If you had to enter an eating contest, what food would be your best bet for eating the most of and winning the contest?  Mine would be Scotcheroos/Special K bars/whatever you choose to call the peanut butter/chocolate cereal bars.  I know some would say the these bars are “too sweet” but (un)fortunately for me, I don’t know the meaning of “too sweet”.  I could literally eat row after row of the perfectly crunchy yet creamy bars until I literally make myself sick.  There are many variations of these cereal bars, and I honestly have never met one that I did not enjoy.

When I was choosing the first recipes I wanted to try after I received a copy of the Baked New Frontiers in Baking Cookbook, these bars caught my eye right away for all of the reasons I just explained.

This variation on my favorite bar is totally over the top.  The cereal is mixed with a sweet syrup and there are two perfectly complimentary creamy layers on top.  The first layer that tops the cereal is a sweet mixture of peanut butter and milk chocolate.  FInally, a top layer of rich and buttery dark chocolate makes these bars just rich enough to keep my devouring under control.

 

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in a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and corn syrup

bring to a boil and heat until temperature reaches 235 degrees

remove from heat, add butter, stir to combine and pour over cereal

press cereal mixture into prepared pan

combine milk chocolate and peanut butter and heat until melted

spread over cooled cereal mixture, refrigerate to set

melt together dark chocolate, corn syrup and butter

spread over cooled milk chocolate layer

refrigerate to set before cutting and serving

What is your “eating contest” food?  Come on, don’t make me feel bad, admit that you have thought about this too!

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9 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Julie @ Table for Two
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    um, holy yum!! can’t wait to make this 🙂 i pinned it!

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    • Mercedes
      Apr 13, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

      Tomorrow I am giving away the cookbook that the recipe came from! Stay tuned!

      Reply

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    Yum, I love chocolate and peanut butter. These bars look so decadent!

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  3. Cassie
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    This is so great, Mercedes! I love the chocolate/PB combo. They look amazing!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Apr 13, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

      I know, I think you love chocolate and PB as much as I do!

      Reply

  4. Erin
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    Frosting…I’d never get the “too sweet” feeling either. Or ice cream! I can eat a huge carton no problem!

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  5. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    I think I could totally win at a cheese contest. 🙂
    I also love these bars – I think I call them PB Rice Crispies with Chocolate but you are right – everyone has their own name!

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  6. Luv What You Do
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Eating contest…angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries.
    Drinking contest…wine!

    My mom used to make something like this growing up but there were butterscotch chips in the topping. So yummy!

    Can’t wait to see what cookbook it came from!

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  7. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    Oh, I would totally join you in an eating contest with these – I love this combo!!

    Reply

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