Make one of your favorite candy bars at home with just 5 of the most amazing ingredients on Earth: dark chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, caramel and peanuts!
Okay, I need to make this post short and sweet so you can make these candy bars ASAP!
They’re one of the best things ever created in my kitchen and I want your kitchen to have the same bragging rights!
They’re so easy, but it was a labor of love getting the recipe just right. I was on a mission to make a homemade candy bar similar to Take 5 candy bars, but even better, of course! More pretzel crunch, a thicker layer of peanut butter, extra peanuts, gooier caramel and a richer chocolate.
I tried them every which way I could until I got them just right. I tried layering the chocolate with the other ingredients in the pan, but definitely felt coating the bars in the chocolate is much better. I tried using caramel sauce, but melted caramel squares gives the bars that perfect gooey caramel layer. I tried crushing the pretzels, but the whole pretzels gives a perfect pretzel crunch in every bite.
It all starts with just 5 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand…
The sweet and salty combo of these 5 ingredients along with the different textures each one contributes to the layers makes these homemade candy bars one of the greatest things I ever ate!
We’re talking salty crunchy pretzels, creamy peanut butter, roasted peanuts, gooey caramel…
That’s all coated in rich smooth dark chocolate…
They’re off the charts when it comes to how delicious they are!
The rave reviews from family and friends who have been my taste testers throughout this process had this to say about the finished product:
did you really make these?!
you should sell these!
these are unreal!!
I can’t wait for you to make and experience them too! Enjoy!
- 70 snaps pretzels
- 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups dry roasted lightly salted peanuts
- 2 (11 ounce) bags caramel squares
- 2 (10 ounce) bags dark chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chips)
- Line a 9x13-inch rimmed baking pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Layer the pretzels snuggly in the bottom of the pan.
- Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds until of drizzling consistency. Drizzle peanut butter over pretzels. With a spatula, spread the peanut butter evenly to cover all of the pretzels.
- Sprinkle the peanuts evenly over the peanut butter layer and place the pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
- While the peanut butter layer is setting, unwrap the caramels. Place them in a microwave-safe bowl with ¼ cup water and melt in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and continue to stir until caramel is smooth and of drizzling consistency.
- Drizzle caramel evenly over all of the peanuts. Place pan back in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Remove from the refrigerator and immediately cut into 2x2-inch squares with a sharp knife. Spread squares out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate (1 bag at a time) in a shallow microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Return to microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and continue to stir until all of the chocolate chips are melted.
- Line another baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the candy bars from the freezer. Using a fork, dip the candy bars one at a time into the melted chocolate until each one is completely coated in chocolate. Make sure the pretzel layer remains on bottom. Remove and let excess chocolate drip off of the candy bar and the fork before placing on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining candy bars and remaining chocolate chips until all candy bars are coated. Place candy bars back in the refrigerator to set for at least 15 minutes before enjoying.