there are just some recipes that you know you will put on lifelong rotation once you taste them. these "candy bars," scotcheroos, were that recipe for me. i tasted them in college when a roommate whipped them up and i've been making them ever since. i've run into this same recipe many times, and met and made lots of diehard fans. scotcheroos are easy to make and are always a hit. they are really rich and sweet and over the top!
recipe from jodi (the old roommate)
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 (11.5 oz) package milk chocolate chips
1/2 (11.5 oz) package butterscotch chips
combine corn syrup and sugar in a large stockpot. bring to a boil and let boil for one minute. remove from heat. stir in peanut butter and rice cereal. press into a greased 9x13 pan. combine milk chocolate and butterscotch chips in a large pyrex measuring cup. microwave at 50% power for one minute and stir. microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment until chips are melted together. when it is almost melted, there will still be a few semi-solid chips. just keep stirring, don't cook again. stir until smooth and pour over pressed cereal. cool until the chocolate is solid. (in the summer i refrigerate them to cool.)
*i much prefer milk chocolate chips to semi sweet chocolate chips in these bars. i also toss in an extra handful of butterscotch chips instead of milk chips. my ratio is more like 40% milk chocolate chips 60% butterscotch.