Homemade Crunch Bars

These homemade Crunch bars are SO easy and only require TWO ingredients!
These homemade Crunch bars are SO easy and only require TWO ingredients!

These homemade Crunch bars are SO easy and only require TWO ingredients!

What’s your favorite candy bar? Or, what were you most excited to see land in your pillowcase when you were trick or treating on Halloween as a kid?

My favorites really have not changed over the years… I’ve always loved Reese’s peanut butter cups first and foremost, with Snickers coming in a close second. Shocking, right? However, the one candy bar that I’ve always thought was totally underrated was the Crunch bar. A bar of pure milk chocolate loaded with tons of little crispy crunches – I love the contrasting smoothness of the chocolate with the crunch of the crispy rice pieces.

Crunch bars popped into my head last week and it dawned on me that I could probably make them very, very easily at home. I whipped up a batch in no time!

These homemade Crunch bars are SO easy and only require TWO ingredients!

These bars could seriously not be any simpler to make and you only need TWO ingredients! All you need to do is melt a pound of milk chocolate and stir in a couple cups of crisped rice cereal, refrigerate it until it sets and, voila! You have Crunch bars!

I made these in an 8×8 square pan; if you’d like the bars thinner, you could definitely use a larger pan. These were difficult to cut into perfect rectangles, which is definitely not an issue for me, but if you want perfect candy bars, you could always use a candy bar mold.

So, there you have it! Two ingredients, 10 minutes and your very own homemade Crunch bars!

These homemade Crunch bars are SO easy and only require TWO ingredients!

One year ago: Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Four years ago: Homemade Snickers Bars
Five years ago: Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya
Six years ago: Rich Coffee Cake with Sweet Cheese Filling
Seven years ago: Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Homemade Crunch Bars

Yield: About 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

These homemade Crunch bars are SO easy and only require TWO ingredients!

Ingredients:

16 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
2 cups crisped rice cereal

Directions:

1. Line an 8x8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Place the chocolate in a large bowl and microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted (alternately, you can melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stovetop).

3. Immediately stir in the cereal until evenly coated and distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into bars or irregular shapes. The bars can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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20 Responses to “Homemade Crunch Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 2, 2016 at 1:09 am

    WANT!! I just made a recipe yesterday that I topped with storebought Crunch bars but had I know it was THIS easy to make my own, I would have. Love these!

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  2. Rashmi on March 2, 2016 at 1:48 am

    This looks amazing – just a question, is crisped rice cereal Rice Krispys?

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    • Michelle on March 8th, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Rashmi, Yes, Rice Krispies, there are just tons of different off brands, so you don’t HAVE to use a particular brand 🙂

      Reply

  3. Linda on March 2, 2016 at 7:25 am

    These look so good! And easy! Wonder if you could add peanut butter, like the top of the crack brownie recipe? That might be even more awesomer!!!

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    • Michelle on March 8th, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Oh my, that sounds amazing!

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  4. Peggy S. on March 2, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I’ve always preferred Nestlé’s chocolate over Hershey’s. The Nestlé Crunch Bar… so underrated! I can’t wait to make this!

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    • Michelle on March 8th, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      I am in the minority with you!! Totally prefer the Nestle stuff!

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      • Peggy S. on March 8th, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        🙂 Yay!

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  5. Laura Dembowski on March 2, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Yes! Homemade crunch bars are the best! I also successfully froze them for about 6 months. So nice to have a treat whenever I wanted.

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  6. Wendy on March 2, 2016 at 11:38 am

    My favourite chocolate bars are Skor and Mars bars. I also love Payday bars when I go to the states.

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  7. Dawn at Girl Heart Food on March 2, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Great idea and love the simplicity of these 🙂 !!

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  8. Heather @Boston Girl Bakes on March 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my goodness…so simple! How I have never thought of doing this…and yea a bowl of crunch bars laying around Halloween time is terrible for. They usually never get to the trick or treaters!

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  9. Ellen on March 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Would a dark chocolate work well in this? Milk chocolate has gotten too sweet for me.

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    • Michelle on March 8th, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Ellen, Sure, I don’t see why not!

      Reply

  10. Martha in KS on March 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    When I used to buy the Miniatures, the crunch bars were always my favorite. Thanks – I’ll be making these soon!

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  11. Joshua Hampton on March 2, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I used to wolf down crunch bars when I was a kid. My sweet tooth still requires them every now and then, but this recipe means I can make my own at home. Yum. Thanks for this.

    Reply

  12. Brenda on March 3, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for the recipe. They look delicious. Do you think it would work with dark chocolate?

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    • Michelle on March 8th, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Brenda, Yes, I don’t see why not! Enjoy!

      Reply

      • Brenda on March 8th, 2016 at 11:24 pm

        Great, thanks!

        Reply

  13. Trina and Tina on March 3, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Easy and done! We’re going to try them with dark chocolate. Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

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