There’s something magical about Scotcheroos. Maybe it’s the way the chocolate and butterscotch meld together, or how the Rice Krispies add that perfect crunch. They’re a staple in our kitchen, and it’s not hard to see why. Easy, quick, and downright delicious – what more could you ask for in a treat?
Why “Scotcheroos” Anyway?
Ever wonder why they’re called Scotcheroos? It’s all about the butterscotch chips. This name, as fun as it is quirky, dates back to the ’60s, originating from a recipe on a Rice Krispies box. It’s a nod to that key ingredient that makes these bars so irresistibly good.
Chocolate Chips: Mix It Up!
Milk chocolate chips are my go-to, but who says you can’t shake things up? Dark chocolate brings a rich depth, while semi-sweet strikes a balance. It’s your kitchen, your rules! Experimenting with different types can turn each batch into a new, exciting adventure.
Twist on the Classic: Make It Yours
The classic recipe is just the beginning. Drizzle extra melted butterscotch over the top and make some art with a toothpick – it’s fun and looks gorgeous. And hey, if you’re catering to gluten-free friends, just swap in gluten-free Rice Krispies and check those chocolate and butterscotch chips. Everyone gets to join the Scotcheroo party!
Storing These Gems: Keep ‘Em Fresh!
How do you keep them perfect? It’s easy! At room temperature in an airtight container, they’re good for a few days – if they last that long! For longer storage, tuck them in the fridge or even freeze them. Just remember to thaw them out for that perfect chewy bite.
Quick Set Scotcheroos? Yes, Please!
In a rush? Pop them in the fridge or freezer to set them quicker. But let’s be real, the hardest part is waiting to dig in. Patience is a virtue, but with Scotcheroos, it’s okay to bend the rules a bit.
So, there you have it – Scotcheroos, a simple yet fabulous treat that never fails to please. Whether it’s for a party, a family gathering, or just because you need a sweet pick-me-up, these bars are always a good idea. Let’s get baking and treat ourselves to some Scotcheroo goodness!
- Rice Krispies cereal: 6 cups
- Creamy peanut butter: 1 cup
- Light corn syrup: 1 cup
- Sugar: 1 cup
- Chocolate chips: 1½ cups
- Butterscotch chips: 1½ cups
- Prep the Base: Start by pouring 6 cups of Rice Krispies into a large bowl. Set this aside as you’ll need it later for combining with the peanut butter mixture.
- Boil the Sweet Mix: In a medium pot over medium-high heat, mix together 1 cup each of sugar, creamy peanut butter, and light corn syrup. Stir this mixture constantly and watch for it to begin boiling.
- Combine and Press: Once the mixture starts to boil, immediately pour it over the Rice Krispies. Mix these well, ensuring every cereal piece is coated. Then, transfer this mix into a greased 9×13-inch pan. Use a spatula to press down gently, forming an even layer.
- Melt and Spread the Topping: In a small pot, melt together 1½ cups each of chocolate and butterscotch chips over low heat, stirring to avoid burning. Pour this smooth, melted mixture over the pressed Rice Krispies layer.
- Let It Set: Allow your Scotcheroos to set for at least 30 minutes before slicing. This resting period ensures that the layers meld together perfectly.
Additional Tips for the Perfect Scotcheroos
- Make Ahead: You can prepare these Scotcheroos in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Butterscotch Swirl: For an artistic touch, melt extra butterscotch chips after combining the chocolate and butterscotch. Drizzle this over the chocolate layer and then use a toothpick to create a beautiful swirl pattern.
- Add Some Sparkle: Before the chocolate layer sets, sprinkle some festive decorations like colorful sprinkles or crushed candies on top for extra flair.