Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest

Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest – really easy food craft for a pirate theme birthday party! Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest 2 Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest
Since our oldest daughter’s first birthday, my Husband and I go all out on the cake and try to make it one-of-a-kind, special, something the family hasn’t seen before. And because she always loved Disney princesses – the cake was always a castle. We made 6 different castle cakes. SIX. (Her last birthday she wanted a big girl cake, so I made a layer cake with pink frosting and brown polka dots.)
Now that we have a boy, my Hubby is happy to be done with castle cakes and ready to go all in into boy themed cakes and treats. He designs them, I bake and together we assemble the pieces. When I told him that I need to make a party treat in either fairy or pirate theme – he voted for the pirate theme. With both hands. Can you tell he was excited? icon smile Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest Both of my boys love pirates!
After a little brainstorming, we came up with the idea of using rice krispies treats for two reasons: I have been making RKT’s for the last two weeks (see here) and they are so easy to cut and stack and eventually build something from them.
Enter Pirate Treasure Chest.

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Isn’t it like the coolest thing made out of rice krispies treats you have ever seen? Yeah, we are quite proud of it. icon smile Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest

Disney is releasing an all-new Tinker Bell movie on April 1st, From the World of Peter Pan: The Pirate Fairy. My girls love Tinker Bell and I have a feeling that our son will love the pirate part. icon smile Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest You can own the movie on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD on April 1st. Visit Facebook for more info. This pirate treasure box made out of rice krispies treats will be perfect for a pirate-theme party!

You have to start with a good rice krispies treats recipe. I used this browned butter version because I love it and because it’s delicious! The recipe states to make it in a 9″x13″ pan. For this treasure box you will need two pans: one 9″x13″ and one 8″x8″. The thicker one (square 8 inch) will be for the bottom of the box. The thinner one (9″x13″) for the top. You can make 4 to 6 treasure boxes using the two pans.

This is our goal:

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To make the bottom, you need to cut out a 4″ by 3″ rectangle from the thicker rice krispies treats. Using a sharp serrated knife, trim the edges slightly towards the center to make a trapezoid, to imitate the shape of a chest.

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Place the bottom part of the chest over the thinner rice krispies treats and cut out the top for the chest, matching the dimensions. Trim the sides the same way, to make a box that looks like a treasure chest. Don’t forget to eat the scraps – a bonus fun part of making this chest! icon smile Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest

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Make sure the bottom and the top of the chest match.

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Now you need to cut out the inside of the bottom of the chest. Using a sharp pairing knife, make cuts about 1/2″ from the edge of the box. Cut out the inside and eat the scraps. You can use a spoon to scoop out the inside but we found the pairing knife working the best. Do not cut deeper than 1/2 inch.

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Use the bottom of a small spoon to press down the sides of the inside of the box to make it smooth. It is very easy as the rice krispies treats are very easily shape-able. Now you have a box, ready for the final decorating.

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I used melted chocolate and a squeeze bottle to make the lines and the latch of the treasure chest. To make sure the lines match and you can still open the box, hold the box closed when making the lines and gently open right after you made the bottom lines. Make the latch with the box slightly open. You can fill the box with lots of treats, like little candy, M&M’s, gold chocolate coins or white chocolate covered popcorn, like we did here. You can add few drops of the melted chocolate in the back of the box to hold the top and bottom together, but we found it unnecessary.

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These boxes really don’t take much time to make and the kids love them! They are sure to be the hit of the party, because they are fun, you can fill them with treats and they are 100% edible!! We also used a fruit leather to make treasure maps! I remember seeing this idea in some cooking show and we thought it complements the box really well.

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I was asked by BlogHer to participate in this campaign for Disney to promote the new movie, The Pirate Fairy, out April 1st 2014. I was compensated for creating this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 


  1. says

    OMG these are the cutest thing ever! I am planning a Pirate Princess party for my daughter and will be including this with the treat bags! Brilliantly clever!

  2. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says

    So cute, Anna! I just adore the pirate theme with these fun treasure chests made of RKTs. I’m thinking there could be some Easter baskets filled with jelly beans, soon, at your house! ;) Thank you for sharing, my friend. xo

  3. says

    I need you guys to help me design Dudette’s cakes. She’s always asking for Spiderman. :) Of course, this year she’s transitioned more to Tinkerbell, so maybe I’ll get lucky and can make something in the pirate theme and use your chests. They’re adorable and so creative.

  4. Amy {Very Culinary} says

    Are you kidding me with this? This will be the cutest thing I see all day…probably all week!

  5. Nancy says

    Anna, these are so creative and adorable! I love the piping on the chests – it’s perfect, especially the little lock. Those are some chewy lookin’ rice krispies square – I love when they’re packed full of marshmallow. Ain’t nobody got time for dry rice krispies squares!

  6. Meriem says

    These are the absolute cutest things I have seen in a long time! How brilliant of you to use rice krispie treats!