This gooey and sweet Easter dessert is a colorful snack made with crispy rice cereal, chocolate Easter eggs and Peeps! Leftover Easter Candy Rice Krispie Treats are fun for the kids to make (and eat!) and is a yummy holiday twist on a classic favorite no-bake treat.
Easter reminds me a little of Halloween in the way that we always have way too much candy after the holidays have ended. Sure, you can eat it little by little (or all at once, if you like!). What I like to do is turn all that candy into a sweet treat! It puts all that leftover chocolate to good use.
When my girls were young, I’d fill their Easter baskets with chocolate bunnies, Easter chocolates and little trinkets. I miss those days sometimes! I still buy Easter candy now, but not as much as I used to.
I’ll even sometimes go to the store after the holiday has ended and buy the reduced chocolates and sweets just so I can make these leftover Easter candy treats.
They start out like Rice Krispie treats with a bright and colorful Easter twist. You’re going to love how easy these delicious treats are to make! They are perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Why You’ll Love Leftover Easter Candy Rice Krispie Treats
- Best way to use up an abundance of leftover Easter candy
- Easy treats that the kids can help make
- Pretty and delicious dessert for your Easter table
- Takes only 10 minutes to make
- You can easily swap out ingredients depending on the candy you have at home
- Can be doubled or tripled if you have a lot of Easter candy to use up
- No-bake so you don’t have to turn on the oven
- Soft, chewy and a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth
- Salted butter – Feel free to use unsalted butter, but add an extra pinch of salt to help cut through the sweetness.
- Rice Krispies cereal – Any brand of crispy rice cereal will work in this recipe.
- Mini marshmallows
- Marshmallow fluff – You can use 4 cups of mini marshmallows or 40 regular marshmallows in place of the marshmallow fluff.
- Easter marshmallow Peeps – If you don’t have any leftover Peeps, you can use colored marshmallows for that pop of color. I recommend using only one color instead of mixing them altogether. All the colors mixed together may form a less appealing color.
- Easter chocolate eggs – I used Cadbury Eggs for this dessert. You could also use crispy M&Ms as a substitute.
- Chocolate Robin Eggs – These are malt-filled chocolate balls similar to Cadbury Eggs.
- Easter sprinkles – You can add these as an optional garnish.
How to Make Easter Rice Krispie Treats
- Step One: Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Step Two: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the salted butter.
- Step Three: Once the butter has melted, add mini marshmallows and marshmallow fluff to the pan and stir constantly until the marshmallow fluff mixes in with the butter and everything is melted, combined and smooth.
- Step Four: Remove the pan from heat and pour the crispy rice cereal into the marshmallow mix and stir gently until everything is combined.
- Step Five: Gently, but quickly, fold in the chopped Easter marshmallow Peeps, Easter chocolate eggs, and chocolate robin eggs.
- Step Six: Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Step Seven: Wet your fingers with water and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan. Add on Easter sprinkles, if desired.
- Step Eight: Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature or until firm before cutting into squares and serving.
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- 9×9 inch baking pan
- Parchment paper or wax paper
- Medium saucepan
- Large mixing bowl
- Scraper spatula
- Measuring cups
What to Serve with Easter Egg Rice Krispie Treats
- Spring Cookie Bars
- Berry Cheesecake Trifle
- Easter Puppy Chow
- Mini Easter Cheesecakes
- Peanut Butter Muffins with M&Ms
Pretty much anything Easter candy or chocolate related goes! Here are some suggestions.
- Chopped up chocolate bunnies
- Pastel M&Ms
- Chopped up white chocolate bunnies (these were my favorite as a child!)
- Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Easter candies
- Reese’s Eggs
- Leftover jelly beans
- Chopped up Cadbury Creme Eggs
- Chocolate chips or butterscotch chips
- Chopped peanut butter cups
Keep these Easter Rice Krispies at room temperature, but make sure to cover them to keep them from going stale. If they are stored well-covered at room temperature, they should last about a week.
Can I Freeze?
Yes, you can freeze these Leftover Easter Candy Rice Krispies. Cut them into individual pieces and wrap them up individually. You can freeze for 4 to 6 months.
It’s important to make sure that you thaw them completely at room temperature before eating or you will have really tough chocolate to bite into.
How Do I Keep my Easter Rice Krispies from Getting Hard
- There are a few things you can do to keep your sweet treats from becoming hard.
- Heat the marshmallows over LOW heat. Overcooking the marshmallows is one cause of hard Rice Krispie treats. Make sure you stir often and take a little extra time to melt it all together.
- Don’t over-mix. Add the Rice Krispies and add-ins and mix until combined.
- When you push the cereal mixture into the baking pan, make sure to not pack it in too tightly. Gently press and then leave it sit.
However, if you find they are hard, you can always heat in the microwave for a few seconds to soften them up.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Prepare all the ingredients before you begin melting the butter and mixing the marshmallow fluff into it. You will want to have your mix-ins chopped and ready to go so you can mix them in while the treat is still warm.
- If you don’t have parchment paper, wax paper is a great alternative since these treats don’t need to go in the oven.
- It can be tempting to leave the marshmallow fluff and mini marshmallows to heat up on their own. Please don’t! I’ve burned too much fluff doing that. Make sure as soon as you put it in the saucepan, that you stay with it and stir constantly to keep it from burning.
- You may also be tempted to finish heating the fluff too early. You need to wait until all of it softens and becomes almost liquidy.
- In addition to not leaving your marshmallow fluff unattended, be sure to not heat it too high. Low is best, and medium heat is the highest you would want to go. Patience is the key to getting deliciously soft, perfect treats.
- Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes before cutting into your Rice Krispie Treats. They will be too gooey if you don’t let them set.
Easter Desserts Made with Leftover Candy
- Easter Egg Brownies
- Easter Mini Eggs Brownies
- Easter Egg Stuffed Crescent Rolls
- Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Peeps
- Easter Bark
- Italian Easter Cookies
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Easter Rice Krispie Treats
- 4 tbsp salted butter
- 1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
- 1 can marshmallow fluff (7oz)
- 4 ½ cups crispy rice cereal
- ¾ cup Easter marshmallow Peeps chopped
- ¾ cup Easter mini eggs
- ½ cup chocolate Robin eggs
- Easter sprinkles for garnish, optional
- Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the salted butter.
- Once the butter has melted, add mini marshmallows and marshmallow fluff to the pan and stir constantly until the marshmallow fluff mixes in with the butter and everything is melted, combined and smooth.
- Remove the pan from heat and pour the crispy rice cereal into the marshmallow mix and stir gently until everything is combined.
- Gently, but quickly, fold in the chopped Easter marshmallow Peeps, Easter chocolate eggs, and chocolate robin eggs.
- Spoon mixture into baking pan.
- Wet your fingers with water and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan. Add on Easter sprinkles, if desired.
- Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature or until firm before cutting into squares and serving.
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