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Spesial K Bars recipe

Special K Bars scream summer to me. Being a Minnesotan, I’m used to enjoying summer weather for only about three months a year–up to five if we’re really lucky. When those few warm, blissful months finally roll around, there’s a limited window for picnics, pool parties and outdoor meals.

And that’s where Special K Bars come in.

Special K Bars

In Minnesota, it’s not exactly reasonable to down a Special K bar sitting outside in the snow in the dead of winter. Come November, I’m craving fresh apple crisp and steaming bowls of soup, not outdoor potluck food.

Around here, Special K Bars have always been a part of summer. Ever since I was little, someone would bring a pan to every picnic, potluck, family reunion, or celebration. They’re quick, easy, and oh-so-addicting. I probably could have taken down a whole pan alone as an eight-year-old. Have you ever tried to resist a square? Or stop after one when they’re sitting right. in. front. of your nose?

Special K Bars

The smell taunts you. It’s a perfect storm of chocolate, peanut butter, and butterscotch. So tempting.

Special K Bars have been a favorite of mine for a long time, and they’re still a special treat I make at least once every summer.

And let’s talk about “bars.” For us northerners, bars are basically any non-cake or -brownie dessert served in a pan and cut into rectangular slices. Rice Krispy Bars, Seven-Layer Bars, Zucchini Bars, Oatmeal Bars…all bars. All perfect little square slices of deliciousness.

Some call them “squares.” Some call them “treats.” No matter what you title you give them, I think we can all agree that they are worth making. Am I right?

Rhetorical question because the answer is “yes.” And Special K Bars are the cream of the crop. So just in case you’ve never made them yourself, this is your opportunity!

Special K Bars

Try them! If you live up north, do it ASAP. Who knows when winter will make its appearance this year? (Hopefully many, many days from now.)

If you live down south, you have infinitely more opportunities to mix up a pan of these bars.

No matter what climate you find yourself in, Special K Bars are legit. Make ’em soon. And plan to give some away in advance if you lack discipline. They’re hard to resist!

Special K Bars


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 24 bars


  • 6 cups Special K cereal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 bag (11.5 oz.) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 bag (11 oz.) butterscotch chips


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and Karo syrup. Bring to a boil and let boil 1-2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Mix well.
  3. Pour over cereal and mix thoroughly. Spread evenly into a 9×13 baking dish and press down.
  4. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Microwave on high for 60 seconds and stir. Continue microwaving at 15-second intervals and stirring until melted and smooth.
  5. Using a spatula, spread chocolate mixture over cereal mixture.
  6. Allow to harden (about 1 hour) and cut into 24 rectangles to serve.


You don’t have to use Special K–you can use whatever plain cereal you have on hand. Rice Krispies or Cheerios are fine!

When I lived down south, I often had a hard time finding corn syrup. Karo syrup is a common brand and is usually found in grocery stores near the maple syrup.

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