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Chocolate Peanut-Butter Crunch Bars Recipe
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Chocolate Peanut-Butter Crunch Bars Recipe

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My twist on rice crispy bars includes crunchy crushed pretzels. Then I top them with a creamy peanut butter coating and rich chocolate topping. Garnished with peanuts and even more pretzels, I don’t think I'd ever go back to plain old bars again. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3 cups miniature pretzels, coarsely chopped
  • 10 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 136 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 124 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Reserve 1/3 cup chopped pretzels. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave 6 tablespoons butter on high for 45-60 seconds or until melted. Stir in marshmallows; cook 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in Rice Krispies and remaining chopped pretzels. Immediately press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. In another microwave-safe bowl, combine 2 tablespoons butter and 1/4 cup corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45-60 seconds or until butter is melted, stirring once. Add peanut butter chips; cook 30-40 seconds or until chips are melted, stirring once. Spread over cereal layer.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the remaining corn syrup and remaining butter. Cook on high for 45-60 seconds or until butter is melted, stirring once. Add chocolate chips; cook 30-40 seconds longer or until chips are melted, stirring once. Spread over top.
  4. Sprinkle with peanuts and reserved pretzels; press down gently. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bars. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Chocolate-Peanut Butter Crunch Bars in Taste of Home September/October 2013

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Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"So simple to make. My husband tasted a few. Really enjoyed. Giving most of them to my nephew for his birthday. I put some in the freezer. It will be interesting to see how the bars stand freezing. Will make again!!"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Easy to make and all my co-workers loved it. I believe that you need to double the Peanut Butter and Chocolate sauces to make sure that all the bars are covered."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Warning! These things are addictive. I made a batch for Halloween on Thursday and today (Sunday) my husband is begging me to make a batch for him to take to work with him this week. Needless to say they're in the fridge right now. I managed to get half of one from the first batch. YUM! Guess I know what I'll be giving for take-homes at T-Day. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Great twist on the usual ho-hum Rice Krispie bars. Love the salty-sweet combination of flavors."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I took these to work for a birthday and they were a hit!"

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