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How to make chili peppers for dessert

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They're sweet, not spicy

These hot chili peppers aren't so hot after all. In fact, they are seriously sweet. These chili peppers are shaped Rice Krispies treats that have been colored red.

They're sweet, not spicy

These chili peppers are the perfect dessert to bring on a picnic or to a Cinco de Mayo party. They are sure to please a crowd and can be made and assembled in less than 30 minutes.

Let's start with the ingredients: Rice Krispies, miniature marshmallows, butter, red food dye and green apple pull-apart Twizzlers.

They're sweet, not spicy

Start by getting a medium-size saucepan and melting the butter or margarine. Once it's melted, pour in the marshmallows. You will want to stir the marshmallows constantly so they don't burn.

When the marshmallows are pretty much cooked down and in a liquid form, add the food dye. I love Wilton food coloring gels because I feel they have the most authentic coloring. I used "Christmas Red," but feel free to use another type of red food dye.

They're sweet, not spicy

The picture on the right shows the marshmallows completely melted down and dyed red.

Now it's time to add in the Rice Krispies. Add the cereal, and combine it well with the melted marshmallows. Once the cereal and marshmallows are completely combined, spray your hands with cooking spray. This helps to keep the marshmallows from sticking to you.

They're sweet, not spicy

Grab off a section about as big as pictured in the bottom right image. Stick a small section of Twizzlers (that have been sectioned off and cut down) inside the mound of Rice Krispies treat.

Then, using your greased hands, press the Rice Krispies together, and mold them into the shape of a chili pepper. Make sure to keep the green "stem" at the top and well positioned in the treat.

They're sweet, not spicy

Once they have been shaped, your treats are ready to go.

Make sure to work quickly so they don't dry out too fast and you are able to form all the peppers needed. Also make sure to store these treats in a resealable plastic bag so they don't dry out.


They're sweet, not spicy

Rice Krispies hot chili pepper recipe

Yields 8-10


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2-1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 teaspoon Wilton red gel food coloring
  • 1 green apple pull-apart Twizzler


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter or margarine over medium heat.
  2. Add in the marshmallows, and stir constantly until they are completely melted. Stir in the food dye until the marshmallow mixture has reached the desired shade.
  3. Stir in the Rice Krispies cereal, and mix well.
  4. Spray your hands lightly with cooking spray, and grab a handful of the treat. Press 2 pieces of the green apple Twizzlers (which have been cut at 1 inch) at the top of the mound of Rice Krispies.
  5. Form the cereal over the Twizzlers, and use your hands to mold it into a chili pepper shape.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the mixture has been used up.
  7. Work quickly so the cereal doesn't dry up and harden.
  8. Store the treats in a resealable bag.

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