Originally posted May 13, 2011. Updated 12/4/2020
When I first posted this recipe, I’d been dealing with a sick husband the past couple of days.
While shopping for "sick" groceries (stuff we didn't have on hand, that are good to have around for illness - OJ, chicken soup, yogurt, etc), somehow I started thinking about confetti bars.
Yeah, I have no idea either. My brain sometimes makes completely bizarre leaps like that.
Anyway, confetti bars.
At the time, I hadn’t had them in a long time, and had noticed that they definitely weren't the ubiquitous party / holiday treat there - we were still in Minnesota - that they are here (now that I’m back home).
What are Confetti Bars?
Confetti bars are a fun little confection made of marshmallows encased in a kind of butterscotch-peanut butter quick, creamy fudge.
You can't go to a Canadian potluck, Christmas dinner, or wedding social without coming across these things!
I'm not taking any credit for this recipe itself, as it's one that you just learn as a kid, and pretty much everyone knows. You know, aside from most of the Minnesota locals that I know!
Are they a Canadian thing? Prairies-specific?
I don't know.
Whatever they are, they take like 2 minutes to make, and are super addictive. Definitely a case of "The whole being greater than the sum of its parts"!
How to Make Confetti Bars
These butterscotch marshmallow bars are incredibly easy to make, involve very few ingredients, and require no special techniques or even baking.
Confetti Bars Ingredients
Rainbow Mini Marshmallows
Basic Confetti Squares Technique
1. Measure the first 3 ingredients into a large, microwave safe bowl
2. Melt the ingredients together
3. Stir everything until smooth
4. Add marshmallows, stir to coat
5. Spread into a prepared pan
6. Chill until set.
7. Cut and serve!
Some Helpful Tips
- Be sure to prepare your baking pan before you start making the squares.
Butter or pan spray works fine, but I usually prefer to line it with parchment. This way, I can lift the whole thing out and cut into bars much more easily.
- Be careful when melting your butterscotch chips - you don’t want them to burn.
I’ll usually put them in the microwave for 45-60 seconds to start, stir well, then go in 20-30 second bursts from there.
- I usually stop microwaving it before it’s actually all melted, and stir the remaining bits of chips until they melt and everything is smooth.
Not only does this help prevent burning, it helps cool it down a bit - which helps the final texture!
- While it’s not 100% necessary, I like to let the mixture cool for a few minutes before adding the marshmallows. This lets it thicken up slightly, and makes it less likely to melt or shrink the marshmallows.
- While this will set at room temp, it will go a LOT faster in the fridge.
- While Rainbow marshmallows are traditional (and prettier!), you can definitely use plain marshmallows if you prefer, or if you can’t find the rainbow ones.
- You can swap the butterscotch chips out for chocolate chips.
- While peanut butter is traditional, you can swap it out for other nut or nut-adjacent butters.
As an example, sunflower seed butter would make this accessible to those who have peanut allergies.
This recipe is one of many fantastic Canadian recipes in my cookbook, "More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from my Home and Native Land”.
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Confetti Bars Recipe
- 1 Package Butterscotch Chips
- 1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
- ½ Cup Butter
- 1 Small Bag Rainbow Mini Marshmallows
- In a glass bowl, heat butterscotch chips, peanut butter, and butter. I like to microwave it for a minute or so, until the chips are about half melted. Stir until everything is melted, combined, and smooth.
- Add in mini marshmallows, stir until all are evenly coated. Use between ½ and 1 small bag of them, depending on your tastes. I usually use about ⅔ of a bag, but used a whole bag for this batch (as pictured). Sometimes you want more of the “fudge” part, sometimes you want more marshmallows. These bars are NOT a hard science 🙂
- When marshmallows are coated, spread mixture into a lightly greased pan. (I used 8″ x 8″ for 2″ thick bars, 9″ x 13″ is a popular size to use for thinner bars.) Chill until set.
- Slice up and serve!