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Homemade Snicker Bars

Happy Valentine’s Day. I have something sweet to share with you today.

Something that can’t be defined with just one word.

Something Chocolatey…  Caramely…  Nougaty…  Peanutty…  Chewy.

snicker1Layers of sweetness. Layers of textures. Layers of yum.

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I’ve had a love affair with Snickers candy bars since my age was in the single digits. For the record… yes, that’s a long time!

Did you know 1930 was the year Snickers were introduced? I didn’t…until Wikipedia told me so.

That’s staying power! Especially considering the fickleness of people’s taste buds.

Think about it… that’s 86 years… 86 years of Snicker bars… Crazy!

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I had been seeing various recipes for these morsels of goodness for eons around the internet. At least for the last 3 years or so. I was actually afraid to make them.

Afraid I’d like them too much. Afraid I’d eat the whole pan of them. Afraid my favorite jeans wouldn’t fit.

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The answer to my fears?? Make them when you have people to share them with… easy as that. If there are people to share with, you can’t eat all of them. Even if you like them too much… sharing will slow you down!

And…your favorite jeans will still fit!

Copy-Cat Snicker Bars

  • Servings: 24 squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS
First layer
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Second Layer
4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
7 ounces marshmallow fluff
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped lightly salted peanuts

Third Layer
11 ounce package caramel cubes (unwrapped)
1/4 cup evaporated milk

Fourth Layer
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

DIRECTIONS
Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

For the first layer: Place 1 cup of chocolate chips 1/4 cup of peanut butter in a small bowl. Microwave until melted and combined, stirring well. (Note: I microwaved for 1 minute, stirred and microwaved for 30 additional seconds.)

Pour melted chocolate in prepared pan and spread evenly. Place pan in freezer while the second layer is prepared.

For the second layer: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Add the sugar and evaporated milk. Increase heat to medium heat and bring to a low boil. Cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Stir in the marshmallow fluff, 1/4 cup peanut butter and the vanilla. Stir until well combined. Add the peanuts and stir until evenly distributed.

Spread the mixture over the (hardened) first layer. Return pan to freezer.

For the third layer: Place the unwrapped caramels and 1/4 cup evaporated milk in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted. Immediately pour over peanuts. Spread evenly over the nougat layer. Return pan to freezer.

For the fourth layer:  Place 1 cup of chocolate chips 1/4 cup of peanut butter in a small bowl. Microwave until melted and combined, stirring well. (Note: I microwaved for 1 minute, stirred and microwaved for 30 additional seconds.)

Pour over the caramel layer. Spread evenly.

Place pan in the refrigerator (minimum 30 minutes) and cut into squares for serving.

Note: I found, for spreading each layer evenly, an off-set spatula worked best. You can see it in the collage below (bottom left photo).

Store in refrigerator for best results.

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42 comments

  1. Yum! Snickers is one of my favourite candy bars, combines so many yummy ingredients. I’ve also seen so many candy bar copy cat recipes, but have never tried any of them. I think it’s time to change that and this recipe will be my first try!

  2. Oh Nancy, these look sooo good! I have been seeing these around for a long time, too. I really want to try them sometime. And I’m sure I would have the same problem regarding eating too many of them. I will definitely make them when there are people around to share. Great advice! 🙂

  3. Not to be contrary but Snickers were never a favorite of mine, although I know plenty of people and family members who are firmly in the other camp. If I made these, they would hail me their hero — and I do love being a hero. Besides, this is one confection that I wouldn’t worry about “tasting” to the point of excess.

  4. Oh my goodness Nancy, this look sooo good! I too am a big Snickers fan, but try not to remember it on a daily basis, and now this!… You’re so right, it’s really is something to make only when there are lots of people around to share! 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness! It such a cool idea to make snickers bars at home! 😀 but probably you have to eat them while you’re in a gym – to burn all calories! 😀
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  6. Oh yummmm Nancy, that has to be my favorite chocolate bar too. Love your recipe. You’re exactly right about making them when you have company. Those chocolate cupcakes I made this week were for the dessert part of a meal I had hosted. I tasted one, served them for dessert, and gave the rest away. Those bars look very tempting.

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