Homemade Crunch Bars (Award Winning Recipe!) (2024)

The BEST homemade crunch bars recipe that tastes BETTER than the actual candy bar! 5 ingredients, 5 minutes and perfectly crispy, crunchy, sweet copycat crunch bars- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-free.

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Nestle announced back in 2018 that Crunch bars have been discontinued but do not fret- We have a homemade and even BETTER version here, and is relatively healthier than the traditional version!

You may come across other homemade crunch bar recipes, but those are quite frankly sub bar. Most of them call for 2 or 3 ingredients, mostly melted chocolate with crispy rice cereal.

Is that a crunch bar? Technically, yes. But taste-wise, it is very, VERY average.

Instead, I’m here to share with you my homemade version which tastes amazing and one recipe that thousands of my readers have continually made over and over again!


Crunchy, crispy, smooth, and creamy and all words to describe these no bake chocolate peanut butter crunch bars.

You bite into it and are met with of these, which are a texture lovers’ dream!

Traditional crunch bars use butter, sugar, margarine and several kinds of oil to produce a delicious end product.

My version uses just FIVE ingredients, and takes less than 2 minutes to whip up!

Not only are these beauties completely vegan, gluten-free and dairy free, but it also has the option to be made completely sugar-free, so take note below!

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Start by pouring your cereal in a large mixing bowl, and setting it aside. To also save time, prepare your baking dish by adding parchment paper to it.

In a microwave-safe bowl or in a saucepan, add all your ingredients, except for the cereal. Heat the mixture until the chocolate chip has melted. Whisk very well together, until you have silky, thick, and smooth chocolate.

Finally, pour the melted chocolate mixture over the crispy cereal, and mix very well, until all the cereal is coated in the chocolate. Transfer to the lined baking dish and refrigerate until firm.

THE INGREDIENTS (and substitution tips!)

  • Crispy Rice Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Maple Syrup
  • Coconut oil

The ‘crunch’ factor can come in two folds. The first and most dominant one is in the cereal used. The original recipe from the cookbook used cornflakes, but my preference lies in rice crispy treats, so I used gluten-free crispy rice cereal. It’s my favorite to use in these no bake bars and these no bake rice crispy cups. If you don’t have a gluten intolerance, any crispy rice cereal will work fine.

The second part comes with using crunchy peanut butter. You are welcome to use smooth peanut butter if that is all you have on hand, but I love the added texture of the little pieces of peanuts throughout!

Speaking of peanut butter, for those with peanut allergies, I’d recommend you use crunchy sunflower seed butter or soynut butter. You can also substitute the peanut butter for another nut butter, like almond or cashew.

As these crunch bars are based around chocolate, PLEASE make sure you choose a high-quality chocolate bar (baking style or standard) or chocolate chips. I used my favorite dairy free chunks, which I regularly eat on its own.

For those who want to keep this completely sugar-free, use your favorite sugar free BAKING bar or chips. Simply melting a generic sugar-free candy bar won’t yield the results you are after.

Also, for the maple syrup, swap it for this sugar-free alternative. While not as good as the original, it’s the best sugar-free syrup when used IN recipes.

Coconut oil is my preference, but butter or vegan butter works well too.

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Like any candy or chocolate bar, crunch bars can be stored at room temperature, in a sealable container. They will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks, but I promise you, they will NEVER last that long!

They are also freezer friendly, so wrap up a few and store away to enjoy when the chocolate cravings strike! Wrap individual bars in parchment paper and place them in ziplock bags. They will freeze well for up to 6 months.


Yes! I have made a keto and paleo option for this recipe. It uses nuts and seeds instead of the cereal, and also keto-approved chocolate and syrup.

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Watch the step-by-step video below!

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The BEST Homemade Crunch Bars

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No Bake homemace crunch bars using just one bowl, 5 ingredients and less than 2 minutes! This quick and easy snack or dessert is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and can be made sugar free!

Servings: 20 bars

Prep: 2 minutes mins

Cook: 1 minute min

Total: 3 minutes mins

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  • Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish or deep baking tray of choice with parchment paper and set aside.

  • Add crispy rice cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, combine all your other ingredients and heat until melted. Remove from microwave/off stove and whisk until completely incorporated.

  • Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the crispy rice cereal and mix until combined. Pour into the lined baking dish and refrigerate until firm (at least an hour).

  • Remove and cut into bars.


TO STORE: Crunch bars can be stored at room temperature, in a sealable container. They will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks.

TO FREEZE: Wrap individual bars in parchment paper and place them in ziplock bags. They will freeze well for up to 6 months.

Also try- Keto Crunch Bars


Serving: 1barCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSodium: 69mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 15g

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Author: Arman Liew

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What are the main ingredients in a Crunch bar? ›

Crunch Bar

The simple joy of 100% real milk chocolate and crisped rice.

Why was Nestle Crunch discontinued? ›

Ferrero folded the acquired brands into the operations of the Ferrara Candy Company. The sale was rumoured to be because of low growth in the mainstream chocolate market due to newer competitors such as Kinder and the increased variety of snacks, making it challenging for mainstream candy bars like Crunch.

What makes Nestle Crunch crunchy? ›

In the case of the Crunch Bar, manufactured and distributed by milk chocolate originator and popularizer Nestlé since 1938, the special ingredient is rice — cooked, puffed, and popped.

Are crunch bars healthy? ›

Are Power Crunch Bars healthy? We can't lie: Power Crunch bars are not the most nutritious protein bar option. They include some ingredients that aren't tolerable for everyone and they contain up to 8 grams of sugar per bar, while topping out at 14 grams of protein. Still, we wouldn't exactly call them unhealthy.

Why is my crunch bar white? ›

If Crunch bars are stored at too high a temperature, the fat or oil ingredients can melt or soften enough to migrate to the top of the candy bar. When the bar cools again, the fat on the surface may appear as a whitish powder. This is known as “fat bloom”.

What is in a Big Island Crunch bar? ›

Macadamia nut and crisp rice are covered in chocolate, making for an irresistible candy bar.

What's in a krackel bar? ›


What are strawberry CRUNCH bars made of? ›

Vanilla ice cream swirled with crushed strawberries creates a luscious treat reminiscent of the old Strawberry Shortcake Bars. Once frozen, the ice cream is cut into bars and then given a crisp coat of pulverized butter cookies and dehydrated strawberries.

What is the oldest candy bar? ›

Fry & Sons and currently manufactured by Cadbury. Launched in 1866—nineteen years after Fry's created the first moulded, solid chocolate eating bar (in 1847)— Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar and is the world's oldest chocolate bar brand.

Who makes 100 000 candy bar? ›

The candy bar was created in 1964 by Nestlé. It weighs 1.5 ounces (43 g) and includes chocolate, caramel and crisped rice.

What was the old name for Nestle Crunch? ›

In 1965 CRUNCH® was originally launched into the UK market by NESTLÉ® under the brand name DAIRY CRUNCH MILK, it was subsequently relaunched in 1992 as Nestlé® CRUNCH®.

What is the Hershey version of Nestle Crunch? ›

Krackel is a chocolate bar with crisped rice pieces made by The Hershey Company and first introduced on September 14, 1938. A candy bar with oven popped rice coated in milk chocolate.

Is Hershey owned by Nestle? ›

The Hershey Trust has interests in both companies and there is some overlap when it comes to the Board of Directors in both companies . Still, they are essentially independent of each other. Hershey's Chocolate World which is adjacent to the amusem*nt park is owned by The Hershey Company.

What happened to Butterfinger Crisp? ›

Our Butterfinger Crisp were discontinued. We'll be happy to let our marketing team know you were looking for them.

What is Candy Crunch made of? ›

Smooth dark chocolate mixed with crunchy Rice Krispies or Rice Bubbles and then topped with M&M's, Maltesers and Kit Kats!

What flavor is crispy crunch? ›

A crispy, savoury peanut butter and sweet chocolatey treat.

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