Nerds Rice Krispie Treats. Because everything is better with Nerds.

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: Colorful Nerds candy make regular Rice Krispies treats something a little special.

How long it takes: 15 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: large pan, 9 x 13 inch baking pan or dish
Servings: 15

Nerds Rice Krispie Treats on a marble backdrop.
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Colorful Nerds Rice Krispies Bars

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes an event pops up where you might need to bring a sweet treat. However, that doesn’t mean you necessarily have time to bake one. That’s where no-bake treats come in!

Festive colors: This recipe might not be exactly Christmas-y (in other words, it’s not red and green) but it is very festive. Think colored Christmas lights! In fact, if you’re feeling really festive, you can add a bit of green food coloring to the treats (be sure to check out my Christmas tree Rice Krispie treats that are cut into triangles). The multi-colored candies match any occasion and are just plain fun!

A single bar on marble surface with plate of bars behind it.

So easy to make: Just like my recipe for the best Rice Krispies treats, these no-bake bars start with butter and marshmallows. Mix ’em together over medium heat until the marshmallows are completely melted. Stir in the Nerds and Rice Krispies cereal with the marshmallow mixture until they’re completely coated. Press (gently!) into a prepared pan. DONE. That’s it!

Tip for success: I draw your attention to gently pressing the mixture into your prepared pan. This is important. Have you ever had a Rice Krispie treat that you can barely bite through? Tough, hard, and basically icky? That’s because whoever made them smashed them into the pan. You want your Rice Krispie treat to remain light and airy so that biting into them doesn’t make your mouth, teeth, and gums hurt.

Closeup of single bar with  Nerds candies sprinkled around it.

Aren’t they pretty? Be sure to try my Nerds milkshake too!

For the record, Nerds has no idea I’m creating these recipes nor do they know I’m obsessed with their candy. And they’re definitely not paying me.

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Nerds Rice Krispies Treats

4.80 from 5 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 15 bars
Nerds Rice Krispies Treats. Because everything is better with Nerds.
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  • 16 ounces marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 packages (5 oz. each) Nerds candy (any flavor)


  • Spray a 9 × 13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a very large and deep pan, mix together marshmallows and butter over medium heat. Stir frequently until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies cereal and Nerds candy until completely coated.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Spray one hand with nonstick cooking spray and use that hand to gently press the mixture into an even layer. Do not press too hard.
  • Let cool completely before cutting into bars and storing in an airtight container.


  • Nutrition information does not include the Nerds candy. 


Serving: 1bar, Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 103mg, Potassium: 21mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 1087IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Vanessa @ Vanessa Baked says:

    Love this idea! What a fun rice krispie treat!

  2. Mom says:

    It always amazes me how popular Rice Krispie treats are at potlucks, etc. They’re often the first thing to go. A fun twist on a classic.

  3. Carrie says:

    WHHAAA??? I’m buying those nerds for my sister. Best Christmas present EVER.

  4. Jennie+@themessybakerblog says:

    This is one creative treat. I adore nerds; they make me feel like a kid again. Pinned.

  5. Alice+@+Hip+Foodie+Mom says:

    oh my gawd, my kids would love these!! love Rice Krispie treats because you know they are always a crowd pleaser!

  6. Donna Howard says:

    I bought 4 boxes of Nerds to make a popcorn nerd mix and only used one package! What was I thinking!! But thanks to you now I can use up some more. And truly – pressing ‘gently’ – was new to me!! I had no idea. Thank you for this recipe along with all your others and your creative and helpful hints!! You’re awesome!!!

  7. Carol at Wild Goose Tea says:

    Yes, this time of year no bake is a PLUS. It always amazes me. How lovingly popular rice krispie treats of all kinds are still looked forward to and asked for. So that makes this no bake even better.