Halloween Rice Krispie pumpkins recipe

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Rice Krispie pumpkins are great Halloween treat to make with the kids. These no-bake treats are a perfect school holiday project for half term.

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

Rice Krispie pumpkins treats are a great Halloween party food to make with the kids, and they're ready to serve in just 20 minutes.

You'll only need six ingredients to make these Rice Krispie pumpkins and you can do them with kids of all ages - they're a great way to get young children excited about making things in the kitchen. All you need to do is melt the marshmallows, then mix them together with Rice Krispies, butter, and orange food colouring. Once the mixture has cooled a little, your little helpers can shape the pumpkins with their hands. It's sticky work, but we find that makes them enjoy it all the more. You can serve them as they are but they also look great perched on top of a chocolate cake with some crumbled-up chocolate cookies to resemble the soil of a pumpkin patch.


  • 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. 

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 Krispie pumpkins 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. 

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