Chubby Hubby Bars


I am not a huge ice cream fan.

Don’t feel bad for me, I certainly get my sweets in a multitude of other ways.

But, one day last week while doing my weekly grocery shopping, I got seduced by the colorful pints of Ben & Jerry’s down the frozen food aisle.  I generally try and avoid the ice cream section altogether…but this day I was feeling weak.

I stood and stared at the pints full of delicious concoctions…I am less intrigued by the ice cream itself, as I am by the add-in combinations.

Honestly, ice cream is just a vehicle for my cookie dough or Schweddy Ball consumption…I could take it or leave it ~ and normally I leave it.  Yep, I am one of those who picks out all the goodies and leaves a half eaten pint-full of picked through vanilla.  Luckily my husband is a vanilla-man, so he doesn’t mind.

While hypnotized by the shelves of delicious ice cream flavors my eyes stopped on “Chubby Hubby“.  I decided the only option at that moment was to buy it.  For research.  It’s a thing, trust me.

So as soon as I got home after dinner, I decided to sit down and give this ice cream a fair chance.  I mean how bad could vanilla ice cream with chocolate peanut butter pretzels, and fudge and peanut butter swirls be?  Well, I will tell you…not bad.  Not bad at all.

In fact I was so enamored by the pretzely, chocolatey goodness that I figured there must be a more efficient way of consuming them, without having to pick through the needless vanilla.

I bring you Chubby Hubby Bars.  Full of all the salty sweetness you crave without the added ice cream calories.  See?  I’m really helping you out.  I’m a giver.

I know I make lots and lots of bars.  I thought about trying to make these in cookie-form, but I’m lazy.  Bars are easy.

First make a simple cookie dough and add in some of these little gems…

Yep, the whole bag…minus like, 6 little cups.  I think you’re supposed to eat those, you know, more research.

Then  mix in some of these…

Then spread the batter into your trusty 9×13 pan.

Try not to eat too much of the dough.  You might get a tummy ache…I mean, I hear that it’s possible…

After it’s baked you could stop there…but I think you should pour a little caramel on top.

Then spread some melted chocolate on top of that.

Balls out.

When the chocolate is set up you can share, if you’re feeling generous.  Told you I was a giver.

Chubby Hubby Bars
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1½ cups coarsely chopped pretzels
  • 1 (8oz) bag of Reese’s Mini cups (or 2 cups coarsely chopped full sized Reese’s)
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Beat together your butter and sugars until light and fluffy, approx 1 min.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until incorporated.
  5. On low speed add in your salt, baking soda and flour, mixing until just combined.
  6. Slowly add in your Reeses and Pretzels, mixing until evenly distributed.
  7. Spread in your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely. Approx 30 minutes to an hour.
  9. When cooled, melt your caramels and 2 Tbsp water in a microwave safe bowl stirring every minute until melted.
  10. Pour over your bars.
  11. Chill in fridge for 15 minutes to set caramel.
  12. Melt your chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave and spread over caramel.
  13. Put back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.
  14. Cut into squares when ready to serve.

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Christy Denney
October 2, 2011 11:30 pm

I feel like I could just like my computer screen. Awesomely delicious!

Kristina @ spabettie
October 2, 2011 11:34 pm

WOW. just wow. I happen to LOVE ice cream, and this is my favorite flavor. these sound amazing and the photos are just stunning!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
October 2, 2011 11:35 pm

Um…these look insanely delicious. I can’t even form words these look so amazing!

Kirsten is Comfortably Domestic
October 2, 2011 11:57 pm

Chubby Hubby is my all-time favorite ice cream flavor–mainly because it is a vehicle for peanut butter, chocolate, and salt. These bars look amazing! Well done!

October 3, 2011 12:02 am

Um, excuse me, but your child has the most gorgeous eyes. Like, is he a model? Wow. You are going to have a heart breaker on your hands!!!!

(great bars too!)

October 3, 2011 12:03 am

drooling! YUM!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats
October 3, 2011 12:05 am

Ka-razy good looking! If I were your neighbor I’d waddle over for some of these.

Robyn | Add a Pinch
October 3, 2011 12:12 am

Oh my gracious alive! Chubby Hubby nothing – these definitely will add to my squishiness, I can tell! 🙂

Amy K
Amy K
October 3, 2011 12:12 am

Oh my…..look at all that ooey, gooey, yummy caramel. Another must try.
Oh yeah, and I can totally relate to your hubby…I’m a vanilla person too.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
October 3, 2011 12:34 am

These are totally fat free and “light”, right? Thought so.

I’d like to make a batch tonight and go to town on them. They look FABULOUS!

October 3, 2011 12:58 am

Holy moley! These are my DREAM!

October 3, 2011 1:11 am

I’ll be honest…I adore ice cream more than life itself. But when I’m trying to pretend that I’m actually not eating the ice cream, I nibble out all of the mix-ins. Mix-in calories don’t count. That’s also totally a thing.

These look amazing! I love chubby hubby…probably even better in bar form.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
October 3, 2011 1:13 am

Those bars look incredible with the caramel oozing out the sides! I seriously should just keep your blog as my home page because I have been saving every single recipe lately!

October 3, 2011 1:28 am

dangalishious! Not good to see that picture when you’re on a diet!! First thing I will make once I go off! Wow, it’s going to be a long night! lol

Cookbook Queen
October 3, 2011 1:32 am

You’ve made me obsessed with Chubby Hubby now. And they don’t sell it at my store. We DO however, have an abundance of Schweddy Balls there. Because you know….that’s waaaay more preferable?

I guess I will have to make these bars as a substitute.

And your little man is adorable!! 🙂

October 3, 2011 1:36 am

damn it all anyways . . . chubby hubby just happens to be one of my favorite ice creams and i figured i was safe as long as i avoid the ice cream aisle . . . sigh . . .

October 3, 2011 2:19 am

I just sooooo pinned this! Looks amazing. Thanks for doing what you do!

October 3, 2011 2:20 am

The thought of the crunchy salty pretzels and that ooey gooey caramel is making my mouth water. These look incredible!

October 3, 2011 3:30 am

What a handsome little boy you have and what a great photograph. He certainly looks like he is enjoying your delicious looking bars!

October 3, 2011 3:38 am

What a fabulous idea you hit upon in your research:) Mmmmmm! Your taste-tester looks pretty happy:)

October 3, 2011 4:02 am

I seriously should not look at blogs at night. These are making me want to go into the kitchen and make some right now!!

October 3, 2011 5:48 am


October 3, 2011 8:21 am


How many bars do this recipe make.

Debbie MacKenzie
Debbie MacKenzie
October 3, 2011 8:29 am

We only got Chubby Hubby in the UK for about 2 months, and I LOVED it, but then it was gone, never to been seen again 🙁

These bars look sooooo good!! Thank you 🙂

Katrina @ In Katrina
October 3, 2011 10:01 am

You are trying to kill me. Yes you are.

Erika - The Teenage Taste
October 3, 2011 11:17 am

Ironically enough, this past weekend I’ve been craving ice cream like a mad woman! I love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream but never heard of the “Chubby Hubby” flavor. I must find that and then make these bars STAT! 🙂

Mal @ The Chic Geek
October 3, 2011 1:30 pm

I love chubby hubby, what a fantastic idea, these look so wonderful!

Kelly K
Kelly K
October 3, 2011 2:11 pm

Do the pretzels remain crunchy or do they get soft when baked?
I love Chubby Hubby ice cream. I may have to make these bars for my birthday instead of a cake!

October 3, 2011 2:39 pm

Pretzels + chocolate + caramel = heaven. These bars look great!

October 3, 2011 3:31 pm

Wow your the best!!!! Thank You 🙂 Can’t wait to make these

October 3, 2011 5:34 pm

I’m the same way with ice cream. I could take it or leave it, but the adds-ins I’ll take anyday. These bars looks so yummy. Definitely remind me of a Take 5.

October 29, 2012 9:01 pm

I was looking for a Take 5 comment!!! I LOVE THOSE THINGS!!! And Shelly, if you haven’t had one of those and you’re making these… Get to a take 5 bar pronto! 😀 (PS Will have to try these soon!)

Jennifer @ Jane Deere
October 3, 2011 5:49 pm

Oh my gracious! All of my favorite flavors all wrapped up in one cookie bar?! Love it! Pinned…Tweeted…shouted out to Facebook! YUM!

natalie (the sweets life)
October 3, 2011 6:36 pm

i think we’ll have a chubby hubby AND a chubby wife once i make these bars 😉 i can’t wait!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
October 3, 2011 7:04 pm

These look crazy good! I love that picture of your son eating one, he’s a very handsome food model!

Choc Chip Uru
October 3, 2011 7:53 pm

Crazy good!!!
You make me feel envious of my computer screen!

October 3, 2011 8:02 pm

Stop it! I can’t take it…

I can’t.

I want. I want reallllllllllllllllllllllllly much.

Christina @ Ovenadventures
October 3, 2011 9:14 pm

oooo i am obsessed with pretzels and chocolate right now and i wanna make them cause my bf will get a total kick outta the name 😉

October 3, 2011 9:38 pm

YUM YUM YUM!! I adore Chubby Hubby Ice cream, and the only thing that comes closest to it is the Take Five candy bar from Hershey’s (this is a blurb off their site: TAKE 5 Candy Bar
HERSHEY’S TAKE 5 provides a unique taste experience by combining pretzels, caramel, peanuts and peanut butter, and covering it all with chocolate for a delicious salty sweet snack unlike anything else.)

So being able to make it homemade is SOOOOOOOO much better, yum, thank you!!!

October 3, 2011 10:02 pm

Yet another common bond. Ice cream is not my favorite either but I’ve found other ways 😉 GREAT RECIPE!

October 3, 2011 10:14 pm

Wow these look amazing! I don’t think I have ever tried chubby hubby before….hmmmm

October 3, 2011 10:51 pm

These look so caramel-y and delicious!!

Mighty Morgan
October 4, 2011 1:36 am

Those look awesome…I love the name too….although I’m sure they will make me chubby as well as my hubby chubby if I eat them! But seriously, if I had those ingredients on hand I would make them RIGHT NOW~!!!! But there’s always tomorrow …right 🙂

Maria (Crispy
October 4, 2011 11:45 am

How can you not love ice cream, especially ben and jerry’s??? I have a small obsession over them and have set out to eat every single flavor.

October 4, 2011 2:31 pm

I second that. Totally ice cream obsessed! Heading over to your blog now Maria, obviously you’ve got a good head on your shoulders 😉

Heather (Heather
October 4, 2011 11:52 am

i’m a new reader and what a day to start reading on! i’ve never heard of chubby hubby bars but i can imagine they’d make other people (me) chubby too 🙂 especially those of us with no self control!

cindy p
cindy p
October 4, 2011 1:55 pm

oh, you are soooooo ba-ha-haa-haad!!!….but genius 🙂

October 4, 2011 2:30 pm

Shut. UP. Chubby Hubby is my ALL TIME FAVE. I literally lived off of it last fall. It was a great experiment (unintentionally) for that theory that it doesn’t matter what you eat, but how many calories you consume, that dictates how much weight you lose. I lost about 10 lbs on an all Chubby Hubby diet. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
October 4, 2011 2:46 pm

Ho.Ly. Crap. Am I allowed to say that? I love Chubby Hubby and these look AMAZING. Can’t wait to try them! Pinning and stumbling this one!