Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch – Mars Bar (aka Milky Way Bar) Slice

The Bogan has a sweet tooth and had been at me for ages, bugging me to make a “chocolatey, caramelly slice” – as he put it. The Bogan didn’t actually have anything in mind, just that he wanted chocolate and caramel in the same slice. Caramel slice would have been the obvious choice – with the graham cracker crust, layer of caramel and layer of chocolate, but i wasn’t in the mood for that. Instead i took a trip back to primary school days where the ol’ Mars Bar slice was a staple food at every bake sale there ever was… in Australia, that is.

I’ve noticed that, like a lot of famous Australian chocolates (most importantly, Maltisers), The Mars Bar isn’t actually for sale in the US. Instead they sell the almost identical Milky Way Bar and unlike an Australian Milky Way which just has nougat and chocolate, in the US it also has the Mars Bar’s layer of caramel. Therefore, depending where you reside, this recipe is either a Mars Bar or Milk Way Slice.

Milky Way bars are basically identical to the Australian Mars Bar


270g  Mars Bars or Milky Way Bars (i used a 264g bag of fun size Milky Way Bars which is close enough)

120g butter (1 4oz stick is close enough)

1 1/2 tablespoons (30ml) honey

3 3/4 cups (120g) rice bubbles (AKA Crisp Rice)

225g milk chocolate (8 oz)

45g butter (just under half a 4oz stick)


Place 1 stick of butter (or 120g) with the mars bars in a saucepan over medium – low heat and stir constantly. Break up any little bits of nougat that are slow to melt and then raise the heat to medium and continue to stir until the mixture appears smooth. Remove from heat.

Heat the Milky Ways with butter in a saucepan

Smooth Milky Way Bar mixture in saucepan

Put the rice bubbles in a bowl and stir in the milky way mixture – be delicate doing this step and try to avoid crushing the rice bubbles so they retain they “snap, crackle, pop”! Turn the mixture out into a tin (lined with wax/baking paper) and press down – place the slice in the refrigerator while you prepare the icing.

Spoon the slice mixture into a tin

For the icing, melt the milk chocolate and 45g (1/2 stick) of butter in a saucepan over low heat and again, stir constantly.

When the mix is combined, take the slice out of the fridge and smooth the chocolate over the top, then return to the fridge. Allow the slice to set – this may take around 2-4 hours. Once the slice has set, cut into pieces and enjoy 🙂

So tell me Dear Reader, does your boyfriend/partner/husband or “friend” bug you for sweet treats!?

2 Responses to “Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch – Mars Bar (aka Milky Way Bar) Slice”
  1. Stu says:

    Looks unreal..

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