Marshmallow cereal treats can be pretty in pink and they are super easy to make using just four ingredients.
Whether you want to make light pink Rice Krispie treats for a baby shower, medium pink treats for Valentine's Day, or bright pink treats for a birthday party, you can do so by simply adding pink food coloring to our Best Rice Krispie Treat recipe.
The trick is knowing when to add the coloring and how much coloring to use to get the desired shade of pink.
Keep reading and I'll tell you how.
- butter - We suggest using European-style salted butter for the very best flavor. Check out our taste test results if you'd like to know more about this recommendation.
- crisp rice cereal - Kellogg's Rice Krispies is our go-to cereal when making treats.
- marshmallows - You can use mini or regular marshmallows just be sure to use a fresh package.
- Old marshmallows will be too dry and will cause your treats to be dry.
- We highly recommend using Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. Store-bought marshmallows can be too chewy and sticky.
- Read our Marshmallow Conversion post for more details.
- pink food coloring
See the recipe card for quantities.
Which pink food coloring to use:
There are so many varieties of food coloring on the market. When making marshmallow cereal treats, you can use gel, liquid, or powdered food coloring.
The more concentrated the food coloring, the less you will need to use. I chose to use Wilton's Pink Color Right Food Coloring. It's very concentrated and very bright.
But, any of the food coloring pictured above will work just fine.
You will start by melting the butter and marshmallows. I like to use the stove, but you can use the microwave too. Check out our Microwave Rice Krispie Treat Recipe for detailed instructions if you choose to use the microwave.
Set a medium saucepan over LOW heat and add the butter to the pan.
Once the butter begins to melt, stir in the marshmallows.
Let the marshmallows begin to melt, stirring them often.
Mini marshmallows will melt more quickly than large ones.
Once 75% of the marshmallows have melted, remove the pan from the heat. This is important!!!
Off heat, stir the butter and marshmallows until completely melted and smooth.
If you allow the marshmallows to completely melt while on the stove, you run the risk of getting the marshmallows too hot.
When the sugar in the marshmallows gets too hot, it crystallizes. This will cause your treats to be hard.
Your treats will be gooey and perfectly chewy if you allow the residual heat in the pan to completely melt the marshmallows.
Color the melted marshmallows.
Start by adding a few drops of pink food coloring.
Stir until the food coloring is well blended into the marshmallows.
If you are happy with the color, then pour the melted marshmallows over your cereal. If not, add more coloring (see below).
Stir the marshmallows into your cereal. You will notice that the color will become lighter when the cereal is mixed in.
For brighter treats, add more food coloring stirring after each addition until you are happy with the color. It should be brighter than you want it!
Pour the bright pink melted marshmallows over the crisp rice cereal then stir until it's well blended.
Be sure to mix the marshmallows and cereal until the color has evenly coated all of the cereal pieces.
Then spread it into a well-buttered square baking pan. I recommend using an 8 or 9-inch non-stick pan.
Hint: Gently press the marshmallow Rice Krispie mixture into your pan. If you press down too much, your treats will get too compacted and will be hard to chew.
Be sure to check out our How To Make Rice Krispie Treats FAQ for more tips and tricks.
I made three different pink crispy treats using varying amounts of pink food coloring. I used the same bottle of coloring to make all three of these treats.
Tip: Start out using 1-2 drops of coloring if you want a lighter color. Add more as needed until you get a shade brighter or darker than you want your treats to be.
If you pour the cereal into a hot pan filled with hot melted marshmallows, you will heat up the cereal. The cereal will soften and become soggy making your finished treats taste stale.
If you don't want to use food coloring, you can make pink treats using mix-ins instead.
- Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats get their pink color from starlight mints or crushed candy canes.
- Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats have a wonderfully natural reddish-pink color created by freeze-dried strawberries.
- For a more vibrantly colored fruit-flavored treat, use freeze-dried raspberries.
You can also turn pink Rice Krispie treats into fun desserts for Valentine's Day by adding sprinkles or cutting them into shapes. These pretty Rice Krispie Treat Hearts are easy to make using a cookie cutter.
Be sure to check out all of our Valentine's Day Rice Krispie Treat recipes.
More colored Rice Krispie Treats
- medium saucepan
- silicone spatula (butter it before mixing the marshmallows and they won't stick!)
- extra-large mixing bowl (butter it before adding the cereal)
- 8-inch or 9-inch square pan
Yes, but you'll need to adjust the quantities. See the notes in the recipe card.
Store your treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
To keep them longer, you can place the treats in a zip-top bag, remove all the air, and freeze them for up to 3 months.
Pink Rice Krispie Treats
- 1 extra-large mixing bowl
- 1 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan
- 1 medium saucepan
- 4 ⅔ cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 10 ounces marshmallows
- 3-15 drops pink food coloring
- Grease an extra-large mixing bowl and an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with butter.
- Pour the cereal into the mixing bowl.
- Cut the butter into 4 pieces and place in a medium saucepan.
- Set the saucepan on LOW heat on the stove.
- Allow the butter to begin melting, then add the marshmallows.
- Let the marshmallows begin to melt, stirring often.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat as soon as about 75% of the marshmallows have melted. It will take about 5 minutes to reach this point.
- Off heat, stir the marshmallows until they are completely melted.
- Do not melt the marshmallows completely on the heat or overheat them as this will cause the sugar to crystalize causing your treats to be hard instead of nicely chewy.
- Add a few drops of pink food coloring (for light pink treats) and stir until well blended. If you want brighter pink, add more drops of food coloring. Add more coloring as needed.
- Be sure your marshmallows are brighter than you want your treats to be. Once they are mixed with the cereal, the color will be muted.
- Pour the pink-colored melted marshmallows over the cereal and stir until well blended.
- Spoon the marshmallow cereal mixture into the well-greased baking pan.
- Gently press the cereal into an even layer in the pan. Do not compact the cereal or your treats will be too hard.
- Allow the treats to cool down at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cutting them into squares.
Large BatchTo make your treats in a 9x13-inch pan, use these quantities:
- 7 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 16 ounces marshmallows