Easy Peasy Halloween Bars

adapted from Suzie the Foodie

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cost: $3.60

corn syrup: .35, sugar: .25, peanut butter: 1.10, cereal: 1.00, chocolate chips: .90

1 C corn light corn syrup

1 C sugar

1 1/3 C peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

4 C cereal (I used rice crispies, but any bland cereal would work--Cheerios, Special K, cornflakes, whatever)

1 C chocolate chips

assorted candies, optional

Heat corn syrup and sugar over medium heat. Let sugar dissolve and bring to boiling. Boil gently (so turn that heat down if it starts to get really bubbly) for two minutes (you might want to time it; cook it too long and it will get weird). 

Stir in peanut butter. Add vanilla. Then stir in the cereal. 

At this point you can also stir in some chunks of leftover Halloween candies. Just chop up some leftovers and mix them in. I think almost any chocolate would be good. 

If you don't want to sacrifice your chocolate Halloween candy, that's fine. Just make it plain. 

While it's still warm, put the chocolate chips on and let them melt. Then spread them around. If they don't melt put them in an oven on the middle rack, and set the oven to broil. Leave them in for only a minute or two and then take them out (seriously--don't forget they're there or everything will burn). Then your chocolate should be melty enough to spread. 

If you wish add Halloween candy to the top. We used candy corn and it was great. But almost anything chocolate-y or nutty will work. 

Cut and eat warm or cooled. 

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