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, in reality, 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. Snickers is still a Snickers. In the interest 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.
I have very little baking advice for you on this one, as it really is very simple. Just be prepared for the melted Mars Bar mixture to look a little lumpy at first. When you start to melt your ingredients, the butter will melt and the chocolate will melt, but it takes a little longer for the nougat to melt. Stick with it and it will get there in the end. And you will have a lovely, thick, chocolate and caramel sauce to mix with your Rice Krispies. Check out my YouTube video for this Mars Bar Traybake as I show you what the melted mix looks like when you’re halfway there.
Mars Bar Traybake
- 4 Mars Bars (regular size, totally 200g approx.) (or Milky Way bars if you're in the US)
- 1 tbsp golden syrup (or honey/maple syrup)
- 3 oz or 85g butter
- 4 oz or 110g Rice Krispies
- 6 oz or 175g chocolate, to cover
- Slice the Mars Bars and place in a saucepan with the butter and golden syrup.
- Place over a low heat until melted.
- Stir in the Rice Krispies and press into a lined 8"/20cm square traybake tin.
- Cover with melted chocolate and place in the fridge to set before cutting into squares.