WARNING: These bars are hazardous to your health

Special K Bars, originally uploaded by super eggplant.

So I’m on twitter, and there’s Splatgirl Lara talking about Special K Bars and how she’s craving them. I just assume she’s referring to the bars sold in the granola bar section at the grocery, but then she continues tweeting about “making” these bars, so then I get more curious. WHAT GIVES, I ask, and she tells me. Part of me wishes she hadn’t.
These bars, well, they are just sugar and more sugar and peanut butter and chocolate and, of course, Special K cereal. NOTHING in these bars is particularly good for you, but holy smokes the combo is wicked. Evil, evil bars! I think the key is they are chewy, so if you like chewy, and you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter and sugar, then you are screwed, because there is no going back.
I had to give away a bunch of these because I knew I would just eat them all. Even if I am super full they call to me from the kitchen, and I can’t help but sneak in a bite or two. Help me, Obi Wan.
SPLATGIRL’S EVIL SPECIAL K BARS: 1 cup sugar / 1 cup corn syrup / 1.5 cups peanut butter / 6 cups Special K cereal / a bag & a half or so of chocolate chips (make that 1/2 semisweet and 1/2 butterscotch or you can go 1/2 semisweet and 1/2 milk chocolate-peanut butter chips)
Combine the sugar and the corn syrup in a heavy pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat or just turn it off and stir in the peanut butter. Let it get all melty and smooth. Dump in the cereal and mix it all together. Turn the mixture out onto a sheet pan and press into a thin layer. Top with melted chocolate chips. Let cool and the chocolate layer harden. Cut into small pieces or just pick up the entire slab and start chewing.
Peter thinks these would benefit from some sort of crushed graham cracker layer, but I’m not sure.

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15 Responses to WARNING: These bars are hazardous to your health

  1. MicheleLB says:

    I. Don’t. Want. To. Know. This.
    Ack! Look away!

  2. kimchi says:

    OH NO!!! The combo of crunchy, chocolatey, chewy and YUMMY is too powerful to resist! :o)

  3. splatgirl says:

    It’s ALL about the inclusion of the butterscotch chips for me. Without that, they are wrong, or something else less good and less addictive. Gotta go with butterscotch. I’d even lean heavier on those than the chocolate.

  4. megan says:

    they still sell corn syrup?

  5. brandy says:

    Oh man, I’m thinking Special K will be on the grocery list this week. Those really look good!! Not sure whether to thank you or curse you!

  6. This is evil. Thank you 🙂

  7. Heather says:

    I LOVE these…I only make them once a year because I eat the entire batch. Myself. My recipe doesn’t call for corn syrup though. Soooo yummy!! Now I want to make some!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Oh yes – these are pure evil. I had to stop making these entirely as it seemed it was physically impossible to stop eating them once you started. Pure sugar high.

  9. Lisa says:

    Ohhhhh…I gotta make these. I wonder what would happen if you went halfsies on the Special K with Saltines? I think it would be the ultimate PMS snack!

  10. cara says:

    Love these bars…they are sooo dangerous to the waistline.

  11. YOU are the EVIL ONE. Sharing this with us. UGH. How dare you. ugh ugh ugh I have to make some now. Look what you’ve done! Obi Wan can’t save us now… (@_@)’

  12. Kelly E. says:

    Around my house these are called Crack in a Cakepan…..for reasons you’ve discovered it seems. The chocolate/butterscotch combo for the top is the best I think.

  13. Seanna Lea says:

    These are like a pan version of a buckyball. Oh god, I am going to disavow all knowledge of this recipe. I’ll be back later this week hoping that it is no longer the top link so I can avoid extra temptation!

  14. Juliana says:

    I always seem to tune into your blog at a very timely moment…. boy do I foresee a binge on these. by the way, i love the sleeves! So retro and futuristic at the same time. 😉

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