Sometimes I have recipes I bookmark from other websites that I make just as they are, sometimes I alter them slightly and sometimes I change them to specifically cater to what I have on hand and/or what is one sale. Such is the case with these scotcharoos with a candy bar icing. Generally, the scotcharoos I ate growing up was a base of rice krispies and the frosting was melted chocolate and butterscotch chips. This is a little different.
The scotcharoo has Cheerios as a base and it is topped with candy bar icing. Cheerios and Hershey’s candy were on sale this particular week so I gave it a go.
Disregard those marshmallows. I had an idea to use them but skipped it. I liked these so much I made a pan for my house and a pan for a friend who just had a baby girl.
Candy Scotcharoos, inspired by I Am Baker
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 6-7 cups Cheerios cereal
- 3 full size Snickers bars
- 1 stick butter
- 2-2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 bag fun size candy, any flavor, chopped into pieces (I used Hershey’s toffee/almond candy bars)
- Prepare a 9 x 13 pan using baking spray or parchment paper.
- In a large pan, combine sugar and corn syrup and cook over medium heat until boiling. Boil for a minute and remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until smooth.
- Stir in the cereal and gently pat the cereal mixture into the prepared pan.
- Melt three full size Snickers bars with 1 stick butter in a saucepan over very low heat for about 5 minutes. Once melted, remove from heat and add powdered sugar then the milk.
- Pour warm frosting over bars and sprinkle chopped candy bars over frosting, allow to set for at least 3 hours.
The 14 oz. bag of Cheerios will make 2 pans of bars so it’s only natural to double up this recipe.
The gas station where I got snickers only had these double packs (?) so 2 packs of those will work fine in the frosting recipe.
The bars would be good just as this without frosting, but let’s not be silly.
The hardest part of this recipe is unwrapping all those candies.
I put my candy bars on the warm frosting so they melted into the bars. You could let the frosting cool a bit first if you didn’t want your candies to melt.
If you are looking for a fun twist on the regular scotcharoos, give this a try! Enjoy!