Peanut Butter Thank You Bars Recipe

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As another Memorial Day has come and gone, I sit here thinking about our military and what this day means to them.   I enjoy a weekend at the cabin as much as the next person, but I won’t forget how some families are spending their day.  I promised the kids that we would make some Peanut Butter Thank You Bars when we came home from the cabin and I couldn’t wait!

When we were driving to finish up a ton of errands last week, the kids kept yelling out, “Our flag, our flag” every time they saw the USA flag.  It was incredibly adorable AND the perfect lead in for a conversation about Memorial Day and what it stands for.  Our conversation went something like this:

Maggie:  Remember Taylor?  Umm, her soldier didn’t die, right?

Me:  You mean Auntie Rachel, Taylor’s Mommy?  No, she didn’t die sweetie.

Maggie:  Okay, good.

So, we finished our conversation.  On the drive home from the cabin, she talked about Memorial Day a little more and I realized that what we really needed to do was make Auntie Rachel something special.  I’m working on a really awesome Navy sign for her but it isn’t done yet {a shame since it is suppose to be for her birthday which is THIS WEEK}.  Treats it is!

#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars

You may have read a time or ten that I love M&M’s® and I love finding ways to add them into any recipe that I can.  This time was no different, here’s why.  When we were at Walmart shopping, we discovered something AMAZING.

1 For You, 1 For The Troops

Seriously, as if I needed another reason to LOVE M&M’s®!  Well, I don’t need any more reasons, but here is another.  Did you know that M&M’s® were originally created for the troops?  Keep the tradition going and buy M&M’s® at Walmart or Walmart.com.  You can check your local store to see if the representatives will be there sharing information on the 1 For You, 1 For The Troops campaign where MARS / Wrigley is showing appreciation of our troops by donating M&M’s® to the troops for every bag purchased at Walmart. 

The beginning of my Peanut Butter Thank You BarsYou can find specially marked packages of M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate, 42 OZ, M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Peanut, 42 OZ, and Skittles® Red, White, & Blue, 41 OZ {all are also available in the 11.4 or 14 oz sizes as well} in a special display. I found mine in the seasonal aisle.

Alright, enough chit chat.  I’ve eaten half a pan of these already and now I’ll have to make more.  Are you ready for the recipe?  Here it is.

Peanut Butter Thank You Bars

#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars

Peanut Butter Thank You Bars Ingredients

#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars

  • M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate, 42 OZ
  • 6 cups corn cereal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chip

Directions

  • Crush 2 cups of M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate and spread on bottom of 9 x 13 pan#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars Base
  • Sort M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate by color
  • Melt sugar, peanut butter and corn syrup together on medium heat#CelebrateWithM Cooking up the Peanut Butter
  • Add in corn cereal and mix thoroughly
  • Spread in pan and pat firmly#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Base
  • Melt chocolate chips over medium heat.  Spread on top of peanut butter mixture#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter + Chocolate!
  • Arrange M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate in a flag pattern#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars, Flag bars
  • Cool

While these Peanut Butter Thank You Bars are cooling, fill some party bags with M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Peanut or Skittles® Red, White, & Blue.  Print out the Thank You tags below and hole punch the center of each one.  Using red, white and blue ribbons, attach tags to each bag.  Use end of scissors to curl the ribbon.  These are the perfect gift to hand out to your favorite military  families or to box up and send to your favorite soldiers.#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars

#CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars

These are so delicious, you should probably just make two pans so you don’t feel so bad when you eat them!  #CelebrateWithM Peanut Butter Thank You Bars

Here are the printable Thank You tags.#CelebrateWithM Thank you tags

What are your favorite ways to support our troops?  Do you have a favorite patriotic recipe?

 

Peanut Butter Thank You Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • M&M's® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate
  • 6 cups Corn cereal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Crush 2 cups M&M's® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate and spread in bottom of 9 x 13 pan
  2. Sort M&M's® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate by color
  3. Melt sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter in pan over medium heat
  4. Add in corn cereal and mix thoroughly
  5. Spread on top of crushed M&M's® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate and pat firmly
  6. Melt milk chocolate chips over medium heat. Spread over peanut butter mixture
  7. Arrange M&M's® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate in a flag pattern
  8. Cool
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9 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Thank You Bars Recipe

    • Hi Cheryl – thank you for pointing that out, no idea how I forgot to add that. Yes, that’s when I add the corn cereal. I have updated the post.

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