Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats with a Surprise! Perfect for Halloween Parties!

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats with Surprise

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats with a Surprise

If you’re looking for a simple Halloween treat for a Halloween party, especially if you’re needing something for a class party, these Surprise Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect idea! I love that you can get your kids involved in making them – my girls loved making them & shaping them (plus hiding the surprise inside).  And you can make these as a gluten-free treat, too, if you have any kids with allergies in your house or in your child’s class.

Gluten Free Rice Krispies

In order to make these gluten-free, you’ll need to buy the gluten-free Rice Krispies cereal. The marshmallows & tootsie rolls are both gluten free (as well as frosting if you make green frosting leaves). I searched online & it looks like Winco and select Walmart stores near me offer the gluten-free Rice Krispie treats (you can find a location near you which carries the gluten free Rice Krispies).  If you want to avoid the artificial colors, you could juice carrots & mix the carrot juice in with the marshmallows to give it the orange coloring. (You may want to add some vanilla to these, though, to cover up a little of the carrot flavor though).

Surprise Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

For the hidden surprise, I used Hershey’s kisses (also gluten free if you use  the Milk Chocolate variety), but you could also change it up & add a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup (just be aware of nut allergies with kids), Rolos, or any of your favorite yummy candies that are soft to bit into. It just gives a little pizazz to these yummy treats and a fun little surprise for kids!

Check out the other fun kid-friendly Halloween party ideas we tried at a Halloween party a few years ago.

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats with a Surprise! Perfect for Halloween Parties!

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  • – 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
  • – 1 package of regular size marshmallows (10 oz size) – or you can use 4 cups of mini marshmallows
  • -3 tablespoons of butter
  • – Candy for surprise middle
  • -Tootsie Roll Candies
  • -Green frosting (use pre-made or make your own frosting & die it green)
  • -Orange food coloring (or red/yellow to make orange)


  1. – Melt butter in saucepan over low heat.
  2. – Once butter is melted, add in marshmallows; stir until they are all melted
  3. – Add orange colored food coloring to the mixture & stir.
  4. – Add Rice Krispies cereal & stir until it is well coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  5. – Let mixture cool enough to handle (you don’t want it to cool too long or it will be too hard to shape)
  6. – Shape the Rice Krispie mixture into balls
  7. – Spread out the ball mixture & add in your “surprise candy” – this could be Hershey’s kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups or anything you’d like to add for a yummy surprise.
  8. – Close the ball up
  9. – Add a tootsie roll to the top for the stem
  10. -To add green leaves, you can use green frosting piped onto the top of the pumpkin in the shape of a leaf or you can use green fruit rollups shaped like leaves.
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