Last week, I shared that I had made my favorite Special K Bars and got lots of questions of which recipe I use. To be honest, I have tried numerous different ones, changing up the amount of cereal used, chocolate, peanut butter, etc. But this recipe is my final go to and is absolutely incredible. I have seen people swap out the Special K cereal for Rice Krispies, but in my opinion something about the texture and crisp of the Special K is so much better. So, if you are craving something extra chocolaty, look no further than these easy, no bake bars!
Special K Bars
7 cups Special K cereal
1 cup white sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup peanut butter
12 oz bag milk chocolate chips
12 oz bag butterscotch chips
1. Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl. The bigger the better, it will make it easier to coat the cereal later.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, syrup, and peanut butter on low to medium heat. Stir consistently, until sugar is dissolved and ingredients are well mixed. Continue to stir until the mixture comes to a very slight boil with bubbles coming through.
3. Immediately transfer the peanut butter mixture into the mixing bowl over the cereal. Fold in the cereal, trying to coat as evenly as possible. Check to make sure you don’t have any dry pieces of cereal hanging around!
4. Transfer cereal into a 9×13 glass dish. Spread evenly. I like to take the back of a spoon or a spatula and smooth out the top as evenly as possible.
5. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the entire bag of both milk chocolate chips and the butterscotch. Yes, I said two whole bags! Start by microwaving for two minutes. Stir, and return to the microwave in 30 second increments until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the top of your bars. Cover evenly.
7. Sometimes for fun, I will add sprinkles to the top, especially if I am making them during a certain season/holiday. Easter happens to be around the corner, so bright, cheery sprinkles were added to the mix!
You can also make the chocolate sauce mixture in a saucepan, but I prefer the microwave as it is easier to burn in a saucepan, which leads to a chalky consistency.
It may seem like a lot to put two full bags of chips on the top, but trust me when I say that this is what makes these bars so good! It is the most decadent ratio of chocolate to cereal. Of course you can adjust down, or swap out milk for semi-sweet chocolate, if that better suits your preferences.
I would love to hear from you if you try this recipe. I promise you will be hooked!
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