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Caramel Marshmallow Treats Recipe

Caramel Marshmallow Treats Recipe

I created this candy by combining my husband's favorite cookie recipe and my mom's caramel dip. These sweets really appeal to, they can help make them!—Tamara Holschen, Anchor Point, Alaska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:60 servings


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Rice Krispies, coarsely crushed
  • 1 package (16 ounces) large marshmallows


  • 1. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. In a large saucepan, cook and stir the milk, caramels and butter over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in the cinnamon and vanilla.
  • 2. Place Rice Krispies in a shallow bowl. With a toothpick, dip each marshmallow into warm caramel mixture; turn to coat. Press bottoms into Rice Krispies; place treats on prepared pans. Let stand until set. Yield: 5 dozen.

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peeweel User ID: 1557867 239179
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015


Niffer3 User ID: 8543957 238808
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"This is a good recipe. It has been around since I was a little girl. My Grandma used to make these and now I do for my kids. The only difference is that she did not add cinnamon."

CherylShumaker User ID: 2231606 232342
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Very cute, good & kids love them too!"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 215593
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Made these with 4-Hers for a quick no-bake holiday treat but I used 2 LARGE marshmallow bags and still had caramel left over! I also had to chill them to set up. I agree on the cost of ingredients. I will spend $ and time on a caramel cookie recipe next time."

drivesouth User ID: 4523346 215041
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"I tried this because of the good reviews but they were sickening sweet. Did not care for them at all. The recipe is really quite expensive to make when you consider the cost of the caramels, milk and rice krispies. Would not make again."

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 214302
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"The combination of soft caramel, marshmallow, and rice cereal is unexpectedly delicious and these treats are super-easy to make! Wonderful!"

jeaniedeb User ID: 6731530 111821
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"I have made these several times now, co-workers can't get enough! I used a can of Dulce de Leche instead of the sweetened condensed milk and only used a stick and a half of butter. Wrapped each one in wax paper like salt water taffy, worked great. I have put them in the freezer, bring to room temperature before eating. Toppings: Gold Fish crackers in 'brownie' flavor, also in 'french toast' flavor. Put them in a food processor for crumbs. I've also used graham crackers with some coconut thrown in and a few mini chocolate chips. These are especially good roasted over an open flame :) Today I ran out of crumbs to finish off the caramel so I used some 'Great Grains' cereal with oatmeal/raisins and pecans......seriously, you could use anything to dip these in. They're just too much fun and good!"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 148383
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"Made a batch of these last week and was very pleased with how they turned out. Family and company really enjoyed them, so much so, there were none left! Will definitely be making these again! I used a full teaspoon of vanilla."

proesner User ID: 102431 70437
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"Loved these! They froze well for storage."

kredhead User ID: 710648 206262
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013 Edited Dec. 26, 2013

"I made these last at first taste. I read all the reviews and decided to go out and get the ingredients to put them together-including pretzels to use as handles. One tip..freeze the marshmallows after placing on the pretzel sticks for an hour before dipping. I am glad I ended up buying extra ingredients because a bag of caramels is now only 11oz, a bag of marshmallows has also shrunk. So go ahead and buy 2 bags, you'll have enough to make a bunch more since there is plenty of caramel for dipping. Oh, the caramel...use your good cinnamon, it is delicious...Love these. I am taking them for Xmas day, can't wait to see peoples faces when they get one of these in their mouths. Heaven on a pretzel stick! I will be adding these to my Xmas cookie & candy list every year...yummo! P.s. I would think homemade caramel would work just fine in this recipe & thanks all for the great tips & techniques! Update...Xmas day these were a hit!"

AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 111814
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"Disappointing and soooo sweet."

jdwalters User ID: 3992578 55390
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Have been making these several years now.My kids and grand kids love them! So easy to make and just look Soo good! They normally don't last very long. They are just a mouthful of goodness!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4479581 142657
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Used to buy caramel coated marshmallows bulk, by the pound at the 5&10 cent stores when I was growing up. Yummy"

ElaineRoseNespeca User ID: 3933434 59280
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"I, too, am just commenting and not rating, as I have this recipe, sans cinnamon, from an old, old cookbook that I got from my Mom. It calls for the entire marshmallow, once coated with the caramel mixture, to be rolled in the Rice Krispies. Been a Christmas favorite for many, many years!"

gvhaley User ID: 7105182 85036
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"These sound great but I have a question: Has anyone tried this with homemade caramel? I'm wondering if you have to add the condensed milk and butter if you just use the homemade caramel straight out of the pot. Any help?"

maineshe User ID: 7540643 135615
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"Try using the Christmas red & green Rice Krispies for more Christmas color"

niklasmama User ID: 5358478 63278
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"I make something like this, but I use a pretzel for the handle and I COVER them with Rice Krispies. They are fabulous and so easy and people LOVE them."

nilouve User ID: 5114810 141544
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"I was suprised at what a huge hit such a simple recipe turned out to be. I found it a little tricky to get the caramel at just the right consistency but, otherwise, no problems at all."

PPIONTKO User ID: 6743347 63274
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I'm not rating this recipe; but, I make these also w/o the cinnamon or vanilla extract every Christmas. I roll the whole marshmellow in Rice Krispies and I only have known these as "Goof Balls". I will try this recipe & see how I like it"

TonyaRenee06 User ID: 5285945 141538
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I will cut the caramel recipe in half next time but I will make it again!"

shortytalk User ID: 1598556 59279
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"so easy...and taste great"

theckman User ID: 1075918 55389
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"These were a big hit but they definitely need to be refrigerated or they get sticky."

arendell3 User ID: 4658353 63273
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"This was much easier to make than what I had expected and was a HUGE hit at a family birthday party. Several family members requested the recipe to make these for their own holiday parties!"

WhiskeyGirl7 User ID: 16557 111752
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I followed the recipe exactly but used crushed graham crackers (per another review) and drizzled chocolate and white chocolate over the top. Will make these again...they were a big hit"

pippercat User ID: 3009376 135613
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"These were a big hit with my coworkers. They were really easy to make and fairly quick. Rather than use the wrapped caramels, I used 1 bag + part of another bag of the ready-to-use caramel bits found in the baking section at the grocery. The cinnamon added a nice flavor to the caramel. Even my husband, who can be quite picky when it comes to homemade candy, loved them. They would be good dipped in chocolate and/or nuts as well. Thanks for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4553122 206261
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"Made these when my son was in school for snacks to take to school. Everyone loved them so have resurrected the recipe for the three grandsons now. Daughter-in-law loves them too. Just made a batch yesterday. Was wondering though, can I freeze them?"

mobyii User ID: 4512453 148378
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"These are the best, and I will make again."

measo User ID: 3443820 118164
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"Love the caramel sauce for this recipe. Everyone raved about how good they were."

Connor's Mom User ID: 5004949 118159
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I made these for our church bake sale and people loved them! I used red and green toothpicks and colored the cereal red and green also. I divided the cereal into two gallon-sized bags and added one tsp of liquid food coloring to each bag. After shaking until the color was evenly distributed, the cereal got a little chewy. I spread the cereal on a rimmed cookie sheet and baked it at 200 degrees for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until it was crispy again. When dipping the marshmallows, I followed someone else's advice and spun the toothpick between my thumb and forefinger to remove excess caramel before dipping in the cereal and I didn't have any problems with puddles at the bottom. My 7 year-old LOVES these!"

Nordlundan User ID: 6179428 106113
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"These are delicious! The butter adds a great creamy taste. I was hesitant about the cinnamon but it was wonderful; it compliments the caramel very well."

smxbabe120 User ID: 4089701 111751
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"These were very tasty but they are very time consuming"

brillig45 User ID: 2119794 106006
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Concerning the person who stated that these were 'gross' and threw them away, I can't even imagine why anyone wouldn't at least 'like' these. I made them last year at Christmas, and the crowd went wild over them. I thought they were the best sweet snack I'd had in years. Absolutely delicious!! I've been forewarned by family and friends that these NEED to be on our Christmas celebration table this year!!!"

dso810 User ID: 763373 141536
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"Oh my God are these sooooo good. I had to make them twice in one week! Yummy"

cakepopaddict User ID: 6109437 118157
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"I had the best time using this caramel recipe. I try all kinds of food on sticks and this was the easiest and most fun! I dipped my marshmallows in the caramel (I omited the cinammon when I made my batch) and when they set up, I dipped them in chocolate and decorated with nuts and sprinkles. They turned out pretty and tasted awesome. I've already shared this recipe with my cousin who can't wait to try it out for herself. I definately will be making these again!"

cakepopaddict User ID: 6109437 111403
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"I had the best time using this caramel recipe. I try all kinds of food on sticks and this was the easiest and most fun! I dipped my marshmallows in the caramel (I omited the cinammon when I made my batch) and when they set up, I dipped them in chocolate and decorated with nuts and sprinkles. They turned out pretty and tasted awesome. I've already shared this recipe with my cousin who can't wait to try it out for herself. I definately will be making these again!"

cinnamon695 User ID: 5957438 59275
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"I made this for an office Christmas Party. I couldn't find decorative toothpicks so I used straight pretzel sticks. I thought they were okay, but everyone else seemingly loved them. I HAVE to make them all the time now."

biancaa User ID: 5658985 148377
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"Wow! I made these for an ADULT bday party and everyone went nuts for them! They didn't come out as neat or covered as the picture but they were still so very good!!"

scrapit User ID: 4158630 70433
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"I made these at our annual family baking day and they were a hit. After dipping in the cereal I also dipped them in chocolate and put them into mini cupcake papers. The choc. formed around the papers and made them easy distribute to different platters. Thanks so much to Smokeydijon for the wonderful tips...they helped alot. I also want to try the "smores" version. Sounds yummy. Yes, will definitely make these again."

Ladyslipermn User ID: 5307700 85035
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Made these and these are very good.Going to make some more.I used small cupcake paper cups and put the ricecereal in and that worked great."

kristahunter User ID: 4095248 85034
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I made these last year for our New Years Eve gathering.... friends from last year asked if I was making them again this year!!! AND we had not even decided if we were going to have a gathering... so with that being said... we are now!! Because EVERYONE raved about these "little drops of heaven"!!! (Oh, add the chocolate too as someone stated!) Very very very very good and EASY treat to make!!"

Gardenurse User ID: 5562522 142602
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"I made these for the first time the other day. These are on the top of my Christmas cookie list! Easy and so yummy. My 18 year old son says they should be called..."Just wonderfullness.""

brillig45 User ID: 2119794 111043
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"I made these last year at Christmas, and they were a hit with children AND adults! I'll be making them again this week!"

robinp31687 User ID: 4495581 141534
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"I have been making these for years as Christmas gifts. I always get compliments and asked for the recipe."

Malaika_1975 User ID: 5671330 63272
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"My kids loved these when I made them in Dec. 2008 so I make them every year now."

Katy50 User ID: 747746 135610
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I tried this a few years ago and it has become a Christmastime favorite ever since. I LOVE this recipe."

BClough User ID: 5622544 70427
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"I made a smore style treat using coarse crushed graham crackers and melted dark chocolate. Both were great."

smokeydijon User ID: 2016442 111040
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"These are absolutely delicious! I'd give it 10 stars, if I could. :) I originally got the recipe from a Taste of Home cookie booklet a couple years ago. Everybody loves them. Yes, they do eventually get so they're not tacky to the touch (but what I found is best in order to pack them for giving is to finely grind the rice cereal, and then coat the entire marshmallow in it. Otherwise, even though they won't feel tacky, if two marshmallows touch together, they tend to stick together a bit). It is quite runny to start with, but I found that makes it way easier to coat the marshmallows. To get off the extra caramel, I hold the dipped marshmallow by the tooth pick over the pan with the caramel (but above the caramel), and then quickly roll the toothpick back and forth between my thumb and index finger for a second. The extra caramel flies off (into the pan). It DOES temporarily make them look like a porcupine, with all sorts of needles of caramel sticking out, but that goes away with time. Then I roll them in the cereal, and I no longer get a pool of caramel at the bottom (like I would when I wouldn't get much of the extra caramel off). The times when I did get a pool of caramel at the bottom, I would just fold that over to the shape of the marshamllow (once cooled) and it was fine. Eventually the caramel starts cooling before you're done. I find that makes it way harder to coat. Makes it too thick. So I heat the caramel up briefly again. Another solution would be to put it in a slow cooker while doing it to keep it warm. I tried putting the pan over another pan of hot water, but that didn't work overly great. As a side note, this caramel makes YUMMY turtles (I think I like them even better than the marshmallows, which is saying a lot. For the turtles you need to let it cool completely before using or it will run all over the place). Also, when I'm done with the marshmallows but have extra caramel, I pour it onto buttered wax paper (needs to be buttered, I learned the hard way :). Let it cool and then cut and eat (or cover with chocolate, cut and eat). This is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I think it's the softness (not chewy) of the caramels, along with the cinnamon. I use store bought marshmallows. Imagine how good they'd be if you had the time to make your own marshmallows for it! If you're interested in giving them to people, I found the perfect container. Those little mini muffins or mini cupcates from the grocery store. The plastic ones that have a small hole for each muffin or cupcake. These caramels fit perfectly in there and makes it easy to pack for gift giving. I collect them during the year, and have friends save their containers for me also (as I don't normally buy a lot of that stuff)."

Victoria1956 User ID: 3141359 59273
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I have made these before. very gd. You do have to let the caramel set up before dipping in cereal or it does get very messy."

Annabelle25 User ID: 4119198 142519
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"Does the carmel ever set-up? (not remaining


Maryfarrar User ID: 3659138 70425
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"I have made this recipe several times. My entire family, ranging from 3yr-56yr old, loves it. I do one more step after they have been dipped in cereal I let them set and then dip in melted white and/or dark chocolate on the top half only. They are fantastic!!"

beckyskate User ID: 4952532 118156
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"These were pretty gross. I made quite a few without tasting them and wound up throwing them away. I won't make these again."

jl_calkins User ID: 2113815 55233
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"Made these for my daughter's bday treats for her class and they loved them. Very unique and taste great! Had a problem at the beginning after dipping them in cereal, caramel would run off and look messy. Make sure to let excess caramel drain before dipping in cereal. Good recipe!"

BrytEyz User ID: 2759683 55229
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"Cute, easy, and delicious! Great fresh, but taste even better the next day."

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