Mars Bar Krispies

Have you heard of the study where the rats that ate the cardboard box came out healthier than their counterparts who had the cereal?

I was wondering if it was just an old wives’ tale and scoured the good old web. Search results yielded nothing on the myth-busting website, called Snopes. I found this and this though. Apparently Ann Arbor University conducted the experiment in the 1960s but the findings were unpublished. If the story is true it is fairly obvious the big cereal companies squashed the reports because it would have threatened the gazillion dollar industry.

As you can probably deduce I am not a fan of cereals and I wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole with a poodle attached to it…for breakfast. Anyway, why on earth would I publish a recipe and then bash the actual ingredients I use? Since I’m a walking contradiction, I’m a believer in “go big or go home”. If you have a craving for sweets why bother with something half-arsed like a low-fat, aspartame-filled carrot cake that tastes like sawdust? If you’re going to eat something decadent, enjoy it thoroughly, otherwise you would walk around afterwards feeling utterly unsatisfied.

When I first saw this recipe my eyes grew big and my mouth went “oooooh”. When Gabriel saw the towers of chewy squares his eyes grew big and his mouth said “oooooh”. When Neil took a bite off his first piece his eyes grew big and his mouth made some warbling sound. You get the drift! Be warned that some things will become big and strange sounds will be emitted if you serve these crispy bundles of joy to the ones you love.

As you can see in the photos there is some scope for creativity when you make them, so it’s a fun-filled child activity – something to keep in mind for summer holidays.

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Mars Bar Krispies
Makes 20 squares
Prep Time: 15 mins – Chilling Time: 1 hr
  • 300g (10½ oz) Mars bars
  • 50g (2 oz) butter
  • 120g (3½ cups) Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
  • 200g (7 oz) milk chocolate, melted
  1. Line a 12-hole standard (1/2 cup (125ml)) muffin pan with paper cases.
  2. Chop four of the Mars bars coarsely, and cut remaining bar into slices.
  3. Place chopped Mars bars in medium saucepan with butter, stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in the Rice Krispies.
  4. Press mixture into cases, spread with chocolate, top with sliced Mars bar. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until set.

Alternatively, grease a baking dish first, then after mixing the Rice Krispies and melted Mars Bars together, pour into the dish and flatten thoroughly. After it has set, pour melted chocolate on. After the chocolate has hardened, slice the whole block into squares. How big is up to you!

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  1. Melinda says

    Hi Michelle.
    You’re absolutely right about this little treat. In Australia we call it Mars Bar slice and every time I make it, it disappears in a flash. Much like the pavlova I think Australia should claim it as their own (whether it is or not).

    • says

      Pavlova is 100% Australian! Am I in your good books now?!? To be honest I didn’t have a clue what to call them and searched the web and the title used seem to be quite common…

    • says

      Argh, I can barely remember what a Bar-One tastes like! I do remember it’s very similar to a Mars bar so why not give it a whirl and let me know how you got on?

  2. says

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! When I was pregnant with my Little Girl I lost 10kg due to very extreme morning sickness. For a few weeks the only thing I could eat was Coco Pops. Amazingly I still like it.

    • says

      Thanks, Adele. :-) Lose 10kg while pregnant? Not fair! I picked up 20kg with my last one and am still trying to lose the last 10kg. It’s a struggle. *sigh* Now you can treat your girl with these!

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