Chocolate Crunch Bars the perfect recipe after a hectic holiday season

Christmas is over. Pause, take a big breath, and let out a sigh. 

Few of us would say December was the same as most Decembers; 2020 has proved that all year long, but I bet most would say it was still busy, still noisy, and still wonderful. 

But with a little bit of relief and maybe a whole lot of hope in the expectations of a better year this year, perhaps we all looked forward to the start of 2021.

The recipe this month is not one I can vote for, I’ve never tasted it, not once, but I have made it, and I can tell you it is a piece of cake to make, easy peasy that is, and with the craziness of December, easy peasy is probably what we all need. 

My kids tell me it’s delicious, rich, extremely chocolatey and wonderful. 

If you don’t know me, which most of you don’t, I’ll tell you a little secret about me. I can’t eat chocolate, not even a little drop of it, without getting migraines, so I don’t eat it. I can’t even remember what chocolate tastes like it has been so long, but my family tells me it’s wonderful and this recipe is delicious and I know it’s simple and quick and I look like the hero every time I make it.  

Just perfect for the calm down of January.


Crunch Bars

3 Cups Rice Crispy Cereal

1 ½ Cups Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Peanut Butter

½ Cup Maple Syrup or Corn Syrup

¼ Cup Shortening 


Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish or deep baking tray of choice with parchment paper and set aside.  

Add Rice Crispy Cereal into a bowl and set aside. 

In a microwave safe bowl, combine all your other ingredients and heat until melted. 

Remove from microwave and whisk until completely incorporated.  

Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the Rice Crispy Cereal and mix until combined. 

Pour into the lined 8×8 dish and refrigerate until firm.  

Pull up parchment paper from 8×8 dish and slide Chocolate Crunch Bars onto cutting board.  Chocolate Crunch Bars are very rich so cut into small pieces and enjoy.

Now sit back, look like the hero you are and take a moment to contemplate all the wonderful things this year has yet to bring.

If you have a recipe you would like my family to try send it to (Gibson is a Serve Daily contributor.)

Angi Gibson
Angi Gibson
Angi grew up on a small sheep farm in Central Utah and currently lives in the foothills of a growing town in Northern Utah County. She is a wife, mother to six and grandmother to four active boys. Along with her husband, Jason, they run a busy family business chasing from one end of the state to the other. Angi loves writing, gardening, and finding gratitude moments in everything.

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