Halloween Rice Krispie pumpkins recipe

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Our adorable rice Krispie pumpkins take 20 minutes to make and require no baking!

halloween rice krispie pumpkins
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  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories32 Kcal2%
Fat4 g6%
Saturated Fat2.5 g13%
Carbohydrates22 g8%

These Halloween rice Krispie pumpkins use six ingredients and are only 32 calories per portion. 

Kids will love helping to make these no-bake treats and they are an excellent activity if you’re hosting a spooky party. Alternatively, you can have the mallow pumpkins made ahead and let little ones decorate faces onto them with some writing icing pens or even some edible eyes. 


  • 240g rice krispies
  • 150g mini marshmallows, melted
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 10 drops orange food colouring
  • Green fondant icing, for decoration
  • ½ x 75g pack Mikado milk chocolate biscuits




  1. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a heatproof bowl in the microwave, making sure to stir the mix every 30 seconds. Once melted add the food colouring and stir until well combined. Add the Rice Krispies to the bowl and stir until completely coated.
  2. Mould and shape a handful of the mixture into a sphere pressing your thumb into the top of each one. To help reduce the amount of mixture sticking to your hands you can lightly oil your hands before shaping. To make the stalks break the Mikado sticks into 5mm long pieces, press one into the top all of the balls, using a little melted chocolate to stick them into place if necessary.
  3. To decorate make leaves from the fondant and place on top of the Rice Krispie pumpkins.

Top tips for making Halloween Rice Krispie pumpkins

If you can’t find Mikado biscuits, you could use pretzel sticks to act as the stalks of these sweet pumpkin treats. You might also like drawing some spooky faces on the pumpkins with a black icing pen. For more tips, including how to store the mallow treats, continue reading below. 

How long will these Rice Krispie pumpkins last?

These treats will be good for 3-5 days. Store them in an airtight container for best results. You can leave them on the kitchen side as long as its fairly cool, or store them in the fridge.

Why are my rice crispy treats not crispy?

This is usually due to adding too much butter, which will soften down the cereal too much. To get a good, crisp bite, you need the right ratio of cereal to marshmallow and butter.

It's very important to accurately weigh your ingredients and don't be tempted to free pour! The recipe is very easy to scale up or down if you're low on certain ingredients or have lots to use up. 

How do you get Rice Krispies to stick together?

This recipe uses a combination of melted butter and marshmallows to stick the rice Krispies together. It’s important you use the correct ratio to achieve the best texture. If you’d like to make more puffed rice treats, you can experiment with melted chocolate to combine the rice krispies together too. 

The easiest way to melt the butter and marshmallows is in a microwave safe bowl like this versatile one from Pyrex.

Pyrex glass bowl - View at Amazon

Pyrex glass bowl - View at Amazon

Once you’ve melted together the butter and marshmallows, this bowl is big enough to combine the rest of the ingredients for your mallow pumpkins. This keeps dishes to a minimum and when you do get round to cleaning it, you can always pop it in the dishwasher! 

For another spooky but delicious Halloween treat, try our easy Witches' fingers. We have loads of Halloween food ideas and have a guide on what to do with leftover pumpkin too.   

Jules Mercer
Food Editor

Jules is a creative and talented Food Editor with over 12 years' experience in the food industry across brands and magazine titles. Jules' experience is cast and varied, from food Editor to food writing. She is also passionate about food sustainability and has an amazing talent for food Styling.