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!
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.
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.
Tools 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!
- Large Pot – you can even make these in a large microwave safe bowl, if you want.
- Silicone Spoons – I use these for everything. They’re easy to wash and heat safe.
- Foam Trays – You can order foam trays or look for them at your market in the paper plates aisle.
How To Make Your Red Velvet Rice Krispies
- 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.
- STEP TWO: Once fully melted and combined, pour in the rice krispies and stir to evenly coat.
- 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.
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.
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.
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