Last night it occurred to me I should make the Peanut Butter Krispies  my grandmother used to make, seeing as how we’re going to be snowed in this weekend. For some reason it’s been many years since I’ve made them. Silly me.

I had them ready when the kids got home from school. I took one bite and was immediately transported back in time to my grandparents’ brick ranch house in Dwight, IL. When we’d arrive on a Friday evening for a weekend visit she had Peanut Butter Crispies for us but we had to wait until after dinner (which was always, always sloppy joes) before we could eat them. Then my parents and grandparents would start playing pinochle at the kitchen table so my brother and I would go play bumper pool in the basement, drink the Mountain Dew my grandfather would always buy for us because he knew it was our favorite liquid refreshment, snack on stale Pringles and overly-salty popcorn, wish our cousins were there, pretend to smoke the cigarettes in the piano-shaped cigarette dispenser, and then go to bed in the pink bedroom around 2 a.m. because all the caffeine in the Mountain Dew kept us awake.

When my 15-year-old daughter bit into one of these bars after school she had an immediate flashback to when she was in preschool playing Ring Around the Rosy but instead of saying “Ashes, ashes, we all fall down” she would always mistakenly say “Ashland, Ashland, we all fall down.” I used to make Peanut Butter Krispies regularly back then.

Below is my grandmother’s Peanut Butter Krispies recipe. Maybe it will make you have flashbacks too:

1 c. Karo light syrup
1 c. sugar
1 c. peanut butter
6 c. Rice Krispies

1/2 c. chocolate chips

1/2 c. butterscotch chips

Bring to a boil the syrup and sugar. Add peanut butter and Rice Krispies. Press into a 9×13″ pan.


1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. butterscotch chips

Melt and spread over Rice Krispies.


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