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Rainbow Pinwheel Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

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Love Rice Krispies treats? Now’s a good time to get creative with them.

This rainbow pinwheel Rice Krispies treats recipe is a tasty way to pass some time in the kitchen.

Bored at home? Stuck in with the kids? Baking to the rescue!

Make something sweet and colorful to pass the time. Teach the kids about baking while creating these rainbow treats.

Slice of pinwheel rice crispy treats

Of course, I recommend enjoying rainbow Rice Krispie treats in an epic fort while watching a unicorn movie.

Also, print out some unicorn coloring sheets to color while you wait for the treats to cool!

Pinwheel rainbow Rice Krispies treat on a board

Pinwheel Krispies Ingredients

(Exact measurements in the printable recipe card below)

  • Butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crispy rice cereal
  • Marshmallow cream
  • Candy melts in all the colors of a rainbow

How to make rainbow pinwheel crispy rice treats

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease generously with cooking spray.

marshmallows and butter in a bowl

Melt butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until the marshmallows are double in size.

melted marshmallows

Stir well until the butter is melted.

Rice Krispies going into marshmallows

Pour the cereal into the mixture and mix well until evenly coated.

Crispy cereal spread in a pan

Spread the coated cereal into the prepared pan.

Place a sandwich bag on your hand and spray it with cooking spray.

This makes it easier to press the mixture into the pan.

marshmallow cream onto rice cereal in pan

Spread marshmallow cream on top of cereal.

candy melts onto rice cereal

Line the cereal with candy melts.

rainbow of candy melts on top of rice cereal

Leave a 1″ border around the pan and evenly space out all six colors.

Place in the oven for 8 minutes.

Spreading warm candy melts

Remove from the oven and use a knife to spread the melted candy melts into a single line in the pan, making sure you don’t mix the colors together too much.

If necessary, wipe the knife after spreading each color.

Melted candy melts on rice crispy cereal

Let cool for 15 minutes.

Roll up the cereal, jelly-roll style, like a cinnamon roll, starting with the pink end.

Rolling up rice Krispie pinwheel treat

As you roll, peel away the parchment paper and pinch the side seams together.

sliced rainbow pinwheel rice krispie treat

Place the roll back on the baking sheet on the long seam and refrigerate for 45 minutes or until the candy melts are set.

Cut into 1″ slices and serve.

Rainbow pinwheel Rice Krispies treat cut

Recipe Notes and FAQ

Why did my Rice Krispies Treats get hard?

You probably overcooked the marshmallows. Take your marshmallows off the heat as soon as they’re melted. Marshmallows are sugar, and the longer you cook sugar, the harder it gets. 

Do Rice Krispies Treats need to be refrigerated?

No, they don’t. Just store them in an air-tight container. 

Can I use old marshmallows for Rice Krispies Treats?

No! Don’t give in to the temptation. Old marshmallows don’t get soft and gooey when they melt. Instead, they become one giant, gross blob. Don’t do it. 

What can I replace candy melts with?

If you don’t want rainbow Rice Krispies Treats, you can make the center with chocolate or white chocolate. Melt 6 ounces of chocolate or white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of shortening to get the same consistency as melted candy melts. 

Yield: 16 slices

Rainbow Pinwheel Rice Krispies Treat

Pinwheel rainbow Rice Krispies treat on a board

Rainbow pinwheel Rice Krispies treats to get creative in the kitchen.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 small package, 10.5 oz, mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 small jar, 7 oz, marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 cup red candy melts
  • 1/2 cup orange candy melts
  • 1/2 cup yellow candy melts
  • 1/2 cup green candy melts
  • 1/2 cup blue candy melts
  • 1/2 cup pink candy melts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper). Grease generously with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Add marshmallows and butter to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until marshmallows are double in size. Stir well until butter is melted. Pour in cereal and mix well until evenly coated.
  4. Spread into prepared pan. I usually place a sandwich bag on my hand and spray it with cooking spray. Then you can easily press the mixture into prepared pan. Spread marshmallow cream on top of cereal.
  5. Line the cereal with candy melts. Leave a 1" border around the pan and evenly space out all six colors. Place in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and use a knife to spread the melted chocolate in a single line in the pan, making sure you don't mix the colors too much. If necessary, wipe the knife after spreading each color. Let set to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Roll up the cereal, jelly-roll style, like a cinnamon roll, starting with the short pink end. As you roll, peel away the parchment paper and pinch the side seams together. Place the roll baking sheet on the long seam and refrigerate for 45 minutes or until candy is set. Cut into 1" slices and serve.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 0gSugar: 42gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Of course, use any color combination of candy melts. If you don’t have the whole rainbow on hand, switch it up.

Sliced rainbow rice krispie treats and melted candy melts

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