Have you ever been struck with a craving? Wait, that was a dumb question. Despite what our middle school teachers told us, there is such a thing. Well, have you ever been struck by multiple cravings and not known how to get a little of each at once? That is the [first world] problem I solved with these bars one fine Friday after work. I wanted salty and sweet and caramel-y, and chocolatey, and the desire for homemade rice crispy treats had been nagging me all.week.long. These bars are layers of classic rice crispy treats, pretzels, caramel, and peanut butter rice crispy treats, dipped in dark chocolate, then sprinkled with sea salt. There’s a lot going on here but don’t be afraid! The combination is just perfect and the flavor is LIT. If I could add a flame emoji here I would. These are also easy to make and not as many steps as you might imagine. If you can make regular rice crispy treats then you can make these. And even if you can’t, just try them out. I accidentally started eating these before photographing my initial attempt. I think that’s what professionals refer to as recipe testing? So just for y’all, I made another batch. You’re welcome. 🙂
12 cups crisped rice cereal
2 bags (21 ounces) marshmallows
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 bag (11 ounces) caramels
About 10 ounces dark chocolate chips
About 24 snack-sized pretzels
Splash of water
Makes thirty bars.
Line a rectangular baking pan with wax paper then spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Melt three tablespoons of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat.
Add one bag of marshmallows and mix until melted and smooth.
Turn off heat and add three cups of cereal. Incorporate into wet mixture then add three more cups of cereal.
Mix until all cereal is coated and mixture is uniform.
Spread mixture into lined pan evenly (a rubber spatula is helpful for this) and carefully as it will be hot.
Press pretzels into top of mixture.
Add (unwrapped) caramels and a splash of water to a small saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until melted and smooth (about 2 minutes).
Evenly pour caramel on top of pretzels.
Repeat initial steps with remaining butter, marshmallows, and cereal but this time add peanut butter to the melted butter and mix well before adding marshmallows.
Spread on top of pretzels and caramel. Allow to cool completely.
Cut into two-inch squares.
Melt chocolate chips (can be done in a microwave-safe bowl by heating for one minute in 30-second intervals and stirring) and dip bars about 1/3 way into chocolate.
Sprinkle with sea salt.
I hope you’ll try and enjoy these (and tell me what you think). Thanks for reading!