red white and blue lemon rice krispies 4th of July, summer dessert

How do your kids do when grocery shopping? For the most part ours are pretty good, but occasionally they really don’t want to be there. Even so they are pretty quiet about it. In fact, we’ve been really lucky in that we’ve never had a grocery store tantrum. Or we hadn’t until now. And that little tantrum is the whole reason that we ended up with red white and blue lemon rice krispies. They are like the kid version of our berry fruit pizza pie. Well, not really but the adults tend to want the pie and the kids the rice krispies.

red white and blue lemon rice krispies 4th of July, summer dessert

This recipe was inspired by Kristy from Sweet Treats & More who made an amazing strawberry shortcake rice krispies treat that’s all over pinterest! I love all of her treats but considering that strawberry shortcake is one of my faves I had to fall in love with this recipe!

red white and blue lemon rice krispies 4th of July, summer dessert

Anyway, back to the grocery store. We’ve tried really hard as parents to teach our children that we do certain things and it’s just part of being in our family. We do the dishes, we go grocery shopping, we make our beds etc. I personally try to always keep things enthusiastic and let them be involved. We also don’t give in to bad behavior. If we are at church and they are having a hard time then we go sit in a room to calm down instead of just taking them home. Why? Because it teaches them that they can’t act out to get their way. I figure that if I were a kid and wanted to play with toys then I would cry and scream to get home. But if mom and dad don’t give in then what’s the point?

Well, a couple of weeks ago our little one suddenly decided she wanted to go home and play and not run into the store really quick. She started bawling and pouting and I was so done. I tried to talk to her and explain things, I tried hurrying and ignoring it and finally I set the cart aside, set her on my lap and asked her what she needed? It took a minute or two but sure enough she calmed down, I gave her a job to do (she pushed the cart while looking for the berries for me) and at the end of the trip we saw these star marshmallows. I never give in to treats, like ever.

red white and blue lemon rice krispies 4th of July, summer dessert

But this one time I got down on her level and said, “I’m so glad you changed your behavior and helped me. It made me feel so good and now we will have a yummy breakfast because we got the berries. So, just this once I think we should get the marshmallows and make a treat to celebrate you growing up and being a big girl today”. It felt so good to stay calm instead of getting frustrated which happens more than it should. But I’m working on it.

red white and blue lemon rice krispies 4th of July, summer dessert

And after making these twice we ended up adding a little lemon to the mix and you almost can’t tell what it is and yet it makes them so much more flavorful and delicious! And they are red white and blue which is totally fun and easy for the holiday! Boom!

Are Rice Krispies Gluten Free?

Rice Krispies contain malt, which is made from barley.

Barley has gluten.

Therefore, rice krispies are not gluten free.

Do Marshmallows Contain Dairy?

Marshmallows are completely dairy free.

They are made from sugar, water and gelatin.

Are Strawberries Nutritious?

Strawberries are packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.

They are also a good source of manganese and potassium.


Red White and Blue Lemon Rice Krispies

Red White and Blue Lemon Rice Krispies

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Servings: 12 -15 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 6 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups marshmallows, red, white and blue star shaped, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, or to taste
  • 3 cups fresh whipped cream , * may sub cool whip
  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups blueberries


  • Place the cereal into a large bowl.
  • In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the butter and begin to melt down.
  • As soon as it is melted add the lemon extract, stir and then add the marshmallows until melted.
  • Pour the hot marshmallows over the cereal and stir to combine.
  • Next, add the last cup of marshmallows and stir in.
  • Press into a 9x13" pan and allow to cool.
  • Spread the whipped cream and sprinkle with berries.


serve immediately


Serving: 1gCalories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 123mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 1138IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 5mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides

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