Ugly Bars . . .

Sunday 11 March 2012

This is another gem from my Big Blue Binder. I have so many cookbooks that I sometimes forget my Big Blue Binder is there . . . but then I rediscover it again and I wonder why I ever use any other cookbook! It is that full of tasty little gems!

Beautiful little treats like these Ugly Bars . . . I'm not even sure what the original name of them was, that is long lost . . . so is the source . . . my kids christened them Ugly Bars, coz they sure ain't pretty, and that's what we have always called them!

They are proof positive that delicious doesn't have to mean pretty or complicated . . . some of the tastiest things to make are the easiest.

I always enjoyed making these because I always had the ingredients in the house to make them. White chocolate, peanut butter, rice crispies, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.

They all work together to create something that is unctuously, sinfully rich, and crunchily moreishly scrumptious!

mmm . . . mmmmm . . . snuffle snozzle . . . mumble . . . rumble . . . Oooops!! Sorry it's not polite to talk with your mouth full . . . is it?? That is one tasty mouthful! I dare you to eat just one!

*Ugly Bars*
makes one 9 inch square pan
Printable Recipe

How could something so utterly ugly taste so fantabulous??? It's a mystery to me, but a delicious one!

12 ounces white chocolate chips
45g smooth peanut butter (1/4 cup)
100g rice bubbles (3 cups, crisp rice cereal)
75g of mini marshmallows
3 ounces mini chocolate chips, divided (1/2 cup)

Butter a 9 inch square cake tin. Set aside.

Place the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Melt using 30 second bursts of heat, and stirring each time. It should only take about 2 minutes maximum. Don't let the chocolate overheat as it will seize up. (Don't let any water come in contact with it either.) Add the peanut butter and whisk together until they are completely amalgamated. Let sit for a few minutes to cool down to lukewarm.

Measure the rice bubbles, mini marshmallows and 1/2 of the mini chocolate chips into a bowl. Mix together well. Pour the white chocolate mixture over top and stir quickly together. Press lightly into the prepared pan, using lightly buttered fingers. Don't compact them too much.

Place the remaining chocolate chips into a small microwavable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Using a small spoon, stir to melt and then drizzle the melted chocolate all over the bars. Allow to set completely before cutting into bars. This will take anywhere between 20 minutes and half an hour. Store in an airtight container.


  1. The big blue binder strikes again. And what a beauty - not ugly at all.

  2. Oh what a fun treat, Marie--and I LOVE the name your kids came up with for it! (they're really not ugly, though...anything with all those delicious things in it is quite beautiful to me!)

    Hope you're doing well & sending so much love and many, many warm hugs your way, dear friend!


  3. I don't think they're ugly at all! :) I think I've seen these bars called avalanche bars elsewhere, although I have no idea why!

  4. oh these are good! Ugly bars,, thats a hoot!!!!

  5. Oh my yumminess!
    But I think they are
    rather cute, not ugly : )
    I'm sure they are just
    perfection. Too bad
    we are all dieting this
    week! It's in the 60's
    and as we are shedding
    coats we are realizing
    that's not all that needs
    a bit of shedding. I'm
    going to print this off
    for "someday soon,"
    though! Thanks, sweet

    xx Suzanne


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