Homemade Toffee Crisp Bars

It is not often that I buy myself a chocolate bar. I have been known to place grab bags of chocolates (like Maltesers) into my trolley when I am shopping if they are on a special deal, and I can never say no to the Popping Candy and Jelly Bean Marvellous Creations bars whenever they are on offer because they really are the bees knees in chocolate land. But, asides from that, I prefer to buy biscuits or make homemade cakes to fuel my sweet tooth.

However, one of my favourite chocolate bars that I used to buy when the fancy took me, were Toffee Crisps. I think it is because they are like chocolate krispy cakes which always take me back to my childhood, and especially birthday parties I went to. Or maybe it is just because they are yummy!!

Anyway, I was recently asked by Good To Know  if I fancied having a go at recreating a guilty pleasure and I thought that making my own version of a toffee crisp would be easy (ish) enough. So here are my homemade Toffee Crisp Bars and how I made them.


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Homemade Toffee Crisp Bars
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my own version of Toffee Crisp Chocolate Bars
Recipe type: desserts
Serves: 9
  • 125g rice krispies
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 5 Mars Bars - roughly chopped
  • 300g milk chocolate
  1. Line a 7 x 10 inch baking dish with grease proof paper
  2. Place the butter and the Mars Bars into a saucepan and melt gently over a low heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Once melted, beat well to eliminate any lumps
  4. Add the rice krispies and mix well to ensure they have been coated in the mars bar sauce
  5. Pour into the baking dish and ensureit is pressed into all thre corners and the top is smooth
  6. Leave somewhere cool for about an hour
  7. Meanwhile melt the chocolate - I did mine in the microwave at 30 second bursts
  8. Once the krispy mixture is cool, pour the chocolate over the top and smooth it all over
  9. Leave somewhere cool again until the chocolate is cool and then place in the fridge for an hour to set
  10. Then carefuly remove from the dish and using a sharp knife cut into equal sized rectangles - you should get 9 bars to make them toffee crisp bar sized.
  11. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge to keep them as crispy as possible and the chocolate firm and chilled.


These tasted as good as they looked! The Mars Bar adds the glue that holds the krispies in place, while also adding the toffee in the toffee crisp! I recall some time ago (maybe an old recipe book, or from a TV show I cannot recall exactly where now) discovering that if you use Mars Bars it eliminates the need to add golden syrup. I did add a thick layer of chocolate on the top instead of covering the entire krispy bars  with chocolate, which you could do if you wanted to. I felt that was a bit of a faff so I settled quite happily with a thick chocolately topping instead.

This is a very easy way to recreate a guilty pleasure and it went down very well at my toddler group! The krispy part does not stay as crispy as the real thing, but it still tastes delicious!! Why not give these a go? They could be cut into smaller bars (which I did once I photographed them) and would be great served at parties and they could just as easily be made into paper cake cases and topped with chocolate like a more traditional chocolate krispy cake.
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When Elbert Came To Stay

Last week we had an unexpected house guest for a couple of days. Elbert the dinosaur is Burton’s class pet and he arrived in his class at the start of the school year last September as an egg which hatched open over the course fo a few days, leaving all the children wondering what was inside it. I think Burton is one of the last children to bring Elbert home as he has been hoping to have him to stay for sich a long time now, so he was estatic when he came out of school last Tuesday with Elbert in his little basket all ready to bring him home and look after him.

The first night was not ever so exciting as not knowing we were going to have a house guest I had nothing special in for tea or had made any plans to entertain him, but luckily Elbert was quite happy and encouraging in helping Burton with his homework and then watched some crafty work take place.IMG_1352 (5)
It became apparent quite quicky that Elbert likes chocolate cake!He enjoyed listening to The Gruffalo story at bedtime and sat nice and quiet while I read it. However, he did keep Burton awake a bit later than normal once thre lights were out as I heard lots of talking going on til past 8pm!1353IMG_1355 (1)IMG_1356 (3)IMG_1357 (3)Wednesday morning saw Burton and Elbert up much earlier than normal (6am!) and lots of singing and talking was heard despite me telling them both to go back to sleep! When I got up at 7am I found the pair of them downstairs drawing a picture and listenig to music!

While Burton was at school Jenson and I took Elbert for a hot drink at Costa which he seemed to enjoy – I think he has a sweet tooth! IMG_1358 (3)Then for being a good dinosaur while we did the food shopping he and Jenson had a go in the ice cream van IMG_1359 (3)After school Elbert, Burton and Jenson made some chocolate krispy cakes dinosaur egg nests for our dinosaur tea party which Burton had requested in the morningIMG_1361 (3)IMG_1362 (2)IMG_1363 (2)Then at bathtime we had a dinosaur hair competition – Elbert liked the bubbles!IMG_1366 (2)Burton was very sad to see him go and I am pleased to say that Elbert was a very well behaved dinosaur and he is welcome to come back and stay anytime.

Here is how we made our Dinosaur Egg Nestsdinosaur egg nests

Dinosaur Egg Nests
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otherwise knowns as chocolate krispy cakes
Recipe type: snacks
Serves: 24
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100g mars bars
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g rice krispies
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 24 paper cake cases
  • 1 packet of mini eggs (we used Tesco mini, mini eggs!)
  • some plastic dinosaurs
  1. LIne 2 muffin trays with the cake cases
  2. Place the chocolate, mars bars, golden syrup and butter in a pan and place over a gentle heat and melt them all together
  3. Once melted add the rice krispies and mix well to cover them all in the gooey chocolate sauce
  4. Then add a dessert spoonful of the mixture into each cake case
  5. Decorate each cake with some of the mini eggs
  6. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set
  7. Then add little dinosaur toys to the top of each cake and they are ready to serve
  8. Please keep the cakes in a tin to stop them from going soft and keep in a cool place


Easy to make with your little dinosaurs too!