Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Peanuts & Candy Corn Reece’s Pieces Rice Krispie Treats

Peanuts & Candy Corn Reece's Pieces Rice Krispie Treats

I have to admit that I’m just not in the mood for pumpkin yet.  Give me open windows with a light breeze; give me roasted butternut squash with sage; give me all the soup, stew and chili you can conjure;  bring on fall TV shows but you can keep the pumpkin for now.

I say it every year, but autumn really is my favorite. The colors and the flavors.  And one of my favorite, most nostalgic treats is a bowl of candy corn on the counter mixed with peanuts.  I know many of you share my love of this fall-favorite.  And I just could not pass up a couple of bags of candy corn at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago.

They nearly immediately met a couple of handfuls of peanuts, and this time, an extra addition: Reece’s Pieces.  Reece’s Pieces always remind me of my great-grandma Carolyn.  I always remember her having the candies in a glass dish.  I loved the mixture of candy corn, peanuts and Reec’s Pieces, so much so that I had to do something with the mixture, just to keep from eating it all.

Peanuts & Candy Corn Reece's Pieces Rice Krispie Treats

So I decided on cookies.  Well, obviously this post is not about cookies.  And that’s because candy corn don’t really bake well.  Ahem.  They might just melt into a sugary puddle of orange, yellow and white and ruin a batch of perfectly amazing cookie dough.  And I might be telling you this from experience.

So while telling my mom about the puddly candy corn experience, she said “why not rice krispie treats?”  And just one more brilliant idea is chalked up to my mom.

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Peanuts & Candy Corn Reece's Pieces Rice Krispie Treats

Yield: 24 treats

Prep Time: 5 min

Total Time: 30 min

Marsmallow-y Rice Krispie Treats with a fall classic fall flavors - peanuts and candy corn, with some added peanut butter flavor from Reece's Pieces.


4 Tbs. butter
12 ounces mini marhsmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1/2 cups candy corn
1 cup peanuts
1 cup reece's pieces


Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish.

Heat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal until coated. Add the candy corn, peanuts and Reece's Pieces and stir until distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and use your hands to pat it down and spread it out.

Allow the treats to set up for about 25 minutes before cutting into squares.

Cassie's Notes:
To reduce sticking to your spoon and your hands, lightly coat them with non-stick cooking spray or oil.

I also like to make Rice Krispie Treats in the microwave, thanks to middle school cooking class! On medium power, heat the marshmallows and butter for about 1 minute, stir, and then heat in 30 second intervals until the marshmallows are melted. Add the cereal, and follow the above directions from there.

Peanuts & Candy Corn Reece's Pieces Rice Krispie Treats


42 Responses to “Peanuts & Candy Corn Reece’s Pieces Rice Krispie Treats”

  1. #
    Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King — September 25, 2013 @ 6:44 am

    I love this idea! I’m on a recent peanut kick, and I love candy corn – this one may have to be done this fall!

  2. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — September 25, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    I’m not in the pumpkin mood yet either, but I could DEF get on board with these scrumptious rice krispie treats!!!

  3. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 25, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    Moms are smart, but sorry to hear about your little orange and yellow puddles in your cookies, Cassie! Your RKTs are the bombe. Anything with peanut butter in it seems to make everything better. Love Reese’s Pieces and I will always associate them with Gertie (Drew Barrymore) in ET and the wicked Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter and Fudge Sundae at Friendly’s restaurant where ice cream rules the menu. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!

  4. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — September 25, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    Mom’s ARE brilliant! And I’ll definitely be making these treats for my girls. Thanks for sharing the brilliance Cassie!

  5. #
    Tieghan — September 25, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    I am so in the pumpkin mood, but then again I have been for weeks! 🙂 Autumn is probably my favorite season too, I love it!! The bars are so fun! I love the peanuts!

  6. #
    Whendi Martin (mom) — September 25, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    You are my popcorn queen, we should have thought to try popcorn cake with these ingredients. I have a friend who makes popcorn cakes for the holidays with M&M and peanuts and marshmellows and they are awesome. This would be a perfect Halloween cake with candy corn, peanuts and fall M&Ms – same concept as Rice Krispie Treats only using your Angel Food Cake pan or your Spring Form cake pan.. Yummylicious!
    Thanks for the shout out – always in your corner!

  7. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — September 25, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Sometimes mom knows best! I am suck a sucker for candy corn and peanuts–I can take down an entire bowl. Somehow I think in a crispy treat they’d be even more irresistible. You’ve got me in some tasty trouble with these Cassie!

  8. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — September 25, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Fall is my absolute favorite too! What an absolute fantabulous idea to add Reese’s to the peanuts and candy corn. Guess what just went on my shopping list? I can’t wait to try this!!!

  9. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — September 25, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Love Reece’s Pieces but I always forget about them. I bet they are so good in these krispie treats!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 25, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Autumn is my FAVORITE! Love a good classic recipe with a new twist.

  11. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — September 25, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    OBSESSING just a little bit over these Cassie. So many of my favorites in ONE!!! 🙂

  12. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 25, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Fall is my favorite too! And I agree with you, not everything needs to be pumpkin. Love a good soup and chili first! Can’t wait to make these treats!

  13. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — September 25, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Candy corn is definitely one of those you either love or hate. I’m in the love column, big time!

  14. #
    Cookbook Queen — September 25, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    Totally need to try that combo in my candy dish!!! And I’m loving these treats!!

  15. #
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal — September 25, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    Such a great idea for this! I love your creativity.

  16. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — September 25, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    You just saved hundreds of food bloggers from halloween colored oven disasters. 🙂 Instead, we’ll have halloween colored rice krispies! Win! My grandma used to always keep bowls of Werthers candy around at her house. I still feel nostalgic every time I eat one.

  17. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — September 25, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    i don’t think i have ever heard of candy corn & peanuts until this year and now everyone i know is talking about it. what a fun idea!

  18. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — September 25, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    I totally wish we lived in a society where I could give away homemade treats to Trick or Treaters, because I would totally make these.

  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 25, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    I love Reese’s Pieces in Rice Krispies, these look so good!

  20. #
    des — September 25, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    Candy corn and peanuts?! LOVE the combo! And LOVING these rice crispy treats lady 🙂

  21. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — September 25, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Why have I never put candy corn in rice krispie treats!? Love this idea!!

  22. #
    Jess — September 25, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Yum – I love everything about these, Cassie! I’m not quite ready for pumpkin yet either, but it’s coming….

  23. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — September 25, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    This looks like the ultimate TV-watching snack … or anytime snack! All of my favorite things in one big bowl 🙂

  24. #
    Joanne — September 25, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    Every year, I buy two bags of candy corn. One to eat until I’m thoroughly sick of it and the other to bake with! This year, rice krispies treats are going to be the winning recipe!

    And yes. I’ve made that candy corn cookie mistake before. Not fun.

  25. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 25, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    I could definitely get carried away with all of my favorite things in one dessert!

  26. #
    Gaby — September 25, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    Great fall twist on my favorite Rice Krispie Treats!!

  27. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 26, 2013 @ 12:28 am

    Rice krispie treats are the best! Love the candy corn touch too – perfect for October!

  28. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 26, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    What a perfect candy combination for krispie treats!

  29. #
    ashley - baker by nature — September 26, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, Cassie… these look incredible! So perfect for Halloween 🙂

  30. #
    Natasha @ The Cake Merchant — September 26, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I love pumpkin, but I’m not quite ready for it yet either. I could easily eat an entire pan of these, though.

  31. #
    Tahnycooks — September 26, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    I could make myself sick over these! GLADLY!

  32. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 27, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Mmmm…these look scrumptious, Cassie! A perfect fall treat! 🙂

  33. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — September 27, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    This is borderline mean of you Cassie! Just kidding, but I cannot think of a more addictive, irresistible combination! I don’t now if I could eat any less than half of the pan of these bars!

  34. #
    Kristen — September 27, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Such deliciousness! Your mom rocks – can I hire her for ideas, please?

  35. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — September 27, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Funny – I was just thinking this week of putting candy corn in rice krispie treats! Guess I don’t have to experiment now, I know it works!

  36. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 27, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Reese’s Pieces are my husband’s favorite candy. 🙂 He would LOVE these–they are so perfect for Halloween!

  37. #
    Janet T — September 27, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    Great combination of flavors, I can’t wait to make it! Congrats on your 13.1, great time!

  38. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — September 28, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    How fun!! I love this idea and I just cannot wait to taste this 🙂

  39. #
    Deborah — September 29, 2013 @ 12:57 am

    You can never go wrong with rice krispie treats! I love this fall twist!

  40. #
    Julia | — October 13, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    Love the candy corn in these rice krispie treats! So perfect for the Fall! Pinned!


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