Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars ~ A cross between a candy bar and bark, loaded with peanut butter cups, peanuts and Reese's Puffs Cereal!

Baking is overrated some days.

Some days you need a chocolate fix without all the mixing and preheating.

Some days you need to melt some chocolate, top it with cereal and call it a day.

Some days turns out to be today.


This is essentially a bark, but not a bark, because it’s a little thicker…and also because I didn’t want to call it bark.

And since I invented it, I have that ability.


In this candy bar (bark) we have chocolate, peanuts, mini peanut butter cups AND Reese’s Puffs cereal.  It’s a chocolate and peanut butter party.


And again, you don’t even have to bake it.  I’m winning at desserts today.

Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars ~ A cross between a candy bar and bark, loaded with peanut butter cups, peanuts and Reese's Puffs Cereal!

So let’s get these Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars (Bark) show on the road.


First, chop up some honey roasted peanuts…

 photo IMG_0381_zpsb5282f55.jpg

Then melt some chocolate.  About 3 cups.  I used Hershey’s Baking Melts.

 photo IMG_0389_zpse2344a0c.jpg

They melt pretty much the same way that a chocolate chip would, just to let you know, they aren’t like those candy baking melts.

 photo IMG_0390_zpse66b2222.jpg

Mix in your chopped nuts…

 photo IMG_0396_zpsd05acc3f.jpg

Then get your mini peanut butter cups ready…

 photo IMG_0384_zpsdde173ea.jpg

And stir them in.   They might melt a touch, but that’s ok!

 photo IMG_0399_zps7e424127.jpgSpread that onto a baking sheet lined with parchment to about 8″x11″.  You want a little thickness.

 photo IMG_0402_zps7b6b1c2c.jpg

And then measure out your cereal…about 2 cups.

 photo IMG_0405_zpse63634a0.jpgAnd press that into the chocolate.  Make sure you press it in, though, because if you don’t it will all pop off when you cut it into pieces.

 photo IMG_0407_zps2065b3a3.jpgAnd if you’re feeling fancy, drizzle some melted peanut butter chips on top.

 photo IMG_0422_zps091d3d8c.jpg

Kinda cute, right? photo IMG_0427_zps91d8175d.jpgChill it for a bit to set the chocolate and then cut it into pieces!Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars ~ A cross between a candy bar and bark, loaded with peanut butter cups, peanuts and Reese's Puffs Cereal!



Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars


makes 16 bars


  • 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup mini peanut butter cups
  • 2 heaping cups Reese’s Puffs cereal (you could use Cocoa Puffs too)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable shortening


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler.
  3. Once melted stir in chopped peanuts.
  4. Then stir in mini peanut butter cups. It’s ok if they melt slightly.
  5. Spread your mixture onto lined baking sheet into a rectangle approx 8″x11″. You don’t want it to be too thin like a bark candy, you want it to be a little thicker.
  6. Sprinkle your cereal on top of chocolate mixture evenly, pressing in to stick.
  7. Melt peanut butter chips and coconut oil or shortening in a ziptop bag in the microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Remove bag from microwave and squeeze, repeating the process until the chips are melted.
  8. Snip off a small corner of the bag and drizzle melted peanut butter chips on top.
  9. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes until chocolate is set up.
  10. Cut or break into pieces.


If weather is warm, you might want to keep these in the refrigerator until serving.


37 Responses

  1. SO great to have a dessert recipe that doesn’t require the oven! It’s been 90+ here in Mississippi the last few days. I’m still learning how to tolerate this hot climate compared to what we had in Chicago, so the oven has been a big no-no for me lately! 🙂

  2. Very cute! Yes, sometimes a candy recipe is just needed. Especially if oodles of peanuts are mixed in! Plus, that Reese’s Puffs cereal! Reminds me that I just rediscovered my love for PB Cap’n Crunch, and ate an entire box way too quickly… why are those so good??

  3. I need to go to the store and buy some cereal! This is so genius and I love how easy it is and that I dont have to heat the oven up or really do all that much! Plus, there is peanut butter! Score!

  4. So, I think the cereal in the bark is genius. One of my favorite desserts when I was a kid was a Cocoa Puff Parfait. Literally a layer of Cocoa Puffs, then vanilla pudding, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, then repeat. It sounds gross I know, but trust me when I say it was awesome.

  5. One of the perks of blogging is definitely all of the creative license we get for stuff like this. it’s a bar if you say it’s a bar! And a damn tasty one at that.

Leave a Reply