus it was a nice balance to have a little salty to balance out all the sweet. If you want to make mini’s just make them about golf ball size and use mini pretzel sticks instead of the pretzel rods. I’m not sure how many minis you’d get but probably about 3 or 4 times what you get from the baseball size ones. You should make these with your kids at least once this fall. It’s such a fun treat to make together!

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: 6 pumpkins


  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 (10 oz) pkg. mini marshmallows
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • 3 pretzel rods , end portions broken off into 2-inch pieces (so you'll have 6 pieces)
  • 6 mini green airheads or green fondant*
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  1. Measure out rice krispies cereal and pour into a bowl. Melt butter in a 4 quart non-stick saucepan or pot over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and stir and as they begin to melt start adding in the gel food coloring until desired color is achieved. Stir constantly until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat then immediately pour in rice krispies cereal and gently stir and fold with a spatula until cereal is evenly coated. Let mixture cool slightly (until it's cool enough to handle with your hands).
  2. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray then shape rice krispie treat mixture into balls about the size of a baseball, then insert 1 piece of the pretzel rod into the top center and reshape the pumpkin as needed. Transfer to a plate or dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Beginning on one side of the airhead candy cut out a leaf shape with clean scissors then use the remaining portion of the piece of candy to roll and shape into a thin rope shape then twist into a vine shape (or just shape the fondant accordingly, no cutting required). Place candy on the sides of each pretzel on the pumpkin (as pictured). Repeat with remaining candy. Store in an airtight container.
  4. *If making this for kids I'd just use the airheads because they usually like the taste of them, if making it for adults I'd recommend making 1/4 a batch of this fondant recipe (it's the only fondant recipe I like) and tinting it green - it tastes better than the airheads.




    • Jaclyn: That is a good idea, maybe next year I’ll do those :). October 3, 2016 at 10:05am Reply

  • Char: These are almost too cute to bit into.
    I bet they taste great though! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. October 3, 2016 at 12:18pm Reply

  • alexa.al: I’m saving this one to make later. :) October 8, 2016 at 8:32am Reply

  • Sussanne Stellemark: I am thinking of doing these but are wondering If they are okay to make 2 weeks before The party om if they will go bad? October 9, 2016 at 4:25am Reply

  • Camille: What do you do when it doesn’t stick together October 9, 2016 at 6:01pm Reply

  • Alli: Hie did you get them to stick enough to shape them? I tried and even waited a bit and no good, they just kept falling apart October 16, 2016 at 1:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That seems odd. Do your rice krispie treats usually stick together just fine? You could try chilling the mixture for a bit and that should help set it quicker. October 16, 2016 at 5:01pm Reply

  • Rebecca J King: Wow! Ours turned out great! My 5 year old and 8 year old had a blast!! October 16, 2016 at 6:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Rebecca! I’m so glad they have fun making them! October 18, 2016 at 10:56am Reply

  • Kim W: Ours fell apart too, but I just kept reshaping them as they cooled. When spread into a pan, these always take the mold of the pan, so it’s normal that they’ll spread until cool.
    I gave up trying to make them look orange, after using up 2 tubes of gel! October 19, 2016 at 1:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry they didn’t work out for you! You didn’t by chance use decorating gel instead of gel food coloring? They are entirely different but come in similar tubes. I don’t think the grocery store gel colors would be that bad but I’d do recommend Wilton gel colors (which you can get usually get at Walmart or Michaels). Two tubes of gel is probably a big part of the problem here.
      You could try shaping them and putting them in small bowls to help hold the shape. I hope they work next time if you try them again! October 19, 2016 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Adriana Hofacket-Allen: i love you October 30, 2016 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Verity coleman: Could you do it without the butter? I need dairy free October 31, 2016 at 5:10am Reply

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