Crispy Pretzel Bars are an easy dessert bar to make loaded with peanut butter, crispy rice cereal, pretzels, and M&M chocolate candies. If you happen to love Scotcheroos (Special K Bars) then you are going to be obsessed with this sweet & salty adaptation! 

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Crispy Pretzel M&M Bars

I love rice crispy bars and scotcheroos but it is nice to switch things up a bit when it comes to the bars. In this recipe, there are no marshmallows, but still lots of crispy rice cereal and a no-bake treat. These can be made in just a few minutes and are a great after-school snack or treat to grab with your lunch. And, hey, there is cereal in the mix, so why not enjoy one for breakfast?


Ingredients for Crispy Pretzel M&M Bars in a Bowl

Bars Ingredients

Corn Syrup: Use light corn syrup in this recipe; dark corn syrup has more molasses and a more robust flavor.

Cereal: Choose crispy rice cereal you have on hand, like Rice Krispies.

Pretzels: Roughly chop some regular, salted pretzels.

Candies: Look for plain M&M chocolate candies for a little chocolate added to the mix.

Hand Holding Crispy Pretzel M&M Bar

How to Store

To store the bars, keep them in a sealed container at room temperature. They will last about a week. You can also freeze these bars for up to three months.

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Crispy Pretzel M&M Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Crispy Pretzel Bars are an easy dessert bar to make loaded with peanut butter, crispy rice cereal, pretzels, and M&M chocolate candies.


  • 1 cup (341 g) light corn syrup
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (258 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups (116 g) crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups (100 g) pretzels, roughly chopped, divided
  • 1 cup (203 g) M&M candies, divided


  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, add corn syrup and sugar, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved (4-5 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir the mixture until creamy.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cereal, 1¾ cups pretzels, and ¾ cup M&M's. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the top. Using a rubber spatula, stir until fully coated.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and top with the remaining pretzels and M&M's. Allow the bars to set at room temperature before cutting and serving.

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Reader Comments

  1. I was hesitant as I have been repulsed by Rice Krispie treats for several years now. But I decided to give it a try when I saw no marshmallow. I used Rice Chex as that’s what I had on hand. At first I just thought they were okay but then I couldn’t stop eating them. Looking forward to making again but trying something different other than pretzels. Unfortunately the toppings didn’t stick for me so I’ll just mix in next time.

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