Simple and Sweet Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are a favorite with kids and grown ups too.
These cute Halloween rice krispie treats are universally popular on a Fall party table for any occasion.
Make them for Halloween, Fall school parties and Thanksgiving treats for kids.
More Fun Treats and Halloween Food Ideas:
We LOVE rice krispie treats. However, they definitely fall under the RARE treat column in my menu planning. They make perfect party food. Everyone devours this finger food off party trays.
Making them into pumpkins is so easy to do. Watch our video in the sidebar and in the bottom of the printable recipe card for a complete walk through of this simple process.
Very little is really needed to make these yummy treats. Let your kids help form and decorate them. Ahem. You might need some extra candy. 🙂
- One large bag of large marshmallows
- food dye (see discussion of food dyes below)
- Rice Krispies
- Reese’s minis
- green M&Ms
Food Coloring Choices:
We all know by now that artificial food dyes can be a problem for some people. Kids are especially sensitive to both red and yellow Artificial food dyes.
For this reason we did a video comparing the color results of a natural food dye and the cheap and easy artificial dyes. The video is linked in the Notes section of our printable Recipe Card. So is the natural food dye we used.
We don’t make these often so it is a small concern for our family. But if you need the resource it is there for you.
Your Printable Recipe Card:
Simple and Sweet Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are a favorite with kids and grown ups too. These cute rice krispie pumpkins are universally popular on a Fall party table for any occasion. Make them for Halloween, office or school parties and Thanksgiving too!
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 40 large marshmallows (about 1 large bag)
- red and yellow food coloring (several drops of each color as desired-Natural Food Dye linked in notes)
- 6 Cups Rice Krispies
- 14 mini reese's candies
- 14 green M&M candies
- Set a large saucepan on low heat.
- Add the butter and let it melt
- Add the marshmallows
- Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted
- Remove melted marshmallows from heat.
- Add several drops of yellow food dye to the melted marshmallows .
- Stir the dye until the marshmallows are a deep yellow color
- Then add a FEW drops of the red dye. Stir and add more yellow as needed. adjust the color until you have your desired pumpkin orange color.
- Once your marshmallows are orange add the Rice krispies and stir until combined.
- Oil your hands.
- Grab a palm sized piece of the rice krispie mixture and form it into a ball. Flatten slightly and set on prepared baking sheet.
- Put a mini reese's candy on the top middle. Now Set a green M&M candy to the side of the mini Reese. This forms the leaf and stem of the pumpkin. (see video below for a complete demonstration of this process)
- Repeat until you have all your pumpkins formed.
- Let set at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the marshmallow treats to set up.
You have control of how many pumpkin treats you get out of this recipe. The video shows you how we made the pumpkin treat for a yield of about 14 treats.
You can make the pumpkins whatever size you prefer and even change out the candy to a proportion that fits the size pumpkins you are going for.
We did not use natural food dye this time but if you wish to use natural food dye here is link to our video showing how we compared natural and artificial food dyes and the natural food dye came out very cute! Here is our Amazon Link to the Natural Food dyes we tested.
Amount Per Serving Calories 397Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 16mgSodium 147mgCarbohydrates 64gFiber 2gSugar 46gProtein 4g