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.

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Chubby Hubby Bars


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.

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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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154 Responses
  1. 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!)

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!! 🙂

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!)

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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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