July 10, 2017

They may be called Trash Bars, but don’t be fooled, they taste like little squares of heaven. Trash bars or garbage bars are simple, no-bake bars that are the ultimate summer treat when you are craving something sweet (and a little salty), but refuse to turn on the oven in the summertime heat.

 

Trash Treats

These treats are a sinful way to get your fill of sweet and salty. Crunchy potato chips and pretzels are mixed with marshmallow, peanut butter and chocolate for a treat you won’t forget.

3 tablespoons butter

1 (16 oz) bag mini marshmallows

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

4 cups potato chips, crushed

2 cups pretzels, crushed

1/4 cup M&M’s

1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted

Spray 9x9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until smooth. Add peanut butter and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and quickly stir in crushed chips and pretzels. Pour mixture into the prepared pan.

Use a spatula or wax paper and press mixture into pan. Sprinkle with M&M’s before mixture cools. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Let chocolate cool bars harden before serving, about 30 minutes.

Makes 20 bars

 

Cracker and Toffee Trash Bars

These bars are so simple to make you won’t believe it. Ritz crackers serve as the base of the bars along with bits of toffee.

These salty bars are turned sweet with a layer of creamy white frosting or a dusting of powdered sugar.

2 sleeves Ritz crackers, 60 crackers

1 1/2 cups toffee bits (found in the baking section)

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1½ cups white frosting or powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Use a rolling pin to crush the crackers in a large resealable bag. Pour the toffee bits into the bag to combine with the cracker crumbs. Shake to mix. Pour the cracker and toffee mixture into the prepared pan.

Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk onto cracker and toffee mixture. Stir until all ingredients are mixed together and then use a spatula to press mixture gently into pan.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges start to become golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

When cool, frost with white frosting or dust with powdered sugar. Cut bars into squares.

Makes 16 bars