Chocolate, caramel, peanut...all together in one candy bar, what could be better? You might know this candy bar by the name Snickers®, but homemade takes it to a whole new level. And the bonus is, you know exactly what's in it.
This is basically 2 layers of candy, peanut caramel and nougat, then each bar is dipped in velvety, luscious chocolate. Hello, delicious-ness!
Originally, Jurga had tasked me with bringing dessert to her Gr8 Dinner with a comedy theme. I was supposed to make a Snickers® pie. I thought it would be fun to try to make the candy bars. There are lots of variations on line, and I picked the one that looked like it would be closest to a real candy bar. I used Elizabeth LaBau's recipe from The Spruce. The ingredients are below, the recipe is here.
I have made these a couple of times since and they are always a hit. Recently, for my son and daughter-in-law's birthday dinner, these were the party favors!
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Chocolate, Caramel, Peanut Candy Bars
You will need:
- 2 cups light corn syrup,, divided
- 1 cup cream
- ½ cup milk
- 3 cups sugar,, divided
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups roasted salted peanuts
- 1 egg white,, at room temperature
- ½ cup water
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pound chocolate candy coating,, *See Gr8 Note
- For the directions to Elizabeth Labau's recipe, please visit The Spruce.
Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:I made the peanut caramel layer one day; then the next day the peanut nougat was made. And on the third day the bars were cut and dipped. If you don't have a big block of time, this works Gr8! Candy can be made up to two weeks ahead of time and stored sealed in an air tight container.
Gr8 Chocolate Note:Many years ago a friend of mine suggested using Plymouth Pantry Almond Bark Chocolate Flavored Coating. And it is a time saver if you don't have the time to temper your chocolate. The coating is smooth and able to be held in your hand without melting immediately...and it's delicious!