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


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/2 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.

154 Responses

  1. 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!)

  2. Amy K

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Kristy

    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

  5. 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!! 🙂

  6. Debbie MacKenzie

    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 🙂

  7. Kelly K

    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!

  8. 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.

    1. Margie

      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!)

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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 🙂

    1. Stephanie

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

  11. Stephanie

    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.

  12. Melissa

    Never stop making bars!!!!! Every recipe I try from your blog is amazing and met with rave reviews. Thanks for your constant sugary inspiration!

  13. Amber

    30 minutes ago I just ate all the chocolate chip cookie dough balls out of my kids ice cream because I don’t like the vanilla around it.

  14. michelle

    I have been trying a new receipe a week for the past several months (thank you Pinterest), never have I received the praise i’ve gotten with these! I have a feeling I will be making these on a regular basis! Thank you!! : )

  15. Erin

    Oh my! I am so very glad I found your blog…

    I discovered that they have all the ingredients to make these beautiful bars at Trader Joe’s, and I just so happened to pick them up last night to make for football this weekend. I’ll report back the (inevitable) praises of the masses 🙂 I can’t wait!!!

    1. shelly

      Maybe add a little more water to the caramel when you are melting it…I used kraft caramels…they weren’t chewy at all when melted with a bit of water. Maybe give that a try?

  16. If these taste half as good as they look their could be a wedding ceremony. I am making them tonight. Be on the look out for your wedding invite. I am doing a no sugar thing until thanksgiving – except a treat every 2 weeks. This will be my special treat. Whoa.

  17. Had these at a party tonight. is it a bad thing that I am hiding the 3 I brought home from my husband and kids. Now I must say, We had these bars with a scoop of ice cream and if the actual ice cream Chubby Hubby is anything like the dish I had, I have a new favorite ice cream!

  18. had these at a party tonight. is it a bad thing that I am hiding the three I brought home from my husband and boys? We had our bars with a side scoop of ice cream. So if the actuall ice cream Chubby Bubby is anythign like this was, I may have a new favorite ice cream.

  19. shana

    I just made these and my caramel is hard…hard to cut through and hard to bite… Does that mean I over warmed it up? Oh no, I forgot the 1 tbsp of water… would that do it? bummer… I made 2 batches and they’re both like that…

    1. shana

      Today, I separated the caramel and chocolate off the bars, put the cookie mix in my kitchenaid and re-melted the caramel and used the chocolate to dip them in – as cake balls. So, if you forget to add water to the mix, you can always make cake balls 🙂

  20. These look amazing!! I’m planning on making them for a group Bible study tonight- about how many did your recipe serve? We usually have about 20 people so I was thinking of doubling it… should I triple it, do you think?

  21. Nicolette

    Chubby Hubby ice cream is my fave, so I decided to make these for a party. They were delicious!!! I’ll definitely be making these again. Thank you!

  22. Leslie

    Was your cookie a little gooey on the inside? I’m edging closer to 35 minutes at 350 and my inside of the cookie is still super gooey. Going to continue cooking until it’s a little gooey since that is what makes a really yummy cookie 🙂 but thought I’d ask anyway. Can’t wait to try them!

    1. shelly

      My cookie wasn’t super gooey, but I love a gooey cookie! Just let them cool completely before you cute them or you’ll have a mess 🙂 A yummy mess, but still a mess

  23. Caitlin

    These look amazing!!! I will definitely have to try them. My favorite ice cream is Chubby Hubby and I recently found out I am allergic to milk… so no more ice cream. =( I will definitely have to make this recipe. Thanks!!! =D

  24. Erika

    I made these for my hubby’s bday (which is tomorrow… yay for planning ahead!) and if they taste half as good as they look/smell, I’m going to be a hero! However, I am not telling him what they’re called. Because if he ever dared make a dessert for me called Chubby Wife Bars he would be in BIG trouble 🙂

  25. A friend of mine posted this on her FB page. I am NOT a ‘baker’ but i HAD to try these…after reading all the comments i was sure to add water to the caramel b/c i actually like it thinner and not chewy. I think i may have added as much as a half cup till it was s fairly thin consistency and it worked well. I was also sure to add the broken pretzels by gently folding them in and i think that helped them remain crunchy vs soft when they were baked.
    These have been a huge hit! THANKS!

  26. Crystal

    I just made these for my parents to take to a Christmas Party….I told my dad he could only have 1/4 a bar because he’s diabetic and I don’t want him to fall into a coma before Christmas…these things are AWESOME…I hope they’re a hit.

  27. Rebekah

    I saw these pinned on Pinterest a week or so ago…and saved them specifically to make for my work holiday cookie exchange. I made them this afternoon…and O.M.G. They are out of this world amazing!!

  28. Jodie

    I made these this weekend! My chocolate breaks away from the carmel when I cut them. Anything Im doing wrong? I cooled the carmel 1st before adding the chocolate. They are still amazing!!! Very yummy!! Thanks for sharing!!

  29. kay

    I made these yesterday and followed the recipe as written. They’re time consuming to make because of the cooling times and rather messy but well worth it. I brought them into work to rave reviews!!

  30. Desiree

    these look and sound amazing, i have yet to find ben and jerry’s “chubby hubby” ice cream here in canada(if someone knows wherre i can please let me know) but we do have this Cadbury dairy milk bar thats got peanut butter and pretzels, which is absolutely divine…so ill be definetly trying this recipe!!!

  31. Lisa

    These looked so good, I was dying to try for my book group! I initially went the lazy route & got refrigerator cookie dough…let’s just say that did not go well since there is way less dough in one of those than a regular recipe & I ended up w/ a rock hard chunk of cookie/reese’s…2nd go around was better w/ real cookie dough, but I followed the instructions and added the pretzels & reeses to the mixer on the lowest setting- in the future I would either hand fold in or add the pretzels especially to the caramel instead of the dough, as they were pretty much lost in my bars, not much saltiness and no crunch at all. They are really hard to cut through as others have said, I might soften the caramel with more water in the future also.
    I am thinking my leftovers are going to be awesome heated up w/ some vanilla ice cream….yum!

  32. Heather

    These sound so amazing, they won as the new recipe to try. I am taking them to the last PTO meeting, where I am the president, and we are thanking all the committee chair persons. I just know I will get asked for the recipe…so I wanted to print it out in your cool fonts with your blog address, but the print link doesn’t work. The meeting is Thursday, May 3rd 2012 at 5 pm. Is it possible to make something I can print and take with me to pass out?

    Thanks so much!!

    1. shelly

      The printable feature on all my old posts somehow got disabled…I am in the process of transferring them all over to the new print recipe option. So sorry! I will work on this one today!

  33. Debbie

    Guess what I just did. I won a bake-off at work using this recipe. Yes, I did. Woo hoo! Thanks for a great recipe! These are delicious!

  34. Candi

    I made these for a work potluck. People were actually walking back to my office to thank me. I feel those thanks should be passed on to you, as the genius behind the whole thing. I gave them all your blog. I hope you have lots of new readers!

  35. Jade

    So Chubby Hubby just happens to be the only ice cream I choose to eat… Why eat anything else when you’ve found perfection? Your bars look divine. However… As a CH officionado, I must ask– where’s the malt?!! And as a CH purist, I will have to leave out the caramel, just out of respect for B&J’s. Thank you for a great idea!

  36. Christina

    Brilliant! I’m not an ice cream fan at all either — I only ever crave it when it’s been 100+ degrees for at least a week. But I adore homebaked goods, and this sounds amazing! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!!

  37. Sarah

    These bars look delicious! Your comments and descriptive little snarky remarks made me want to make them even more! You speak with experience and experience is what I have. Can’t wait to make these, and I may just share them with my loving family : ) (I’m a giver…most of the time)

  38. Sami

    I am currently making these to take take to a Memorial Day cookout. I have made them 3 times before and I have yet to come across anyone that didn’t love them. I made the caramel firmer the second time, I like it that way, but general consensus is for softer. I definitely get that. After the first time i made these I decided to go with my usual cookie recipe. Just personal preference. My hubby says putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds makes them absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I think… ;D

  39. Lisa

    OMG….can’t wait to try these…..Ben and Jerry’s chubby hubby is my favorite sweet in the whole entire world, but I haven’t been able to find it for the past couple years. This might be the perfect fix!

  40. Terrie

    I have tried every way possible to print your recipe off with no success. I have printed off several other recipes off of different sites this morning with complete success. The only way I could get it tp print, It used up a ton of my ink by printing off every comment ever put on here. I finally had to stop it before it got to the recipe. Very poor set up and very uneasy to use.

    1. Shelly

      Did you use the “print recipe” button inside the recipe? It is in the upper left corner of the recipe and will only print the recipe and in black and white. Thanks.

  41. Sara

    Did you ever try this with a pb choc chip cookie base? It might be interesting to see how it would taste if you removed the choc chips and put the pretzels and pb cups instead. Do you have any thoughts or good recipres for such a bar?

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