Trail Mix Krispie Treats with a Salted Caramel Swirl

Today, as we celebrate Father’s Day, I have noticed that it doesn’t seem too different than any other day of the year.

I remember when I was little and we celebrated Mother’s or Father’s Day and I would ask, “When is Kid’s Day?”

Of course my parents, like everyone’s, answered, “everyday is children’s day”.

Well, I’m kinda thinking the same thing applies to Father’s Day.

My mom didn’t tell me that little nugget.

My husband gets food cooked for him everyday and he gets gifts bought for him quite regularly.

Those are basically the two defining characteristics of having a “day”, right?

So, I am trying to make a big deal of all the things that I am doing for him today, so tomorrow when I refuse to make dinner or wash his clothes, I can be all, “It’s not Father’s Day anymore, husband….It’s REAL LIFE.”

And real life means laundry and toilet scrubbing.

That should be a bumper sticker.
Moving on…
Trail Mix Krispie Treats with a Salted Caramel Swirl.
Maybe this isn’t real life.

Trail mix krispie treats on a tea towel

I have been wanting to try a trail-mixey version for a while, but just hadn’t had the chance.
But when I happened upon this snack mix down the aisles of Target, I knew it was karmic..or cosmic…or meant to be.

Yeah, all that.
A package of M&M's salty and sweet snack mixNow if you can’t find this yummy stuff, no worries. Just use your favorite trail mix. I like this one because it has little pretzels, eensy cookies and M&Ms in it.
You just make it up kinda like regular krispie treats, but use half krispies, half trail mix.
Trail mix krispie treats dry ingredients in a bowlMix it up with the marshmallow.
It’s a beautiful thing.
Melted marshmallow being stirred into dry ingredients for trail mix krispie treatsBut you mustn’t forget the salted caramel swirliness of it all.
So melt some caramel.
No. Don’t use ice cream topping.
A bowl of caramel sauce with a spoonTHEN add a few pinches of coarse sea salt.
Oh yes.
A bowl of caramel sauce topped with coarse sea saltNow plop it into your trail mixey, marshmallow concoction.
Trail Mix Krispie treats mixture topped with salted caramel sauceAnd DON’T stir it.
Just press it into your pan.
Trail Mix Krispie treats mixture in a square panAnd let it sit for a bit.
THEN cut it.

Am I being bossy?
Trail mix krispie treat bars on a tea towelAnd this is why you don’t want to stir the caramel in…
You want to have nice little pockets of salted caramel through out.
Salted Caramel pockets are kinda the best.
A trail mix krispie treat bar with salted caramel swirlAnd that’s it.

Trail Mix Krispie Treats with a Salted Caramel Swirl.  Do it.

Now, go tend to your husband.


Trail Mix Krispie Treats with a Salted Caramel Swirl

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes 20 bars



  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups trail mix
  • 3 cups krispie rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped soft caramel candies or caramel bits
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt


  1. Lightly spray a 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large pot on low heat melt butter.
  3. When butter is melted add marshmallows, stirring until melted. Set aside just while you melt caramels in microwave for 1 minutes. (You want the marshmallow to cool slightly before you add your trail mix in, because if there are chocolate pieces in the trail mix they will melt if the marshmallow is too hot)
  4. Immediately pour in you krispie rice cereal and trail mix, stirring until evenly coated in marshmallow mixture.
  5. Stir in coarse sea salt into caramel and drop my the spoonful into the marshmallow/trail mix.
  6. Without stirring the caramel in, pour mixture into prepared pan and press evenly into pan.
  7. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares.


If you use the M&M snack mix, like I did, you will need 2 bags, as 1 bag yields about 1 1/2 cups mix.

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Nov 14, 2013 2:25 pm

Made these for my son’s baseball team as a snack yesterday but made my own trail mix and didn’t do the caramel swirl, just threw in the bits, m&m’s, dried cranberries and blueberries, shredded coconut, and pretzel sticks that I broke up. They turned out fabulous! Thank you for the inspiration.

Jul 18, 2012 10:44 am

every single time i’m at the drugstore i see those m&m’s and want them!

Jun 23, 2012 1:35 pm

!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is all I have to say!

Debra Kapellakis
Jun 23, 2012 12:28 pm

Recipes like this make me miss more than my family back in the USA! 😉

Jun 20, 2012 12:37 pm

I love this! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

Jun 20, 2012 12:00 pm

ohhh yes, these ARE magical 😉

Jun 20, 2012 11:32 am

Oh my God! Talk about Rice Krispy treat perfection!

Jun 20, 2012 10:32 am

Oh my goodness! This looks pretty sweet! I love the salty, sweet combo!!

Jun 19, 2012 8:23 am

I can’t wait to make these for our Cub Scout Pack this weekend! They will be perfect for camp!! I’d love it if you’d stop by and share these at Sweet & Simple Sunday!!

I love the addition of the sea salt! But let’s be serious – I pretty much love the addition of all the ingredients.

Jun 19, 2012 5:53 am

Delicious! Before I read anything I saw those little cookies in the mix and said “are those really little cookies in there?!” My oatmeal breakfast seems kind of boring now.


Jun 19, 2012 2:19 am

Laundry and toilet scrubbing….haha. This made me laugh. And i’m definitely making these!!

Jun 18, 2012 7:33 pm

So yummy I just want to steal one right out of the screen. I have a serious weakness for krispies. Love these ones.

Jun 18, 2012 5:17 pm

These look so fantastic! What a treat!

Melissa m
Jun 18, 2012 3:38 pm

My friend and I were just discussing this, when I asked her if they did anything special for fathers day. She said “no he is going to laying on the sofa and watch tv, like every Sunday. I’m just not going to b*^+h about it.”. Haha I thought that pretty much summed it up! I love the way these look!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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