Kudos Bars

25 minutes
10 minutes
1 hour
16 to 18 bars
If there was one snack I had to pick that represents my childhood, it would be Kudos Bars! Unfortunately, they were discontinued while I was still a kid so in the spirit of nostalgia, let's make them at home and even better.
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Kudos Bars

If there was one snack I had to pick that represents my childhood, it would be Kudos Bars! Unfortunately, they were discontinued while I was still a kid so in the spirit of nostalgia, let’s make them at home and even better. The M&M flavor was my absolute favorite with Dove coming in second and Snickers third but they’re all so good!

When I say it has taken a year to perfect this recipe, I mean it. I will say though I was a bit traumatized from the first three times I tried that I didn’t attempt it again for another whole year. They just kept falling apart and would not hold their shape. I tried making them raw, baking them, and putting them in the freezer but nothing worked. Fast forward a year later, I figured it out and it is easier than ever to make the granola bars.

If you’re an adult and miss this food from your childhood, you can take a trip down the nostalgia road. If you are a parent and want to make these for your kids to enjoy as a snack, this recipe is perfect too!

Making the Binding Sauce/Syrup

The secret to making Kudos Bars is all in the syrup! If it is not done right, the granola bars will fall apart. The key ingredient is corn syrup. I tried to avoid it in the first tests of the recipe but they never turned out successful. Another key step is cooking the syrup so that when it cools down, the sugars will crystalize and take on a form to give the granola bars structure and shape. Here is what you need for the sauce:

  • corn syrup
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • peanut butter (optional)

Add all the ingredients above to a pot over medium heat. Whisk together and bring to a boil.

NOTE: Peanut butter is not traditionally in the M&M Kudos Bars. If you do not want it to taste like peanut butter, leave it out.

Once the mixture is bubbling, lower the heat and let it simmer for 4 to 5 more minutes.

Take off the heat. In a large bowl, add Rice Krispies cereal and a bit of quick oats. Mix together and then add the sauce we just made. Combine together with a rubber spatula.

Creating and Shaping the Granola Bars

Add the mixture to a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper. Pop in the fridge for about an hour or until it is completely set and cooled down.

Remove from the pan and set on a cutting board. Cut down the middle first. Then cut each half into individual granola bars about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in width.

Chocolate Dipping

Melt milk or semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at 50% power in 30-second intervals. Mix together between intervals until completely melted, about 2 to 3 times.

Dip the bottom of each granola bar in the chocolate, let any excess drip off, and lay it on a tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the bars. Add a drizzle of melted chocolate on top of each bar and add a sprinkle of M&M’s on top. You can let the bars sit on the counter for the chocolate hard. But if you are impatient like me, pop it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes until the chocolate is set to the touch.

And there you have it, now you can enjoy!

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Kudos Bar

If there was one snack I had to pick that represents my childhood, it would be Kudos Bars! Unfortunately they were discontinued while I was still a kid so in the spirit of nostalgia, let's make them at home and even better.

If there was one snack I had to pick that represents my childhood, it would be Kudos Bars! Unfortunately they were discontinued while I was still a kid so in the spirit of nostalgia, let's make them at home and even better.

25 minutes
10 minutes
1 hour
16 to 18 bars

Ingredients

GRANOLA BAR
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter, optional
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
FOR ASSEMBLY
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup M&Ms
  • 1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. To a pot over medium heat, add brown sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter, unsalted butter, salt, and vanilla extract.
  2. Bring to a boil and whisk together.
  3. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until it is like a thick sauce.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine Rice Krispies cereal with quick oats.
  5. Pour the sauce over and combine with a rubber spatula.
  6. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper. Add the mixture and press down into one flat layer.
  7. Pop in the fridge to set for about an hour or until cool to the touch.
  8. After it is set, remove from the pan. Cut in half down the middle. Then cut each half into individual granola bars.
  9. Add chocolate to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing each time until completely melted.
  10. Dip the bottom of each bar in the chocolate and transfer to a tray lined with parchment paper.
  11. Drizzle the top of each bar with more chocolate and sprinkle mini M&M's on top.
  12. Pop in the fridge or freezer for about 10 to 20 minutes until the chocolate is hard to the touch.
  13. Enjoy!
Tips & Notes
Keep them stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.
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