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Hello everyone!  Did you all have a lovely 4th of July weekend?  Do any grilling?  Watch any fireworks?  Have any spiders crawl over you?  That last one happened to me.  That’s how it goes when you sit on the grass for a long time.  And he was real funky looking.  Ick.

A while ago I was getting a real hankering for butterscotch.  (This happens to everyone else, right?)  Anyway, I decided that the only thing to do in order to solve the problem was mix up some scotcheroos.

Scotcheroos vs Special K bars.  A while back I had a post on Special K bars where I ranted extensively on how there definitely is a difference between these two.  However, as the years have gone by I see a lot of people using both words to describe the same treat.


Back when I was a kid there was NEVER butterscotch in Special K bars.  Putting butterscotch in them was was turned the treat into scotcheroos.  What’s your experience with these two treats?  Do you think there’s any difference between them?

These scotcheroos are definitely not Special K bars because, well, they’re made with Rice Krispies, which is something I hadn’t seen before.  But I really wanted to try this out because it’s a recipe from The Kitchn, and their stuff is awesome.  And I’m so glad I did!  These are uber satisfying.  Just the thing you need when you want a quick, summertime treat that doesn’t require a lot of effort.

So wherever you stand on the great scotcheroo vs. Special K bar debate, I’m sure you’ll like this!

(From a scotcheroo recipe on The Kitchn)


  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (or similar puffed rice cereal)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  1. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Since this recipe comes together fast once you get going, begin by getting everything sorted out: pour the cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Place sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan, but don't turn on the heat yet, and have the peanut butter measured out and nearby.
  3. Combine chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl and set aside.
  4. Bring the sugar and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat, stirring only once at the beginning to incorporate the two. Then quit stirring and allow to boil. Once there are bubbles all over the surface of the mixture, turn it off, take it off the heat, and add peanut butter.
  5. Pour the sugar/peanut butter mixture over the cereal and stir to combine completely.
  6. Scrape into your prepared pan and pat out evenly. You may have to butter your fingers to pat it out in the pan.
  7. Heat the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue heating for 30 second intervals, then stirring, until the mixture is completely melted and combined.
  8. Pour over the cereal and spread out in an even layer. Allow to set up for a couple of hours.


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  • Mir July 5, 2016, 6:11 am

    Awww, a friendly creepy spider. My (least) favorite picnic guest!
    I get a hankering for butterscotch too. I’m glad you fulfilled it and that all went well. These look so good!

    • Amanda July 5, 2016, 8:46 am

      Better a spider than an earwig! Those are the most disgusting bugs I’ve ever seen, and for some reason I can’t go outside this year without running into one. Ick! 😄

  • Manali@CookWithManali July 5, 2016, 11:15 am

    we didn’t do anything much, just lazing around! the bars sound delightful!

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:20 am

      Lazing around sounds like perfection to me! 😎

  • Annie @ The Garlic Diaries July 5, 2016, 3:06 pm

    YUM! I love treats like this. I do not, however, love spiders crawling all over me. Blech. Gross.

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:21 am

      I’m right there with you. At least I don’t live somewhere where I have to worry about the spiders being poisonous. Ick!

  • Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness July 6, 2016, 8:03 pm

    Blegh. I had the spider thing happen to me this weeked too.. but it was on my face. While I was doing the dishes. It just rappelled down right on my nose 🙁

    But OMG, these scotcheroos look AMAZING!! I have never tried scotcheroos, but I most definitely want to now!

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:22 am

      I would have dish water all over my face from slapping myself to get the spider off me! Haha. 😉

  • Michele @TwoRaspberries July 6, 2016, 9:33 pm

    LOVE these bars! anything with chocolate and PB is right up my alley! YUMMM-O!

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:23 am

      Thanks so much, Michele! It’s one of my favorite combos too! That and chocolate with ginger. Mmm.

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan July 7, 2016, 12:03 am

    Scotcheroos are the beeeest! I don’t even know what Special K bars are though. Sounds good, I love Special K. also, spiders?? don’t they know not to mess with us??

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:25 am

      Thanks, Karen! And now you have me thinking that maybe Special K bars are just what Minnesota/upper Midwest people call scotcheroos. Kind of like the casserole vs hotdish thing. Hmm. I’ll have to investigate! 🙂

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary July 7, 2016, 9:53 am

    Glad you had a great 4th… minus the spider of course! EEKK! I’ve never heard of scotcheroos before, so thanks for introducing me to something new!! Totally wondering where these babies have been all my life, because they look delish!!! Need to try these ASAP! Cheers, girl!

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:27 am

      Thanks so much, Cheyanne! There’s nothing better than introducing people to new and wonderful ways to consume sugar! 😄

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kithcen July 7, 2016, 12:30 pm

    Happy yo know that you had a lovely 4th July celebration. That spider was really creepy. But these Scotcheroos are the awesome! Love anything butterscotch. I wish I could have at-least 3 of these right away!

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:28 am

      Thanks so much, Anu! I could definitely have three as well if I didn’t stop myself!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks July 7, 2016, 9:50 pm

    Yikes! Sorry about the spider! I totally freak out and when I see them and I’m sure I would lose it if one actually crawled on me. How is it possible that I have never heard of this magical scotcheroo before? I am with you on the butterscotch craving and this is absolutely going on my list of things to try!

    • Amanda July 8, 2016, 9:30 am

      Thanks so much, Rachelle! I’m starting to think maybe Special K bars and Scotheroos are just upper Midwest things maybe? Or maybe just a Minnesota thing? Maybe soon I’ll have to make you all some rosette cookies!

  • cakespy July 10, 2016, 5:49 am

    These are one of my favorite treats EVER!!! Love this recipe.

    • Amanda July 13, 2016, 12:33 pm

      Aren’t they addictive? Thanks so much!

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