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Did you know you can make Rice Krispie Treats WITHOUT melting marshmallows? In fact, marshmallows can be substituted with marshmallow fluff and still give you delicious treats. Let us show you how to make marshmallow fluff Rice Krispie Treats.
Marshmallow Fluff Rice Krispie Treats
Marshmallow Fluff Rice Krispie treats are super easy to make, no bake dessert bars. They are made easily with just three ingredients: marshmallow fluff, butter and rice krispie cereal.
These treats taste pretty much the same as rice krispie treats made with marshmallows, but they do tend to have a slightly different consistency. However, just like the original recipe, you can still make lots of variations with this one by just swapping out the cereal like Cocoa Krispie Treats or Lucky Charms Cereal Bars.
What is Marshmallow fluff?
Marshmallow fluff is a sweet marshmallow spread like product made of sugar, egg whites, and corn syrup. It if famously used to make Fluffer-Nutters. Marshmallow fluff is kosher and gluten free.
There are other versions, not the brand name of Marshmallow fluff known as marshmallow creme. Though the texture can be slightly different, they are pretty much the same. Some versions of marshmallow creme also contain vanilla.
Advantages of using Marshmallow fluff
So, why would you want to use marshmallow fluff instead of a regular bag of marshmallows?
- If your grocery store is out of marshmallows.
- Maybe you already have a jar of fluff for Fluffer-Nutters sandwiches (are you thinking Fluffer-Nutter Rice Krispie Treats? I know I am!).
- Marshmallow fluff is quicker and easier to use than melting your own marshmallows.
- Not as sticky to handle when making or eating the treats.
How to Make Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallow Fluff
Making marshmallow fluff rice krispie treats is very similar to using regular marshmallows. In addition to being a little easier and quicker though, marshmallow fluff tends to also be a bit less sticky. This means less mess and less chewy treats.
To make these treats, it is essentially the same as making original rice krispie treats only less melting time.
- 6 Cups Rice Krispies Cereal
- 13 oz or 1 Jar of Marshmallow Fluff
- 4 Tbs Salted Butter
- (optional) non-stick canola oil spray
Before you getting melting, you want to make sure you have your pan and spatula pre-greased. Even though the marshmallow fluff is a tad less sticky than melting actual marshmallows, it can still be a sticky mess.
You'll want to use either a pad of butter or non-stick cooking spray and thoroughly coat both the 9X13 pan and the spatula with it. Non-stick cooking spray tends to be a smidge easier to get a good coating with, but also has a different taste than real butter.
Take out your pot and melt 4 tablespoon of butter on low heat. Once your butter is melted, you will want to scoop your jar of marshmallow fluff into the pot with the melted butter. Stir until everything is mixed together well.
Just like a regular pack of marshmallows, you will not want to over heat the fluff. It will also become stiff and not pliable enough to mix Rice Krispies in easily.
Alternatively, you can heat it all together in the microwave. If you use the microwave method, then you can melt the butter and fluff together. Start out with about a minute to heat. Remove and stir. Then, pop back into the microwave at about 30 - 60 second increments until it is thoroughly melted together.
When you have a good melty marshmallow mess (say that 5 times fast) dump in your 6 measured cups of Rice Krispies. Use your spatula and mix everything together. Continue mixing until all of the cereal is covered in marshmallows.
Make sure not to crush the cereal as you mix it all together. Also, you will want to try and do this a little fast otherwise the marshmallow mixture starts to get a little hard.
Scoop your Rice Krispie Treat mix from the stock pot and into the baking pan. Flatten your mix unto the bottom of your pan with a spatula. The batter should fill the entire bottom of the pan. You'll want to pack these together a bit since the fluff is a little different of a texture than regular marshmallows. But, still don't crush the cereal down.
Set your Rice Krispie Treats to the side and allow to cool. Once your marshmallow fluff Rice Krispie Treats have cooled you can cut them. Take a sharp knife and cut them into squares. We typically get 15-16 squares per batch.
Serve and enjoy!
If you don't indulge in the entire batch all at once, they you will want to store any remaining treats:
- Use an air tight container.
- Keep them at room temperature for best texture. The refrigerator makes them hard.
- They stay good for about 5 days or so.
You can also double the recipe and make two full batches. Then you can consider freezing Rice Krispie Treats for later. To freeze them:
- wrap the treats
- pop them in a freezer bag
- stick them in the freezer
- They will be super hard when you remove them, so make sure to give them a few hours to defrost.
Marshmallow Fluff Rice Krispie Treats
- 9x13 Pan
- Large mixing bowl
- 6 Cups Rice Krispies
- 4 tablespoon Salted Butter
- 1 jar Marshmallow fluff (13 oz)
- Melt butter in a large stock pot. This should be done slowly over low to medium heat.
- Add marshmallow fluff to melted butter and stir them together. Keep this on low to medium heat while it all melts together.
- Alternatively, you can combine both the butter and the fluff into a microwave safe bowl. Then pop them in the microwave for 30 - 60 second increments. Stirring in between each heating. Until the whole mixture is melted together.
- add in Rice Krispies and mix thoroughly
- Thoroughly and evenly mix the marshmallows and Rice Krispies together.
- Spread the mixture into a greased pan with a greased spatula.
- Allow mixture to cool (about 30 minutes), cut into squares and enjoy!