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.
PhotobucketI 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.
PhotobucketNow 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.
PhotobucketMix it up with the marshmallow.
It’s a beautiful thing.
PhotobucketBut you mustn’t forget the salted caramel swirliness of it all.
So melt some caramel.
No. Don’t use ice cream topping.
PhotobucketTHEN add a few pinches of coarse sea salt.
Oh yes.
PhotobucketNow plop it into your trail mixey, marshmallow concoction.
PhotobucketAnd DON’T stir it.
Just press it into your pan.
PhotobucketAnd let it sit for a bit.
THEN cut it.

Am I being bossy?
PhotobucketAnd 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.
PhotobucketAnd 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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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.

lynn @ the actor

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


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

Debra Kapellakis
Debra Kapellakis

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

Liz Tesar

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

Living The Sweet Life

ohhh yes, these ARE magical 😉

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

Oh my God! Talk about Rice Krispy treat perfection!


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

KIm Campbell

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!!

Colleen @ What

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


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.


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

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

Kim Bee

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

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These look so fantastic! What a treat!

Melissa m
Melissa m

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!


Fathers Day,…Every day is Mothers Day for me…I have my child with me and a fantastic husband that cooks for us most days, Is always tending to me…honey do you need more wine? No, I KNOW don’t deep in my hear that I had to have done something SO BIG and AMAZING in another life to be so lucky to live this one with the most spectacular man I’ve ever met…Just sayin.

Krispi treat looks yummy. We made the ummy yummy coffee ice cream with chocolate chips and a carmel swirl yesterday. Took FOREVER.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I never really thought about Father’s Day like that, but you are SO right! And we have had a lot of when is Kid’s Day for the last week!

I saw this trail mix today at the store, now I wish I would have bought it!

Emilie @ Emilie

wow, i’d probably never be able to eat another plain rice krispie treat again after these. But then…why would you want to? Salted caramel makes everything sooo much better


I’ve been longing for rice krispies with extra crunchy goodies in them. This is the only ticket I need! THanks for sharing 🙂

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

Oh man these babies are packed! I just got my wisdom teeth pulled out and now that they are almost completely healed, I will definitely be making these! 🙂

Cookie Sleuth

I will be at Target today and will have to pick up some of the snack mix!


Oh, please tell me these are real life. I want some now, and every day!!


I love the way you think and the way you bake. Winner for sure-I love the sweet and salty combo and then you went and threw salted caramel. I die.


Oh Honey! I would not be able to stop eating these. Everything I love is in there!


Why don’t your photos show up in your RSS feed anymore? Sad news because its the only way I really read blogs 🙁

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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