Babe Ruth? Baby Ruth? This is an old family recipe that we have always called "babe ruth bars" but when I share the recipe with people, they want to correct it to "baby ruth bars." I have no idea why we call them babe - we just always have. Maybe there is a copyright issue calling it a "baby ruth." Maybe these were Babe Ruth's favorite treats? I'm not sure, but a quick search on google shows there are an equal number of similar recipes that are called either babe or baby - so it seems to be a mixed bag of both.
This recipe is one of my husband's favorites. His birthday was this week and instead of cake, I made him these bars. I'm pretty sure he'd trade cake for babe ruth bars any day. And avoiding turning on my oven in the middle of August is always appealing to me!
This recipe does call for corn syrup which has been receiving a lot of bad press lately. If you are completely against corn syrup, you can try making your own corn syrup substitute, however I have not tried it so I can't report how well it might behave in this recipe. It seems like the biggest concern around homemade corn syrup is sugars crystallizing which would give you a more sugary/crunchy texture. I almost never cook with corn syrup and we rarely consume it so I don't feel bad about using it in this recipe to avoid the hassle of the homemade kind!
I hope you give it a try…
Babe Ruth Bars
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
4 cups rice cereal
1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cups peanut butter or butterscotch chips
Combine the corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan and heat until just boiling. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and stir until combined. Add the rice cereal and stir to combine. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and press down with a greased spatula.
Combine chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir after each interval. Once melted, pour on top of the bars and spread evenly. **This is a light amount of topping - just enough to cover. If you prefer more chocolate on top of your bars, increase chips amount to 3/4 cup of each type of chips.
Cover and chill until chocolate topping has hardened.