These sweet treats are so fun, yummy and easy! And they starts with simple Mars bars!

By now, you’ve been through the chips and queso, and are ready for something sweet to eat while you cross your fingers that your bracket doesn’t get busted during March Madness…

My friend Carol Ritchie from Cookin’ with Carol has another great idea for those game watch parties.

Carol says this  delicious dessert was inspired by her travels to Australia. Not only is it a popular favorite with home cooks, it can be shaped and topped for a sporty or chic occasion!

“Take It To The Net” Crispy Treats

3 (61g each) Mars Bars, chopped (your favorite nougat, soft caramel, almonds, and milk/dark chocolate-coated candy bar can substitute)

3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon honey (or golden syrup)
4 cups crispy rice cereal
1 1/2 cups milk or dark chocolate chips
1 cup vanilla frosting
orange food coloring paste (find at hobby stores)

Spray two mini-muffin pans with cooking spray. In a large saucepan, heat 2 of the chopped candy bars, butter, and honey, until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rice cereal and the remaining chopped candy bar, until mixture is combined. Using a small ice cream scoop, portion the mixture into the prepared mini-muffin pans. Using lightly oiled hands, press the mixture into the cups (should make 40—not quite two full 24-cup mini-muffin pans). Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until mixture is set. In a microwave-safe dish, heat the chocolate chips on 100% power for 30 seconds at a time, until chocolate is melted, watching carefully and stirring occasionally—do not let it bubble or burn! Spoon the chocolate evenly over the tops of all the prepared rice treats. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Loosen and remove the treats from the muffin pan using a thin spatula. For decoration, tint the vanilla frosting with the orange food coloring paste. Place in a disposable pastry bag or a zip-top bag with a small tip of the corner snipped off. Draw a “cross” on the top of the treat, then draw two curved lines on each side to resemble a basketball. Slam dunk!

Makes 40 treats; Serves 20, 2 per person

Notes: You can also press the cereal mixture into an 8-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Top with melted chocolate. Chill, slice into serving pieces, and enjoy!

I think it sounds delicious, and I just may try this one out over the weekend.




Carol Ritchie, Traveling Cooking Instructor for 25 years and Host of cable TV cooking show Cookin’ with Carol—a 2001 James Beard Award Nominee for “Best Local Television Cooking Show.” Notable guests include Julia Child, Martin Yan and Jacques Pepin. Carol is also a recipe developer, culinary consultant, and spokesperson, appearing on national television including CBS Chef on a Shoestring, PBS Healthweek, QVC Shopping Network, and Cooking Live! (Food Network). Carol is one of the recipe developers and volunteer spokesperson for the American Heart Association cookbooks. She specializes in classic technique, strategies for the quick-cook, Australian cuisine, and heart-healthy fundamentals.


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