Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY : Homemade Whatchamacallit Bars

Homemade Whatchamacallit Bars
(Update Dec 2012: Picture of a new batch)
 (Sorry about the crappy picture, clicked these in the night and finished them, I'll make some more soon and update the post)

Who else loves these bars? They were quite the nostalgic trip for me, I remember eating them as a child, before we moved to India, and absolutely loving them. They still aren't available in India, but I had ordered a box of them while I was in the UK, so up until a few months ago I was happily enjoying them, being reminded of their awesomeness.

Ofcourse, coming here I missed them a lot, but never considered looking up a recipe for a homemade knock-off, even though I have made or seen quite a few other candy bars. Until I got this month's Secret Recipe Club assignment that is. Chris's blog, Mele Cotte, has been on my reader for ages, and all the desserts she posts has made it one of my top blogs. I was super pumped to get her blog this month. I went to her recipe index, totally prepared to spend a day or two trying to decide what to make, as I usually do. And while a lot of recipes stood out to me, as soon as I saw these bars, I was sure. I couldn't believe my eyes, and cursed myself quite a bit when I realised I could have been making these bars for ages.

They are super easy to make, especially if you have butterscotch chips. I didn't, and made my own butterscotch sauce, which took all of 5 minutes and has already become a staple in my house. I want to play with that recipe just a bit more, and I'll post it after I'm done. The most difficult part is waiting for the chocolate to set, and the anticipation of knowing how close they reach to the real deal, which is a LOT. I am in love with these, they are so good, and I know the pan's going to be over in no time. Luckily, its an easy recipe to be addicted to!

Homemade Whatchamacallit Bars
(Update Dec 2012 : Picture of a new batch) Look at that luscious peanut buttery caramel oozing out. There goes the diet.

Homemade Whatchamacallit / Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Caramel Bars
Recipe from Mele Cotte

1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup white corn syrup (I used honey)
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
6 cups Puffed Rice Cereal (like Rice Krispies) (for Indians, kurmura is about the same thing, though Iused Rice Krispies)
2 cups good-quality bittersweet chocolate

Instructions -
  1. Grease and line a sheet pan. Set aside. Place the Rice Krispies in a large bowl, that allows space for mixing.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, corn syrup / honey, and peanut butter. Melt, remove from heat and add the butterscotch chips/sauce. Stir until melted completely
  3. Pour this mixture over the Rice Krispies, and stir/toss to coat evenly. Transfer into the prepared pan, and try to form a nice even layer. Refrigerate to set.
  4. Once the Rice Krispies are set (about 10 minutes), cut them into large bars.  Re-line the same pan, or use another large pan lined with foil.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler / microwave. Using a fork, dip each bar into the chocolate, ensuring it is coated on all sides, and lay onto the prepared foil lined pan. Allow the chocolate to set ; enjoy.


  1. Thank you for the kind words! I love that you tried these. They're so much fun. And, being adaptable across the pond makes them the perfect treat.

    Have a great week!


  2. Oh my, these sound so good! I can make these gluten free too! Great choice!!

  3. That was my favorite candy bar growing up! Must try!!

  4. Serious chocolate yum! Saw you were orphaned and checked out Amy's post, then looked at all of the posts today and when I saw these candy bars in all the thumbnail pictures, I knew this one was yours. ;)
    Haven't had a Whatchamacallit for years. Need to try homemade!

    1. Hahhha. I love that you could recognise these, I didn't know I had a recognisable 'style' yet :P

  5. Thanks everyone <3 Don't be fooled by the picture, they taste pretty damn awesome

  6. Oh, I LOVE these!!! I've always made them in a pan...but love the individual bar idea! SO yummy!

  7. I was just in the US and would stare at all of the displays of candy wondering what they were like :)

    1. Hahha. I do that at way more things than I'd like to admit. Diet, and weight restrictions on flights usually stop me :(

  8. Ooo I love homemade candy bars!! YUM! yum. yumm...!!

  9. These looks pretty darn tasty, Avanika! They look just like the chewy bars my boys used to eat all the time, but better since they're homemade.

  10. These look delicious! I used to love the whatchamacallits when I was a kid.

  11. Love this recipe, I definitely have to try it


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