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For Dad | Homemade Snickers Bars

June 17, 2012

Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful fathers out there! I know I promised you a summer drink recipe, but that had to be bumped by the above discovery. I had been searching for a sweet treat to make for my dad for today’s celebration when I came across a recipe for homemade Snickers bars. My dad is a huge fan of chocolate, nuts, and chewiness, so I knew these would be a winner. The recipe takes some time, as these bars require four separate layers with setting times in between, but it is so easy. I drank wine and watched a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives marathon in between each step. Made the time fly by! Bowls also had to be licked clean, so I kind of had my work cut out for me. πŸ˜‰

These bars were whipped up last night and then set overnight in the fridge. I took them out this morning, let them sit on the counter for about 10 minutes, and then sliced them up into nice little squares. We ate a few for post-brunch dessert (dessert should be mandatory after every meal, don’t you agree?) and then I popped the rest into my dad’s freezer. He is a sucker for frozen chocolate bars, so I doubt they will last very long. I may or may not have snuck a few pieces home with me…and may or may not have just tiptoed downstairs at a rather late hour to drink a glass of water go to the bathroom eat one. These are seriously good. And dangerously addictive.

To my Dad – thank you…for loving me for 27 years, no matter what. For teaching me how to throw a ball, ride a bike, and drive a car (that last one was a bit of a challenge, wasn’t it?). For still loving me after that one time when you picked me up from school when I was sick and I threw up all over your back when you were carrying me to the car (sorry about that). For cheering me on and coaching me in the sports I played. For helping me with my Math homework (until it became too complicated for the both of us to understand). For showing me the value of having a good sense of humor, for always making me laugh, and for passing along a good dose of stubbornness. A competitive nature too. For encouraging me. For offering to beat up anyone who hurt my feelings. For wiping my tears and telling me it will be okay, even when I didn’t believe it. For supporting me, through it all. For everything. I love you more than words can say.

Homemade Snickers BarsΒ (from How Sweet It Is)

Layer One (chocolate):

1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter together in a double boiler, then pour into the baking dish and spread until even. Let cool in the fridge until completely set.

Layer Two (nougat):

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup evaporated milk

1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped

1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in the sugar and evaporated milk, stirring until dissolved. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Turn off the heat and fold in the peanuts, then pour over bottom chocolate layer and spread evenly. Return to fridge to cool completely.

Layer Three (caramel):

1 14-ounce bag of caramels (just under 2 cups)

1/4 cup whipping cream

Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Let melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Pour over the nougat layer and return to fridge to cool completely.

Top layer (chocolate):

1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

Follow the same steps as you did for the first layer. Allow to set in the fridge, then cover and return to fridge and leave overnight. Cut into small squares.

Whatever you do, make these. And if you can’t, I will make some for you. But only if I can keep a few for myself.
28 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2012 1:31 am

    They look so yummy!

  2. June 18, 2012 1:47 am

    Aww, how cute :D. These look wonderful – really moreish. I’m rather impressed πŸ™‚

  3. June 18, 2012 5:32 am

    Wonderful tribute to your dad and these look wonderful. Calorie free if you sneak them? (ha, ha)

  4. June 18, 2012 6:16 am

    i love love love loooove snickers bars! I will definitely try these, if my ever growing list of recipes to try does eventually go down!

    • June 18, 2012 4:40 pm

      I totally understand the ever-growing list! If only there were more hours in the day to actually make everything! Then again, I’d probably spend those extra hours eating all of the goodies that I had the extra time to make!

  5. June 18, 2012 2:28 pm

    OK, so I’m about a million weeks pregnant and have been lusting after snickers bars this past week. I don’t think this is a coincidence. I need to make these ASAP. Bookmarked!

  6. June 18, 2012 4:15 pm

    Snickers are my husbands favorite candy bar so I will definitely have to make these!

  7. June 19, 2012 4:39 am

    nice thanks very much

  8. June 19, 2012 4:56 am

    Oh my goodness, these are just too good to be true. Happy Fathers day to all those special dads out there. I am sure your dad adored this post and his yummy treats.

  9. Stephie G permalink
    June 19, 2012 12:21 pm

    snicker bars …. yummmmmm!

  10. June 19, 2012 2:21 pm

    Oh! They do look tasty!

  11. goodeatsgirl permalink
    June 19, 2012 7:12 pm

    There is no better candy than a Snickers and these look wonderful! I need to make them!

    I just found your blog! Love it!

  12. June 19, 2012 11:05 pm

    I’m almost weepy as I look at the pictures. It’s like a work of art. I can see myself watching a chick flick and eating one or twenty of those….

    • June 22, 2012 6:34 pm

      Do yourself a favor and don’t sit down alone with the pan of these. They are wickedly addictive! Add in a chick flick and you’ve got trouble… πŸ˜‰

  13. June 20, 2012 9:25 pm

    These look AMAZING. Can’t wait to try them.

  14. June 23, 2012 2:15 pm

    These look great. Excellent photos…

  15. Auntie C permalink
    June 23, 2012 10:16 pm

    My favorite too, P πŸ™‚
    We’ll be passing thru next weekend to go to PA, so we will pick ours up then!!!

  16. June 25, 2012 1:41 am

    What a sweet tribute to your dad- I’m sure he knows how much you love him but a batch of these sure wouldn’t hurt.

    They seriously look incredible.

  17. July 4, 2012 7:32 am

    “The recipe takes some time, as these bars require four separate layers with setting times in between…” To me, this reads “This recipe is perfect for a momma with a little baby who needs lots of attention. Each layer is easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of time – but setting time gives you lots of time for the little bubby!” IT’S GENIUS!! Well done Bella!

  18. July 4, 2012 1:33 pm

    What kind of peanut butter did you use A? Also, how did you cut them at the end without cracking the chocolate?

    • July 4, 2012 4:51 pm

      I just used Kraft smooth peanut butter. I’m not sure how well natural peanut butter would work for this. I let the bars sit in the fridge overnight and then took them out and let them sit on the counter for about half an hour before beginning to slice with a very large, very sharp knife! That seemed to be the trick to avoid cracking.

  19. Phoebe permalink
    July 19, 2012 6:28 am

    Sooooo deelish looking

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