Chubby Hubby Bars

These gooey Chubby Hubby Bars are inspired by Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby Ice Cream! Made with pretzels, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, caramel and more, thse delicious dessert bars are everything!

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Chubby Hubby Bars Recipe

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.

How to Make Chubby Hubby Bars

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.

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Chubby Hubby Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield Yield: About 36 bars 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

These gooey Chubby Hubby Bars are inspired by Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby Ice Cream! Made with pretzels, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, caramel and more, thse delicious dessert bars are everything!


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Keywords:: chubby hubby, dessert bars, dessert bars recipe, caramel dessert, pretzel dessert, chocolate dessert recipe, easy dessert recipe

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sara
May 12, 2015 5:53 pm

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?

Terrie
June 22, 2014 11:28 am

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.

November 11, 2013 2:09 pm

Adorable!! I love the idea of salty + sweet =)

Lisa
June 7, 2013 12:29 am

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!

Sami
May 27, 2013 1:38 pm

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

April 5, 2013 11:28 am

Oh man! I’m going out to get the ingredients for this today! Whenever I want to make an over- the-top fantastic dessert I look here first!

Sarah
February 27, 2013 8:29 pm

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)

Christina
September 17, 2012 5:25 am

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!!

Jade
September 6, 2012 4:30 pm

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!

Sarah
September 5, 2012 9:40 pm

I made these and added shredded coconut too! AMAZING!!!

September 2, 2012 7:09 pm

These sound amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Can’t wait to try them out!

I featured your bars on my blog today. Feel free to come check it out:
http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/09/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-47.html

Candi
May 27, 2012 8:15 am

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!

Debbie
May 15, 2012 4:23 pm

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!

Heather
May 2, 2012 8:52 pm

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!!

Heather
May 3, 2012 1:57 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Thank you! Thank You!!

Lisa
April 26, 2012 7:42 am

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… Read more »

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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