Crispy M&M Fudge Brownies

Crispy M&M Fudge Brownies

Has anyone seen the new M&M commercial? “Crispy M&Ms are backkkkkkk!” It cracks me up and also makes me really happy. Growing up in the 90s was a great time for wacky snacks. Does anyone remember colored ketchup? That was just plain weird. How about those yogurts that had sprinkles and dyes on the top? Dunkeroos? Fruit Roll Ups? These are just the many snacks that were extremely bad for children, yet children HAD to have them in their lunch boxes. My mom generally avoided the processed food aisles in the grocery store. Good parenting right there! But as a ten year old, it kind of was the worst feeling to be the only one without shark gummy snacks or Gushers.

 

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But this isn’t a rant about how my mother deprived me of sugar. She believed in balance and occasionally would let us pick out a candy bar in the check-out lane. I loved crispy rice candies and still do to this day. My favorites as a child were Crunch and Crispy M&Ms. One day, those crunchy chocolate covered morsels vanished. It was a very sad day.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. As you probably have seen on television, “Crispy M&Ms are back!” It’s wonderful news (my ten year old spirit rejoices). I bought a bag the other day at Target and contemplated what to do with them. As I’ve been trying to eat healthy these past few months, the bag remained untouched. Yesterday, sparks flew and so did the M&Ms…into a fudgy brownie batter. These brownies are rich, but have a nice crisp to them from the rice cereal and M&Ms. My walk down memory lane has been fulfilled.

What was your favorite candy growing up? Has it changed since you were young?

 

Crispy M&M Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate
  • 2 ounces bitter sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
  • 1 cup Crispy M&Ms (or a mix of crispy and mini)

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350° F.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in microwave for 3 minutes. Check every 45 seconds and stir mixture until chocolate is smooth.
  3. Pour chocolate and butter mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add sugars, eggs, yolk, and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Do not over mix.
  4. In a small bowl, place cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
  5. Fold crispy rice cereal and crispy M&Ms into brownie batter. Pour brownie batter into greased and foiled 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 35 minutes. If it is hard to tell whether the brownies are done, stick a toothpick into the brownies and if the stick comes out without any batter on it, they are done.
  6. Let the brownies cool for twenty minutes then remove from pan and cut into squares.
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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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22 Comments
  • These look amazing! I was alllll about those Dunkaroos and the Fruit Roll Ups (Fruit by the Foot/Tongue tattoos, anyone?) Yum 🙂
  • These fudge brownies look fantastic. Perfect little snack with a cup of tea to combat that afternoon slump! Favorite childhood snack? Vanilla wafers. Or maybe just a Butterfinger. It’s tough! My mom avoided the processed aisles too so I have little experience with snacks, I’m trying not to deprive my own kids to much!
    • Laura – I love the idea of pairing these with some tea. I have gingerbread tea in my house and I think I’ll try this combination tomorrow. Vanilla wafers were up there for me as a child too. I have some in my cupboard at home as we speak. 🙂
  • How fun! Definitely brings back childhood memories! My favorite childhood snack…homemade Rice Crispy Treats. Back then you couldn’t buy the little packaged ones. I still love that treat!
    • I could eat a whole tray of Rice Crispy Treats! It’s dangerous. A friend of mine made Rice Crispy Treats with Peanut Butter Cups for a dinner party last year and I had to make sure I only had a few. 🙂
  • I was so excited to see these crispy M&M’s back…they are so good!!! And in brownies…even better 🙂
  • Oh my gosh yes! I remember all those weird snacks from back then. None of them would fly now, that’s for sure. Crispy M&Ms were the BEST. I’m so glad they’re back!
  • Crispy M&M’s… is there anything better?! Yes. Crispy M&M’s BROWNIES. You, my friend, are a genius.
  • Yes, I love crispy M&M’s and love that you added them to these fudgy delicious brownies! My favorite childhood candy has to be nerds and Skittles 🙂
  • Really?! They’re back!? I need to get some. They were always my favorite. Oh and Dunkeroos for sure. I used to get through the frosting too quick and I’d get a little sad each time 🙂 My favorite candy is still the little cadburry chocolate eggs with the crispy candy shell.
    • Yes! I know that Target has them in the chocolate aisle, Kathleen. They should be in a bright green bag. Oh my goodness…cadbury mini eggs are seriously too good. I love them. <3
  • Dunkaroos! Fruit Roll-ups! Gushers! I feel like the 90’s are coming back to me! Such great nostalgic foods! How did you come up with this brownie recipe? Was it a lot of trial and error? How long have you been blogging? I love the idea of putting crispy m&m’s AND Rice Krispies into the batter. Genius!
    • Hello Heather – Thanks for stopping by! I’m actually fairly new to the blogging world. Although I’ve followed many blogs over the past few years, I realized how many stories I, myself, had from being in the kitchen and wanted to share with an audience. So far, I’m really excited and learning a lot as I go. As I have to other jobs, it’s stressful somedays to create…but it’s also a passion of mine. The brownie recipe occurred with some mistakes along the way. I added yogurt into these brownies to maintain the moisture of the brownie. I did some research as to what makes the best fudge brownie and worked with flavor combinations (i.e.: how much brown sugar versus granulated sugar should I use, should I use two eggs or three, how much chocolate is fudgy and delicious but not cavity inducing). I’m by no means a chemist in the kitchen (kudos to Alton Brown!), but I’m trying to learn more about strategies and baking as a chemical process. I don’t like overly sweet desserts, so adding in the rice krispies was a nice touch. Thank you so much for reading. I really means a lot!
      • Thank you for your reply! I love hearing your feedback on your thought process for this recipe. Totally makes sense, I find myself wanting to gain that same “perfect concoction” when I’m cooking or baking. Great minds think alike! Thanks again for your reply
        • Heather – Of course. I’m glad I could share. I’m not afraid to take some risks even if it means having a huge mess or a culinary disaster that will never ever be posted on the blog. Haha.
  • Heather, looks awesome! And very fun recipe! I love that you just started blogging, as I did too! Same story – I’ve read blogs forever but just recently took the plunge. Have a great weekend!
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