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Recipe: chocolate caramel cornflake bars (no bake)

tray bake and daffodilsSee those daffodils, that’ll give you an idea of how long this post has been sat in my drafts folder.  Why, you might ask, namely that I made these lovely caramel crispy squares, wrote down the recipe on a sticky-note and then promptly lost the note.  I stumbled across the sticky-note again recently, so I’m posting this before I lose it again, and also because I might re-make them and it’s easier than trying to find my recipe book (which was the problem in the first place),

The story behind these goes that we put fruit and sweets out as snacks during our work-events and a bunch of the mini chocolate bars kept being left.  I maintain this was because the labels all looked a bit similar and when you’re listening to someone talk, it might be a bit hard to root around and avoid the chocolate you don’t like.  As they were starting to get a little battered about being moved from event to event, I took them home and decided to do something with them.  Effectively this recipe uses Sainsburys’ own-brand versions of Mars Bars, but they’d work too, as I expect would other own-brand versions.

And to stick with the own-brand theme, I also used Sainsburys own-brand cornflakes, mainly because I don’t really eat cereal and I didn’t see the point of spending loads of money on flakes of corn that were going to be covered in buttery, caramel chocolate.  I was planning on making them with Rice Crispies or something similar, but got swayed by the cornflakes.

Recipe: chocolate caramel cornflake bars (no bake)
 
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A really simple no-bake dish to use up leftover chocolates.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 13 mini caramel and nougat chocolate bars (about 260g)
  • 200g cornflakes
  • 150g condensed milk
  • 55g butter
Instructions
  1. Melt down the chocolate bars slowly - you could do this in a microwave, but I prefer to rest a glass bowl over some gently boiling water and melt them more slowly
  2. Once the bars have melted, add the condensed milk and butter and make sure everything is combined
  3. Take the glass bowl off the saucepan - be careful, it'll be hot.
  4. Add the cornflakes to the melted chocolate. You might want to do this in batches as it might be that you prefer your cornflakes squares to be stickier - alternatively you might want to add more if you think the melted chocolate can handle it.
  5. Once the cornflakes are properly coated, transfer into a greaseproof-lined tray - I used a brownie tray, but a roasting tray would work too.
  6. Spread the mixture out and pat everything down to make sure everything is nicely packed in.
  7. Transfer to the fridge and leave to cool and set - I left mine overnight, but a few hours would probably do it.

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