Hungry? Grab a homemade Snickers!

Pinterest has officially taken over my life.  Back in December my sister-in-law mentioned the site during a drive down to Austin for a football Saturday.  She said I would be obsessed but at the moment, I didn’t get it.  It all seemed way too overwhelming and confusing, but I told her I would take a look.  At first I was on the waitlist-which was reminded me of waiting in line at a NYC club fully aware that there were maybe 15 people inside.  Pinterest was that club right?  How could THAT many people know about it?  So, when that all important day came when I got my invitation I had mixed feelings.  Well…all of that went away within the first fifteen minutes online.  I was hooked.  This site is genius.  As someone who is always trying to think of the next great invention, I truly wish this was MY idea.  It has revolutionized cooking, crafting, and best of all-shopping (!!) for me.  So, when a friend suggested a Pinterest party about a month ago I was all for it.  The idea was that each person would bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert that they found off of Pinterest, but that they had never found the right time to make.  I scrolled through my Sweet N Salty board for inspiration and found a homemade snickers bar recipe that looked beyond amazing.  As I embarked on my first attempt at homemade candy bars, I was a little nervous.  With so many steps, I wasn’t sure that these would be a true success.  But boy was I wrong!  These beauties were chocolately, gooey, nutty goodness.  I was even told that they were better than store bought version- success!!

Homemade Snickers Bars (from How Sweet It Is)

makes one 9×13 pan

Bottom Chocolate Layer

  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Line your baking pan with parchment paper. Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave (I did it in the microwave), then pour into the baking dish and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.

Nougat Layer

  • 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 chopped, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in fluff, peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Turn off heat and fold in peanuts, then pour over bottom chocolate layer. Let cool completely.

Caramel Layer

  • 1 14-ounce bag of caramels
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream

Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Let melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth – this took about 10 minutes for me. Pour over nougat layer and let cool completely.

Top Chocolate Layer

  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave (again I did this in the microwave), then pour over caramel and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.

Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving, then cut as desired.  They longer they sit out of the microwave they do get gooey.  They still taste delicious, but I liked them better right out of the refridgerator.  I also cut a few bite sized pieces and placed them in the freezer- they were yummy for days!

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