No-bake s’mores bars: Need a quick, easy, and giant crowd-pleaser of a dessert for your next summer party? These no-bake s’mores bars are the answer!

It feels like the last time we bought cereal was in 2009.  Seriously though, we don’t eat cereal here except for the odd box of Kashi that gets used for yogurt parfaits once in a while.

Buuuut, when I starting seeing Golden Grahams used in place of Rice Krispies for these s’mores bars on Pinterest, I just couldn’t resist tossing a box into my cart at the grocery store recently.

And honestly, it wasn’t done without a inkling of shame because I certainly realize the amount of sugar a box of the Grahams contains. And then, oh lawdie!!, I’d be only adding a ton more sugar to the cereal in order to complete the dessert.

And to cut to the chase, I made these bars twice in the matter of 10 days because I wasn’t 100% happy with how they turned out the first time.  The large surface area of the cereal must have sucked up extra marshmallow because the bars just weren’t holding together as I would have liked. So the second time I made them, I added more sugar. ::shrug::

That made them perfect though! Don’t get me wrong, these no-bake s’mores bars are super sweet and rich but they are definitely worth having just one.  The Hershey’s Drops that I used were beyond the best idea I’ve had in ages because really, what is a s’more without Hershey’s?  Forget using semi-sweet chocolate chips – it just won’t be the same.

Luckily, we were able to give away some of each batch that I made because they are definitely dangerous to have around!  So now you’ve got a dessert to bring to the next rainy-day BBQ where real s’mores won’t be in the cards or to make with the kids for a movie day. Or let’s be real, you can just go ahead and make these no-bake s’mores bars for any other reason at all.  You’re welcome. 🙂

[Disclaimer: No compensation or products were given for writing this post.  This is not a review post of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops.  I simply love them enough to share my excitement about them with you here.]

No-Bake S’mores Bars

  • Prep Time: 10min
  • Cook Time: 2min
  • Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

12 oz mini-marshmallows (about 1 1/4 regular-size bags) plus extra for the top
4 tbsp salted butter
1 box (12 oz) Golden Grahams cereal
2 bags (8 oz each) Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops

Instructions

  • 01

    Lightly grease a 13×9-inch baking pan or glass dish with butter or cooking spray. Lightly grease or spray one side of a piece of parchment or wax paper (I prefer wax but not everyone has it in their pantries); set both aside.

  • 02

    In a large microwavable bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the marshmallows and heat them in the microwave for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until the marshmallows are completely melted and the butter starts to incorporate into the marshmallow when stirred (it won’t combine completely).

  • 03

    With a rubber spatula, quickly stir in the Golden Grahams and 1 ½ bags of the Hershey’s Drops until the cereal is completely coated with marshmallow. Some of the chocolate will begin to melt but you still want good-sized pieces of chocolate left whole so don’t try to melt it into the cereal mixture.

  • 04

    Dump the cereal mixture into the prepared pan and with the greased side of the parchment or wax paper facing down, firmly press the mixture out into the pan until it completely covers the entire pan and fits snugly into the corners. Scatter a handful of the extra marshmallows and the remaining chocolate over the top of the bars, pressing them lightly into the warm bars to get them to stick. Cover the pan tightly with foil or clear plastic wrap and let the bars set up for at least 1 hour before serving. Cut into desired numbers of pieces (remember though, they are rich!).

    For best freshness, the bars should be eaten within two days.

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  • July 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    These look great to me. I love smores! I have to search out the Hershey’s chocolate drops, as they are new to me..Thanks.

    • July 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Winnie: If you can’t find them, I would just break up a few Hershey’s bars (enough to equal the weight I suggested) – I probably should have mentioned this in the recipe. 🙂

  • July 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    oh how wonderful! i’ve been seeing these sort of things on pinterest too, but i think i like your idea more 🙂

  • July 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Gah, this looks amazing. This summer has been so darn hot that I’ve been relying mostly on no-bake recipes. This will be next on the list!

  • July 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    You say s’mores and I’m sold!

  • July 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I made these s’mores bars a few weeks ago with my own recipe and loved them. I sprinkled some semisweet chocolate chips in them, but I love the using the Hershey’s pieces. I didn’t even think about those. I think I’m going to have to remake them!

  • July 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I love s’mores in any form! These are amazing!

  • July 25, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I haven’t had GOlden Grahams in FOREVER! These look fabulous

  • July 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I’m loving all of the s’more recipes circulating around the Internet recently!

  • AliceBlue
    July 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    I made these about an hour ago to take to work tomorrow. They’re cooling on the counter and every time my husband walks by he tries to make off with the whole pan. Great recipe, thank you!

  • Tiffany
    March 22, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    These were DELICIOUS!!! Super quick, too! They only take about 10 minutes to make, and they got rave reviews from kids and adults!

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