I was craving Scotcheroos last week, so I went to H.E.B., gathered most of the ingredients, then discovered that the store was completely out of Nestle butterscotch morsels. After being helped by a friendly employee who was sympathetic towards my predicament and offered several substitution ideas even though she’d never tasted Scotcheroos, I put all the ingredients back, went home, packed, and left for Disney World. When I returned, the butterscotch morsels were back in their place and all was well. So the lesson here is this: when the store runs out of a key ingredient, just go to Disney World.
Okay, not really. The lesson here is supposed to be that when you make Scotcheroos, you should try using Special K instead of Rice Krispies. My friend Tracy gave me this tip many years ago, and I’ve been making them with Special K every since. It changes the texture and flavor and makes the bars a little more interesting. People might not even recognize them as Scotcheroos. As for this batch, I’m going to take them over to the H.E.B. and (awkwardly) attempt to share them with the employee who helped me.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups Special K Cereal
- 1 1/2 cup semisweet, dark or even milk chocolate chips (9 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cup butterscotch chips (9 ounces)
- Line a 13×9 inch pan with nonstick foil. For a half batch, use an 8 inch pan.
- a large (3 quart) nonstick saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup and heat just until mixture begins to boil and sugar starts to dissolve. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until well blended, then stir in the cereal.
- Empty the mixture into the pan and press firmly to cover.
- Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on 50% power for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Alternatively, you can do this over a double-boiler. Spread over top of bars and refrigerate until chocolate is slightly firm. Remove from the refrigerator when set and return to room temperature (they are hard to cut when cold). Lift foil from pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into bars