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No-Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch

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I love the taste of caramel and this stuff is scrumptious! This is the second batch I have made. The first one was just a few days ago and the two of us devoured it. I'm planning to take this batch to a pot luck supper tomorrow night. I hope we can keep our hands out of it. I will have to hide it somewhere.
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I made a few changes to the recipe. It called for 1 tablespoon of vanilla and I used only 2 tsp. I left out the salt as everything in the recipe already has salt in it. Also I did not drizzle 6 oz. melted milk chocolate over the top of the bars like in the original recipe.

The first time I made it, my husband said he did not want chocolate on it so I was going to put it on my half only. I tried to melt semi-sweet chocolate bits in the microwave. After 1 minute, they started smoking and I opened the oven and smoke poured out. I took the bowl of smoking chips outside. They had not melted any. It took a day or so to get the burned smell out of the microwave and the house. I don't think it really needs the chocolate. After that, I noticed it calls for milk chocolate. Oh well, I'm still learning.

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Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 32 squares

Source: original recipe is sponsored by Rice Chex cereal

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with wax paper or parchment paper, and set it aside. In a large bowl, gently combine the Rice Chex and chopped cashews. Set aside.
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  3. In a 4 cup measuring cup, stir together the corn syrup and brown sugar. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until mixture is bubbly. Have the peanut butter and vanilla measured and set aside ready to add when you remove other from microwave.
  4. Remove from oven and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully blended.
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  6. Pour mixture over the cereal and nuts, and gently stir to evenly coat. Pour the caramel-coated cereal mixture into the prepared pan. Spread it out and press evenly into the pan. Let cool to room temperature.
  7. Optional: Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the bars. Let the chocolate harden, then cut into squares.
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  9. Store the squares in an airtight container. Separate each layer with wax paper.

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August 4, 20171 found this helpful

That looks so yummy! Can't wait to try it...thanks~

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August 15, 20170 found this helpful

This stuff is addicting. So to control myself, I put 3 pieces in snack zip lock bags and placed the bags in a large freezer bag and put it in the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind.

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Took out some today and found out that it freezes well. Freezing does not affect the texture nor the taste.

So yummy!

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