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Special K Bars

Published by Kate
If you like chocolate and peanut butter, then you will love these easy Special K Bars. There's no baking required!
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars
Calories 262 kcal


  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cups crunchy peanut butter (not natural peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups Special K cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  • Line a 13x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Place the corn syrup and granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture just reaches a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.
  • Measure the Special K cereal into a large bowl. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the top and stir gently to combine, working quickly.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking dish lined with parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan (be careful—it’ll be hot). I use my hand inside a sandwich sized zip-top bag (spray the bag first with cooking spray) to spread the mixture into an even layer.
  • Place the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, just until melted. Pour the chocolate mixture over the top of the bars. Use a spatula or offset spatula to spread the chocolate evenly.
  • Let cool for at least 1 hour, or until the chocolate has hardened, before cutting. Alternatively, place the bars in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
  • To cut into bars, lift the parchment paper out of the pan like a sling. Place on a large cutting board and cut into 24 bars with a sharp knife.



Don't have butterscotch chips? You can replace them with more chocolate chips.
Use a sharp knife to cut these bars—they are sticky. I highly recommend using the parchment paper as called for in the recipe. That way, you can remove them from the pan and then cut them, instead of cutting them while inside the pan. 
You can replace the Special K with an equal amount of corn flakes or Rice Krispies
Speed up the cooling process by putting the bars in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 


Serving: 1barCalories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 2gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 94IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 2mg
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