Chocolate Peanut Butter Special K Bar
Chocolate and peanut butter is by far my favorite culinary combination there is. Whether it be a Reese’s peanut butter cup or a bowl full of puppy chow, when chocolate or peanut butter are involved I can’t be trusted anywhere near the dessert table at a potluck. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Special K Bars are no exception.
Now don’t let the name of these bars fool you.
Special K has become known as a healthy cereal option.
And on its own, I’m sure it is.
But with the tasty addition of…
The health benefits of Special K seems to take a bit of a nose dive.
Now Special K Bars are very similar to the Midwest staple, scotcheroos.
The reason I may love these bars (slightly) more… They are ridiculously soft and chewy.
As long as you follow this simple rule.
DON’T! let the sugar and corn syrup mixture come to a very hard boil. Once the sugar has been heated and dissolved, and I see the first few bubbles of the mixture starting to come to a simmer, the heat gets shut off and the peanut butter stirred in.
And presto! The best soft and chewy bars that have ever walked this earth.
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Special K Bars are perfect for any family potluck, after school snack, church bake sale, or harvest meal in the middle of a cornfield.
Alright… I’ll be honest.
They are also perfect for saying that you made them for one of the above events, but then end up eating a few out of the pan before they even get shared.
And by a few, I mostly mean half the pan.
Please don’t judge.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Special K Bars
- 5-6 cups Special-K Cereal
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 cup Corn Syrup
- 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
- 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup over medium heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved and JUST starting to come to a simmer. If you let mixture boil the bars will be hard instead of soft and delicious.
Remove sugar mixture from heat and stir in peanut butter. Pour over bowl of Special-K. Gently stir to combine.
Spread cereal mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
For frosting: Distribute peanut butter chips and chocolate chips evenly over the top of the bars. Place bars in a 300 degree F oven for two to three minutes until the chips just start to melt. Remove from oven and using a spatula smooth melted chips over the surface of the bars.
Allow frosting to set before cutting bars.