Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Bars

Caramel Topped Rice Krispie Treats

by Alli

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Bars are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The salted caramel takes Rice Krispie Treats to a whole new level. 

I recently tried Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Bars for the first time at our annual fall family reunion. As soon as I took a bite, I knew I had to get the recipe.

We had to cancel the last two reunions so we were thrilled when the family got together.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that the first time I tasted Dixie’s Pecan Pie Cobbler was at our annual family reunion. We’ve got some really good cooks in the family!

And I’m so glad Andrea shared the recipe with me! 

side view of salted caramel rice krispie bars

Helpful Hint: Andrea doubled the caramel topping (photo below that I took with my phone at the reunion!). When I made them (photo above!), I did not double the caramel topping. 

I also cut down on the coarse salt. A half teaspoon is plenty in my opinion. 

salted caramel Rice Krispie bars on a white serving platter

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Bars

  • Butter
  • Mini Marshmallows – make sure you use fresh marshmallows!
  • Rice Krispies
  • Kraft Caramel Bits (one 11 oz. package) 
  • Heavy Cream 
  • Kosher Salt 

How To Store Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

These bars are best eaten within two days of making them. However, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days. 

Steps For Making Salted Caramel Rice Krispies

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside. 

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted.

marshmallows and butter melting in a large saucepan on cook top

Remove from heat and add Rice Krispies. Stir until well combined. 

Using wax paper or buttered fingers, press the Rice Krispie mixture into the prepared 9×13 pan. 

rice krispie bar mixture pressed into a 9x13 glass baking dish

While the Rice Krispie mixture is cooling, make the caramel topping. You can melt the caramel bits in the microwave or on the stovetop. 

caramel bits and heavy cream in a glass bowl

 Melt the caramel bits and heavy cream in a small bowl in the microwave for 1-1/2 minutes. Give the bits a quick stir. If not fully melted, microwave for 10 additional seconds, repeating until melted and smooth. 

NOTE: If you can’t find Kraft Caramel Bits, you can use a 14 oz. package of Kraft Caramels.

  • To melt, unwrap the caramels and place them in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the heavy cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. The melting process takes about 10 minutes.  
  • Spread the caramel mixture over the Rice Krispie mixture and smooth it with a rubber spatula.

melted caramels spread on top of rice Krispie treats

Sprinkle with kosher salt and let cool completely. 

kosher salt sprinkled on top of caramel - salted caramel rice Krispie bars

Cut into small bars before serving. 

Serving Size: You can cut the Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Bars into large or small bars. Of course, the smaller you cut them, the more you will have. 

Yield: 20 bars

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Bars

side view of salted caramel rice krispie bars

Rice Krispie Treats are better with a layer of caramel on top! These Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Bars are delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 (11 oz.) package Kraft Caramel Bits
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (coarse salt)

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x13 pan lightly with cooking spray. Set aside. 
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add Rice Krispies. Stir until well combined. 
  4. Using wax paper or buttered fingers, press the Rice Krispie mixture into the prepared 9x13 pan. 
  5. While the Rice Krispie mixture is cooling, make the caramel topping.
  6. Melt the caramel bits and heavy cream in a small bowl in the microwave for 1-1/2 minutes. Give the bits a quick stir. If not fully melted, microwave for 10 additional seconds, repeating until melted and smooth.
  7. Spread the caramel mixture over the Rice Krispie mixture and smooth it with a spatula. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and let cool completely. 
  8. Cut into small bars before serving. 

Notes

A 14 oz. package of Kraft Caramels can be used in place of the caramel bits. To melt the Kraft Caramels, remove the wrappers and place the caramels and heavy cream in a medium-sized saucepan on medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes or until the caramels have melted and the mixture is smooth.

Nutrition Information

Yield

20

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 6mgSodium 100mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 1g

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