Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats


Such a fun easy treat the whole family will love, especially the kids! Traditional rice krispies treats are tinted orange, shaped into rounds and topped with a pretzel stick and shaped green candy, such as airheads (or green fondant). Perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties, or a weekend edible craft.

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Rice Krispie Treats in Fun Pumpkin Shapes

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.

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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

5 from 2 votes

Such a fun easy treat the whole family will love, especially the kids! Traditional rice krispies treats are tinted orange, shaped into rounds and topped with a pretzel stick and shaped green candy, such as airheads (or green fondant). Perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties, or a weekend edible craft.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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). 
  6. Place candy on the sides of each pretzel on the pumpkin (as pictured). Repeat with remaining candy. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  • *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.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2040IU41%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 8.9mg49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rice Krispies Treats
Calories: 365 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • A. Wesner: Can I make the night before? If so, do I refrigerate or leave out? Thanks!! October 30, 2018 at 8:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you can make them the night before and just store in an airtight container at room temperature. October 30, 2018 at 10:46am Reply

  • Rachel: Making these today! Such a cute, festive looking treat! Thank you!! October 19, 2018 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Annie: Can you make these Dairy Free? Any advice would be great! October 10, 2018 at 10:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d maybe try a dairy free buttery spread or coconut oil. October 11, 2018 at 10:39pm Reply

  • Dana L Sawitsky: These are super cute and easy. It helps to let them cool a bit before trying to shape. I also used a bit of canola oil on my hands instead of spray. Just pour a tiny bit in a small bowl and apply to hands as needed. Thanks for sharing. Can hardly wait for grandkids to get here !!! ???? October 30, 2017 at 1:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great tips – I hope the grandkids love them! October 31, 2017 at 4:14pm Reply

  • Kaylin: Thank you for the recipe! I made these as a quick treat for a Halloween party. We made them ping-pong ball sized and managed to get 25 mini pumpkins from one batch! They are tasty and cute. October 28, 2017 at 5:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad they turned out well for you! Thanks for your review Kaylin! October 28, 2017 at 9:58pm Reply

  • Pam: If they don’t stick together there are too many rice krispies, try adding a little more melted marshmallow and it shld be fine ???? October 19, 2017 at 12:46am Reply

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

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

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