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Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

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These adorable Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect festive dessert that kids of all ages love. Plus, you don’t even need to turn on your stove to make them.

Reindeer Krispie Treats on brown paper

What are Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats?

Need a quick holiday treat or an activity for your kids? Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are a no-bake snack that come together in just a few minutes. And this twist on classic rice krispie treats look exactly like a famous red-nosed reindeer!

Use store bought rice krispie treats to save time (and mess), and melt chocolate in the microwave. This way, you don’t need to fire up your stove.

Simply dip the krispie treats in the melted chocolate, and use pretzels, candy eyes and m&ms to create the reindeer.

These little guys are so simple, and are perfect for a fun, family Christmas treat.

Bonus Recipes

For another easy no-bake Christmas treat, try my White Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Love rice krispie treats? Try my 4th of July Dipped Rice Krispie treats for patriotic celebrations.

Where can you serve them?

Anywhere this time of year, really!

I make up a batch and just keep them in my cake stand with a glass lid. I leave them on my kitchen island, and they double a cute holiday decoration while we munch on them for a few days.

I also love bringing them to holiday parties, December book club, gift exchanges, etc.

I serve them on a large white cookie tray, and sprinkle crushed candy canes or extra red and green m&m around the platter as garish.

Heading to a cookie exchange this holiday season? These cereal treats are something fun to bring to mix it up a bit.

They also make fantastic teacher or neighbor gifts! I use a cookie box like this with a see though window so you can see the yummy treats peaking though. Tie with a red ribbon.

What do you need for Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats?

  • Rice Krispies Cereal Bars (I use the premade ones so that they are perfectly rectangle, and to save time)
  • chocolate almond bark or dipping chocolate like this or this
  • M&Ms red and green holiday mix like these
  • tiny twist pretzels like these
  • candy eyes like these
ingredients for Reindeer Krispie Treats

How do you make these Christmas Rice Krispie Treats?

Grab a microwave safe bowl. I like to use a deep one as we will want to be able to dip the rice krispie treats pretty far into the melted chocolate.

Break apart the chocolate candy coating into smaller chunks so it will melt faster. Melt the 16 oz of chocolate in 30 second increments giving it a good stir in between to smooth out any lumps. It takes about 60-90 seconds in my microwave to melt.

chocolate candy coating in bowl ready to be melted

While the chocolate is melting, unwrap the store bought rice kripies treats. If you want to make them yourself vs buying them pre-made, you definitely can! There is an easy to follow recipe right on the back of the box of Rice Krispies using only the cereal, mini marshmallows and butter.

Pro Tip: If you do make homemade rice krispie treats, make sure they are completely cooled to room temperature before you dip them in the chocolates. Otherwise you might end up with a melty mess.

unwrap rice krispie treats

I like to buy the 16 pack of individually wrapped treats sold in most grocery stores because its saves on time and mess in my kitchen.

Lay out parchment paper on your counter. Separate out 16 red M&Ms and set aside.

Remove your bowl of melted chocolate from microwave. Dip rice krispie treats in the chocolate one at a time. You will want to cover approx 2/3rds of the treat in the chocolate and leave only 1/3rd chocolate free. Shake it a few times get off any access chocolate, and lay it flat on the parchment paper.

Add the candy eyes in the center of the krispie treat (do not place them too high on the chocolate as you will need room for the pretzel antlers).

Place one red M&M “nose” below the eyes.

Break a tiny twist pretzel in half. Place each half above the eyes as the “antlers”. Have fun with this part. You can face them inwards or outwards. Leave the pretzels in larger “loops” or break them down further to be smaller, “E” shaped pieces.

A little bit of variation in how you apply the antlers just adds to the character of these little guys.

Let them completely dry and the chocolate harden (about 10-15 mins) before you remove them from the parchment paper.

Use a sharp knife to trim off any access chocolate from the sides if necessary.

Serve on a large platter or tray. Sometimes I garnish the tray with crushed candy canes for a little extra holiday cheer.

Reindeer Krispie Treats with m&ms sprinkled around

Store leftover rice krispie treats in an air tight container for up to a week.

FAQ’s

Can you use milk or dark chocolate?

Yes! You can use whichever you prefer. Try mixing it up by dipping half the batch in milk chocolate and the other half in dark chocolate.

Did Rice Krispies get discontinued?

Nope! But there was a employee strike at Kellogg’s (the company that makes Rice Krispies)in 2021 which pushed production behind. This caused Rice Krispies shortages on shelves in early 2022. They appear to be back on track now.

Can you make Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats ahead of time?

Sure! If you store them in an airtight container, this easy treat will last up to a week. Make a few days ahead and they will be ready to serve on your holiday dessert table.

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Reindeer Krispie Treats on brown paper
Reindeer Krispie Treats on brown paper

Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats

These darling Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are an easy holiday dessert that even young kids can help make. You don't even need to turn on your stove.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cooling Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 people
Calories 190 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 medium microwave safe bowl
  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 16 Rice Krispies Treats I use the premade ones
  • 16 oz chocolate almond bark or dipping chocolate like this or this
  • 1 cup tiny twist pretzels like these
  • 16 Red M&Ms
  • 32 candy eyes like these

Instructions
 

  • Grab a microwave safe bowl. I like to use a deep one as we will want to be able to dip the rice krispie treats pretty far into the melted chocolate.
    Break apart the chocolate candy coating and melt in bowl in 30 second increments giving it a good stir in between to smooth out any lumps. It takes about 60-90 seconds in my microwave to melt.
  • While the chocolate is melting, unwrap the store bought rice kripies treats. If you want to make them yourself vs buying them pre-made, you definitely can! There is an easy to follow recipe right on the back of the box of Rice Krispies.
  • Lay out parchment paper on your counter. Separate out 16 red M&Ms and set aside.
  • Remove your bowl of melted chocolate from microwave. Dip rice krispie treats in the chocolate one at a time. You will want to cover approx 2/3rds of the treat in the chocolate and leave only 1/3rd chocolate free. Shake it a few times get off any access chocolate, and lay it flat on the parchment paper.
  • Add the candy eyes in the center of the krispie treat (do not place them too high on the chocolate as you will need room for the pretzel antlers).
  • Add one red M&M "nose" below the eyes.
  • Break a tiny twist pretzel in half. Place each half above the eyes as the "antlers". Have fun with this part. You can face them inwards or outwards. Leave the pretzels in larger "loops" or break them down further to be smaller, "E" shaped pieces. A little bit of variation in how you apply the antlers just adds to the character of these little guys.
  • Let them completely dry and the chocolate harden (about 10-15 mins) before you remove them from the parchment paper.
  • Use a sharp knife to trim off any access chocolate from the sides if necessary.
  • Serve on a large platter or tray.

Notes

Store leftovers in an air tight container for up to a week.
For another easy no-bake Christmas treat, try my White Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 76mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chistmas dessert, rice krispies treats
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