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…

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

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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.

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Mix in your chopped nuts…

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Then get your mini peanut butter cups ready…

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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.

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And then measure out your cereal…about 2 cups.

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

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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.


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37 Comments on "Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars"

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Nikki @Seeded at the Table

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! 🙂

Gloria @ Simply Gloria

The kids would dig these! And, I will love “not” baking on those hot days…which need to come very soon! (=

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

Yep, this would go over big time in my household. We buy the puffs cereal by the case!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

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??

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

My A/C broke for the third time this month so I am definitely down for no-bake treats!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Reese’s Puffs cereal or Cocoa Puffs were something my mom almost never bought but boy, I sure want to buy some now and make these 🙂


No baking on hot summer days!
This looks cute and must taste amazing. I’m going to make some for my nephew’s bday. Thanks, Shelly.


Yum! Goodness, so easy too!

Heather @ Snookie


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

You can really never have enough peanut buttery things in a candy bar. This is awesome!


That looks really good! Wish I wasn’t allergic to nuts!


ALL THE PEANUT BUTTER! This looks like exactly what I want to hack up and eat while watching the Avengers for the 50th time. Awesome.


Love how simple this is! What a wonderful chocolate-y peanut butter recipe (:


Looks delicious and easy! It’s always nice to have no-bake recipes on hand!


I love using cereal for quick and easy no bake desserts. Pinning this one!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These are all kinds of delicious! You totally rocked my world with this recipe!


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!

Colleen @ What

The peanut butter drizzle is a must, obvi. Such a fun treat! Perfect for the upcoming warm months when turning on an oven just isn’t always appealing…


I always need chocolate bars!

Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego)

This dessert looks like it’s going to be my newest addiction.

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

Melted chocolate on cereal? Genius.

These bars? Too dangerous to have around the house. But then again you only live once!

Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion

These look great. so original

Cookbook Queen

I am completely in love with these — those Hershey baking melts are the best invention!!

Jenna @ www.sensationallyseasonal.com

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.

Annie @ Annie

Holy crap, this is genius. Now you have me thinking of 15,265 different variations. Love it!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

These look so nifty!!! What a genius concept!

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker

HOLY SMOKES. Are these for real? Swoon.

Luv What You Do

Reece’s cereal really is the BEST! I love that you made this into a super chocolatey dessert!


Oh yeah, these are so fun! I love Hershey melts too. Cereal candy bar sounds perfect to me!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

I think I have to go back to the store for Reese’s Puffs now. Like, immediately. Amazing recipe, Shelly!


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.


Looks better than a Reeses Cup or even a Butterfinger and I don’t say that lightly – wow!

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

I feel like half the stuff I do now is no-bake… but it’s just because I’m lazy. So I love this! And there’s cereal in them. Therefore, breakfast food. Yeah! 🙂

bridget {bake at 350}

Oh my gosh…..cutest bar/bark EVER!!! Those puffs are like polka dots for dessert! Too cuuuuuute!

Jeff @ Cheeseburger

I love this homemade treat. It takes time to prepare it but this just makes it more delicious.