On the thirteenth day of Christmas, I give you these Triple Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats. Because what's a holiday without cramming as much chocolate as possible into your daily eats?
Back in October I shared these Kitchen Sink Cereal Treats and was buzzing about how their nutrition factor was amped up from traditional Rice Krispie treats. I stand behind those words, but with the caveat that there's a time and a place for everything. Those treats would be a fab snack for oohhh let's say January 5th, but these babies are a solid December 24th.
Yes, there's cereal and yes, there are marshmallows, but beyond that? These are a little different than their over-achieving, know-it-all cousins. These treats feature lots and LOTS of chocolate. Unsweetened cocoa powder is mixed in with the melting marshmallows, a portion of the chocolate chips are mixed in with the cereal while others are melted and slathered on top, and chocolate sprinkles finish the look as decoration.
And oh yeah - espresso powder is included in the mix! You won't feel as if you're chewing on a crunchy bar of...coffee, but it does enhance all of the chocolate you've got going on. And anything that bolsters the flavor of chocolate is a friend indeed.
I'm all about these treats for several different reasons, the first being something that rhymes with 'fripple shmawklate'. The next being that they slice up beautifully! No crazy crumbs here (except for a few runaway sprinkles). Sliceability (so not a word) is huge because it also means you can modify the number of slices here, no problem.
Cutting the block into eight slices yields some legit-sized treats. The main attraction for your dessert purposes. Twelve slices would free up some room in your bellies for nibbling on other sweets too, and sixteen? Perfect little bites that bring something fresh to the onslaught of cookies on dessert trays this time of year.
I know cookies get all the press this time of year, but I have it on good authority that Mr. Claus requested a little shake up in his usual Christmas Eve cookie binge this year. Just passing the message along... 😉
Triple Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
- 1 ½ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1 ½ cups puffed rice cereal
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate
- Chocolate sprinkles for decoration
- Spray a 9" x 5" loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a saucepan set over low-medium heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir to coat evenly with the melted butter. Stir marshmallows occasionally as they begin to lose their shape and melt. Once marshmallows have just melted completely, stir in cocoa powder and espresso powder until just fully combined.
- Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cereal. Once cereal is coated evenly by the marshmallow mixture, stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
- Press mixture into one half of the prepared loaf pan, pressing on the top to ensure treats are dense. Allow to cool for a few minutes before proceeding.
- Once cool, invert the Rice Krispie block onto a plate. Melt remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips and spread evenly over top and sides of Rice Krispie block. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles or whatever other decorations you'd like. Let chocolate cool completely before slicing into 8 blocks and serving (may refrigerate Rice Krispie block to speed up the hardening process).
Anna @ shenANNAgans says
I am about to hop a plane home to Australia, don't suppose ya have any leftovers, these would go down a treat. Love your rice krispies, they look so pretty, Alyssa!
Haha oh if I could magically transport you some of these I totally would! Isn't it a proven fact that chocolate makes plane rides more bearable? Maybe not, but I certainly think so!
Kristy @ Chocolate Slopes says
Anything chocolate to me is fantastic, especially triple chocolate! These look fantastic!
Thanks Kristy! The more chocolate, the better. 🙂
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
Lol...Santa...good one! I made chocolate rice krispie treats a while back and they didn't come out as NEARLY gorgeous as yours. My nephews would go crazy for these so these are definitely a must make!!
I hope you have a happy and healthy 2015, Alyssa!!
Thank you Tina! I've found Rice Krispie treats are a crowd-pleaser no matter what age you are. Plus they travel so well! Wishing you and yours a fabulous 2015, too! 🙂
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
Aaah these look like my kind of Rice Krispie treats! Triple chocolate aaand espresso powder...yum, these look like the most amazing Rice Krispies treats ever 🙂
Thanks Denise! I'm not one to pass up on Rice Krispie treats, but these were extra special...and delicious!
Isadora @ she likes food says
These are the prettiest rice crispy treats I have ever seen! I'm not usually a big rice crispy treat fan, but I would totally go for these! Afterall, how can anyone say no to triple chocolate anything?!
That's a question I'd most definitely answer "yes" to! Haha thanks!!
Helen @ Scrummy Lane says
What a lucky boy Mr. Claus was this year! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Alyssa .. and Happy New Year!
Thank you Helen, we did! Hope you and yours did as well - and Happy New Year!!:)
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
You know I'm going to be all over these treats! Hope you had a lovely Christmas!
Haha I bet!! Thank you, hope you did as well! 🙂
I think Santa would love this cookie shake-up! What's not to love about these treats -- they'd rival Christmas cookies any day in my book (I do love my chocolate)! These look delicious, Alyssa! 🙂
Thank you Marcie! It's hard to go wrong with sweets this time of year...figured a little differentiation never hurt anybody! 🙂
I'm not even a big rice krispie treats fan, but these look absolutely amazing!!
I'm totally with you on sneaking in some chocolate with each meal this time of year. It's like it just magically appears each time! I have to say these are the most amazing Rice Krispie treats I've ever seen. All of that chocolate looks amazing!
Haha yup, no clue how that happens, but I'm going with it. At least until January rolls around. Thanks girl!
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
Ooohhhhh man... my wife Asheley loves rice krispie treats!!! I think I need to be a good husband and make these for her, right?!
Oh absolutely, Chris! I bet she would LOVE them! 🙂
Consuelo | Honey & Figs says
Oh my - OH MY! Alyssa these rice krispy treats look absolutely mouthwatering!! Seriously, I could so have a dozen of them right now. What a delicious christmas treat! Triple chocolate anything is bound to win me over 😉 xxx
Thanks girl! I won't even tell you how quickly this batch disappeared (...with only two people around!) 🙂
These rice krispie treats look absolutely stunning, Alyssa! I'm seriously drooling over all that triple-chocolate action going on! And yes, bring on the chocolate any place and ANYTIME. 🙂 Pinning these beauties!
Thanks Sarah!! More is more when it comes to chocolate. 🙂