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Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars
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Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars - Gluten Free

Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars are the grown-up version of Rice Krispie Treats. They are a caramel and peanut Rice Krispie bar topped with melted dark chocolate and butterscotch chips.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel, cookie bars, gluten-free, Rice Krispie Bar
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 249kcal


  • 9 X 9 inch pan


  • 1 bag caramels (about 38 caramels)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 cups Rice Krispie cereal(112g)
  • 1 cup peanuts (142g)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips(170g)
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips(170g)


  • Add the Rice Krispie cereal and peanuts to a bowl.
  • Add the water to the caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals. Stir after each 30-second interval. Continue to microwave until caramel is completely melted and smooth.
  • Pour the melted caramel over the cereal and peanuts. Toss to coat the cereal.
  • Press the mixture into a greased 9 X 9-inch baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips on top and bake at 200°F for 5 minutes or until the chips are melted.
  • Lightly blend the melted chips to form a "frosting" swirl pattern. Cool and cut into bars.



Store in an airtight container for up to a week.  For longer storage, freeze for up to 3 months.  
Substitute pecans or hazelnuts for the peanuts.
Get creative with the frosting.  Peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips add flavor and fun to the topping.  


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg