Snickers are one of my favorite candy bars and I love using them in recipes (like our Homemade Snickers Ice Cream), but this weekend I thought – why not make Homemade Snickers Bars from scratch?! This recipe is surprisingly easy – I really thought nougat would be harder to make… and dare I say it? I think these even taste better than the original!
Homemade Snickers Recipe
Very rarely do I get a recipe right the first time. Usually, I end up having to test it out at least two or three times – although I have been known to spend three months tweaking until I get the perfect recipe (ahem, my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies).
However, this recipe is so straightforward that I think we managed to get it pretty darn perfect. The only change I made was that the first time I made it I didn’t use peanut butter in the chocolate shell – I just melted chocolate and poured it right in. However, I found that just chocolate on it’s own ended up having too brittle/hard of a texture and I wanted it to be softer, similar to that soft bite of biting into a Snickers Bar.
So, the addition of peanut butter is mostly about getting that softer chocolate texture, however, it does alter the taste a bit so you can choose to leave that out if you are okay with the harder chocolate shell. (Adding coconut oil or shortening would make the chocolate too soft and messy.)
Other than that, this recipe is pretty spot on! This would make a delicious treat for afternoon get-togethers or giving to a true Snickers fan.
I haven’t tried freezing these yet, but I think they would freeze well. I will update if I try it (or if you do, please let me know in the comments).
What are the layers of this homemade snickers bar? This homemade snickers starts with a layer of semi-sweet chocolate, then homemade nougat, salted peanuts, homemade caramel, and then topped with a final layer of chocolate.
What is nougat made of? There are three types of nougat – white, brown and German. We adapted a white nougat (which would normally be whipped egg white, sugar, nuts and honey) to use marshmallow fluff, peanut butter and powdered icing sugar. Traditional nougat can be really tricky to get right and can become very hard, so I decided to “hack” my way around it. If you’d prefer to add a traditional nougat layer to your snickers bars, you can check out a traditional nougat recipe here.
Can I freeze these homemade snickers? Yes! Wrap the bars tightly with foil or plastic wrap before storing in freezer bags or an airtight container. The bars will get very hard, and I actually enjoy eating them straight out of the freezer – but you can allow to come to room temperature if you prefer.
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Watch our quick recipe video to see just how easy this homemade snickers candy bar is to make and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe:
Homemade Snickers Ingredients
- Semi sweet chocolate chips – you can use milk or dark chocolate, if preferred
- Creamy peanut butter – you can swap this for a cashew or almond butter
- Marshmallow creme fluff
- Powdered icing sugar
- Roasted peanuts – you can use salted or unsalted
- Caramels, unwrapped
- Heavy whipping cream
Tip: you can play with this recipe by using different types of chocolate, adding different flavors to the nougat (like cocoa powder or flavor extracts). I love adding a touch of sea salt to the top, but sprinkles would be cute, too! Have fun with it!
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Casserole dish – I’ve used an 8″ x 8″ and a 9″ x 13″ for this recipe, it just changes how thick the bars are. I love these oven-safe Pyrex dishes that come with lids.
- Parchment paper
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Offset spatula
- Mixing bowls (metal or glass, preferably) <– love this set with lids
- Spatula <– I like these ones that don’t have removable heads that bacteria can get trapped underneath
- Electric mixer
How to Make Homemade Snickers Bars from Scratch
Line your baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
Place a pan of water over high heat and allow to boil – place a glass or metal bowl over top and add the 1 cup of the chocolate chips with 3 Tablespoons peanut butter and melt until smooth, stirring frequently. (You can microwave the chocolate chips if preferred but check every 25 seconds to prevent burning.)
Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared baking dish and spread to a smooth, even layer. Place into the freezer to set while you make the nougat.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the marshmallow fluff, 1/4 cup peanut butter and powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
Remove the pan with chocolate from the freezer.
Using your hands, push down the nougat onto the first layer of chocolate.
Evenly distribute peanuts on top of the nougat and gently press the peanuts so they are “stuck” in place. I like salted peanuts in this recipe but unsalted would be fine.
In the same way that you melted the chocolates, melt the caramels and heavy whipping cream. Stir the caramel until fully melted.
Pour caramel over the nougat and smooth with a spatula. Place into the fridge for 20 minutes.
Repeat the first step with the remaining 1 cup chocolate chips and 3 Tablespoons peanut butter. (Melt together.)
Pour the final layer of melted chocolate over cooled caramel and place back into the fridge until hardened.
Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.
Grab your free printable for our delicious homemade snickers bars:
These Homemade Snickers Bars are surprisingly simple to make and are a delicious no bake dessert for gift-giving or entertaining… or in my case, a late night treat!