Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Homemade snickers bars

This is the second item that Thea and I made for the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution bake sale in Montreal.  These homemade snickers bars are outrageously sinful and delicious.  They are chewy, chocolaty (is that a word?) and decadent.  I am so glad that we packaged them up and got them out of the house quickly as I would have eaten the entire pan myself.  Talk about addictive.

This is a long process.  There are four steps.  But believe me when I tell you - this is definitely worth it.

Homemade snickers bars
  Makes 36 bars
Line a 9X13 inch plan with parchement paper and set aside.

For the bottom chocolate layer
1 1/4 cups either milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter

Melt the chocolate in the microwave and stir in the peanut butter until smooth.  Make sure that the mixture is fully melted and runny.  Pour into the prepared pan, spread until even and place in the refrigerator until hardened.

Nougat layer
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/12 cups of marshmallow fluff
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the sugar and milk until fully dissolved and bring to a boil.  Let cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the marshmallow fluff, peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth.  Turn off the heat and fold in peanuts.  Pour over the cooled bottom chocolate layer.  Place in the refrigerator and allow to harden.

Nougat layer

Caramel Layer
2 cups of homemade caramel sauce or a 14 ounce bag of caramels
1/4 cup whipping cream

Combine the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat.  Let melt, stirring occasionally until smooth.   Pour over nougat layer and let cool completely.

Caramel layer

Top Chocolate Layer
1 1/4 cups of milk or smei-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter

Melt ingredients in a saucepan or the microwave.  Pour over the caramel layer and spead until even.  Refrigerate for at least one hour until hardened and cut into squares.  You can leave them at room temperature but they tend to get gooey.

Snickers bars ready to eat


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