This post is brought to you by Karo ® Syrup ~ Fun times are sure to be on the menu when you create Halloween Scotcheroos with the kids this Halloween. These gooey Karo ® Syrup and peanut butter coated puffed rice cereal bars are topped with the decadent chocolate and butterscotch combo that we all love. Get the family involved by adding festive seasonal decorations and you’ve created edible fun for your trick-or-treaters to relish and sweet memories, too.
When planning festivities for your tiny ghosts and goblins this year, set up a table with cookie cutters and prepared frostings in various colors. You’ll also need seasonal sprinkles and candies so the kids can decorate their own Scotcheroos however they like. You can also provide the option of inserting a lollipop stick for a fun handheld variation. Lollipop sticks and decorations are readily available at your local craft store. Skip the idea of perfection, encourage them to be creative and to have fun making their Halloween Scotcheroos unique. Take lots of pictures so, you can relive these sweet memories with your family in the years to come. That part is simply priceless.
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- 1 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 cup milk chocolate coated toffee bits
- 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
- Assorted candies and sprinkles for decorating
- Prepared cookie frosting OR melted white chocolate for decorating
- food coloring
Cook corn syrup and sugar together in a large heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a boil.
- Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add cereal stirring until evenly coated.
Add toffee bits, mix until evenly distributed. Pour into greased 15 x 10-inch pan and pat into place.
Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over cereal.
Cool at least 45 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars or fun shapes for Halloween. If desired, pipe frosting to form Halloween shapes or words.
Pumpkins: Cut circles using a 2 to 3-inch biscuit cutter or pumpkin shaped cookie cutter. Pipe on orange frosting for the body and attach candies with a dab of melted white chocolate or use black frosting gel to make eyes, nose and mouth.
Spider Web: Cut into bars or circles and use frosting to create circles. Use a toothpick or skewer to draw lines through the frosting to create the web. You can also add a spider using black frosting, if desired.
Mummies: Cut into bars or circles. Drizzle or pipe white frosting back and forth horizontally and finish with two candy eyes.
Tombstones: Cut into bars, cutting off upper corners diagonally. Pipe frosting to make shapes or words on each “tombstone.” TIP: Tombstones will easily stand upright if the bottom of each is coated with frosting.
Ghosts: Cut into bars or use a ghost shaped cookie cutter. Create the body using white frosting adding eyes and mouth with black frosting or edible candies.
Suggested mix-ins: Add chopped chocolate peanut butter cups, seasonal colored sprinkles or mini semi sweet chocolate chips to the cereal mixture before pressing into the pan.