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Rice Krispies Treats are right up there on my all-time favorite snack list (along with gummy bears and popcorn).

So when I recently stumbled upon an article about new twists on the classic treat, I eagerly filed it away for future creative snacking. The variations got me thinking about what I would do to the standard Rice Krispy Treat to enhance it.

As I pondered my favorite flavors, I kept coming back to the Whatchamacallit candy bar. It has everything I love: peanut butter, caramel, chocolate and crispy rice cereal. I decided I could easily make a homemade version. I did and it is DECADENT! Enjoy!

Ingredients

For bars:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • One 10.5-oz bag marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I prefer Jif)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 For caramel topping:

  • ½ bag caramels (about 25 caramels), unwrapped
  • ½ can (about 7 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

 

For chocolate topping:

• 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1: On the stove top, melt caramels, condensed milk and butter until smooth.

Step 2: Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave in 45-second increments, stirring in between until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

Step 3: Stir Rice Krispies into marshmallow/peanut butter mixture and press into 9 x 13 baking dish.

Step 4: Spread caramel mixture over Rice Krispy bars.

Step 5: Allow caramel to set either on counter or in refrigerator (10-15 minutes). Melt chocolate chips in microwave for about a minute (check and stir periodically). Spread over top of caramel.

Step 6: Put treats in refrigerator until chocolate hardens (about 30-45 minutes).