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Special K Bars

Special K Bars

Ah, Special K Bars.  Is there any other dessert that is so quintessentially Minnesotan?  They’re all over the place here.  They’re always at bake sales, get-togethers, and sometimes people make and sell them at their rummage sales.  No, I’m not kidding.  I just bought one at a rummage sale about a week ago, actually.  And I could hear people whispering in their best crestfallen voices “She got the last couple…”  Yep.  They’re a big deal.  But when I unwrapped my prize later a little voice whispered in my head I wonder if these are the normal ones or the ones with butterscotch?  

They were the ones with butterscotch.

Not that there is anything wrong with butterscotch.  I love butterscotch.  But when I was growing up they simply weren’t made that way.  Being a kid in Minnesota meant three things: You went through a phase of wearing a Starter jacket even if you didn’t care for sports, you played “Duck, Duck, Grey Duck” as opposed to “Duck, Duck, Goose,” and your Special K Bars consisted of cereal, peanut butter, and chocolate.  That’s just the way it was.  😉

Special K Bars

These are the bars I happily gobbled up in my childhood.  Sometimes they were sold in squares about the size of your face, completely going against the whole purpose of Special K cereal in the first place.  Not that I was complaining.  But then suddenly the winds shifted and someone got up to some crazy shenanigans, because butterscotch entered the picture.  Butterscotch inserted into a Special K bar creates an entity known as a scotcheroo.  Now there used to be a camp of people who liked Special K Bars, and a camp that liked scotcheroos…and never the twain shall meet.  But now the terms are used interchangeably.  I think it’s time to set ye olde record straight.  So here’s the old tried and true recipe from waaaay back.  And if you like butterscotch…well…try them anyway.  I think you’ll love them and their pure unadulterated chocolate and peanut butter goodness.

Peace out for now!

Special K Bars

Special K Bars
  • 6 cups Special K cereal
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • For topping:
  • 1 11.5 oz bag milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  1. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  2. Measure out the Special K cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil.
  4. Allow the sugar and corn syrup to boil for a minute or two, until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Remove the sugar mixture from the heat and stir in the peanut butter.
  6. Mix well until the peanut butter is completely incorporated.
  7. Dump the peanut butter/sugar mixture over the cereal.
  8. Stir until everything is mixed well and there are no longer and dry cereal pieces.
  9. Spread the mixture evenly into the pan, pressing it down.
  10. To make the topping, put the chocolate chips and peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for thirty seconds, then stir. Return to the microwave for another thirty seconds, then take out and stir again. Continue doing this at thirty second intervals until everything is melted and combined.
  11. Pour the topping onto the bars and spread it evenly, getting into every corner.
  12. Allow the bars to set up for an hour or two, then slice and enjoy!


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  • Kim September 3, 2016, 3:09 pm

    I have lost my family’s beloved Special K bar recipe. Though one would think I had memorized it by now, I could not confidently recall it. A search yielded hundreds of recipes that included butterscotch chips, an absolute no-no in my mind. No Special K bar of MY childhood included butterscotch. My patient and persistent search today turned up your recipe, made all the more funny as we are both Minnesotans who shun the butterscotch! Your recipe is identical to mine and I am so grateful to have found it! Thank you!

    • Amanda September 7, 2016, 11:56 am

      I am so glad it was helpful! We Minnesotans just know the way it’s supposed to be, don’t we? Keep that butterscotch out of there. 😉 Thanks so much, Kim!

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