Rice Krispies Treats

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Rice Krispies Treats
Alternative names Rice Krispies squares, Rice Krispies bars, Rice Krispies buns, Rice Krispies cakes
Type Confectionery
Place of origin United States
Creator Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day, Kellogg Company
Main ingredients Rice Krispies, butter or margarine, marshmallows
Cookbook:Rice Krispies Treats  Rice Krispies Treats
Rice Krispies Treats prior to being cut into single-serving bars

Rice Krispies Treats (also called Rice Krispies squares, bars, buns,cakes or Marshmallow Squares) are a sweet dessert or snack made from Rice Krispies or other crisp rice cereal, melted butter or margarine, and either melted marshmallows or marshmallow creme, the latter which allows the treat to be suitable for vegetarians.[1] While they can be made at home, they can also be found available for purchase in a box, the latter of which debuted in 1995. Rice Krispies Treats can also be made either very thin, or thick and gooey, depending on the ratio of marshmallows to cereal.

Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day at the Kellogg Company[2] home economics department as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls.[3][4][unreliable source?]

Sometimes marshmallows and/or cereal that is seasonal is used to make these treats holiday-specific. There are many other variations to the treat – adding caramel instead of marshmallows, adding condensed milk to the mixture before adding the Rice Krispies, using corn syrup and peanut butter, adding chocolate chips, nuts, flavoring agents, M&M's or other candy. Chocolate crackles are a similar item. Kellogg's produces plain and chocolate-based treats under the names of "Rice Krispies Treats" (in the U.S. and Mexico), "Squares" (in Canada and the U.K.) and "LCMs" (in Australia and New Zealand). Alternative forms of Rice Krispies Treats can actually made from other types of cereal as well to still create a deliciously sweet dessert. Other cereals such as Lucky Charms, Froot Loops, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are just a few options to vary from Rice Krispies, yet stick with the original recipe of adding marshmallows, butter, and the other normal ingredients.

"Rice Krispies Treats" is a name that is trademarked by Kellogg's; however, other manufacturers offer similar products under variant names such as "Crisped Rice Treats" or "Marshmallow Treats".


Kellogg's company came out with a cereal based on this treat. Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats cereal briefly surged in popularity, and received a 6 out of 7 rating on popular breakfast critic website Mr. Breakfast.[5] Recently this cereal has become harder to find, though Kellogg's website contains resources that can help with finding their rarer cereals.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes/the-original-treats.aspx[dead link]
  2. ^ Randal W. Oulton. "Rice Krispies Squares". Cooksinfo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  3. ^ Randal W. Oulton. "Rice Krispies Squares". Cooksinfo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  4. ^ "who invented rice krispies treats - Ask Community". Ask.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Rice Krispies Treats Cereal Review". MrBreakfast.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Find Kellogg's Products Near You | Search By Category, Brand, Product". Kelloggs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 

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