No-Bake Cereal Bars
photo by Juju Bee
- Ready In:
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 6 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
- 1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch pan.
- In large saucepan, combine corn syrup and sugar.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Cook until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat. Add peanut butter; stir until mixture is smooth.
- Add cereal; mix well.
- Immediately press into greased pan.
- In medium saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips, stirring constantly.
- Spread evenly over bars.
- Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes, or cool completely at room temperature until chocolate is set. Cut into bars.
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This is the first time I have ever assigned a rating here below three stars, but unfortunately this recipe rates very low in my book. The directions are clear, well-written and easy to follow, and that is why I assigned this two stars rather than just one. I followed them exactly. The mixture was hard to press into the pan, as it starts to set up almost immediately. But I got it levelled into the 13x9 pan, melted the chocolate and spread it over top, then let it sit at room temperature rather than in the fridge, because I didn't want it to go too hard. I needn't have bothered! This is as hard as a rock! With difficulty, I managed to crack a piece out with my chef's knife; nothing else would cut this. And it's so hard that you could honestly break a tooth on it; even if I could somehow get this into squares, I would be afraid to serve it to anyone. I hate to waste food, but I don't think I can salvage this.
These were good tasting, but I had made them the night before to take to work and they set up so hard that you could hardly cut them. They are definately not a make ahead type snack. They were good while they were freshly made though. If anyone knows any suggestions on how to keep them soft overnight let me know!
Very tasty! I made a few personal tweaks with ingredients (I like to use PB & Co cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter and add about 1 c. raisins to the bars), but I think people who are having trouble with the bars getting hard are maybe cooking the syrup and sugar for too long/bringing it to too high of a temperature? I stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and it just starts to bubble when I stop stirring for a few seconds, turn the heat off, add the peanut butter and stir until it's mostly melted, then take the pan off the hot burner to stir in the cereal and any other mix-ins I'm using. So far this method has worked very well for me (knock wood, of course LOL) and everyone loves them!
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