August 21, 2011

Homemade Snickers Bars

I was going to post a main dish for you today, but these are so stinkin good, I decided to share them with you instead.  I found this recipe the other day, along with a recipe for homemade Twix and homemade Butterfinger's, but the Snickers recipe was the first one I wanted to try (the rest will come shortly), since they are my favorite candy bar!  

Honestly, when I found this recipe, I was already convinced that they would not taste like a real Snickers, because of the butterscotch chips and the peanut butter and I had already planned on calling these "Almost Snickers" or "Snickers Type Candy Bars", but last night after they were set up, I cut a little piece, took a bite and said "OMG - these really do taste like a Snickers."  Yes, I was a little surprised.  I always knew they would be delicious, but I had no idea they would really taste so close to the real deal.  


These are DELICIOUS!  Creamy chocolate, with chewy nougat, chewy caramel and a slight saltiness with a crunch from the peanuts.  
Homemade Snickers Bars
1st layer:
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter

Melt together all ingredients in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Spread into a lightly greased 9x13 inch glass pan.  Put in fridge to cool.

Filling:
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. salted peanuts, chopped

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add sugar and milk, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.  Bring to a boil and stir for 5 minutes (I only did 3 min.).  Mixture will start to follow your spoon. Remove from stove and stir in marshmallow cream, peanut butter and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.  Spread over first layer and sprinkle peanuts over top.

Caramel Layer:
1 (14 oz.) bag Kraft caramels
1/4 c. whipping cream (I used evaporated milk)

Unwrap and melt the caramels with the cream in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Carefully spread over filling layer.  

Top Layer:
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips
1/4 c. peanut butter

Melt together in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Spread evenly over caramel layer.  Store in the refrigerator until cooled and hardened.  Cut into small bars. Keep refrigerated.    

Jenn's Notes: This is very easy to make, it just takes a little time to prepare each layer.  I cut this in half and layered it in an 8x6 inch glass dish.  I had to make the nougat/filling recipe twice, because the first time I cooked it the entire 5 minutes like the recipe suggested, but it ended up being too hard and crumbly.  I tried again, but this time only cooked about 3 minutes and it was perfect.  When it slightly thickens and starts to move around with your spoon while you stir it, I would quit cooking.  Remember, it will be thicker when you add the mallow cream and peanut butter.  I also used evaporated milk instead of the whipping cream in the caramel, because I didn't want to spend money on a carton of cream to only use a small amount and I already had a can of evaporated milk open for the filling.  I added slightly less than the recipe called for, so it would still be as thick.  I like these right out of the fridge.  I think they taste most like a Snickers when they are cold and chewy!  When they get to room temperature, the chocolate gets pretty soft and melts all over your fingers (I don't know if that is a bad thing)?  You will LOVE them!      

76 comments:

  1. Wow!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait for your homemade Twix & Butterfinger too!!!

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  2. I think I gained 10 lbs just reading this!! these look so wonderful!

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  3. omy this look so yummy not sure I can get all the steps done right.
    Any recipes for low sugar peanut brittle?

    I will be honored if you will share it with our readers in our linking party at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/08/11-million-visitors-with-new-london-eye.html
    Thank you,
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  4. Oh yum!Can't wait for the homemade twix recipe too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  5. I would love to make these but we don't have butterscotch chips here! I hope all the ingredients for Butterfingers are ones I have. Those are some of my favorites (along with Reeses PB cups).

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    1. I don't know if you have a recipe for Reeses, but I found this blog, and in my opinion, these taste exactly like them.
      Enjoy!
      http://www.readjame.com/search?q=peanut+butter+cups

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    2. I don't have them in the Netherlands either, but they had butterscotch bars which I chopped. There are also recipes for homemade ones online..just google it. They don't have marshmallow creme either, but I made it fron scratch from as online recipe. It was worth the trouble. allrecipes.com is a good one

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  6. How fun! I love Snickers. I definitely want to try it, after I run a few more miles! :)

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  7. This looks delicious! I need to try it asap! :) Thanks for the recipe!
    Melissa
    www.sweetcoconutlime.blogspot.com

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  8. This recipe looks so delicious!:) My kids will love them!
    Thank's for stopping by my blog and leave a comment!
    I am your newest follower! I would love to follow me back too!
    Have a nice day:)

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  9. Looks delicious.I would love to make it.Thanks for sharing.
    -dinner sets

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  10. I love Snickers bars! These look amazing, thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  11. Yummy!!!!! What a great recipe!

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  12. Yummy! These look delicous. Definitely a diet-breaker!!

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  13. Wow, these look amazing!! Great recipe review and suggestions!

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  14. oh my gosh I could die right now these look AMAZING. I must pin and try. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love for you to come hop on over and link up to my party if you would like :)

    http://tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-and-share-linky-party-2-co-host.html

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  15. These sound AMAZING!!!! Holy smokes. I so wish I had these right now!!!

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  16. Awesome! These look better than snickers bars... what a fun recipe idea!

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  17. They look so tasty! I will definitely have to try it!

    http://babblingsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  18. My mouth was watering just reading the title! Thanks for linking up with us!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  19. I know what's going to be for dinner at our house.I'd love for you to share at my party: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/08/linky-4-will-craft-forcomments.html
    Thanks,
    Tara

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  20. YUM!!! I'm going to feature these next week on Thrifty Thursday...thanks so much for linking! :)

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  21. Yum, love Snickers! They're my fav too!

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  22. Oh my goodness! These look incredible! I will be making these tomorrow. Can't wait!!! I lniked to you from Cast Party Wednesday. Thanks! I'm excited to make these.

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  23. These sound great! Snickers are a big fav in my house:) Looking forward to trying these.

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  24. Oh my goodness! I can't wait to try these. Thanks for such yummy looking inspiration!

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  25. Yummy!!! I wish I had one right now!!

    I just featured this on my TT&J facebook page :)

    xoxo
    Jen

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  26. Ok, now I'm hungry! These look great!

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  27. Oh my! It's 6am and I want a snickers bar! These look absolutely amazing! I want to make them! Stopping over from cast party Wednesday at Lady Behind The Curtain.

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  28. These look like fun - I bet my kids would think this was really cool! :)

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  29. I really love the name of your blog! Your bars look delicious!

    Please feel free to link them up to my new Make Yourself Blog Hop!

    -Jamie

    For Love of Cupcakes

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  30. These look delicious! Don't know where I'm going to find marshmallow cream in Australia (can you suggest a substitute?).
    x Marnie

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  31. Really?!? You just found yourself a new follower my friend. My boys & hubby would be in Heaven! Can't wait for your take on the others!

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  32. Saw this on Whipperberry . . . holy moly, they look incredible! I definitely want to try these out. Thanks for the recipe!

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  33. Awesome & such great tips on making these! You've been featured today at Sew Can Do's Craftastic Monday. Stop by and grab a Featured On button & thanks for linking up:)

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  34. Holy Wow! I think I love you. Lol! I'm going to post this and go over and subscribe to your blog. :)

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  35. oh my heck! These are outstanding! I am totally going to make these!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  36. Could you pass me a napkin? I need to wipe the drool from my mouth! ;)
    There wasn't a Baby Ruth recipe was there? (That's my fave candy bar.)
    If there was I'd ♥ to have it! Ok, my mouth would love it, my rear not so much!

    Following you now.

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  37. Jenn these look super yummy!! I am so glad that you like up your recipes to Think Pink Sundays! I always love what you make!
    I featured these on FB & Twitter tonight!

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  38. This looks so yummy! Featuring YOU over on my blog today! Thank you so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party! Have a wonderful day!

    Ginger

    http://gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/09/take-look-at-you-yum.html

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  39. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your amazing snickers recipe on my "This weeks pinterest loves" post on my blog this week come and check it out and grab my button

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    http://tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com/2011/08/this-weeks-pinterest-loves-13.html

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  40. I made these last night and ate them today. My family loved them!

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  41. I made these for my husband yesterday - sinful

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  42. These looks AMAZING!!! I am pinning this!!! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a fantistic weekend!!! :)
    Crystal
    Homemaker in Heels

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  43. o goodness. these look fab!! I love snickers!!!! if I had marshmallow fluff and peanuts in my house I would so be making these this afternoon!!! thanks for the recipe - I just pinned it to make in the future! :)

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  44. I cannot wait to try this. Sounds and looks so yummy. . . not that I need the calories.

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  45. I'm really hoping I don't make these until after our son's wedding! lol Who on earth wouldn't love this recipe!! :-)

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  46. Yummy! These look so good :D I will be making these for sure!
    http://hundreds-n-thousands.blogspot.com/

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  47. Oh YUM! Snickers is my favorite candy bar. I'm going to keep the recipe and make it.:) I might have to half the recipe though, because a 9x13 is a lot for two people to eat.:) If this is the kind of recipe you post, I'm definitely going to have to follow.;)

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  48. i have made these and loved them too! i stumbled u! from something swanky!

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  49. These look great! I am over from Swanky and you are Stumbled!

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  50. OMG these look awesome! Snickers is one of my favorites, I'm almost scared to make these! Stumbled from Something Swanky.

    http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/

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  51. Total yummy goodness!~ Can't wait to try the recipe. :)

    Stumbled!

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

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  52. We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we have decided to feature it today! You can view it here
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/homemade-snickers-bars/

    We'd love it if you'd like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!

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  53. Oh my yumminess!!! I am sooo making this!!! All the things you make just make me drool!

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  54. o looks so yummy!!! printed this recipe and the homemade snickers...bookmarked also for later use...ty so much for sharing. i make sweet potato rolls but never thought about red velvet cake

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  55. i'm almost done making a vegan version of these using substitutions like Ricemellow for the marshmallow cream and coconut milk for the evaporated milk! Thank you for giving me a recipe to guide me. Quick question. For the nougat, do you wait for it to cool before pouring on the first layer of chocolate? Mine was warm and melted the chocolate, causing swirls in some areas. If it cools too much, will it be hard to spread?

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  56. @Anneka - I can't wait to see how your vegan version turns out!! I do not wait for the nougat to cool before spreading over the 1st layer of chocolate. However, I do keep the 1st layer in the refrigerator until the nougat is done. So, having the cold chocolate is probably what keeps mine from melting.

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  57. Made these for church potluck dessert. Pastor wanted me to nearly hide them from everyone because they were so tasty to him. Not a single piece was left. I cut them real small. My kids are sad I took the whole pan to church because then they hardly got to eat any. Gonna have to make another pan soon for home. I had trouble getting my butterscotch chips to melt fully so there was little bumps in my chocolate. I used "party peanuts" by Eileens. I also used the evaporated milk but the next batch will try the whipping cream version. Simply delectable!

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  58. This is an old Taste of HOme recipe. I have used for years and years. I have made these for every holiday and tried and true, tweaked it a bit. I cut down the caramels by 1/2, the caramel mixture is way to thick to cut through. But the rest of the recipe is spot on. And does taste like Snickers. Works best refrigerated, otherwise the layers tend to slide.... Just saying. Like I said I've made these for 15 years....

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    1. Good to know where the recipe comes from. I agree they are best when they are refrigerated! - Jenn

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  59. Whoa. Homemade snickers = love at first sight.

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  60. Made these tonight with a friend learning to cook. Very easy and super yummy. Much more decadent then store bought. High schoolers ate them like bars, the rest of us did bite size.
    Yummy :)

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    1. I am so glad you liked them! I agree - very decadent!

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  61. These are awesome! i totally love the name of your blog!!!!!

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  62. Oh, these look delicious!! Thank you for sharing. Also, thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn

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