Pinterest Pass or Fail: Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Treat Pinwheels

We were looking for a fun and festive dessert for our next Pinterest Pass or Fail and we found one... these Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Treat Pinwheels from Hungry Happenings caught our eye. Rice Krispie Treats are always a crowd favorite and these would be perfect for a BBQ.

What You'll Need

  • 9 c Rice Krispie Treat Cereal, in a pinch use regular Rice Krispies (we did)
  • 15 oz. marshmallows
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • Candy melts - white, blue and red; 2 oz. or 1/2 c each color
  • Food coloring - red, blue and white (if you can find white)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Extra butter for greasing paper

How To Make the Pinwheels

1. Line 9x13 baking dish with buttered parchment or wax paper.

2. Add 5 oz marshmallows, 2 tbsp butter, and 1/2 cup of red candy melts to a large microwave safe bowl.

3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. If not melted, microwave for another 30 seconds.

4. Once melted, stir in red food coloring until the desired color. You want the color to be vibrant.

5. Add Rice Krispies and stir until completely coated.

6. Spread red Rice Krispies into the lined baking dish.

7. Repeat the melting marshmallow and candy melts process for the white layer. If you can't find white food coloring, add a few extra candy melts to brighten the white color.

8. Place the white layer of Rice Krispies into the baking dish over the red layer.

9. Repeat steps 2 - 5 with the blue candies and food coloring.

10. Press down on the blue layer to compress the three layers together.

11. Remove Rice Krispies from the pan. Using a rolling pin, spread the treats out roughly an inch beyond the paper.

12. Starting on the shorter side, roll up the treats to form a pinwheel.

13. Cut into slices.

14. The finished product.

15. We turned them into lollipops like Beth, by melting a bit of white candy melts. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and stick into the Rice Krispie treat.

The Results: A Pinterest Pass!

While the pinwheels may not be perfect, they are tasty. They're a festive way to show your patriotic spirit at any party.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Make sure to butter your hands when working with the treats... they're pretty sticky. Even if you're using gloves, butter those.

  • As mentioned in the instructions, we couldn't easily find white food coloring. We added a few more white candy melts to the white layer and felt like it was still vibrant enough.

  • Make sure to roll the pinwheel tight to keep the cereal layers from separating. If needed, you can shape each pinwheel a bit better after slicing.

Deana Raymondo - Aug 31, 2017
@ Dawn Thompson; cream cheese mints?! Oooooh! ))drooling(( :)
Dawn Thompson - Aug 31, 2017
If you have trouble finding that your white is not bright enough there are a couple of things you can try. 1) Wilton has come out with a Bright White candy melt that is more of a true white than the plain white ones. 2) Chefmaster make a liquid color called Liquid Whitener 5907. These are usually available at most cake/candy stores or on- line. I have used this to brighten/whiten my cream cheese mints as well.
Deana Raymondo - Aug 31, 2017
Oh this is great! My daughter and I are always looking for yummy ideas to have fun with.
I think this would be awesome for Christmas! I'll just switch the blue food coloring/candy to green. How festive and fun will that be?