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Halloween Scotcheroos

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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.

decorated Halloween scotcheroos

Easy Halloween Scotcheroos Recipe

My pantry is never without Karo® Syrup it’s been a part of my life since childhood. I have vivid memories of my Grandmas making classic Southern Pecan Pies and I knew if they trusted Karo Syrup as an ingredient that I could, too. I feel incredibly blessed to have come from a long line of Southern cooks who knew just how to make the best indulgent holiday treats for us all to enjoy.They always found a task for us to do so we could participate in the preparation. They were wise enough to know that we were making more than goodies to eat, but sweet lifelong memories. I continue the same traditions with my own family and it takes little coaxing to get them involved in decorating these addictive gooey Halloween Scotcheroos.

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Halloween Scotcheroos and Tips for Planning Party Fun

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Halloween Scotcheroos: Crispy rice cereal i.e. Rice Krispies, granulated sugar, light or dark Karo corn syrup, peanut butter, toffee bits, semi sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and sprinkles, candies and cookie icing for decorating.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Heavy bottomed saucepan, 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan or similar, medium bowl, offset spatula, cookie cutters in Halloween shapes and spatula or knife for cutting.
  • 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.
  • You may also enjoy my recipes for Chocolate Dipped Scotcheroo Bon Bons and Caramel Pecan Turtle Scotcheroos.
  • Store Halloween Scotcheroos in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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Halloween Scotcheroos

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Cool Time45 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween-scotcheroos
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 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.
  • Decorating Ideas: 
    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. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    It looks delicious, but i’ve just one question. How much cereal did you use? I’m not familiar with this at all cos in my country they’re just starting to celebratie halloween on a very tiny basis! So there are not this kind of recipes available. I only want to know How much grams of cereal do i need? Thanks in advance Melissa. Till next time.
    Have a wonderfull day and lovely greetings from the Netherlands,

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