Special K bars

Happy Happy Friday! This has been an especially long week for me, so I am super ready for the weekend! And to kick off the weekend, how about some chocolate and peanut butter?

Special K bars

Have you ever had Special K bars? I think they are a Midwestern thing. . . I was shocked with Becky said that she had never had them! And all it took was Melanie talking about making them recently, that I knew I had to make a batch! And share the recipe, so those of you who have never experienced a Special K bar, can change that ASAP!


These bars are like rice krispie bars, peanut butter and chocolate had a love child. Seriously, is your mouth watering? Because it should be! Smile


They have a thick, chewy, peanut buttery base that is topped with a mix of chocolate and butterscotch that is the perfect combo. And you can’t eat just one. These are a summer, at the Lake staple for my family. Hope you enjoy!


They are super quick and easy to make. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool so you can eat them!!




1 cup sugar
1 cup light Karo syrup
1 cup peanut butter
4 cups Special K cereal
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup Karo syrup to a boil. Add 1 cup peanut butter. Remove from heat and stir in Special K cereal. Press into a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with baking spray. Then, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Spread over bars. Let them cool, then enjoy! **Totally acceptable to put them in the fridge or freezer to speed the cooling process. Winking smile



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28 Responses to Special K bars

  1. Special K bars are the best! I agree, it must be a midwestern thing though because sooo many people have never heard of them before– they don’t know what they have been missing all of those years!
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  2. These remind me of Scotcharoos except without the Rice Krispies. YUM!!!
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  3. This MUST be a mid-west thing because I’ve never heard of them!!! (I’m in Pittsburgh) I have to try these…they sound sooo good! Those sweet baby pictures don’t hurt either πŸ˜‰
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  4. Way

    I to love Special K bars and I don’t like peanut butter with chocolate, but this really works!

  5. These look amazing! I’ve never heard of them either, but you can bet I’m going to make these. And soon! YUM! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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  6. Ooooohhhh hohohoho yes! I’m so excited. Obviously this is what I need. More chocolate and peanut butter. Plus Special K is in them so they’re healthy, right? πŸ˜‰
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    • KT

      Totally had 1 (ok 2 .. . fine, 3. . .) for breakfast this morning based on the healthy principle of having cereal and peanut butter in them. In other news, my tummy kinda hurts. πŸ˜‰

  7. These look dangerous!
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  8. Oh. My. Word. I need this!
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  9. I could probably become obsessed with those. They have all my favorite things.
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  10. Oh my gosh, what?? How have I never heard of these before?? They look amazing! Definitely have to try these asap πŸ™‚ and i second the longest week ever sentiment…i was ready to be done on Tuesday!
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  11. Those look amazing! I’m a huge fan of recipes that don’t have a ton of ingredients too!
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  12. Um, yes please. So glad I found your blog on this particular Friday night!

  13. I already are my bar but now after reading this post tonight I want another! Sooo delicious! Definitely one of my all time favorite bars. Thank you for the treat!
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    • KT

      I think they are one of my all time favs too!! Thanks for putting the idea in my head a few weeks ago. πŸ™‚

  14. Never knew these were a midwestern thing!! Good thing you’re passing along the recipe, I can’t imagine not ever having one!! They are delish!

  15. Those sound… DELISH!
    I love your little guy licking the spoon/spatula! πŸ™‚
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  16. Omg!!!!!!!! I love love love Special K bars. I don’t know if I could handle having a whole bar of them around me, I’d eat them all. No self control.

    I might have to make some for Labor Day weekend πŸ™‚

    • KT

      They are very dangerous. . . I am totally eating one for breakfast this morning. If that’s not dangerous, I don’t know what is!!

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  18. I grew up in MN and my grandma’s recipe for Special K bars has been on my site since 2010 and in my belly since I was a little girl.

    Today I just posted a new version! Great timing. Found you from Becky’s site!

    • KT

      I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for sharing. It is such a MN staple!! I wonder how many versions there are of the classic?!?

  19. Becky was raving about these last night! They look so yummy! In other news…I just moved to the twin cities area so I am available for dessert swaps anytime! πŸ˜‰
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