Sweet Treats That Show Your AmeriCAN Spirit


The burgers and brats might be the stars of the barbecue, but when everyone’s looking for something sweet to follow, this delicious treat shines.

Give these simple — but festive — crispy rice cereal bars a try. You CAN do this!

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Yield: 16 squares



  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided for each of the 3 layers)
  • 9 cups mini marshmallows (divided)
  • 6 ¾ cups crispy rice cereal (divided)
  • Red and blue liquid food coloring
  • Cooking spray


1.Spray a 9" x 9" square casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.

2.Let’s start with the “blue” layer. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the microwave for about one minute on high, until melted.

3. Add in 3 cups of marshmallows. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir with a spatula. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again. Repeat until marshmallows are fully melted and incorporated.

4.Don’t be shy with the food coloring — add 15 to 20 drops of blue! Stir until the mixture is completely colorful.

5.Fold in 2 ¼ cups of crispy rice cereal.

6.Press down into the casserole dish, creating an even layer.

7.Repeat steps 2–5, but this time with no food coloring. Coat your hands in cooking spray and pack this “white” layer on top of the blue one, pressing down to avoid air pockets. Be sure to work while it’s still warm, or spreading can get tricky.

8.Repeat steps 2–5, but this time with red food coloring. Spread this “red” layer evenly on top of the “white” layer.

9.Let your celebratory treat cool down completely before cutting into individual squares.

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• White frosting

• Red and blue sprinkles


  1. Spread an even layer of white frosting over your treats.
  2. Top with red and blue sprinkles.
  3. Cut and enjoy!

Whether you “nail” this recipe the first time or fool them with frosting, these bars are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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