Rice Crispy Cakes or Buns?

Let’s ask Google:

  1. Rice Crispy Cake – 75 results
  2. Rice Crispy Bun – 17 results

That’s what the Internet says and I agree. ‘nuf said!

For completeness, it should be noted that

  1. It’s Kelloggs Rice Krispies but that name is trademarked as Andy just reminded me so people are more likely to spell it with a C in their cookery books and sites lest the lawyers descend on them!
  2. Kelloggs avoid the bun and cake controversy completely by calling them Rice Krispies Treats. Cowards!

Conversation on leads to some confusion. I wonder if I should quote some of it. The Rice Krispies cakes and buns Irish people refer to are simply made of Rice Krispies and melted chocolate. No yucky marshallow, or whatever else. Chocolate all the way. Yum!

16 thoughts on “Rice Crispy Cakes or Buns?

  1. It’s neither. They’re either called “Rice Crispy Treats” or “Rice Crispy Bars.” They’re not like buns or cakes at all.

  2. Even without marshmallow fluff, they’re not cakes.

    A cake is a form of food that is usually sweet and often baked. Cakes normally combine some kind of wheat byproduct, a sweetening agent (commonly sugar), a binding agent (generally egg, though gluten or starch are often used by vegetarians and vegans), fats (usually butter or margarine, although a fruit puree can be substituted to avoid using fat), a liquid (milk, water or fruit juice), flavours and some form of leavening agent (such as yeast or baking powder).


    “Candy bar” is the most popular term in the U.S. for confectionery usually packaged in a bar or log form, often coated with chocolate, and sized as a snack for one person. But within that term, a wide variety of products exist, ranging from solid chocolate bars to multiple layerings or mixtures of ingredients such as nuts, fruit, grains in various forms, coconut, marzipan, marshmallow, caramel, nougat, cookie, toffee, fondant, and fudge. In British English and Canadian English the term chocolate bar is used. The word candy is rare in describing sweets in the United Kingdom.


    The difference between the US and the UK/Ireland in the term “candy bar” has to do with the word “candy.” Not the word “Bar” or the ingredients one assumes would be in a “bar.”

    You wouldn’t call a Twix or a Kit Kat a “cake.”

  3. Ah, but the word bar refers to the shape. A cream egg and a cream egg bar have the same ingredients but one is bar shaped and hence called a bar. You can’t call something that’s not bar-shaped a bar.

    There are, furthermore, two distinct types of rice crispie related sugary snack. The first is the type with just chocolate which is almost always made in a blobby shape in bun cases and is hence known as a rice crispie bun. The other type is the gooey version with toffee or marshmallow fluff or butter and stuff in it. These ones are made in a baking tray then cut up into bars or squares to serve. Clearly these aren’t buns and would be called bars or squares depending on the shape.

    Neither qualifies as a cake though.

  4. to me a cake is large and a bun is small and round.the rice krispie things ur talking about I would call a ricekrispie bun..I make them with toffee mix with rice krispies and put in a BUN case.if they’re square they’re obviously squares and other flat/rectangular or such like are bars.

  5. hiya i’m looking for the receipe for toffee and marshmallows buns so if someone would be kind enough to give me the receipe it will be well appreciated.


  6. I always thought it was a bar just like anything made in a pan and cut into little squares are like brownies or cake…they call them bars.

    1. yes but they are not made in a tray and cut up. we’r talking about the classic rice crispies in melted chocolate, spooned into bun cases and left to cool…. rice crispy bun…..BUN!

  7. Holy Schmoly, does it matter? They are all very tasty, and regardless of what they’re called, or how they’re shaped, they are fattening, addictive and just plain good to eat!

  8. we could really get a good debate going on what to call them, but i think most people are satisfied with calling them rice krispie treats

  9. Have you ever tried them with peanut butter and corn syrup (instead of marshmallows)? They are delicious! But thanks for clearing up all the controversy.

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