Salted Nutella Rice Crispy Smores Bars

I didn’t have the heart to tell my friends that these weren’t brownies.

They were so happy, with fingers sticky with salted chocolate, giant grins, sugar highs. Lots of mmm-mmm’s and “these are the best brownies EVER” and “yay brownies” and “my favorite thing you ever made” and heads nodding in agreement.

But technically they’re not really brownies. They’re closer to fudge. There’s not a speck of flour in them, no egg, not even any baking time. I mean, I guess I could call them Flourless, Eggless, No Bake, Fudgey Salted Nutella Rice Crispy Brownie-Like Bars. Is that too much?

Or maybe Crunchy Nutella Smores Fudge? Nutella Rice Crispy Smores Hybrid? Crunchy Chewy Gooey Smores Squares? Crack Bars?

Crack Bars seem appropriate. The inspiration for these were Crunchy Top Brownies, which were inspired by a recipe called Better Than Crack Brownies. I made these for the same friend who was the recipient of those crunchy top brownies. He really likes rice crispy treats (but who doesn’t?)

So these Crack Bars. I mean, these Salted Nutella Rice Crispy Smores Bars. Are insanely good!  So it doesn’t really matter what I call them. Or what you call them. All it matters is that these treats are made with Nutella. And rice crispies. And smores. All smooshed together in a glorious pan of sugar high-inducing deliciousness.

It’s really sweet and soft and fudgy, which makes topping it with espresso salt even more logical. The logic being that salty-sweet desserts aren’t cloying, which means I can eat more.

These bars have a great combination of textures. I love the crunch of the rice crispies and the graham crackers, and the mixture of melted marshmallows in the fudge base and unmelted ones folded in.  This is also super easy to put together – another No Bake Dessert that’s perfect for lazy summer days.

Salted Nutella Rice Crispy Smores Bars


2 cups Nutella
1/3 cup salted butter
15 oz dark chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 10 oz bags)
16 oz mini marshmallows (about 1 1/2 10.5 oz bags)
2 cups rice crispies
2 cups chopped graham cracker cookie squares
1 tablespoon espresso salt (or use any other coarse salt you have)


  1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add Nutella and dark chocolate chips. Constantly stir until smooth and melted, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add 10 ounces (1 bag) marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Add rice crispies and graham cracker squares. Stir until well coated.
  4. Fold in the remaining marshmallows until evenly distributed. Press mixture into a buttered 13x9 pan.
  5. Sprinkle with espresso salt. Cool completely or place in the fridge before cutting into squares.

They may look like brownies, they may taste like brownies, but they are better than brownies in more ways than one.


37 Responses to “Salted Nutella Rice Crispy Smores Bars”

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    Samantha Angela posted August 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Those sound crazy good.

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    Meghan posted August 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

    These look so decadent!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted August 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

    These look amazing – as in I might have to go home tonight and make these!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Do it! They are so easy to make!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted August 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

    What a fabulous flavor combination, I need to make these

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    Joanne posted August 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Girl. I am SO in love with you right now.

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    christina posted August 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    it is MUCH too early for me to start craving these. wait. no it’s not. it wouldn’t be normal me if i didn’t crave chocolate in any form at 10 am, regardless of it being a bar or a brownie. call it whatever you want, those things look darn delicious!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I bet these would pass for breakfast. I mean, they have rice crispy cereal…

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    Sues posted August 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    What’s not to love about these?? They look absolutely delectable!

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    Michelle Collins posted August 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Wow – these absolutely sinful, in a dangerously good way.

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    Daisy posted August 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    oh my gosh, Bianca, you have once again outdone yourself on the no-bake nutella dessert front. amazing.

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    Rhonda posted August 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t care what you call them I want all of them :) They look delicious.

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    Alaina posted August 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I can totally see myself sitting around a fire enjoying these. :-)

  12. #
    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted August 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    These sound like a serious crowd-pleaser, and I love no-bake desserts!

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    Sacha posted August 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Haha, I always find myself struggling to get everything in a nice, concise recipe title. Every time I see that espresso salt on your blog, I imagine how amazing it must be. Brownies or no brownies, it looks like you made a crowd pleaser.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted August 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Are you serious right now?! This title has everything that I want to eat ever!

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    Megan posted August 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Crack bars. I love it! I think you could sell these!

  16. #
    El posted August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    These look throughly addictive. I want one!

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    Taryn posted August 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Yumyumyumyumyumyumyum. I haven’t had Nutella in far too long, think I found how I’m going to break the dry spell!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted August 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, these sounds SO good…and so rich. They do kinda look like they have the consistency of brownies, so it wasn’t that big of a lie ;) I need to make these!!!

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    Elizabeth posted August 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Can I have these now? Seriously??

  20. #
    Simply Life posted August 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

    oh my gosh! i don’t care what you want to call these -I just want to devour them!!!

  21. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted August 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

    A no-bake treat that tastes like a brownie? Love that!!

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    grace posted August 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    i would support the name crack bars–it seems appropriate. what a collection of tasty things all in one place.

  23. #
    val posted August 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

    This is a tastebud sensation. Great recipe.

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted August 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Well, any way you slice it, these look divine! I love your little conundrum naming these bars…I guess, there are many ways to skin a “chocolate bar”! Hahaha…Sorry about the jokes :(

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Haha you are right, any way I slice it, it’s still chocolate, so the name really shouldn’t matter…

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    Choc Chip Uru posted August 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    This should be illegal in the morning it looks incredible :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    thelittleloaf posted August 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I think I’m a little bit in love with these. Make that a lot :-)

  27. #
    charissa posted August 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Made them and they taste AWESOME. But they are very crumbly and won’t stay together, so it’s more like trail mix consistency. Thoughts?

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Hi Charissa! Hmmm did you use enough marshmallows and Nutella? If you did, my first guess was maybe you overcooked it while melting everything together… Sorry it turned out crumbly, but I’m glad you still liked it! I actually made a second batch since then and I still have a few bars at home hehe

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted September 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness – these look absolutely insanely good!

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    Molly Galler posted September 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Absolutely making these! Holy yum.

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    rebecca posted November 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Vanilla extract is listed in the directions, but not in the ingredients list.

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Hi, Rebecca! Thanks for letting me know – that is a typo in the directions. I did not end up using any vanilla extract in the recipe. I’m glad you caught it!

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    Rebecca posted November 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    They turned out crumbly (but tasty!) for me, just like they did for charissa. I was hoping for them to be chewy.

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