I’ve never been a big fan of the Mars Bar. I would never buy one in a shop. Although if you offered me a mini Mars Bar, I probably would take it. For some reason, I think they taste better than the full-sized bars.
But, the Mars Bar Traybake is a different story altogether! Somehow, a melted Mars Bar, mixed with Rice Krispies (other puffed rice cereals are available) transforms it into a very yummy, crispy, chewy treat that is hard to refuse!
As I live in the US, these are mostly a Milky Way Traybake. The equivalent of a Mars Bar is called a Milky Way bar over here (and the nearest equivalent to a Milky Way is a 3 Musketeers bar, as far as I can tell). In the interests of research, I purchased an imported Mars Bar and compared it to a US Milky Way bar. And, to be honest, I couldn’t really taste much of a difference between them. Perhaps someone with a more refined palate than mine would think differently, but I figured that these would make an appropriate substitute for my recipe!
So, whatever you want to call it, what you want for this recipe is a chocolate covered, nougat and caramel bar.
4 Mars Bars (Milky Way bars), sliced (mine were 51g each)
1 tbsp golden syrup (or maple syrup/honey)
4oz/110g Rice Krispies/puffed rice cereal
6oz/170g chocolate, to cover
1. Slice the Mars Bars and melt in a small saucepan with the butter and syrup.
2. Mix with the rice cereal and press into a tin.
3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and spread over the base.
4. Leave to set and cut into squares/slices/whatever shape you prefer!