Stick to the Recipe or Eat Them with a Fork, Rice Krispies Caramel Bars

rice Krispy bar with lots of caramel oozing out of the middle

You wouldn’t think there could be too much caramel in a slab of cereal and marshmallows but unless you want to eat Rice Krispies caramel bars with a fork, resist the temptation to toss in extra chunks of caramel.

The recipe card handed down to me reads “1 pkg caramels.” I assumed bags of caramels, like bangs, were bigger back in the 80s. So I added extra and I was oozingly wrong.

rice Krispy bar with lots of caramel oozing out of the middle

If chocolate is more your thing, use Rice Krispies cereal to make Marshmallow Creme Crunch Brownies.

Sweet wishes,


Rice Krispies Caramel Bars

Staci at Random Sweets
I grew up with my mom making these. You think traditional Rice Krispies treats are good? Wait until you eat them with caramel in the middle.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 308 kcal


  • 11 oz caramels, unwrapped
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks)
  • 20 oz mini marshmallows
  • 14 cups Rice Krispies Cereal


  • Line 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Butter generously. Or skip the paper and just butter the pan.
  • In the microwave or on the stove top, melt together caramels, condensed milk, and 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of butter over low heat. Stir, stir, stir. Keep your eyes on it or it will burn.
  • In a large bowl or saucepan, melt together marshmallows and 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of butter. Stir in cereal.
  • Drop big spoonfuls of the marshmallow cereal mixture into the pan – only use half of the mix. Spray the back of a large spoon with cooking spray and use it to press the cereal into an even layer.
  • Pour caramel over the layer.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the remaining cereal on top of the caramel. Use the greased spoon again to press the cereal into an even layer.
  • Let set at least four hours before cutting into squares. Eat within a day or two.


Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 1372IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 5mg
Keyword caramel, Rice Krispies

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  1. This is so something I would do! Am I wrong in thinking they look delicious anyway? The type of thing that runs down your arm as you shovel it in your mouth!

  2. These are a favorite in my family (we call them double-decker Rice Krispies)! One of these days I want to experiment with a fudge filling. I think that would be delicious!

      1. I sure will. I think I can just sub chocolate chips for the caramels. I have a bar recipe that calls for the chocolate chip/condensed milk/butter combo for “fudge.” You have a great Easter as well!

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