In this super fun, easy, and inexpensive tutorial, we are going to make an edible excavation that the young Excavating Adventurers in your life will love. This Mineral Mine Edible Excavation will take the original Rice Krispies Treats recipe and add a fun Excavating Adventures spin. We’ll take this tasty treat and turn it into a delicious strata of Earth to explore and discover the yummy candy rocks we have hidden inside.


Fun fact: Strata are layers of rock, or sometimes soil. The study of strata is called stratigraphy and a scientist that studies strata is called a geologist.


Excavating Adventures Pro Tip: Don’t have any candy rocks? No problem! You can easily use M&M’s and encourage your Excavating Adventurer to dig out and mine these “M&M minerals.” Their imagination will take over and they will enjoy the edible excavation no matter what you hide inside.


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6 Tbsp salted butter

6 cups mini marshmallows – Mini marshmallows melt easier than the larger ones.

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4 cups Cocoa Rice Krispies cereal

Chocolate rock candies – You can often find these at candy shops, but they may be easier to find online.

13 x 9 x 2-inch pan

Measuring cups and spoons


Cooking spray

Plastic spoons, forks, and knives. These will be the excavation tools.



  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add the mini marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the Cocoa Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  4. Coat the 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan with cooking spray.
  5. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press a thin layer of mixture into the pan.
  6. Quickly scatter chocolate rocks in the pan and press another layer of Cocoa Rice Krispies mixture on top.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Cut into 2-inch squares. The Mineral Mine Edible Excavation is best if served the same day.
  9. Distribute the “excavation tools” and encourage the Excavating Adventurers to dig in and discover the chocolate rocks as they become geologists for the day.


If you loved this fun snack time science themed activity, check out our other awesome edible excavation recipes.



Mineral Marvels: Fun Facts About Minerals and the Adventure of Mining!

Fun Facts about Minerals and Mining:

  1. Minerals are naturally occurring substances found in the Earth's crust that have specific chemical compositions and crystal structures.

  2. There are over 4,000 known minerals, each with its own unique properties, colors, and uses.

  3. Minerals play a crucial role in our daily lives, as they are used in various industries, including construction, electronics, and jewelry.

  4. The process of mining minerals involves extracting them from the Earth's crust through different methods such as underground mining, open-pit mining, and placer mining.

  5. Some common minerals include quartz, feldspar, calcite, mica, and gypsum, each with its own distinct characteristics and applications.

  6. Mining can be an exciting adventure as miners search for valuable minerals hidden deep within the Earth, often encountering challenges and using specialized tools and machinery.

  7. Minerals are not only valuable for their practical uses but also for their beauty. Many minerals are used in jewelry and gemstones, such as diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires.

  8. Mining can have environmental impacts, and modern mining practices aim to minimize these effects through sustainable and responsible approaches.

  9. Minerals can be found in various locations worldwide, with different regions known for specific mineral deposits. For example, Australia is rich in iron ore, while South Africa is famous for its gold and diamond mines.

  10. The study of minerals, known as mineralogy, allows scientists to explore their properties, formation processes, and their role in Earth's history.

  11. Some minerals glow under ultraviolet (UV) light, a phenomenon known as fluorescence. Minerals like fluorite and calcite can exhibit vibrant colors when exposed to UV light.

  12. Minerals come in a range of colors, from transparent to opaque, and can exhibit various crystal shapes, such as cubes, prisms, and needles.

Remember, minerals are like hidden treasures beneath the Earth's surface, waiting to be discovered and admired for their beauty and practical applications!


Excavating Adventures Pro Tip: Planning a geology themed birthday party? These Mineral Mine Edible Excavations are always a huge hit. Your birthday party guests will love digging into these delicious treats and discovering the chocolate rocks inside. You may also want to consider including our Rocks and Minerals Birthday Digs in your celebration. Each no-prep kit is designed to excite and entertain birthday guests and is filled with real rocks and minerals for your guests to discover and collect! We also have tons of excavation tutorials if you are wanting to make your own geology themed excavation activities. Check them out and Happy Excavating!


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Question 1: What is the process of extracting minerals from the Earth's crust called? A) Refining B) Excavating C) Mining D) Manufacturing

Correct answer: C) Mining

Question 2: Which country is famous for its diamond mines? A) Australia B) Brazil C) Canada D) South Africa

Correct answer: D) South Africa

Question 3: What is the study of minerals called? A) Geology B) Biology C) Mineralogy D) Chemistry

Correct answer: C) Mineralogy