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These fun colorful black and gold rice krispie treats can fit right in for watching your favorite sports team like the Steelers or the New Orleans Saints. Or they can fit in for other general parties like New Years Eve Celebrations.
What are black and gold rice krispie treats?
Black and gold rice krispie treats are you classic rice krispie treats - a combination of butter, rice krispie cereal and marshmallows - with some added food coloring to make them black and gold. You only need 5 ingredients to make these treats. They're super easy, no bake desserts that can be ready in around 15 minutes.
These colored rice krispie treats are perfect for different parties and celebrations. They are well suited for things like Super Bowl parties or other get togethers for your favorite sports teams who may wear these colors. They also fit in well as party favors, new years eve parties or other fun celebrations that need an easy, but eye catching dessert.
You can follow the instructions below to make these black and gold rice krispie treats just the way they are pictured here. But you can tweak the way you make and decorate them if you want. Here are a few alternative ideas:
- Make Rice Krispie Balls or Bites - instead of making each treat both colors, make a batch of smaller treats that are shaped like balls or just small bites and have half black and half gold.
- Make Rice Krispie Pops: turn these into cute party favors, or just dessert foods that you can keep you hands clean while eating by popping them onto a popsicle stick or lollipop stick.
- Use Sprinkles: instead of using edible gold glitter spray, you could make your treats all black with food coloring and then either add gold sprinkles right into your batter, or use a glaze to secure them on top of your finished treats.
- Dip your treats: instead of using black food coloring, use some black candy melts and dip them into the melts to get your black color.
How to Make these treats
These treats are just as easy to make as black rice krispie treats. And you can tailor their colors to be as dark as you want.
- 6 Cups Rice Krispies Cereal
- 16 oz of Jet Puff Marshmallows
- 4 Tbs Salted Butter
- (optional) non-stick canola oil spray
- Food Coloring
- Edible Gold Glitter Spray
Gather up your black food coloring, edible gold spray, marshmallows, butter, rice krispie cereal, spatula, pan, microwave safe bowl or pot and measuring cups.
You will also want to ensure you have greased everything with butter or non-stick cooking spray before you get to making your treats. Non-stick cooking spray tends to be a little easier and faster, but either works well.
To start out, you will need to first melt together your marshmallows and your butter. You have two methods you can use to do the melting. You can either use the microwave or your stove top.
The stovetop method will take longer at around 10 minutes, but provides better control around how much heat you add to your marshmallows. The microwave method is much faster at just a few minutes, but is harder to control the amount of heat applied.
The Microwave Method
- Grab 4 tbs of butter and 16 oz of marshmallows and pop them into your microwave safe bowl.
- Pop your bowl into the microwave for 30 - 60 seconds to heat.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir together butter and marshmallows.
- Pop your bowl back into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time while stirring in between each heating.
- Once marshmallows are melted, stop heating and stir well.
The Stovetop Method:
- Grab 4 tbs of butter and pop them into your pot.
- Put your pot with butter on low heat.
- As you heat the butter stir it once in a while.
- Grab 16 oz of marshmallows and add to the pot with butter once the butter is almost melted.
- Continue heating on low while stirring frequently.
- Once marshmallows are almost melted, stop heating, continue stirring until they are completely melted.
Grab your black food coloring and add it into your melted butter and marshmallow mixture while stirring. Keep adding a little at a time and then stirring it in until you get the color that you desire.
Grab your 6 cups of rice krispie cereal and add it into your black marshmallow mixture. You want to add them a little at a time so that you can get them folded evenly into the marshmallows without it being too difficult.
Once the cereal is mixed in, you can add more food coloring if needed. Just make sure to stir it in well.
Use your spatula and move your cereal and marshmallow mixture into your greased pan. Then, lightly press the mixture down into the pan. You want it to be an even thickness across the pan.
Set your treats aside to allow them to cool for about 30 minutes. You can certainly cut them sooner, but they will be a lot more sticky if they haven't cooled yet.
Once they're cooled, take a knife and cut 16 squares from your pan.
Take your edible gold glitter spray and add some to your treats (just like you do with regular gold rice krispie treats). You can spray one half, a thin layer so the gold is on top and the black shines through. Or, any other pattern you'd like.
- Splurge on Food Coloring: higher quality food coloring tends to color things A LOT better. We have tried several kinds and brands and Wilton brand tends to do really well.
- Add Extra Color: make the color a little darker than you want it before you add your cereal in as it will lighten up once the cereal is stirred in. And while you can add more after the cereal is mixed in, it's a little more difficult to get it an even color.
- Don't heat too long: marshmallows have a high sugar content and that sugar can crystalize and become hard if heated for too long. To ensure you get soft and chewy treats, make sure to only heat the marshmallows long enough to get them to melt and no longer.
- Stir well: one tip for getting your marshmallows melted with less heat is to stir really well while heating. This helps to de-puff the marshmallows, distribute the heat and keep them melting faster.
Storing & Freezing Your Treats
- Treats will last for 5 or so days assuming they are stored correctly.
- Use sealed ziplock bags or an airtight container such as a Pyrex.
- Keep them at room temperature to maintain maximum texture and consistency. Temperature that is too cold result in hard treats; temperature that is too hot results in melted treats.
- If not eaten in the 5 day timeframe, wrap treats, place in freezer bags and keep in freezer. When ready to eat, thaw for a few hours on the countertop.
Black and Gold Rice Krispie Treats
- 9x13 Pan
- large stock pot
- Large mixing bowl
- measuring cups
- 16 oz Marshmallows
- 4 tbs Salted Butter
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- black food coloring
- edible gold glitter spray
- Get all of your supplies and ingredients gathered together so you are ready to get started.
- Use butter or non-stick cooking spray to grease your pan, spatula and anything else the marshmallows will touch.
- Place 4 tbs of butter in a microwave safe bowl.
- Place 16 oz of marshmallows in the bowl with your butter.
- Place bowl with marshmallows and butter into your microwave.
- Heat for 30 - 60 seconds.
- Stir butter and marshmallows well.
- Heat for 30 seconds.
- Stir well again.
- Continue heating and stirring until marshmallows are fully melted.
- Note: you can also melt the marshmallows and butter together on the stovetop - instructions for this are in the post above.
- Add in black food coloring and stir well until it is evenly distributed.
- Add in 6 cups of rice krispies cereal slowly while stirring.
- Once cereal and marshmallows are well combined, transfer mixture into your greased pan.
- Set pan aside for 30 minutes to cool.
- Once cool, cut into 16 treats.
- Take gold glitter spray and spray treats.