• Lauren Humphreys

Football Scotcharoos

Are you looking for a winning treat for the Super Bowl? If so, I have the PERFECT recipe for you!

Scotcharoos are an Iowa staple that I’ve been devouring since my childhood. After moving to Illinois back in 2013, I was shocked to discover that no one was familiar with scotcharoos. So sad! The good news is that I am sharing them now, so you can make them too and find out what the hype is all about!

These delectable little bites contain the following ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter, crisp rice cereal, semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and white chocolate chips (solely for the football laces). That’s it! Cheryl, a relative of mine, is known for her scotcharoos! Seriously—the best!

Dipping the treats to resemble footballs takes a bit of patience and gets messy, but it is so worth the effort! I have found it best to only dip the tops and sides of the footballs. I also recommend using sandwich/appetizer picks for dipping. It is also helpful to wear disposable gloves so your hands stay clean.  

Whether you’re cheering for the Eagles or the Patriots (or neither!), these treats will be a TOUCH DOWN!

Football Scotcharoos

Scotcharoo recipe adapted from Cheryl Christopherson

1 cup corn syrup

¾ cup sugar

1 cup peanut butter

4 cups crisp rice cereal

1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1½ cups butterscotch chips

¼ cup white chocolate chips

Combine corn syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-low heat just until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Immediately remove mixture from heat and stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Add the crisp rice cereal and stir until well coated. Spread mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch pan. Let cool for about 2 hours.


Once cooled, cut the bars into small football shapes or use a football-shaped cookie cutter, if available. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips and stir until smooth. Carefully dip the tops and sides footballs into the chocolate mixture and place on a tray lined with parchment paper or waxed paper. Once the chocolate is set, melt the white chocolate chips and pipe white laces on the tops. Let harden and enjoy!   

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