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  1. Karen

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    I made these and the recipe turned out perfectly! I had been trying to use your Best Rice Krispies Treat recipe with my homemade marshmallows and I kept getting that "stale" texture you referred to. Not with your recipe though! Thank you for the time you devoted to perfecting the recipe, then writing up the recipe and creating photos and the video. You can't mess this up! Greatly appreciated. 🙂

    • Beth Klosterboer

      That is great to hear, Karen. I'm so glad you found success with this homemade marshmallow Rice Krispie treat recipe! It did take some experimenting to get it just right. I'm happy you enjoyed the treats.


    I am in a HUGE bind. I make marshmallows (along with other desserts) and I have been asked by a client to turn them into rice krispie treats. Like an IDIOT, I said no problem. Who would have thought it would be an issue? Well, guess what? After re-reading the 58,349,648 pages of ALL THREE marshmallow threads, I have learned that homemade marshmallows can make the krispies seem stale. I am sick to my stomach now. Does anyone have any idea how to to yield a crispy Krispies treat with homemade marshmallows? I use Nightscotsman's recipe. Please, please help. Thank you so much.

    • Beth Klosterboer

      I'd suggest you follow my marshmallow recipe then follow my Rice Krispie Treat recipe to make your treats. You need to make the marshmallows and allow them to cool and firm up then use them to make your treats. I created this recipe because another reader was having issues with stale-tasting treats so I did a lot of experimenting to find a homemade marshmallow Rice Krispie treat recipe that produced crispy treats with a good chew. As I mentioned in the post, these treats do not stay fresh as long as treats made with store-bought marshmallows so you will need to make them as close to the event as possible. Also, be sure to store them in an airtight container. Even if you have to package them, it will be best to store them in a Rubbermade or Tupperware-style container or a metal popcorn or cookie tin until the day you plan to serve them. It will keep them crispy and fresh-tasting.

  3. Remi

    I made the marshmallows the night before and left them to dry on the counter. The Rice Krispie treats are still stale tasting. Did I do something wrong?

    • Beth Klosterboer

      Hi Remi,
      I'm sorry to hear your treats tasted stale. The main reason this happens is that the cereal gets too hot when it is stirred into the marshmallows that is why we recommend you pour the marshmallows over the cereal instead of pouring the cereal into a hot pot or microwaved bowl. The cereal can get soggy when it gets too hot. I hope this helps for the next batch.

  4. Brianna

    Can I substitute maple syrup for corn syrup? Do I have to use all the sugar in addition to the corn syrup? I’ve tried twice to make “healthier” rice krispy treats at home, but keep getting that stale texture. After reading your article I learned it’s because I was skipping an important step.

    • Beth Klosterboer

      I have not tried to swap out maple syrup for corn syrup. It is thinner than corn syrup but you cook it in this recipe so it might work. The sugar is the main ingredient in the marshmallows so I'm also not sure how using less will affect the recipe but I'm guessing it isn't a great idea to reduce the amount of it too much. I am very curious about making maple syrup marshmallows and will definitely give that a try. I'll let you know my results.