I have to share a great recipe I just came across the this weekend. When I was a student in college at Indiana University there was a little shop in the student union called Sugar and Spice and they sold coffee, smoothies, and some bakery items. My favorite lunch was stopping by and picking up a delicious treat they called a Special K chewy. It’s a bit like a rice crispy treat but using Special K cereal and it tastes like peanut butter and caramel. It has never crossed my mind to try to replicate it, but I saw a recipe on a blog that seemed like it would be similar but not the same, and that got me interested in searching for something that would be similar. So I did a quick search of “Special K Chewy” and “Indiana University” and lo and behold, I learned that this elusive treat was a cult favorite and indeed there was a recipe that was sworn to be the exact same recipe! I found it interesting that someone who claimed to be a student in the 1970’s said they had the treats back then and they had searched for the recipe because after all that time they still remembered them.
Do I have you interested in these yet?
Let me tell you….they delivered. From what I remember, these are pretty much the same thing! They are delicious! Please make them and then report back how much you loved them.
Oh, and I forgot to tell you my favorite part! They were simple to make and used very few ingredients.
Here is the recipe I followed:
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 1/3 cups of peanut butter
- 1 cup of white corn syrup
- 4 cups of Special K cereal
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- Blend corn syrup, vanilla, and salt in a 2 quart microwave safe dish. **I did this and will be using a bigger dish next time just to make stirring easier.** Cook on high 4 minutes, or until mixture boils and sugar dissolves.
- Stir in peanut butter, then add cereal. To make it easier on yourself, put in the cereal in 1 cup increments at a time to blend easier.
- Drop teaspoonfuls on wax paper. Let cool before storing at room temperature. ** I choose to make bigger ones like they sold in the store so I made them by using a large spoon as a guide. About 2 hours is enough to cool.**
There you have it. It’s that easy! The key is too work quickly so the mixture doesn’t harden. I recommend getting all your ingredients and wax paper set out in advance.