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Mars Bar Krispie Caramel Squares

Mars Bar Buns are great but have you tried adding caramel to make Mars Bar Krispie Caramel Squares? Because everything is better with caramel. Or is that sprinkles? Anyway, this no-bake traybake takes a regular Mars Bar Traybake and adds a layer of caramel between the Rice Krispie layer and the chocolate topping, which ends up making it taste more like a Mars Bar. Everyone’s a winner!

Or more like a Milky Way, if like me, you’re in the US. Yes, almost 14 years living in the US and it still feels strange to be using a Milky Way bar when I need a Mars Bar for these Mars Bar Rice Krispie Caramel Squares.

A stack of Mars Bar Rice Krispie treats with an extra layer of caramel

A nice straightforward no-bake recipe. Take your time when you’re melting the Mars Bars for the base layer. The butter will melt, the chocolate will melt, the syrup will encorporate nicely and you’ll be left staring at blobs of unmelted nougat. But stick with it, keep stirring and it will all eventually turn into a wonderful, chocolatey sauce to coat the Rice Krispies.

Take your time with the caramel too. Use a gentle heat, stir it frequently and don’t let it catch on the bottom of the saucepan or you’ll end up with burnt bits in your caramel. And nobody wants that.

The recipe needs four regular sized Mars Bars. And I could only get fun size ones. But as long as you have about 200g (approx. 7 oz) of Mars Bar it doesn’t really matter what size they are.

Ingredients

Base

4 regular size Mars Bars (or Milky Way bars in the US), approx 200g/7oz

1 tbsp golden syrup

3oz/85g butter

4oz/110g Rice Krispies/puffed rice cereal

Caramel Layer

4oz/110g butter

3oz/85g dark brown sugar

2 tbsp golden syrup

7oz/200g condensed milk (half a regular tin)

8oz/225g chocolate for topping

Method

  1. Cut the Mars Bars into slices and place in a saucepan with the butter and syrup. Melt over a low heat until you have a uniform, chocolatey sauce.
  2. Mix the Mars Bar sauce into the Rice Krispies and press into a lined 8 inch/20cm square tin.
  3. Next, place the butter, sugar, syrup and condensed milk into a saucepan and melt over a gentle heat until simmering, stirring frequently. Simmer for about 5 minutes (keep stirring!) then pour over the base. Put it in the fridge to set.
  4. Melt the chocolate and pour over the caramel. Leave to set and then cut into slices and enjoy!
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Marshmallow Crunch Traybake

Sometimes I wonder if many of these traybakes are just people taking the main ingredients in Fifteens and using them just a little bit differently, like in this Marshmallow Crunch Traybake. You have digestive biscuits, coconut, cherries and marshmallows, plus a few other standard baking ingredients.

Now, although this is called Marshmallow Crunch, it’s not actually all that crunchy. The base is a little crisp and the topping is sticky and gooey. Maybe, if you use a different sort of toffee it might come out a little crunchier, but whatever the case, it’s sticky and gooey and crisp and delicious! And not dissimilar to my Marshmallow Fudge Traybake, which is more caramel with a bit of marshmallow, rather than marshmallow with a bit of caramel – see, there are a lot of similar themes running through these recipes!

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Raspberry Ruffle Bars

These Raspberry Ruffle Bars are another classic from my childhood. I made something similar (OK, almost identical) on the blog when I started, but because I wasn’t able to get raspberry jelly powder – and I have no idea why I couldn’t find here in the US, I have no problems now – I made it with cherry jelly instead. So, similar, but just not the same.

Anyway, I digress. Now to get back to the proper Raspberry Ruffle Bars. I know I say this a lot, but these are really easy. No baking required, just a bit of mixing and then melting some chocolate. A simple list of ingredients which is quite sticky to work with, but the stickiness is worth it in the end. They probably deserve one more warning, in that they are very sweet. Sugar, condensed milk and the jelly are all pretty sweet, so I wouldn’t use sweetened coconut if you can help it! But, cut them into small squares instead of larger bars and everything in moderation!

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Mandarin Creams

I don’t remember eating these Mandarin Creams as a child, but there are some handwritten notes by Mummy Traybakes on the recipe, so maybe my memory is failing me!

It’s a simple digestive biscuit base, topped with a creamy, marshmallow and mandarin orange layer. I feel it’s a bit similar to a Pineapple Delight (which frankly is up there with Fifteens as one of the classic Northern Irish traybakes) especially because of the fruit and digestive biscuits.

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Chocolate Coconut Bars

It was still a little too hot here to be turning on the oven more than necessary, so these Chocolate Coconut Bars were the perfect no-bake traybake to make. They are also quite sticky and liable to melting, so are probably best kept in the fridge, which makes them perfect for hot days. Or cold days. Or any day.

And it couldn’t be easier. Melt chocolate. Let it set. Melt butter and condensed milk, add cherries and coconut. Cover with more chocolate!

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Marshmallow Fudge Traybake

Warning: this Marshmallow Fridge Traybake is very sweet, very gooey and very delicious! It’s got a digestive and coconut biscuit base that is topped with caramel and marshmallow and delivers a serious sugar rush.

It’s another no-bake traybake and although it takes a bit of time to cook the caramel layer, it’s pretty easy to put together. And very quick to disappear in our house. It’s also a useful recipe to have as it uses up the remainder of a tin of condensed milk that you may have opened for another recipe.

Second warning: this is really sticky to work with, especially when you get to the marshmallow swirl, so my advice is to work quickly and be prepared to get melted marshmallow stuck to places other than the caramel layer.

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Chocolate Ginger Traybake

It was time for another no-bake traybake and this Chocolate Ginger Traybake is an easy one. And it doesn’t need flour or eggs! It’s a double-ginger, chocolatey slice, topped with yet more chocolate.

The base has both ginger snap biscuits and crystallized ginger in it for an additional spicy, sugary kick. And the condensed milk makes the base gooey and squidgy. The base is a little on the soft side if you leave it sitting out, so these might be best kept in the fridge, especially if your kitchen is particularly warm.

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No-Bake Peanut Crunch

The Traybakes Family has returned from vacation and while recovering from jet lag, we’re still getting over the fact that the weather at home was (almost!) as warm as the weather we get in the summer here in Massachusetts! So, for sunny, summery days like these, when it’s too hot to turn on your oven, this No-Bake Peanut Crunch is the perfect solution.

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