These Crispy Buckeye Bars incorporate snappy crisped rice to add a whole new dimension of texture and flavor to a favorite chocolate-peanut butter dessert.
I don’t get bored easily.
Between work, my little family, friends and my active social life, and keeping up with this lovely little blog, I’ve always got something to do or somewhere to be.
It’s freaking exhausting.
Sometimes I miss the days where I had to try to find something to occupy my free time, although more often than not, boredom landed me in the kitchen, which is how The Crumby Cupcake came to be.
Yep, my #LifeHacktoBoredom is getting lost in my kitchen, among my pots and pans and sprinkles and seven different kinds of salt. It’s my haven, so it’s no surprise when things like these Crispy Buckeye Bars come out of it – combining two of my favorite flavors into one smooth and crunchy dessert is my idea of fun!
Who else here like to toss chocolate in their movie popcorn?
Given a choice between the plain overly buttered kind and enhancing it with candy, I’ll dump a box of chocolate in any time. I like to think of the hot butter acting as a river, guiding the chocolatey goodness all the way down to the very last kernel.
My candy of choice for that particular job was, is, and always will be Nestlé Crunch. I grew up adoring Crunch bars thanks to Nana, so naturally I’d love the little nuggets of crunchy goodness, as well.
Experiments like my Crunch popcorn, and these bars, are the sorts of ideas that float around constantly in my brain. Leaves me little time to be bored, even when I’m trying to fall asleep.
It can be pretty scary in there, let me tell you.
Mash ups are fun, and this recipe is a simple example of taking something beloved, the infamous buckeye, and shaking it up by making it flat and adding something a little unconventional.
To balance out the sweetness of the melted down milk chocolate Crunch bars, I would recommend using an all-natural peanut butter, or at least something with less sugar than your favorite popular brand.
If you’re a big fan of crunchy, opt for peanut butter that’s not so creamy, and you’ll wind up with two different kinds of crunch on your palate!
As far as the size of the bars go? I got a tad overzealous with mine up there. Out of a 9×9 pan, I cut twelve squares, but these bars are super rich…on the suggestion of Mr. Crumby and my Bestie, Angel, you might want to quarter those twelve in thirty-six.
Sugar highs are definitely not boring, but the fallout and the sugar coma is a real bummer.
More chocolate peanut butter desserts to try!
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Crispy Buckeye Bars
- ¾ cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, divided
- 3 ½ cups confectioners sugar
- 1 ½ cups peanut butter creamy or crunchy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Nestlé Crunch bars chopped
- Line a 9×9 square cake pan with foil and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or large mixing bowl, combine ¾ cup melted butter, confectioners sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Beat together until the ingredients blend evenly and form a dough-like consistency, about 3-4 minutes.
- Press the dough evenly into the foil lined pan with your hands.
- In a microwaveable bowl (or double boiler), combine chopped Crunch bars and remaining butter. Heat for 30 second intervals, stirring until the chocolate is melted and becomes stirrable (about 1.5-2 minutes.)
- Spread over top of peanut butter layer, and allow to set for at least an hour before cutting.
My husband goes ga-ga for buckeyes, I am absolutely pinning this so I can surprise him with a fun treat! Have a great week 🙂 xo
Amy C. says
The original Nestlé Crunch Bar is still my favorite!
I like Nestle Buncha Crunch Bunches Crisped Rice Covered in Milk Chocolate.
Erin @ The Speckled Palate says
This sounds SO GOOD, and I’m not even a Crunch Bar fan. However, I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and can imagine the crunchiness of the toppings adds a bit more! So I’ll certainly have to try it.
Andrea Williams says
My fave is the original Crunch bar.
original crunch bar
I like the original crunch bar
Oh yum! These look so good! I just like the little candy bars!
I like the Original Nestle Crunch
Margaret Smith says
I love the original Nestle Crunch Bars.
Ann Fantom says
The original Nestle Crunch bar is my favorite
Cynthia C says
I like original Nestle Crunch Bars.
Christina Sparks says
I love the orginal Nestle Crunch bar. It is oh so good!
Ashley C says
I like the original Crunch bar the best! These look absolutely amazing!
Julie Wood says
I love the Nestle Crunch Girl Scouts Thin Mints Bars! They are so delicious!
beth shepherd says
I like the original crunch bar. so yummy and good
Crystal F says
I like the regular crunch bar. Thank you!!
I really like the original Nestle crunch the most!!
Laura J says
My favorite has always been the original Nestle Crunch, but I have to say…I cannot wait to try their new Crunch Girl Scouts Thin Mints Bar!
I like the Nestle Crunch Crisp Bars.
shelly peterson says
I like the original Crunch bar.
I really love the Original Crunch Bar.
Karen Drake says
I love Nestles Crunch bars, thanks for the recipe..they sound amazing.
Barbara Montag says
My favorite is the Buncha Brunch candies.
Yesenia Salgado says
original Nestle Crunch Bar
I have like the Original Nestle Crunch Bar for as long as I can remember.
Ellie Wright says
The original Crunch Bar isl my favorite!
Daniel M says
i like the original crunch bar
Kimberly Hilbert says
The original crunch bar is my favorite.
Janice Cooper says
The original nestle crunch bar
tina reynolds says
I love the original crunch bar
Richard Hicks says
My favorite is Nestle Crunch Crisp Bars.
Tina W says
I’m old-school: I like the original Crunch bar.
kim keithline says
I like the original nestle crunch bar
amanda sakovitz says
The Nestle crunch bars!
I like the Original Crunch Bar
Tara Woods says
My favorite is the Original Nestle Crunch bar.
Susan Smith says
I like the original crunch bar
Thomas Murphy says
I like the original Nestlé Crunch Bar
Starla B says
Those look delicious. My favorite are the traditional Crunch Candy Bars. They are so good and I love to melt them and put them on ice cream sundaes!
Trisha McKee says
The Original Nestle Crunch Bar is my favorite!
Amber S. says
I like the original Nestle Crunch bar. Yum!