U-G-L-Y Bars

Title Pic UGLY Bars

Today’s simple yet delicious dessert is called U-G-L-Y Bars. They’re not exactly beautiful, but they’re darn good. :)

I don’t know how it is for you guys, but Wednesday is always sort of a strange day at our house. Here’s a quick snap shot of what’s happening here. The kids have about a month left of school. As much as they love school, they’re ready for a break. I totally get it! I’m sure kids everywhere in the country are ready for a break. They’ve been working hard all year.

It’s now May 1st, AND it’s still cold here!

 I have never experienced anything like this. I keep telling my kids soon it will be warm, and summer really is on the way. Oh, by the way, it’s about 40 degrees here. That’s right my friends 40 degrees on May 1st! It’s unusually cold for this time of year. :(

So I try to make a quick mid-week dessert on Wednesdays, because it’s nice to have a simple, yet yummy little something with dinner.



Today I made these little delights I proudly call my U-G-L-Y Bars. Say what? That’s right I said it, U-G-L-Y Bars. I mean, they’re not hideous, but they aren’t exactly pretty either. But they do have a nice flavor to them.

The flavor of these bars is pretty darn good, and I used what I had. I’ve told you guys many times – I don’t like to waste food! Sometimes people confuse that with being stingy. Not at all the same thing! Remember, anyone can spend money. But why spend extra when you don’t have to? Always use what you have first. :)

Give these a try and let me know what you guys think.



U-G-L-Y Bars


1 package (regular size) chocolate cake mix or devil’s food

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 large eggs, room temperature

3 tablespoons milk (regular, chocolate, or almond)

1/2 cup M&M’s any flavor

1/2 cup Caramel Bits

1/2 cup chocolate chips, any flavor

Optional: 1 box (3.5 ounces) White Fudge Flipz – save for topping


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, butter, eggs, and milk in a large bowl with a large spoon until well blended. Mix in the M&M’s, Caramel Bits, and chocolate chips. Spread into pan, you can grease your fingers with butter, or slip a small plastic bag over your hand sprayed with nonstick spray and use as a loose mit. Be sure mixture is pressed evenly into the pan.

3. Either dump box of Flipz into a plastic sealable bag and crush to desired texture, or if you prefer use the pretzels in mostly whole pieces (the way they come out of the box). Pour the pretzels into a bowl first to ensure you can evenly distribute them evenly over the entire pan of bars. Gently press the pretzels into the dough.

4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until just set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.




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