Choco-Mallow Rice Balls Recipe - Puffed Rice, Dried Apricots, Raisins & Peanut

Choco-Mallow Rice Balls

Choco-Mallow Rice Balls Recipe - Puffed Rice, Dried Apricots, Raisins & Peanut
Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 6


Choco-Mallow Rice Balls
Choco-Mallow Rice Balls

Choco-Mallow Rice Balls are a delicious and easy-to-make treat that combines the sweetness of marshmallows with the crunch of cereal and the nuttiness of peanuts. These bite-sized balls are perfect for snacking or as a dessert for any occasion.


The origins of Choco-Mallow Rice Balls are not entirely clear, but they are believed to have been inspired by traditional rice crispy treats. The addition of dried fruits and nuts adds a unique twist to this classic recipe, making it a favorite among both kids and adults.


How to prepare

  1. Place cereal, apricots, raisins, and peanuts in a bowl and mix.
  2. In a saucepan, melt margarine and marshmallows over medium-high heat.
  3. Once melted, stir in peanut butter.
  4. Add cereal mixture to the saucepan and mix until cereal is well coated.
  5. When the mixture can be handled by hand, scoop half a cup of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
  6. If the mixture in the saucepan starts to harden, cook it again over high heat for 30 seconds or until it softens again.
  7. Place the balls on a tray and chill for an hour or so before serving.
  8. Makes 6 balls.


  • Substitute the peanuts with almonds or cashews for a different flavor profile.
  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm and spicy kick.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the balls for an extra decadent touch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to mix the cereal, apricots, raisins, and peanuts thoroughly to ensure that each bite is packed with flavor.

- When melting the marshmallows and margarine, be sure to stir constantly to prevent burning.

- If the mixture becomes too sticky to handle, wet your hands with water before rolling the balls to prevent sticking.

Serving Suggestions

Choco-Mallow Rice Balls can be served as a snack, dessert, or party treat. They pair well with a glass of milk or a cup of hot chocolate.

Cooking Techniques

The key cooking technique for Choco-Mallow Rice Balls is melting the marshmallows and margarine together to create a sticky and sweet base for the cereal mixture.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have dried apricots or raisins on hand, you can substitute them with other dried fruits like cranberries or cherries. You can also use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

Make Ahead Tips

Choco-Mallow Rice Balls can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply let them come to room temperature before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the Choco-Mallow Rice Balls on a platter and garnish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or cocoa powder for a festive touch. You can also serve them in mini cupcake liners for easy serving.

Pairing Recommendations

Choco-Mallow Rice Balls pair well with a variety of beverages, including milk, hot chocolate, coffee, or even a glass of red wine for a more sophisticated treat.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Choco-Mallow Rice Balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. To reheat, simply microwave for a few seconds until warm and gooey.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Choco-Mallow Rice Balls contains approximately 200 calories.


Each serving of Choco-Mallow Rice Balls contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Choco-Mallow Rice Balls contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of Choco-Mallow Rice Balls contains approximately 5 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Choco-Mallow Rice Balls are a good source of vitamin C, iron, and calcium.


Choco-Mallow Rice Balls contain peanuts and may contain traces of other nuts.


Choco-Mallow Rice Balls are a delicious and indulgent treat that is relatively high in carbohydrates and fats, but also provides a good amount of protein and essential vitamins and minerals.


Choco-Mallow Rice Balls are a fun and tasty treat that combines the sweetness of marshmallows with the crunch of cereal and the nuttiness of peanuts. With a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can whip up a batch of these delicious balls in no time. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I knew it was something I had to try. It was a quaint little handwritten note tucked away in my grandmother's recipe box, nestled between the pages of a well-loved cookbook. The words "Choco-Mallow Rice Balls" were scrawled across the top in elegant cursive, beckoning me to give it a whirl.

I had always been drawn to recipes that were a little bit out of the ordinary, ones that combined unexpected flavors and textures to create something truly unique. And this one seemed to fit the bill perfectly. A combination of chocolate, marshmallows, and rice, rolled into bite-sized balls and coated in a dusting of cocoa powder. It sounded like a decadent treat that would be perfect for a special occasion.

As I read through the instructions, I realized that this recipe was unlike anything I had ever made before. It called for ingredients that were not typically found in my pantry, like sticky rice and mini marshmallows. But I was undeterred. I was determined to master this recipe and add it to my collection of culinary triumphs.

I decided to start by gathering all the necessary ingredients. I made a list and headed to the grocery store, where I carefully selected each item, making sure to choose only the best quality ingredients. I could feel a sense of excitement building within me as I imagined the end result - a plate of perfectly formed Choco-Mallow Rice Balls, ready to be shared with my loved ones.

Back home in my cozy kitchen, I set to work following the recipe step by step. I boiled the sticky rice until it was tender and sticky, then mixed in the melted chocolate and mini marshmallows, folding them gently into the warm rice until they were evenly distributed. The mixture was rich and gooey, with the sweet scent of chocolate wafting through the air.

I carefully shaped the mixture into small balls, rolling them between my palms until they were smooth and round. I placed them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then popped them into the refrigerator to chill and set. As I waited for them to firm up, I couldn't help but sneak a taste of the leftover mixture. It was heavenly - sweet, chocolaty, and oh so satisfying.

After a few hours, the Choco-Mallow Rice Balls were ready to be enjoyed. I dusted them with a generous coating of cocoa powder, giving them a delicate finish that added a touch of elegance to their appearance. I arranged them on a beautiful platter, garnishing them with fresh mint leaves for a pop of color.

As I presented the Choco-Mallow Rice Balls to my family, their eyes lit up with excitement. They eagerly reached for one, taking a bite and savoring the rich, indulgent flavors. A chorus of "mmm's" filled the room as they declared the recipe a resounding success.

And so, the recipe for Choco-Mallow Rice Balls became a staple in my repertoire, a cherished favorite that I would make time and time again for special occasions and gatherings. It had earned its place among the other beloved recipes in my grandmother's collection, a testament to the joy of experimenting in the kitchen and creating something truly magical.

As I look back on that first time I saw the recipe, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to learn and grow as a cook. It was a moment that sparked a culinary journey that would bring me endless joy and satisfaction, and for that, I am truly thankful.


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