Homemade Crunch Bars
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 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!
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
- 16 ounces (453.59 g) milk chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 cups (37.33 g) crisped rice cereal
- Line an 8x8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
- 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).
- 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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These look yummy. Can I add peanut butter, if so, how much?
Very easy to make and tastes great…can’t eat just one.
Love these! So simple and delicious! Thank you for sharing!
Can’t wait to make these. I’m love nestle crunch <3 Just wondering if they would stay crispy after 2 days? I want to make a large batch for my kids birthday and I was hoping I could make them a few days earlier.
Oh yes, they stayed crunchy for probably a week or two!
I’ve melted chocolate & done all sorts of yummy things with it like this! This reminds me of a crust I’ve made for homemade ice cream cakes. Melt chocolate chips with a bit of coconut oil and a little bit more of peanut butter, mix in the rice krispies and some chopped pecans. When eating the “cake” we all thought the crust could be it’s own candy bar! I still have yet to make it as such. :)
Can you use chocolate chips.(melted)
Hi Melissa, I think that should work okay.
Easy and done! We’re going to try them with dark chocolate. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks for the recipe. They look delicious. Do you think it would work with dark chocolate?
Hi Brenda, Yes, I don’t see why not! Enjoy!
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.
When I used to buy the Miniatures, the crunch bars were always my favorite. Thanks – I’ll be making these soon!
Would a dark chocolate work well in this? Milk chocolate has gotten too sweet for me.
Hi Ellen, Sure, I don’t see why not!
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!
Great idea and love the simplicity of these :) !!
My favourite chocolate bars are Skor and Mars bars. I also love Payday bars when I go to the states.
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.
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!
I am in the minority with you!! Totally prefer the Nestle stuff!
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!!!
Oh my, that sounds amazing!
This looks amazing – just a question, is crisped rice cereal Rice Krispys?
Hi Rashmi, Yes, Rice Krispies, there are just tons of different off brands, so you don’t HAVE to use a particular brand :)
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!