Homemade Snickers

homemade snickersThe countdown is on, folks. With two days remaining until my due date, I feel more and more like a hot air balloon with every dress I put on. For two weeks straight at my midwife appointments, they noted that I had actually lost some weight, raising their eyebrows with moderate concern…so off to an ultrasound we went. The technician’s report: all is fine with our little guy, whose estimated weight is now a whopping 7 pounds, 3 ounces already (please come out, soon, baby). They sent me off with a clean bill of health and an encouragement to keep eating. I know, right?

ingredients

This past week has been a ludicrously wonderful effort to put on a pound or two. We’ve been going to town on lime chips and guac, several consecutive nights of Dairy Queen, and, of course, these homemade snickers. I saw them on Pinterest, drooled all over my keyboard, made them a couple of days later, and then ate about half of the pan. Myself.

The timing of these snickers couldn’t have been better: not only did they more than adequately contribute to my weight-gaining efforts, but they served as a sort of early anniversary present to Eric, whose undying love of snickers is rivaled only by his love for me.

chocolate chips and peanut butter

That’s right. Five years ago today, we got hitched at a wonderful outdoor venue, with just about perfect weather, surrounded by the people we love most. These past five years have been such a sweet season of just the two of us. I can’t wait for the next five…or fifty…years to see what’s in store for us as we add to our family. wedding

Typically for our anniversary, we go somewhere fun or eat something decadent, but this year, I’m gigantically pregnant, and he’s uncharacteristically sick. Seriously, this man has the immune system of a horse and has gotten sick maybe twice since I met him. But sick he is, so we’re celebrating this weekend by sleeping in, watching movies, and frequent snacking. It’s been wonderful in its own slothy way.

carmelWe’re kind of regretting that we polished off the homemade snickers already. They’d be perfect for munching on today. These snickers blew my mind, friends. I’ve had several people try them and tell me that they’re better than actual snickers, and I have to agree. You basically make a chocolate lasagna, cooling each layer in the fridge…starting and ending with a chocolate-peanut-butter layer, and sandwiching a caramel-cream layer as well as a buttery, nutty, nougat layer in between. They are richly gooey, and go great with a cup of coffee, or even more gluttonously, some vanilla ice cream. And to top it all off? In finding them, I also found one of my new favorite blogs: How Sweet It Is. This girl can write. I laugh out loud at every post. And…I mean, she posted these snickers. I am forever indebted to her.

So whatever you’re doing this Memorial Day weekend, work these snickers into your life. They are the perfectly indulgent treat for a Monday off. I promise.

homemade snickers

Homemade Snickers

Homemade Snickers

(recipe from How Sweet It Is) (yields one 13x9" pan)

These homemade snickers are better than the original. Don't be intimidated by the four layers! Each layer is pretty simple, and you just need about 20 minutes to let each layer harden before adding the next.

Ingredients

Bottom Chocolate Layer:

1 1/4 c. milk chocolate chips

1/4 c. peanut butter

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Nougat Layer:

1/4 c. butter

1 c. granulated sugar

1/4 c. evaporated milk

1 1/2 c. marshmallow fluff

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cup salted* peanuts chopped, roughly chopped (do not over-chop these; keep some good-sized peanut pieces in there!)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Caramel Layer:

1 14-oz. bag of caramels, unwrapped

1/4 c. heavy whipping cream

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Top Chocolate Layer:

1 1/4 c. milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

*I bought salted peanuts from the store, but when eating them, I didn't get as much of that sweet/salty contrast as I wanted. Next time, I would add about a 1/2 tsp. of salt in with the nuts.

Instructions

Thoroughly grease you baking pan.

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Bottom Chocolate Layer:

Melt ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat, then pour into the baking dish and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely in your refrigerator.

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Nougat Layer:

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

TURN OFF HEAT. Add in fluff, peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth.

Fold in the peanuts, then pour over bottom chocolate layer. Let cool completely.

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Caramel Layer:

Combine caramels and cream 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.

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Top Chocolate Layer:

Melt ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat, then pour on top of caramel layer and spread until even. Cool completely.

Let the entire pan harden for about an hour in the fridge before serving.

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Notes:

-These can be eaten (messily) at room temperature, but they are also great straight out of the fridge.

-Consider making these in an aluminum cake pan from the store. The recipe I used said you could just pop them out of the pan and cut from there. I did not do this and had a bit of a hard time getting the edge pieces out of my glass pan. I will definitely try this next time...or maybe wax paper?

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Snickers

  1. I drifted off like homer Simpson when he sees donuts while I was reading this. Does it take a super long time with the cooling of every layer? I’m epicurious…

    • Nice Homer visual :) I didn’t really time the cooling between each layer. But it seemed like by the time I’d assembled (and photographed) the ingredients for the next layer, and maybe did a few dishes, the previous layer was cooled. I’d say about 20-25 minutes between layers. The 2 chocolate layers cooled faster than the nougat and caramel layers, however.

  2. Happy Anniversary …and if my calculations are correct…Happy Due Date also! The next time I fall off the locavore wagon (sorry…no Minnesota-made marshmallow fluff where I come from) this is going to be where I land. Can’t wait to try them!

  3. First of all, congratulations on Owen. He is absolutely adorable!

    Second, this is the first recipe of yours I tried. My husband tends to do most of the cooking (or, actually the grilling) and I don’t bake much anymore. However, Snickers is my absolute favorite candy so, I had to try this. Made it and took it to a family party this weekend. Huge success! Even my father-in-law, who is a fabulous cook, complimented me. So, thank you! :)

    Have fun with your new bundle and hope he sleeps better then mine did! :)

    PS. I used wax paper in my glass baking dish and the pieces came right out.

  4. These are the best bars ever! I made them for a weekend gathering and everyone was raving about them. I agree – add salt to the peanuts. I put parchment paper in my pan and that worked great. These are a little bit of work, but totally worth it. Great recipe!

    • I am so glad you liked them! I know we pretty much inhale them when they are around. I’ve begun using parchment paper too; I should really update the recipe!

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