Scarecrow Bars


Apparently there is a hurricane coming.


As I sit here and type, I am listening to the weather channel people get all “Doppler-y”.

I think they are far too excited about the prospect that I might not have power for a week.

Far.  Too.  Excited.


Yep, we were told to prepare for power outages for 7-10 days.

So I am basically dying.

Because that means I will have no internets.

And between you and me, a life without the internets isn’t a future I can handle.

I mean, I need food and stuff too, but mostly the internets.

Yeah, I said it.


So I am hoping that all these weather people, standing on the beach in their raincoats and boots “braving the weather” are all wrong.


Luckily though, I made some treats to get me through.

And they are totally relevant this week where the weather is trying to ruin my kid’s Halloween because they include Candy Corn.

And when I’m not drinking Candy Corn, I’m eating it.  But honestly in this case, you can’t even taste the Candy Corn…they just add an element of sweetness.  So don’t fear all you crazy candy corn haters., you’ll like these.  I promise.

Sorry I just said Candy Corn 17 times.  candycorncandycorncandycorn.


Anyway, these are Scarecrow Bars.  Yum.


It all starts with a cake mix…

Mix that with some butter and an egg and you have a delicious crust…

PhotobucketWhile you are baking your crust go ahead and get all your other things ready.

Once the crust is done you’ll need to move fast.


First crush some Rice Chex…


You’ll also need some marshmallows, candy corn and Honey Roasted Peanuts.

PhotobucketIn a sauce pan melt some sugar and corn syrup together and mix in some peanut butter too…

PhotobucketYour crust should be about done at this point..remove it from the oven and sprinkle some marshmallows all over it.

Bake that for 1-2 minutes, just long enough for the marshmallows to puff.


While your marshmallows are puffing, stir your candy corn, Chex and peanuts into the peanut butter mixture…

PhotobucketImmediately spoon this on your puffed marshmallows…

PhotobucketLet them cool and then cut into squares.


So good!


Keep your fingers crossed for me that Sandy doesn’t kick my butt!!


Scarecrow Bars
makes 35 bars
  • 1 (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cup crushed Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Honey Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray
  3. In your stand mixer, combine cake mix, egg and butter. Stir on medium-low speed until a thick batter comes together. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes, until the edges of the crust are lightly browned.
  4. While crust is baking make your topping. In a medium saucepan combine corn syrup and both sugars, heating over medium until is starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Return back to stove top on the lowest setting until the crust is done baking. You don't want to continue cooking the peanut butter mixture, you just want to keep it warm.
  5. As soon as crust is done, sprinkle with marshmallows and put back in the oven for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows puff. Remove immediately.
  6. While the marshmallows are puffing mix your peanuts, Rice Chex and Candy Corn into the peanut butter mixture. Stir until coated evenly.
  7. Immediately spread this over the marshmallows as soon as they come out of the oven.
  8. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
adapted from Land O Lakes


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54 Comments on "Scarecrow Bars"


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Lauren at Keep It Sweet
October 28, 2012 4:34 pm

I have to admit I’m a candy corn hater… but I am very, very intrigued!

October 28, 2012 6:06 pm

I thought the exact thing!

Blog is the New Black
October 28, 2012 4:43 pm

This looks awesome! I attempted to make candy corn blondies once and the candy corn got hard as a rock! This makes much more sense…

October 28, 2012 5:05 pm

So, essentially you’ve made crack! Awesome =) If you’re going to be stuck in a storm, you might as well have some sustenance and a way to block out all the pain of interwebs withdrawal =p

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
October 28, 2012 5:22 pm

These looks so fantastic! What a fun baked treat 🙂

October 28, 2012 5:32 pm

These look so simple and delicious! I live in NJ, too, and I can’t wait for this storm to be over. I really hope they are wrong about the 7-10 days without power!!! Good luck and stay safe

Averie @ Averie Cooks
October 28, 2012 6:05 pm

Candy corn and corn syrup and PB and peanuts and marshmallows and cereal bars…oh you have just described a perfect little baking project 🙂

October 28, 2012 6:56 pm

Fingers crossed for you, girl! At least if you’re without internets (and therefore like, living in prehistoric times), you’ll have these Scarecrow Bars. Kick some butt!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
October 28, 2012 7:02 pm

WOW. These look SO good. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed all those weather people are totally wrong and Sandy is just a blip…

luv what you do
October 28, 2012 8:33 pm

Wow, these are genious! I love all of the different delicious cereals and candies!

The Squishy Monster
October 28, 2012 9:52 pm

These are so cute! I wanna make these and give ’em out to the trick or treaters =)

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker
October 28, 2012 9:56 pm

I’m in the 98 percentile of those who hate on candy corn, but because you are a freakin genius and probably the only person I’ve never met that I trust when it comes to sweets, I will believe that these are amazing and will have to give a try. Hold onto your umbrella Mary Poppins. Sounds like you’re in for some windy weather! Be safe! XO

October 28, 2012 10:53 pm

You stay safe, lady.

October 29, 2012 12:39 am

Holy candy corn those look amazing!! I will send power staying on vibes to you! I’m hoping ours will stay on too, especially since it looks like no Trick-Or-Treating 🙁

October 29, 2012 3:10 am

I hope you`ll be okay! I don`t know what i`ll do without the internet for A DAY, let alone 7-10 days!

These bars are bringing joy to my face. I freakin love candy corn.

October 29, 2012 5:07 am

Good luck braving stubborn Sandy! Maybe if you just stand on the beach and throw these bars at it, it’ll “scare” the storm away. Then you can rename them scarestorm bars!

Emily @ Life on Food
October 29, 2012 6:45 am

I have cursed the weather people the last few days. I agree that they are far too happy about this event. Best of luck with the power.

October 29, 2012 8:12 am

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is all one big meteorological mistake! And that there’s time for me to go buy some candy corn to make these before the storm really hits…

October 29, 2012 8:23 am

My fingers are crossed for you that all the boots and raincoats are wrong. No internet for more than a week? That would make me go bonkers. At least you have yummy bars to keep you company…for a day anyway:-)

October 29, 2012 8:53 am

Ugh, 7-10 days. If we lose power here, I would expect it to be back on within 48 hours. I live for the internet too 😉 Delicious little treats though!

October 29, 2012 8:59 am

What a fun bar treat!

bridget {bake at 350}
October 29, 2012 9:10 am

I SO hope they are wrong about the storm, too. No power is NO fun!!! Can you come to Texas? Or maybe go defend Kristan in Arkansas from people and their inappropriate pregnancy remarks?

I like to eat candy corn with salted peanuts, so these bars….WITH peanut butter are right up my alley!!! They look dangerous!

candycorncandycorncandycorncandycorn 🙂

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
October 29, 2012 9:58 am

Stay safe! I don’t know what I’d do without internets. And reality TV. Oh man, these are things I need.

Annamaria @ bakewell junction
October 29, 2012 10:23 am

I’m not in the direct path of the storm but I’m hoping the storm isn’t as bad as all the hype.

Your Scarecrow Bars look delicious.

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
October 29, 2012 10:38 am

All we’re getting here in the south is cold winds. Praying y’all don’t lose power..especially for that long! The good news is, you’ve got your Scarecrow treats to keep you warm! 🙂

sally @ sally
October 29, 2012 10:42 am

stay safe in this weather Shelly! It’s already pretty bad down in Baltimore. Still have power though! I could use some of these treats to get me through… I finished up the last of my sweets yesterday!

October 29, 2012 10:52 am

I hope all those excited weathermen and women are wrong, too, Shelly. I’d miss you if you were silent for 7-10 days. Stay warm, and eat a few scarecrow bars for me. I love that you added the peanut butter here.

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more
October 29, 2012 11:40 am

I hate candy corn, but then again I really have never eaten it LOL. But this way sounds great, so I could give it a shot.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
October 29, 2012 2:10 pm

love everything about these! These are perfect for the kid’s Halloween parties

October 29, 2012 2:45 pm

they look amazing and pretty simple too A great idea to bring in to the office for sure Thank you !!

October 29, 2012 3:01 pm

Stay safe! I live in New Orleans and you guys are all in our prayers! For the Hurricane Issac we had this summer, we kept power but went a whole week with no cable/phone/Internet. I was lost totally lost, had to turn on a radio forgoodnesssakes! But honestly I hope the worst thing to happen to you is you lose power!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
October 29, 2012 3:39 pm

7-10 days without power or internet?! You might just want to roadtrip to a hotel in the midwest now – get out while you can!
These bars look great for this week!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
October 29, 2012 3:49 pm

Awaiting the storm here in NY, too. I hope it isn’t as bad as it’s supposed to be – it always seems to be that way (which I like!)

Lisa | With Style and Grace
October 29, 2012 4:16 pm

sending lots of good, calming & peaceful thoughts your way!! side note… these looks ah-mazing!

Pammy Jo
October 29, 2012 6:02 pm

I’m in Sussex County, NJ too….listening to the wind roar and holding my breath every time the lights flicker. I defied JCP&L by whipping up a batch of cookies when I got home from work today (yes the office was open…lots of house-hunters and mortgage-seekers, I’m sure!!!).

Anyway…this recipe may be just the excuse I needed to buy candy corn, and I’m thinking Biscoff instead of peanut butter.

October 29, 2012 6:17 pm

I am loving this idea. It looks so colorful.

Hope you are doing safe in the storm. Take care!

Kim Bee
October 29, 2012 6:47 pm

First of all please stay safe!

With that out of the way, holy crap no internets. I would be freaking out too. That’s just not cool. Have you seen that new tv show about that? It’s freaking frightening. I mean the show sort of stinks but the idea of no electricity is frightening. I would not be able to handle it. I’d be curled up in a ball crying.

Love the bars. I don’t make enough bars. I need to do something about that.

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
October 29, 2012 8:51 pm

Wow, this looks intense! And I really hope you don’t lose power for that long! You’ll feel like a pioneer and probably go to bed really early…

Sue misson
Sue misson
October 30, 2012 8:49 am

Hi Shelly thinking of you and your family and friends . Hope that the hurricane does not cause you to much damage. Very scary what mother nature can create. Take care sue x

Diane (createdbydiane)
October 30, 2012 12:38 pm

These look fun!
Hope you are doing well today 🙂 and that the storm didn’t leave you without power!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
October 31, 2012 12:17 am

Fingers crossed that you don’t lose your internet and the hurricane passes you by! Stay safe.

Holly Dahlquist
Holly Dahlquist
November 1, 2012 7:17 pm

Love. Must. Make. Soon.

I can’t get this to pin nor can I find it on Pinterest. Do you have it on there?

Cher @ Weddicted
November 2, 2012 8:25 am

How do you think of these things?! Yum!

Lisa F
Lisa F
November 3, 2012 9:30 pm

I just made these tonight. I was sceptical at first but they are super delicious!!


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November 6, 2012 4:25 pm

What is that Font? The one in the picture that says Scarecrow Bars. I see some variation of it all the time and I can not find it!

Heather M.
Heather M.
November 9, 2012 2:15 pm

I just made these, Shelley, and they were amazeballs. And yes, I just used that word to describe the yum. : )

September 24, 2013 12:05 pm

I would just like to say that I have made these about 12 times since you posted this recipe last year (and LOST it, which is why I am back here today!) and people RAVE every time. I try to play it off like I came up with the deliciousness, but I have to give you props! This is seriously my favorite fall thing to make now and my new go-to recipe. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

October 12, 2013 2:31 pm

Hi Shelly … These bars look delicious and I plan on making real soon, I was just wondering …. would making a from scratch yellow cake instead of from a cake mix … do you think it would still work out for the base. Thanks so much 🙂

October 31, 2013 12:33 pm

I made these for a Halloween party this wknd, & they were a hit! I couldn’t stay away from them either! Ugh! SO GOOD!!