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).
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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
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 6 tbsp plus 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 (7oz) container of marshmallow creme fluff
- 1 cup powder sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
- 1 bag (11 oz) caramels, unwrapped
- 1/4 cup 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
- Parchment paper
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Offset spatula
- Mixing bowls (metal or glass, preferably)
- 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!