Chocolate-Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

by Jamie on May 29, 2012

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Last week I was strolling through Walmart, which happens to be one of my least favorite stores on the planet. The dim lighting and lack of decent produce coupled with a maximum of 3 open lanes stacked 10 people deep is enough to make me stay away – forever. However, I was on a mission to find a specific item for a cupcake idea.

A mission that was fully provoked by Amber, who led me on a wild goose chase via the phone. After asking several employees and Amber’s diligent Googling from New Jersey, I still came up empty handed. It appears that we Ohioans are a little late to the Orange Creamsicle Oreo scene.

Instead of fleeing at that moment, I decided to do what any baker would do, I went to assess their baking aisle where I stumbled upon a lonely bag of Toasted Coconut Marshmallows. Being that I love coconut, especially of the toasted variety, and marshmallows, I immediately snatched them up along with a giant box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. Hello, Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats!

I wanted to love these marshmallows – I really did. However, I can only equate the experience to eating a marshmallow that’s been coated in coconut flavored sand. Not the best mouth feel in the world and sandy Rice Krispie Treats sound less than delicious. Lucky for me, I had a full bag of plain miniature marshmallows stashed away in the pantry, so I created my own version of Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats and added a little chocolate into the mix just to kick things up a notch.

The result? Oooey, gooey crispy marshmallow goodness enhanced by the subtle flavor of coconut and flecks of chocolate. A definite win and totally worth waiting 15 minutes in line at Walmart for the inspiration.


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Chocolate-Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

May 29th, 2012

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 3/4 cups miniature marshmallows; divided use
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
6 cups crisped rice cereal (Kellogg's Rice Krispies)
1 1/2 cups sweetened shaved coconut, toasted (see note below)
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Line a 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in coconut extract.

3. Add crisped rice cereal; stirring until well coated. Fold in toasted coconut, miniature chocolate chips and reserved 3/4 cup marshmallows

4. Using buttered spatula, press the mixture into the prepared pan. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Notes:

- Chocolate-Coconut Rice Krispie Treats are best if served the same day they are made.

- To Toast Coconut: Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread shredded, flaked, or shaved coconut on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven, stirring often, until golden brown - about 5 to 10 minutes.

- I drizzled my bars with melted chocolate before serving.

Adapted from Kellogg's

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Blog is the New Black May 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Looks awesome! :))

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avatar Cate May 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

These look awesome…. and since Rice Krispies now makes a gluten-free version, I can make it (yay!). These are definitely getting made for a beach picnic or potluck this summer… thanks for the inspiration!

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avatar Lynna H. May 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Ooo, fancy rice krispies! I LIKE!! ♥ I totally agree with you on the Walmart thing, but hey, if it gives you inspiration to make good food…let them come!

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avatar Judit @WineDineDaily May 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Looks very tempting! Great photo and we will “like” you on Pinterest as well :)

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avatar Averie @ Averie Cooks May 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm

this is my perfect dessert: I love RKTreats and I love coconut! (and no-bake!) Gorgeous!

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avatar leslie May 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Walmart..cringe. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do in the name of food creation! :)

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avatar Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Umm hello! You survived wal-mart and you showed it who’s boss!!

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avatar Spencer May 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some.

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avatar luv what you do May 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Sad about the disappointing mallows. There have been a lot of new flavors our recently (I liked the gingerbread ones in my hot chocolate this winter) that I think are great for Krispy Treats. These looks great and I am a huge fan of anything no bake in the summer time! Thanks for sharing!

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avatar Maria May 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Too funny. I just made very similar RK treats! Great minds think alike:)

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avatar jaime @ sweet road May 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm

This sounds like a dream! I love the combination of chocolate and coconut, so by adding it to a rice krispit treat must create the perfect crunchy sweet treat!

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avatar Amy Tong May 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

Voted for you. Hope you’ll win the contest. Good that you made your Walmart trip worthwhile….I totally understand why you dislike shopping there.

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avatar Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

What a wonderful idea to make a coconut rice krispie treat. I’ve tried many different versions but never with coconut! It must be so tropical, and so fitting to the hot summer days we’ve been having in LA!

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avatar Shaina May 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

Why hello there, lovely. How are you this fine morning? Perhaps you would go nicely with my cup of coffee. I think so, yes.

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avatar Kristen May 30, 2012 at 4:57 am

I feel the absolute same way about Wal-Mart. Have you ever seen the Wal-Mart Bingo that floats around the internet? It is hilarious! You’d get a laugh out of it.

Love these bars, dear!

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avatar bells-bakery May 30, 2012 at 6:41 am

These look yum,you cant go wrong with RKT! I always love your photos! im poping over to pinterest right now.

Shirley x

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avatar Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

Awww yeah. So yummy looking!

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avatar RobinL May 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

These sounds delicious, I can’t resist anything with coconut! But I see you are from Ohio like me, so I must tell you I saw Creamsicle Oreos at Giant Eagle.

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avatar Jamie May 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Thanks for the tip, Robin!
-Jamie

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avatar Katie May 30, 2012 at 9:07 am

These look so good and much nicer to use your own coconut flakes – who wants to eat ‘sand’

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avatar Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Pepper May 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

Yum, yum, yum! One of the best cominations is chocolate and peanut butter! Great recipe!

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avatar ButterYum May 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

What a great recipe – and thank you for using butter. I detest when someone makes krispie treats with margarine.

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avatar Becca - Cookie Jar Treats May 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

These look great! And I agree with the whole walmart thing. I hate that store and I think I’ve only been in once. It was awful :(

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avatar baker in disguise May 30, 2012 at 9:35 am

i love these little treats.. which dont take much effort or technique.. but you knwo they are always a winner!! these are simply awesome!!

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Amber May 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

So glad your trip wasn’t wasted, friend. I really can’t explain why Ohio seems to be a creamsicle Oreo oasis. I keep offering to ship them, but you keep turning me down :P

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avatar Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

love coconut, these look awesome! Also, here in PA we don’t have those orange creamsicle oreos either :)

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avatar Elizabeth May 30, 2012 at 10:59 am

I love rice krispie variations!

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avatar Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes May 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Mmm I love the toasted coconut addition. I love rice krispie treats!

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avatar Lori May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Great idea! Love Rice Krispie Treats and love coconut. I think I’m going to use unsweetened coconut flakes, though as the treats are sweet enough because of the marshmallows! ;-)
Thanks for the great idea!

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avatar Jennifer | Mother Thyme May 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I love this variation on a rice krispie treat! I feel the same way about Wal-Mart; it can be dreadful.

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avatar Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I love your finished version. Great things happen from strange occurrences sometimes. BTW seriously I’ve been wanting those creamsicle oreos and haven’t seen them either… and we never got the neapolitan ones either!

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avatar Tracy May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

These look delicious! And, I have never heard of Orange Creamsicle Oreos! We somehow missed the birthday cake Oreos here too, so I feel your pain.

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avatar Urban Wife May 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I didn’t even know those Oreos existed. These treats are a good alternative, nonetheless. Thanks for sharing!

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avatar Irmina May 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Hummm, me gusta el coco.

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avatar Ali @ Gimme Some Oven May 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

So cute! These look delicious!

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avatar Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch May 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Coconut in rice krispie treats are out of this world delicious, aren’t they? Love these!

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avatar Shani May 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The orange creamsicle Oreos do exist in Ohio – I got some last weekend. I got them at Giant Eagle grocery store but I bet Target will get them too – Target is pretty good about having exotic Oreo flavors. I’m not surprised WalMart didnt have them – that place stocks for the masses.

If you are brewing up a orange creamsicle oreo cupcake creatin, please count me in – I absolutely love orange creamsicles!

Hope you find the cookies!

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avatar Julie May 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Love Coconut!

I voted for your picture 1. because I love your blog and 2. I really do think it’s the best one!
Hope you win!

Julie

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avatar Jamie May 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thanks so much, Julie! You just made my night!
-Jamie

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avatar Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker May 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Gorgeous! I love this sophisticated spin on Rice Krispie treats! I also love the combination of chocolate and coconut :)

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avatar claudia May 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm

These sound so good, I’ve been on a coconut kick for a few years now – seriously addicted to coconut creme coffee creamer, but that’s another story. I wanted to ask about your photo… the chocolate looks more like veins running through the bar than chips? Did they melt? Was wondering if you did that on purpose. Either way, yum!

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avatar Jamie June 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Claudia-
Since the marshmallows are warm, the mini chocolate chips will melt a bit which is why they appear the way they do in the photo. Hope this helps. Happy baking!
-Jamie

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avatar Sara May 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

As much as I love me some chocolate, some coconut, and some Rice Krispie Treats (and your blog, by the way), I am WAY more interested in the mentioned Orange Cremesicle Oreos… SAY WHAT? How did I not know those existed?! Can one of the prizes please be those, and can I please win? I don’t think my dinky town in Mississippi will have them anywhere, considering WalMArt would be the best bet :)

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avatar Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 31, 2012 at 12:00 am

Chocolate and coconut are always a winning combination!

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avatar Claire May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

A cross between an Almond Joy and a Rice Krispie Treat?! I know what I’m making next.

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avatar Patti May 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

what about subbing coconut oil for the butter? More coconut flavor for sure but would it gel well?

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avatar Jamie June 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Patti-
I have not tried subbing coconut oil, but if you do, let me know how it goes! Thanks for stopping by.
-Jamie

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avatar Nicole H. June 1, 2012 at 6:55 am

I can’t wait to try these! I absolutely love coconut and also enjoy toasted coconut marshmallows (non-Walmart variety).

Thanks for this fantastic recipe… perfect for a summer get together and definitely brings back memories of my childhood.

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avatar Nicole H. June 1, 2012 at 6:56 am

PS: If you LOVE coconut – I made some delicious Double Chocolate Almond Joy Brownie Bars that I posted on my blog a few weeks ago…. TO. DIE. FOR.

http://www.bakingitonmyown.blogspot.com/2012/05/double-chocolate-almond-joy-brownie.html

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avatar Dave June 2, 2012 at 4:58 am

The wow factor on these treats are at a full 10!

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avatar Julie June 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Jamie, I went to vote for your Le Creuset photo and see that the contest has closed (I’m a little behind on emails!). I have to say, though, I think that your photo was the best composed and most beautiful. I just loved the blue and yellow against the beautiful wood grains. I absolutely love your blog (and see that you’re from Ohio, too!)

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avatar Barbara | Creative Culinary June 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

One childhood treat I still love is Rice Krispie Treats; with chocolate and coconut? Help.

I’m actually doing a RK treat soon; friend sent me an AMAZING thing on a stick from a local store in my hometown of St. Louis…now I have to figure out how to make it so there will be no more overnight shipping to the tune of $28. Not kidding.

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avatar Amy February 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I have always been a HUGE fan of RKT’s, but these were seriously delicious! Only problem I had was getting the chocolate chips to mix in well and stick. Next time I make these I will try mixing the chocolate with the melted marshmellows first. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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