You’ve loved rice krispie treats since you were old enough to pick one up, but somewhere along the line something happened: they seemed one-dimensional, even boring. That’s where booze comes in—by spiking with liquor or beer, these time-honored sticky kids’ treats become something else, confections of flavor and depth. Here are 13 to try.
1. White Russian Cereal Treats
We added instant espresso powder to a standard rice cereal base, then glazed the top with a mixture of white chocolate, Kahlúa, and cream, for a sweet, slightly boozy, coffee-infused treat. Get our White Russian Cereal Treats recipe.
2. Bourbon Caramel Rice Crispy Treats with Dark Chocolate
Eat the Love blogger Irvin Lin spikes his treats with Maker’s Mark, cuts them in squares, and coats the bottoms with bittersweet chocolate. One top: a swirly chocolate heart cutout. Get Eat the Love’s Bourbon Caramel Rice Crispy Treats recipe.
3. Rum Coconut Rice Krispie Treats
Sweetened shredded coconut and rum (with optional chocolate chips) turn these treats tropical. Get Rave Review’s Rum Coconut Rice Krispie Treats recipe.
4. Irish Car Bomb Rice Krispies Treats
The flavor of Bailey’s Irish Cream is pretty much a natural in rice cereal treats, but the Guinness (a simple mix of warmed beer and confectioners sugar) takes it all the way Éire. Get Endlessly Inspired’s Irish Car Bomb Rice Krispies Treats recipe.
5. Jim Beam Rice Whiskey Treats
“Marshmallows in cereal are great,” writes Colin Joliat on Guyism, “but cereal held together solely by marshmallows is even better. Add in black cherry Red Stag from Jim Beam and you might have the ultimate snack.” Get Guyism’s Jim Beam Rice Whiskey Treats recipe.
6. Rice Whiskey Treats
Seeing a pattern here? Brown puffed rice cereal makes these, well, beige, cinnamon and a dash of cayenne make them spicy. A couple tablespoons of bourbon makes them all grown up. Get Cookooree’s Rice Whiskey Treats recipe.
7. Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats
Fruit Loops replace the puffed rice, white chocolate chips add some creaminess, and spicy Malibu rum brings the fun. Get Averie Cooks’ Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats recipe.
8. Chocolate Chip Kahlúa Krispie Treats
Surprise! Actually it’s not really a shocker: a coffee liqueur spike in these delicious chocolate-chip krispie treats, which are also flavored with cocoa powder. Get Simply Scratch’s Chocolate Chip Kahlúa Krispie Treats recipe.
9. Adult Rice Crispy Treats
Nothing abnormal or particularly adult about this treats, except wait—those marshmallows! They are, in fact, homemade, and heavily spiked with stout beer. Cool. Get Life Food and Beer’s Adult Rice Crispy Treats recipe.
10. Beer Crispy Treats
This may be the most ambitious adult rice krispies treat recipe yet. First you make beery marshmallow fluff, using maple beer. Then you make beer marshmallows, using the same maple beer. Then you make your treats, and then you make somebody insanely happy. Get The Bruery’s Beer Crispy Treats recipe.
11. Dark Chocolate Guinness Rice Krispie Treats
Guinness in the chocolaty rice cereal and marshmallow batter, Guinness in the chocolaty frosting. “You will need to open two cans of beer,” notes The Sweet Chick. “Just make sure there is someone there to drink the rest.” Shouldn’t be a problem. Get The Sweet Chick’s Dark Chocolate Guinness Rice Krispie Treats recipe.
12. Bananas Foster Rice Krispie Treats
Banana-flavored rum (or sub regular dark rum) is the boozy secret at the heart of these lush, over-the-top crispy treats. The coup de grace: banana chips. Get Baking a Moment’s Bananas Foster Rice Krispie Treats recipe.
13. Green Chartreuse Rice Krispies Slices
Seattle chef Andrew Cross teamed with bartender Jamie Boudreau for this chocolate-flavored ode to the sweet herbal liqueur green Chartreuse. Serve these to the most sophisticated kids’-treats lover you know. Get Tasting Table’s Green Chartreuse Rice Krispies Slices recipe.