Special “K” Bars

Crystal ~


I got this recipe from a woman, whom I worked with in the 1970's. It is a sweet delicious treat. We like thick bars so I make mine in a 9x9 pan. Serving varies as to which pan is used. Do not let the sugar mixture over cook/boil. The bars will end up being rock hard.

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5 Min


1 cup sugar
1 cup light karo syrup
1 (12 oz.) jar crunchy peanut butter
6 cups special k cereal
1 small pkg. (6-oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 pkg. (12-oz.) butterscotch chips

How to Make Special “K” Bars


  • 1Lightly butter a 13X9 inch pan ( for thicker bars use a 9x9 pan); set aside.
  • 2In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar and Karo syrup. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, or just until sugar is dissolved. NOTE: Remove immediately after the sugar is dissolved. Do not let BOIL. This will over cook the mixture and cause the bars to be hard as concrete when they set up.
  • 3Remove bowl from microwave; add peanut butter to the sugar mixture and stir until smooth.
  • 4Stir in the cereal; mix well.
  • 5Put the mixture into the prepared pan and pat the mixture firmly into the pan. (Using a lightly buttered piece of waxed paper works great for patting down the mixture in the pan).
  • 6In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate and butterscotch chips and microwave for about 2 minutes or until melted; stirring once or twice during the process.
  • 7Pour/spread over top of cereal mixture. Refrigerate just long enough to set the chips. Remove, and cut into bars.

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About Special “K” Bars

Course/Dish: Candies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American