There’s probably nothing cuter in the baking world than cake pops, and I find their overwhelming sweetness very appealing as well. But unfortunately they can be quite an undertaking to make, and can require different steps to be spread out overall several days. So before I headed off to my friend Mara’s bachelorette party last month, I managed to find a way to capture the cuteness of cake balls in a more manageable way on my end. Enter: Nutella rice krispie balls. After making my first batch of rice krispie treats a few months ago, and realizing how easy they can be to throw together, I was anxious to use them in another form with different flavors. Since my friend Mara is a Nutella-holic (featured here before), the flavor choice was a no-brainer and I was able to show up with a fancy display of desserts that were easy to make and definitely a crowd pleaser.
As you can see from the photos, the balls aren’t perfectly round and smooth like some cake balls, even though I tried my very best to squish the rice krispies as much as possible to form a uniform ball. But I think that just adds to their character – and the sophisticated sprinkle of crushed rice krispies on top gives a little nod to the fact that these aren’t your average cake balls. When your friends bite into these the texture will be a nice surprise, and the taste of the Nutella and chocolate coating are a perfect smooth balance to the crispy cereal. And I just had to class them up even more for their photoshoot with the gold embellishments and fancy cake plate. If you ask me, rice krispie treats have never looked so good!
The bachelorette I made these for stand out a bit from the other weddings this year – she’s chosen Paris for her wedding destination, and Ryan and I will be making the trip in just a few weeks! Mara was actually my roommate when we studied abroad in Paris in the fall of 2007 (along with Tyla, also in the photo below), and now we’re all going back 5 years later to celebrate her wedding and eat lots and lots and lots of cheese. I can’t even start to imagine what a beautiful bride she’s going to make, especially in the setting of the most romantic city in the world! Taking a trip to that special place with my fiance (even if it’s just for a few days) ain’t too bad either :) Don’t you like how we all coordinated for her bachelorette to match the glitzy rice krispie ball getup??
Nutella Rice Krispie Balls
Yield: 36 balls
3 cups Rice Krispie cereal
5oz mini marshmallows
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dark chocolate candy melts or chocolate chips for dipping
Measure out the cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the marshmallows, butter, Nutella, and vanilla. Melt in the microwave for about 45 seconds, and mix until completely smooth.
Stir in the rice cereal until well combined.
Using a small cookie scoop to keep the balls the same size, start forming balls of the rice krispie mixture with your hands. You'll find the cereal might be hard to roll, but just squeeze hard enough with your palms and they will eventually cooperate :) Place rolled balls on a wax paper or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and set aside.
Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring thoroughly between each round, until chocolate is completely smooth. Dip each rice krispie ball in the chocolate and tap the handle of the spoon on the side of the bowl to help shake off any excess. Return the chocolate covered treat to the lined cookie sheet to allow the chocolate to set.
Sprinkle with crushed up rice cereal if desired.