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Chocolate Scotcheroo Bars

Learn how to make this classic treat two different ways. One version of chocolate scotcheroo bars contains Karo syrup and peanut butter. The other version of chocolate scotcheroos contains marshmallows and is a chocolatey version of Rice Krispie treats. Both versions are easy to make and a favorite to take on camping trips.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48
Calories 232 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium sauce pan
  • 9 by 13-inch pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Microwave-safe mixing bowl
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups cereal Rice Krispies or a generic brand
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Ingredients for Marshmallow Chocolate Scotcheroo Bars

  • 1 package large marshmallows about 40, or 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups cereal Rice Krispies or a generic brand
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions
 

  • Coat a 9 by 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Alternatively, you can grease the pan with a thin layer of butter or shortening.
  • Combine sugar, corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until mixture bubbles.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
  • Add cereal and stir until well coated. Press mixture into buttered pan.
  • Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave. Stir after 45 seconds, then return to the microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir again to melt the chips. Return to the microwave for another 30 seconds if needed.
  • When the chips have melted, pour over the cereal mixture. Let cool, then cut into rectangles. Makes about 48 bars.

Instructions for Marshmallow Chocolate Scotcheroo Bars

  • Coat a 9 by 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Alternatively, you can grease the pan with a thin layer of butter or shortening.
  • Heat butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir, then return the mixture to the microwave for another minute. Stir until smooth. If the marshmallows are not completely melted, return to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat the stirring and 30-second heating process until you get a smooth mixture, as microwave heating times may vary.
  • Mix in the cereal and stir until well coated. Press mixture into buttered pan.
  • Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave. Stir after 45 seconds, then return to the microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir again to melt the chips. Return to the microwave for another 30 seconds if needed.
  • When the chips have melted, pour over the cereal mixture. Let cool, then cut into rectangles. Makes about 48 bars.

Notes

The calories were calculated using the Karo syrup and peanut butter version of chocolate scotcheroo bars.
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