Trail Mix Rice Krispie Squares

by zesty on November 17, 2008 · 27 comments

Happy Monday everybody!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I thought I would share an old classic with a very interesting twist.  We were at a garage sale about 4 months ago at my aunt’s place getting rid of what I call “JUNK” and my aunt’s neighbor brought over a little treat.  Large homemade rice krispie squares, but not just plain rice krispie squares… they were chalked full of trail mix and smarties.

I sunk my teeth in to one of those and was very surprised at just how yummy they were.  I will be honest with you, I never used to jump up and down over regular rice krispie squares before…. but these were delicious.

So needless to say I had to give these a whirl.  I whipped these up on Saturday before dinner.  Let me know what you think!


  • 50 mL 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 250 g, 1 pkg (about 40) regular marshmallows or 5 cups miniature
  • 2 mL 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 Cup (250 ml) Trail Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Smarties
  • 1.5 L 6 cups RICE KRISPIES* cereal


  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Stir in KELLOGG’S* RICE KRISPIES* cereal until well coated.
  6. Stir in Trail MIx and Smarties.
  7. Using lightly buttered spatula, press into buttered 3.5 L (13 x 9″) pan.
  8. Allow mixture to cool. Cut into bars.
  9. Best if served same day.
  10. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When making these squares it is essential you have everything measured out and act quickly as the mashmallow mixture will quickly become like glue.  Also, do not forget to butter your spatula before pressing down the squares.

I hope you enjoy this little treat and I would love to know what you add in your rice krispie squares when you make them? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great Monday!


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1 coco

oh….these rice squares are so cute!! it reminds me my childhood. i guess it will be a great gift for kids and big-kids like me. hahaha….thanks for sharing!

I have one question though: what time is it where you live?? hahhaa….it’s only 7am here and you just posted it. I’m just curious! ^_^


2 VeggieGirl

YUM! So colorful :-D

I like to add white chocolate chips and dried fruit.


3 ZestyCook

Hey Coco – I am on AST time – It is one hour ahead of you but i schedule my posts for 7:00 am Eastern. I write them the night before.

VeggieGirl – White chocolate chips sound very good.


4 Jenny

Some of the best rice krispy treats I’ve ever had are ones that you add peanut butter to…YUM! But I’m loving the trail mix idea, great recipe!


5 Usha

Looks delicious, great recipe :-)


6 Melissa

I never would have thought to try Smarties in a rice krispy treat! Sounds neat!


7 Krista

My Mom always made crispy squares with whatever cereal odds and ends she had in the cupboard. They actually rarely had Rice Crispy’s in them! Chocolate chips was something else that always made it into the mix!


8 Jenn (eating bender)

What a fabulous take on rice krispie bars!! I’ve actually never made them myself but adding more than the average marshmallow is a great idea. Thanks for sharing :)


9 Live.Love.Eat

These look better than any rice krispie treat I’ve seen. I haven’t made these in years and years. I may now have to.


10 ttfn300

GREAT idea :) hehe, mise en place IS key!


11 Bob

Those look wicked good. I usually make cereal squares with Cheerios or Captain Crunch, if I’m feeling particularly sweet-needy. I’ve been known to add diced apple to the Cheerios ones and chocolate to the CC.


12 lauren

such a cool idea – i bet they taste incredible!


13 Megan

So yummy and colorful! Love the trail mix in the treats! I like butterscotch chips in mine!


14 Biz

My daughter would absolutely love these – thanks for the idea!


15 Marianne

Mmmm…melty marshmallow goo.

Peanut butter & chocolate rice krispie squares are the best!


16 Erin

Oh mercy! Trail mix?! Only my favorite food of all time. These look fabulous.


17 chadnpam1

What a great idea – I still have never made rice crispie treats with my kids…it’s time!


18 Rose-Anne

Ooh, I could go for trail mix in Rice Krispy Squares! I also like Veggie Girl’s suggestion to use white chocolate. I’m afraid I’m a little too skeptical about the Smarties to try that one at home. Why use smarties when you can use chocolate? But chocolate in M&M form? Hubba hubba!


19 Joanna

i love rice krispie treats!! they actually make me think of my ex bf. he would eat a box of these a day and would usually leave one in my locker for me. oh such good memories haha


20 Erica

Zesty! These sound fabulous! I love the idea of the add ins! I have never added anything to crispy squares. I tried the Ellie Krieger recipe once for brown rice squares (with PB) but they didn’t stick together very well! Thanks for this great recipe!

BTW, I made your chicken fingers the other night and they are FABULOUS!


21 Mara

Oh i love rice krispie treats! These look awesome!


22 Laurie

Great twist on a classic. The kids would love these! The only thing I’ve ever added is chocolate chips.


23 thepinkpeppercorn

Why not? Fun and tasty too :)


24 Culinary Cory

Great classic staple with a unique twist.


25 Nick

Trail mix, very interesting. I miss rice krispie treats….especially rice krispie treats cereal! I remember it being impossible to convince my parents that it was actually suitable for breakfast instead of snack.


26 Eliza

Hey zesty,

thanks for the comment on my blog. i love your recipes and your pictures are beautiful! i will definitely have to try your food soon!


27 HangryPants

I’ve only made the regular kind with boring marshmallows. I’ll have to start experimenting!



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