Circus Animal Cracker Rice Krispie Treats

by Heather
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Rice Krispie Treats, with their irresistible combination of crispy rice cereal, gooey marshmallows, and a touch of butter, are a timeless dessert loved by people of all ages. They are not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the history of Rice Krispie Treats, share a classic recipe, and offer creative variations to elevate this beloved treat.

The Origins of Rice Krispie Treats:

Rice Krispie Treats, also known simply as “Rice Krispies Squares” or “Rice Krispies Bars,” have a history dating back to the 1930s. They were invented by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day, two employees of the Kellogg Company, who sought to create a new use for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. The result was a sweet and chewy dessert that quickly gained popularity.

Classic Rice Krispie Treats Recipe:


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Add the mini marshmallows and stir continuously until they are completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and quickly stir in the Rice Krispies cereal, ensuring that it is evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish and press it down firmly using a greased spatula or your hands.
  5. Let the treats cool and set for about 30 minutes before cutting them into squares.

Rice Krispie Treats are not only a delightful and nostalgic dessert but also a canvas for your creativity. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or experiment with fun variations, these treats are sure to bring smiles to faces and satisfy sweet cravings. Whip up a batch and share the joy of this simple yet timeless treat with your friends and family. Enjoy!

I LOVE Rice Krispie Treats! Everyone has childhood treats that hold a special place in their hearts. Some of those are store bought or from a restaurant. Some are homemade. I have two that I said to myself, “Self. I bet we could combine these to make something yummy.” And I was right.

Iconic Treats

The first is probably the simplest homemade dessert treat in existence. With just three ingredients and a couple minutes on the stove you have gooey sweet Rice Krispie Treats. The second is an iconic cracker, which is actually a cookie. Wait. I suspect that was a not-so-clever marketing strategy to attempt to fool moms. Nice try. We’re smarter than that. Originally called Barnum’s Animals to play to the popularity of the Barnum Circus, Animal Crackers have been around for 120 years and children of all ages continue to love them, like my nephews. We were watching the digital release of with my children and our nephews the other day. As all the children were sitting there with their little snack trays, one of my nephews started asking about the animal crackers. That brought up a wave of nostalgia of when I was a kid: eating animal crackers, going to the circus, watching the tigers and elephants. So, even though the circus is no more, we still have ways to experience it with our little ones.

Like sweet treats? Be sure to check out our CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER RICE KRISPIE TREATS recipe for a fun twist and new favorite! So delicious, you will be making a second batch before the first one is gone!

Rice Krispie Treats

Circus Animal Cracker Rice Krispie Treats

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


3 tbsp Butter
1 10oz package of marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
2 cups Iced Animal Crackers (rough chop)


In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat
Add in the marshmallows and stir until completely melted
Turn off heat
Stir in Rice Krispies and chopped animal crackers until coated
Press into a 9x13 baking dish* coated with cooking spray using a piece of wax paper (*Prefer thicker treats? Try a 8x8 baking dish!)
Cool and cut into squares.
Eat immediately until gone!


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Kara Marks May 19, 2023 - 7:40 pm
How cute!
Roger May 20, 2023 - 9:50 am
That looks really tasty, I might try it this week
Maria Egan May 21, 2023 - 6:09 pm
These are extra special with animal crackers added. Very cute idea.
Jodi Hunter May 21, 2023 - 8:29 pm
I can not wait to try these out.
Terri Quick June 13, 2023 - 4:26 pm
These look so yummy & cute

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