For those of you with a sweet-tooth (like me), Halloween is the perfect holiday to indulge! A few years ago, I went out dressed as Medusa and snacked on candies from all over the world. While still living with my dad, I handed out candy to the neighborhood kids. Last year I hosted a party!
I really enjoy finding new ways to celebrate holidays, especially since I’ve learned to cook. A few years ago I thought I’d make my own Halloween candy! Pinterest always has a ton of copycat recipes, but I chose this recipe for homemade snickers!
- 2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
- 6 Tbsp creamy peanut butter, divided
- 1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow fluff
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup peanuts
- 11 ounces caramels, unwrapped
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Notes About the Ingredients: Since the bars aren’t baked, you can use organic peanut butter without affecting the integrity of the candy.
1) Line an 11X7-inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (I used my 8×11 pan.)
2) Place 1 cup of chocolate chips and 3 Tbsp of peanut butter in a heatproof bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds and stir until smooth and combined. Microwave for few more seconds if needed.
3) Pour melted chocolate peanut butter mixture evenly into prepared pan. Place in the freezer for 2-3 minutes or until hardened.
4) Meanwhile, combine marshmallow fluff, 1/4 cup peanut butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until a soft nougat forms.
5) Remove nougat from bowl and press evenly over chocolate layer. Sprinkle peanuts on top, and press them gently into the nougat.
6) In a small saucepan combine the caramels and heavy cream over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Pour caramel over peanuts, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for about 5 minutes, or until set.
Technically you can make your own caramel but this is much easier. It takes some time to break down the caramels. Don’t crank the heat too high or it could burn. Stirring constantly will allow the heat to better distribute, melting the caramels faster. (This is called convection!)
7) In a heatproof bowl, melt remaining 1 cup chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons peanut butter in the microwave. Pour over caramel layer, spreading evenly.
8. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.
Final Thoughts: These were so yummy! They’re fairly easy to make since there’s no baking involved. I should warn you, however, that clean up is very sticky. Hardened chocolate, caramel, and nougat are no fun to clean up. The bars may stick to the paper, but you should be able to peel the paper right off! Happy Halloween everyone!
PS Here’s my “Spoopy” Playlist to play while you’re making your bars!
- Thriller- Michael Jackson
- Earth, Wind, Fire & Air- Moon Sisters (Remember this from the Hex Girls in the Scooby Doo Movie?)
- Ghostbusters- Ray Parker Jr.
- Monster Mash- Bobby “Boris” Pickett
- Disturbia- Rhianna
- I Put a Spell On You- Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (or Bette Midler for you Hocus Pocus fans!)
- Witchy Woman- The Hollies
- Thriller/Heads Will Roll Mashup- Glee Cast
- Love Potion No. 9- The Clovers
- The Nightmare Before Christmas Album
- Hex Girl- Moon Sisters