Cocoa Nibs & Toffee Bits Rice Krispies Treats

4 tablespoons butter
45 large marshmallows (about 11 oz)
6 cups crisped rice cereal (AKA Rice Krispies)
1/2 cup toffee bits
1/4 cup cocoa nibs*

Coat 13x9x2 inch pan with cooking spray. Melt butter over low heat in a large, tall pot. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Removed from heat and stir in cereal, toffee bits and nibs. Use a greased spoon or spatula the cereal into the pan. Use the back of the spoon to press it firmly into the pan in an even layer. Cool, cut into squares and eat.

* I used the extremely delicious Askinosie single origin roasted cocoa nibs.

My thoughts:

Some might ask why one would want to tamper with a classic like Rice Krispie treats. I ask: why not? Unlike some of overblown “adult” variations* out there, this version doesn’t detract from the original, it enhances it with with grown-up worthy add-ins. Toffee adds a lovely caramel flavor and the nibs lend a touch of chocolate and crunch while the bars are still as chewy as we’ve come to expect. The nibs also keep the bars from being tooth-numbingly sweet, even after addition of the toffee, a nice touch for a grown-up palate.

*I don’t think anyone liked those Caramelized Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats that made the rounds a while back.


  1. I am all for the grown-up new version you created. My 26 yr old daughter adores rice crispy treats, will surprise her and make these this month.

  2. How funny! I was going to make rice crispy treats this morning but didn’t have the butter. Maybe I will use this recipe instead. 🙂

  3. Those rice krispie treats sound good. I am going to have to look for some cocoa nibs!

  4. What a lovely way to make “grown-up” rice crispie treats! These look fabulous.

  5. RKTs were never my favorite dessert because they lacked chocolate — I don’t really see the point of most non-chocolate desserts. Thanks for improving these!

  6. Ok, I’m a toffee freak who also happens to be a full fledged chocolate fiend. Would you mind getting out of my brain now?

  7. strawberriesinparis

    just looking at that picture makes me crave that delicious marshmallowness!

  8. I agree, why not change it up, that’s what make’s life interesting. Thanks for the idea.

  9. I’d definitely give these a go, I have had a rice krispie square in ages!

  10. i just ate my monitor.

  11. I love rice krispy treats! takes me right back to my childhood…

  12. omg this looks SO GOOOOOOOD. I love rice crispy treats and this would be so fantastic!

  13. mmm, I made this last night for a chocolate party I’m going to tonight…had to sneak a taste and it was delish! Thanks 🙂

  14. Oh my gosh – a recipe to make me want to RUN into the kitchen this very moment – except I can’t because my oven is dead…but, just as soon as it’s resuscitated I’m going to make these! And the Mango Pulled Pork – my mouth is watering! What a great find your blog is! Nan