Got Treats?

This post made it just under the Halloween wire. Deliberately. I wasn't going to post these recipes at all, but I couldn't resist suggesting two more gooey treats to an already laden holiday. Forgive me. I love being witchy.

The first treat is an old recipe.... we used to make it all the time. Very kid friendly. Made with a bunch of gooey, chewy things that most everyone likes, all mixed together. With the added attraction of....wait for it.... sweetened condensed milk. I made it at the last minute so I could take photos and immediately remove it from my reach by giving it to friends with kids (or even some without) just as long as I don't have it around here to nibble on like M & M's or something. Kids love to make it, love to eat it and you can serve the bars (or take them) to any party you're giving or going to this weekend. Doesn't need to be for Halloween either- make it for any holiday- just use appropriate candies on the top and change the title to something like Rocky Road Independence Day Bars. Stick a bunch of flags in it. Very adaptable, this recipe.

The second treat to avoid tricks is from Smitten Kitchen's cauldron. And she's right to comment that it's seriously sweet and to cut it into small pieces and serve it in those miniature cupcake liners. Again, it has sweetened condensed milk. (Are you noticing a pattern here?) This one takes some baking but Oh. My. So good. I don't want these in the house either! From an adult standpoint, I think treat #2 has a slight edge over treat #1.

Oh well, the devil made me post these.

Happy Haunting!
Trick or Treat!

Rocky Road Halloween Bars

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz.) package chocolate chips
2 tbsp. butter
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
10 1/2 ounce package mini marshmallows
assorted Halloween candies

Mix the first three ingredients together on the stove, in a microwave or in a double boiler until melted. Put peanuts and marshmallows in a large bowl- mix carefully. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanuts and marshmallows and mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into 9"x 13" buttered pan. Top with orange and yellow M & M's and/or candy corn. Refrigerate 2 hours until set. Cut into squares.

Hello Dolly Bars
(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, October 2007 post)

1/2 cup salted butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup (about 1/2 can) sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottom of an 8" by 8" baking pan with parchment paper; butter the paper.

Melt butter and add to the graham crackers. Mix. Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Press down evenly.
Layer coconut, pecans, butterscotch and chocolate chips on top of the graham cracker mixture. Pour the condensed milk over everything evenly. (I had some coconut left over and sprinkled it all over the top.)
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown. Cool.
Refrigerate before cutting.


  1. Both look absolutely awesome. I want to do trick or treating at your door! :D

  2. Hi Barbara,

    What great recipes, but yes, I would want to give them to my friends as I know by just looking at them ~ I would put on weight.
    They sound delicious though and thanks for the recipe.

    Happy Halloween.

  3. I was excited to see that your sweet treat #2 is Hello Dollies! My mom makes these and she arranges marachino cherry halves on top, but I don't think she adds butterscotch chips. I'll have to share your recipe with her! Happy (Almost) Halloween!

  4. Those rocky road bars look soooo good. I will have to definitely try these! bookmarking now!

  5. I will take one of each, please! These both look heavenly.

  6. Yikes those do look good!!! Oh well, there will be no counting calories this week I guess...bring it on :)

    :) T

  7. Both of them look so yummie...wish they were giving this away :-)

  8. Mmm..they both look decadent and I'm agreeing with you on two counts: the "get them away from me extra fast please so I don't eat the whole pan", and version number two is what I'd go for. Happy Halloween :)

  9. Happy Halloween. Beautiful treats. My kids and I love to cook together SO...we'll be make treat #2. Maybe with a Thanksgiving twist!

  10. These both look like a lot of fun! I'd like to start by tasting the rocky road bar, please. Peanuts, mini marshmallows, candies, sounds great!

  11. oh, wow! those rocky road bars sound amazing!!

  12. i'm very familiar with both of these, and i'm comfortable saying that they're two of the most tasty quick treats to ever enter my mouth. the hello dolly bars are especially close to my heart.
    also, if ever i'm caught without the marvelous ingredient known as sweetened condensed milk in my pantry, i shall turn in my oven mitts. it's something i ALWAYS have on hand. :)

  13. Wow, these sound so good! I think I'll definitely try the first one. Happy Halloween!

  14. These are some PERFECT Halloween treats! Everyones gotta be a little naughty every now and again. I've had hello dollys before...just incredible! Thank you for sharing such great recipes just in time. Hope you're having a nice Thursdya

  15. These are terrific treats, yum! Happy Halloween!

  16. oh my, my teeth are falling out just looking at these. But isn't that what Halloween is for? keeping dentists in business...

    Thanks for posting!

  17. It's so great that you posted these recipes! Perfect recipes for a perfect Halloween day!

  18. Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for the lovely recipes...both look fabulous.

    Thank you for your visit, kind words and well wishes!

    Love and hugs,

  19. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE hello dollie bars. My neighbor is teaching her first year of home ec and she just came over last night for recipes...I'm sending this to her!


    Love these

  21. Hello ! I love your blog !!

    I want to invite you to participate in my Giveaway !!


    Kisses ^^


  22. Mmm, Halloween!
    I have my eye on that Rocky Road... it is calling my name.

  23. Oh, Barbara, these look amazing. I think I'm going to have to try these, even though we don't have Halloween in Belgium.

    I guess I'll have to eat them. Heh, heh...

  24. They look like they're worth every single calorie! :D

  25. Can I have one of your treats? They look so delicious!

  26. What lovely treats...I LOVE rocky roads! cos I love marshmallows ...MMMM....thank you for posting n sharing ;)

    tq for commenting on my blog too :)

  27. Both look very tasty! Your stop at my blog much appreciated! I sold steel in Western Michigan for 35 years- I know where all the cool little joints are!

  28. Oh my goodness - these look sooo delicious! Happy Halloween!

  29. Thanks for all your wonderful comments! I agree- the Hello Dolly Bars are my favorite..
    Buffalodick: we were from Algonac originally. Have a son in Clarkston still.. times are tough in my home state.
    Happy Halloween to everyone!

  30. My MIL used to make Hello Dolly's and they are still a favorite here. Yes, a little goes a long way :)

    Your stirred up some tempting goodies in your cauldron!

    Happy Halloween!

  31. Such gorgeous treats Barbara. They look like minature works of art....lovely halloween post !

  32. Barbara- Tell me about it! It seems like the only two busy industries are Gambling(if you're Native American!) and Hospitals!

  33. I'm so glad you stopped by cuz then I had to check out where you came from LOL...and you have a lovely blog with great recipes. and this post is speaking (very loudly) to my sweet tooth!! YUM on both recipes...although I think I'm leaning towards the peanut one but I haven't decided. might end up with both LOL

  34. yum! hello dolly bars are my absolute favorite.

    ok, guess, what, barbara? you won the The Good Home Cookbook on my blog. woo hoo! just send me an email with where you would like me to send it. congrats!

    hope that your halloween was super spooky and creepy.

    xoxo, cate (a.k.a. tribeca yummy mummy)

  35. Your rocky road Halloween bars look marvellous!!!


  36. The coconut shreds look lovely. And with condensed milks? what's not to like!

  37. These sound delicious. I love bars like these, perfect for a potluck.



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