Red Velvet “Raw Meat” Rice Krispies Halloween Treat

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Give your rice krispie treats a spooky upgrade and make these red velvet “raw meat” rice krispie treats! It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to put together these tasty Halloween treats but your guests won’t forget them!

red velvet rice krispies on a white tray that look like raw meat

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Warning! This Red Velvet “Raw Meat” Rice Krispies treats recipe is not for the faint of heart.

If you’re grossed out easily by gory Halloween food, check out my less intense collection of Halloween desserts.

If you love the idea of grossing your guests out with freaky, gross-looking, realistic food, read on! Are you ready to take your Halloween treats up a notch? 

This recipe is perfect for an adult or teen Halloween party, and while these bloody “raw meat” Rice Krispies treats taste amazing, they are sure to gross out your guests! Which, in my opinion, is a good thing when you’re going for a creep factor! Serve them after a plate of Spaghetti & Eyeballs for dinner.

These “raw meat” Rice Krispies treats are ridiculously easy to make! They’re made with red velvet cake mix, Rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows, and red food coloring for a surprisingly yummy twist on an old classic.

They might even look a little too real sitting on your dessert table – your guests will wonder who left the raw meat next to the treats.

overhead shot of red velvet rice krispies on a white foam tray

Ingredients you’ll need to make Red Velvet Rice Krispies Treats

Below is a list of ingredients with some helpful tips and suggestions for substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full, printable recipe card with amounts & instructions.

MARSHMALLOWS – I like to use mini marshmallows because they melt quickly. You’ll need a 10.5 oz bag.
BUTTER – Salted or unsalted work, I personally like salted to balance the sweetness a bit.
VANILLA EXTRACT – When possible, use real vanilla extract, not imitation. I buy mine in bulk at Sam’s or Costco.
RED VELVET CAKE MIX – The red velvet cake mix gives great flavor and great color.
CRISPY RICE CEREAL – Rice Krispies if you’re going with the name brand.

overhead shot of ingredients laid out to make rice krispie treats

Equipment you’ll need

One of the main reasons I like Rice Krispies Treats is that they are so easy to make, and you don’t need a million-and-one bowls, gadgets, or utensils to make them. All you’ll need for this recipe is a large pot, a spoon, and foam trays for serving!

How To Make Your Red Velvet Rice Krispies

  1. STEP ONE: First, in a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter with the marshmallows. Once melted, add in the vanilla extract and red velvet cake mix and stir together.

    Alternatively, you can melt the butter and marshmallows in a large, heat safe microwave safe bowl and proceed from there.
  2. STEP TWO: Once fully melted and combined, pour in the rice krispies and stir to evenly coat.
  3. STEP THREE: Finally, portion out the “meat” onto your trays – either a large lump to look like hamburger meat, or you can patty them up. Or shape them into a “brain”. Use your spooky imagination.
collage of 4 photos showing the rice krispie treat making process

Turning Your Rice Krispies into Raw Meat Halloween Treats

What makes this recipe so creepy is the visual. Your guests will be struggling to convince their brain that what they’re about to eat is not really raw meat but a delicious sweet treat.

To really play on these Halloween Rice Krispies, foam trays are a must! You can make get them at your local grocery store in the paper plate aisle or, of course, order them off of Amazon

Then all you have to do is form your red velvet Rice Krispies into a big lump of raw meat, or you can make “raw hamburger patties” and put two in a tray as well. Cover with plastic wrap and stack on top of each other, just like how they display meat at the grocery store. You could even make a brain.

If you want to take it up a notch, you can splatter strawberry syrup on the trays. Keep in mind this may make the Rice Krispies Treats soggy, so less is more.

You can also get red candy melts, dip one side of your patties in the melts, and let the excess pool and harden before transferring to the foam trays for a runny, blood effect.

red rice krispies on a white foam tray that looks like raw meat

Raw Meat Halloween Red Velvet Rice Krispies FAQs

Do I have to use red velvet cake mix in this recipe?

No, but as a word of caution, using too much food coloring will give your Rice Krispies an unpleasant taste. While we want the look of them to gross your guests out, that’s not the goal with the flavor.

Is uncooked cake mix safe to eat?

You add the cake mix into the butter and marshmallow mix and that time on the heat will treat the mix, making it safe for consumption (get it to 160°). If you’re still concerned, you can heat treat the cake mix beforehand, just like you would flour. Here is an article on how to do it.

What if I can’t find foam trays?

If you can’t find foam trays, you can always pile the meat patties on top of each other on a plate. Add some strawberry “blood” dripping down the sides right before your Halloween party starts.

Can I use large marshmallows instead of mini?

You sure can! Large marshmallows are perfectly fine, they tend to take longer to melt and don’t melt as evenly as the mini ones, but that is the only reason I suggest them for this recipe.

How to store them

If you wrap them up with plastic wrap to look like meat trays, you’ll be golden, that’s exactly how they should be stored. They are best when eaten within two days. If you want to keep them longer than that, you can wrap them in plastic, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze them for up to 6 weeks. Let them thaw on the counter before digging in.

How many does this serve? Can I double it?

As written, this recipe will serve about 12 people. You can easily double it, just make sure you use a big enough pot.

Need more Halloween recipes? Try these:

Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
Halloween Chocolate Tunnel Cake
Jalapeno Popper Mummies
Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes
Ghost Oreo Balls
Monster Munch Popcorn Mix
Layered Halloween Jello Shots

Click here for my entire collection of Halloween recipes.

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red velvet rice krispies on a white tray that look like raw meat

Red Velvet “Raw Meat” Rice Krispies Halloween Treat

Melissa Williams
Give your rice krispie treats a spooky upgrade and make these red velvet "raw meat" rice krispie treats! It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to put together these tasty Halloween treats but your guests won't forget them!
4.72 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 172 kcal



  • 10.5 oz mini marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup red velvet cake mix
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring optional


  • In a large pot over medium low heat melt the butter and mini marshmallows.
  • When the marshmallows are completely melted, mix in the vanilla and red velvet cake mix. If you feel it needs to be redder, add food coloring at this point.
  • Remove from heat and gently stir in the rice krispies until evenly coated.
  • Once all combined evenly divide between the foam trays.
  • Cover the trays with plastic wrap and serve.



You can find foam trays in the paper products section of most markets or order them from Amazon.
Food coloring is optional. If you don’t have red velvet cake mix & want to use ALL food coloring, do so with caution, you may get a weird flavor.
Store leftovers covered at room temperature. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 88IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Cathy A Kramer says

    OMG…I am SO making these for my Halloween Party this year! I’ll fool my daughter and son in law when I feed it to my toddler grand daughter!!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Diana says

    I have a concern about the cake mix being raw. There is a warning on the cake mix box as to not consume without cooking. I used to have a recipe for a red velvet cheese ball which I ceased making because of this issue. What has your research shown?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi. As mentioned in the post, you’re adding the cake mix to melted butter/marshmallow mixture so it is likely hitting a safe temp there, but I also linked to how to heat treat it if you’re still concerned 🙂

  3. Kimberly S. says

    You can get a pack of 12 of the trays for $1 at Dollar Tree. Called “white foam trays”. Walmart should carry them too.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yep, I thought I mentioned that above but maybe I just said “market” lol

  4. Lorna says

    5 stars
    Made these for Halloween – they were awesome!

  5. Betsy says

    Made this for April Fools today. It’s tradition to make some kind of silly food for my kids. I shaped them into burger patties and printed out a label to put in between layers of plastic wrap. They were a hit! Tasty too! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Mel says

    How many trays does this recipe make ?

    • Melissa Williams says

      It makes a standard size batch of rice krispies so it’ll depend on how large your trays are.

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