candy corn scotcharoo bars

filed under: Candy on September 11, 2014

Check out my Candy Corn Peanut Butter Scootcheroo Bars!  This totally Original recipe is sure to become a family favorite!

Can we talk about candy corn for a second?  And in the sake of transparency, I am talking about it from the perspective of being absolutely obsessed with it.  Like, addicted to the stuff.

Candy Corn Scootcheroo's!

I really can’t keep it in my home because I will just eat it.  All. Eat it all.  All of it.  At once.  I have no control.

So I just don’t buy it.

Except when I do.

Candy Corn Scootcheroo's!


This dessert is definitely an ode to candy corn.  There are three bags in this one pan.

Developing this project was a labor of love/hate.  Love because I love candy corn. #da Hate because I had to buy so many bags of the stuff and sample so many varieties and re-test the recipe so many times that I must have eaten the entire Minnesota supply.

All for the sake of finding you the perfect Candy Corn Scootcheroo.





Candy Corn Scootcheroo's!


Most of the trial and error went into finding the perfect consistency of candy corn mixture.

An original recipe of scootcheroo’s (like my Snickers Special K Bars, to DIE for) calls for 1 cup of corn syrup and 1 cup of white sugar.  When I was looking at the ingredients of candy corn the main ingredient is corn syrup.  So a bell went off in my brain, and I thought, “Why don’t I just substitute candy corn for the sugar and corn syrup?”

So I did.

But here was the problem:  If it was too thick it was impossible to spread over the cereal.  If it was too thin it was candy corn cereal soup.

I think the final, and best, consistency is similar to whole milk.  Runny, but sturdy.

Candy Corn Scootcheroo's!

Candy Corn Scootcheroo's!


Final consensus?  Hubby thought there was too much peanut butter.  Parker thought they were best without candy corn on top.  Colton added more candy corn to the top of his.

Me?  I love the final product just as it is.  But be warned, they are addicting, so I advise giving away as many as possible!

Candy Corn Scotcharoo’s
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This dessert is definitely an ode to candy corn. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candy Corn Scotcharoo’s
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 14 1- ounce bags of candy corn
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 7 cups Special K cereal
  1. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking pan by spraying (or coating with butter or goop) with bakers spray on sides. Place a piece of parchment paper snuggly in the bottom of the pan.

  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, pour in two bags of candy corn and 1/4 cup water. This is approximately 4 cups of candy corn.

  3. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes. You will want the candy corn to melt completely.

  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add peanut butter to candy corn reduction and stir together until full combined.
  6. Put all cereal in a large bowl and pour the candy corn mixture over the cereal. Stir to coat all the cereal.
  7. Pour cereal into prepared pan and press it flat. You can do this with your hands (coat them with bakers spray as often as needed) or with a spatula.

  8. Immediately after you get the cereal flattened, pour candy over the top and level it out. Gently press candy corn into cereal mixture.

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  • emily says:

    I just sent a link to this recipe to my boyfriend with the words: “OMG I need to make these but also I can never make these because I will eat all of them.”

    You may be the only other person on the planet that shares my love for candy corn. This recipe is awesome.

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    If you need a candy corn break, visit the UK – you can’t even buy it here! But seriously, I need to get some so I can bake these bars!

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!! what! I need these in my life!!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    Three very delicious bags of candy corn. These are genius!

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    Totally intrigued! Must buy a bag of these candy corns next US visit. Cute recipe!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    Whhhaaaatttt? There’s only 4 ingredients? This recipe looks insanely delicious! Definitely need to try it!

  • Becca from It's Yummi! says:

    Confession #1: I’m totally addicted to candy corn
    Confession #2: I’m majorly, deeply, emphatically in love with you
    Confession #3: My teeth hurt just looking at the ingredient list!
    Confession #4: I’m gonna make these anyway, because see confession #1

  • Angelic says:

    Do you think this recipe would work as is with Rice Krispies? I have a big box that needs a purpose 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Its worth trying! 🙂

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says:

    These are so fun!! Definitely trying! Your recipes always looks amazing 🙂

  • Chrissy says:

    Ah, the health bars, with the special k 🙂

  • JulieD says:

    wow, this looks amazing!! <3

  • sue/the view from great island says:

    Total transparency — candy corn is one of the few candies I really don’t like. At all. But I have a family that loves the stuff, so I am grateful for this fun recipe!

  • lia says:

    Made them tonight for my daughter’s field hockey game tomorrow. Had to try one. Amazing. Totally love.

    • Amanda says:

      Awesome!! Yay!! I am so excited to know that someone else has made and enjoyed these. 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Walmart was out of candy corn today. It was like the apocalypse, only worse.

    These bars – I want to marry them!

    • Amanda says:

      lol. Worse than the apocalypse. I love it!!

  • Beverley says:

    these are so colourful and perfect for Halloween of course but I’m thinking these babies are for me all year round. Thank you Amanda for another yummy recipe…Going to phone the Prime Minister here in England to make candy corn an official candy! xoxo

    • Amanda says:

      ha ha! I love having online friends who know the Prime Ministers number. 😉

  • Lauren says:

    This recipe looks so yummy! Candy corn is one of my favorite things about fall!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Lauren!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    Need to get my hands on some candy corn asap.. loving these bars!

  • Jocelyn@Brucrewlife says:

    I love these colorful, delicious bars! Perfect for any Halloween party! 🙂

  • Marysa says:

    What a fun combination of flavors! We love candy corn and it would be a fun way to use up leftover candy.