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Copycat Kit Kat Bites

These copycat Kit Kat bites are a homemade version of my favorite candy bar. Milk chocolate and crispy rice cereal come together in a bite-sized treat you can enjoy anytime!

Making candy at home is easier than you might think. If you like Three Musketeers bars, give this cool whip candy recipe a try next. Or try our coconut truffles, they taste like mounds candy bars!

Kit Kat Bites cut into squares on a white cutting board.

Why This Candy is Best

Kit Kat bars are perfect for sharing—and these copycat Kit Kat bites are no different!

Instead of chocolate-dipped wafers you can break off and hand to a friend, these kit kats are cut into bite sized pieces. In theory that means you can eat MORE of them, right?

After making these chocolate candy bites a few times, I think I might actually like them more than the original! They have all the best parts of a kit kat plus a few elements of other candy bars I love.

  • Chocolate layers on the top, bottom AND center.
  • Chewy peanut butter and butterscotch (like a Watchamacallit).
  • Easy to make. No candy thermometer needed.
  • Perfect for sharing!

If you love homemade candy recipes, be sure to try our peanut butter cups. They taste even better than Reese’s!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make homemade kit kats.

Here’s what I used to make my homemade Kit Kat bites:

  • Unsalted Butter – Using unsalted allows me to control the saltiness of the candy bars.
  • Heavy cream – Dissolves the sugar for a creamy candy base.
  • Sugar – Sweetens the candy.
  • Marshmallows – Makes the center softer and chewier. Use our homemade marshmallows for a delicious twist.
  • Milk chocolate morsels – It’s not a copycat Kit Kat without chocolate!
  • Unsweetened baking chocolate – For an even richer chocolate flavor.
  • Rice Krispies cereal – Imitates the crunchy wafer center of original Kit Kats.
  • Butterscotch morsels – Gives the rice cereal a richer, sweeter flavor.
  • Peanut butter morsels – The hint of nuttiness adds the perfect “extra something” to the kit kat bites.
Step by step photos showing how to make homemade kit kat bars.

Tips and Tricks

  • Store the Kit Kat bites in a tupperware container in the fridge. They stay wonderfully crispy even a few days later!
  • Use a a very sharp knife to cut these bars! You want smooth and even edges. Your go-to knife for cutting Rice Krispy Treats will work well here, too.
  • Keep an eye on the butter and sugar while it’s boiling! Spilled over boiled sugar makes for a sticky mess.

Recipe FAQs

What can I use instead of peanut butter chips?

If you don’t like peanut butter, swap out the peanut butter morsels for more butterscotch morsels in this copycat kit kat bites recipe. Or visa versa!

Why did my peanut butter and butterscotch mixture get hard?

The melted morsels may “seize” if heated for too long. You can prevent this my microwaving the mixture for 15-20 seconds at a time, stirring after each increment. Remember the morsels will continue to melt after you remove them from the microwave.
Unfortunately, once the melted mixture seizes (hardens) it’s impossible to fix. You will have to throw it out and start again.

Can I freeze kit kats?

Yes, you can freeze these kit kat candy bites. Thawing may affect the texture and make the center less crispy. I prefer to store them in the refrigerator where they keep well for about 5-7 days!

Kit kat bites spread on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and cut into small squares.

More Copycat recipes

Yield: 96 pieces

Copycat Kit Kat Bites

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

These copycat Kit Kat bites are a homemade version of my favorite candy bar. Milk chocolate and crispy rice cereal come together in a bite-sized treat you can enjoy anytime!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 25 regular sized marshmallows
  • 12 ounce milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 4 ½ cups rice krispies cereal
  • 11 ounce butterscotch morsels
  • 1 cup peanut butter morsels

Instructions

    1. In a large mixing bowl, add marshmallows, milk chocolate morsels and baking chocolate. Set aside.
    2. In a large pot, bring to a boil the sugar, cream and butter (over medium high heat). Once boiling, continue to boil for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Pour hot mixture over marshmallows and chocolate. Using an electric mixer, beat until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth (about 2 minutes).
    3. Melt butterscotch and peanut butter morsels together in microwave bowl for one minute. Stir and heat at 30 second intervals until fully melted.
    4. In a large bowl, combine rice cereal, melted butterscotch and about ⅓ of the chocolate mixture. Mix completely.
    5. In a parchment paper lined 13x9 baking dish, pour ⅓ of chocolate mixture onto bottom, spreading with a knife until bottom of dish is covered. Top with cereal mixture. Press firmly. Pour remaining ⅓ of chocolate mixture over cereal, spreading with a knife.
    6. Allow to set up in refrigerator, about 1-2 hours. Remove and cut into bite sized pieces. ENJOY!

Notes

  • Store the Kit Kat bites in a tupperware container in the fridge. They stay wonderfully crispy even a few days later!
  • Use a a very sharp knife to cut these bars! You want smooth and even edges. Your go-to knife for cutting Rice Krispy Treats will work well here, too.
  • Keep an eye on the butter and sugar while it's boiling! Spilled over boiled sugar makes for a sticky mess.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    96

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    A completely satisfying knock off of the brand name chocolate bar, Homemade Kit Kat bites are an easy no-bake treat.

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    Posted on July 7, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I tried this recipe today and it didn’t work for me either. The peanutbutter and butterscotch chips seized on me and I tried adding some vegetable oil and microwave time to try and loosen the mixture and added the chocolate mixture & mixed into rice krispis. It was a granular mess. Tossed the whole thing. Bummed and won’t try again. I do like many of your other recipes! Thank you.

    2. Hello Everyone ! Does this taste like a KitKat ? It sounds like a yummy recipe but I’ve never tasted peanut butter in a KitKat ? Just wondering if it tastes like KitKat or is it a different taste

    3. Is there a substitute for heavy cream?  I would like to lower the calories a bit and never have heavy cream on hand. 

      1. This recipe didn’t work for me. I followed the directions and the peanutbutter, butterscotch mixture started to harden when I added the chocolate mixture to it. It seemed like the instructions were backwards. Maybe if the butterscotch chips peanutbutter chips and marshmallow were put together and had the cream, butter and sugar mixture added to it and poured over the puffed rice it would work better. I ended up mixing everything together and hopping it works.

    4. Where is the recipe…..it states to click for the recipe and when I do there is not recipe only pictures and a short comment about how great they are

    5. Recipe looks great and I enjoy your blog but I have a suggestion. I think it would look nicer with fewer picture. I love recipes with beautiful photos but so many bloggers are loading lots of photos that are basically alike. One lovely photo is wonderful; more if they are significantly different. Too many pics make reading on a mobile device a little difficult. I hope you take this as constructive criticism and keep up the good work.

      1. Hi Kelley,
        Thank you so much for your suggestion! With blogging and pinterest being such a visual place, I like to show my readers several views. I usually try to keep it within 2-3 photos, but yeah, this one was a little excessive!

    6. OH!! Well, I wish I’d run across this recipe sooner but better late than never. The money I’ve spent on Kit Kats for the house full and I over time is, I’m sure, a terrible amount. No more store bought Kit Kats for us! THANKS! :o}

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