Garbage Bars

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I literally made these hours ago.  Tonight my husband, kids and I are going to a small gathering and I could not be more happy about it.  With all the events of the world of late, I feel so blessed that we are able to be with loving, caring people.

Even in the midst of personal trials and national devastation, I turned to something that always brings me joy.  Baking.

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And showing up to a friends home without a special homemade gift just seems so wrong, so this was win-win.

Since I decided to make them just a few hours ago, I hadnt prepared and gotten supplies.  The reason I am calling them “garbage bars” is because I simply emptied out my pantry to make them.

The bars are based off a recipe from my Mother-in-Laws church cookbook and are called Magic Bars.  I think they have been around for many, many years.

Garbage Bars!


Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate and chopped nuts as the original recipe called for, I used 1/2 cup of four different kinds of treats.

Just a few ingredients for Special Garbage Bars!


1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips

1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup Butterscotch Chips

I thought they turned out pretty great!

Sweet… like -holy heck are they sweet- but great none the less.


Amazingly Sweet Garbage Bars!


I just love how “custom” these bars are.  You can truly make them yours by using  your favorite ingredients!

Garbage Bars


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • (Or 2 cups of whatever you have in your pantry: left over candy bars, oatmeal, etc.)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (the original calls for 1 1/2 cups, but I am not a coconut fan)


  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in microwave or small saucepan over low heat. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over bottom of 9x13 pan then pour butter over crumbs. Flatten out crumbs with fork and make sure butter is evenly incorporated.
  3. Evenly pour two cups of flavored chips over graham cracker crust.
  4. Pour condensed milk over chips.
  5. Cover with coconut flakes. (Or shredded coconut)
  6. Bake 25 minutes. Edges will be brown and center should not jiggle.

Amazing Garbage Bars!

Sending love and prayers to all those affected by the devastating events in Boston, Massachusetts.




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  1. Sara says

    Oh my, when I was 9, my mum made a huge batch of them and they were like my first crush in life…. but she also added like 1 or 2 cups of corn flakes… Guess who’s going to visit her mum veeeery soon 😉
    I think I’m in love again…

  2. Vicki says


    My friend introduced me to your blog about 2 years ago and since then I’m in love! You are such a talented person! Baking is my favorite thing to do and for me you are a role model! To be able to make such wonderful creations, run a blog and take care of children. What is your secret?! Are you a super-woman? 
    As for these yummy bars – what can I use instead of graham crackers? And did I get it right? There is no need to mix anything? These are truly magic bars!!!

  3. Disha says

    hey if i dont get peanut chips, can i used crushed peanuts? and 1 14oz condensed milk is approx how many grams?

  4. Lisa says

    These are a classic! But can we stop the practice of giving delicious treats gross names? Magic bars, 7-layer bars, yes! Garbage: no.

      • Lisa says

        I’m sorry – my comment sounded more negative than I intended! I just picture my beautiful, elegant grandmother baking them back in the 60’s (which had its own wild food names!) and can’t hear her offering us “garbage”. But tradition is tradition! (PS, love your creativity.)