Homemade Snickers Bars

Homemade snickers bars are the perfect treat when you want that sweet and salty combination of chocolate, peanut and caramel flavors.  Together they make for one delicious bite.  My favorite is biting through all the different layers and getting to the smooth, creamy, and crunchy.  It is the best of all textures and flavors!

If you are a huge snickers fan like me try these other snickers inspired desserts! snickers brownies, no bake snickers bar pie or snickers cheesecake bars.

Homemade snickers bars stacked on a white counter.

Homemade Snickers Bar

Remember when I told you I hated chocolate? Yeah, I was a weird and deprived child. Snickers are what broke me of my hate for chocolate. Now I can make them at home? This spells trouble. I started eating Snickers in high school. But I would seriously peel the chocolate off and eat the caramel and nougat. That is how much I hated chocolate but loved the inside of a Snickers. By my senior year, I started to get lazy and would just eat the entire bar with the chocolate. My love for Snickers goes waaaaaay back. They have always been my #1 candybar.

My favorite part of a Snickers bar is still the nougat. It is so creamy and I love the peanuts inside. Of course my second favorite part is the caramel. But, I am obsessed with caramel. These Homemade Snickers Bars taste just like the real deal. I couldn’t believe it! They are absolutely fantastic. These are another one of my favorite things from my blog that will be served on a silver platter when I die. 🙂

Snickers Bar Ingredients:

Top and Bottom Layers:

  • Milk chocolate chips: These will go in the top and bottom layer, so be sure to choose a high-quality chocolate.
  • Peanut butter: It doesn’t matter what kind of peanut butter you get but choose one you love because it will be in the top bottom and nougat layer.

Nougat Center:

  • Butter: Use unsalted since you will also be adding salty peanuts and peanut butter.
  • Granulated sugar: The sugar will go into the nougat layer to add sweetness to the creamy center
  • Evaporated milk: This is a thicker and creamer version of milk.
  • Marshmallow fluff: This stuff is so delicious I may or may not lick the spoon when I am done!
  • Peanuts: Roughly chopped and salted.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla’s job in the recipe is the same as the salt, to bring out the other flavors in the recipe.  Without it the flavors tend to taste flat and bland.
  • Peanut Butter: Having the peanut butter in 3 of the 4 layers give this bar that nutty flavor that is so familiar to a snickers bar.

Caramel Layer

  • Caramels: Used in the caramel center to add a buttery sweetness.
  • Heavy whipping cream: Gives the caramel a lighter consistency.

How to Make a Snickers Bar:

  1. Prepare the baking pan: Thoroughly grease a 9×13 pan. I lined it with heavy duty aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray. This way they just popped right out.
  2. Make the bottom layer: Add chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe dish. Melt them together, stirring after every 30 seconds being careful not to let the chocolate burn. Spread the layer evenly in the bottom of your 9×13 pan. I put each layer in the fridge to let it completely harden. This will help speed up the process because each layer needs to be completely cooled and set.
  3. Make the nougat layer: Melt the butter over medium high heat in saucepan. Add the milk and sugar and bring mixture to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, whisking together occasionally. Add in marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and vanilla stirring until smooth. Take the saucepan off of the heat and fold in the peanuts. Pour over the bottom chocolate layer and spread evenly. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Make the caramel layer: Melt caramels and heavy whipping cream in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Pour over the nougat layer and allow to cool completely.
  5. Make the top chocolate layer: Repeat the process from the bottom layer, melting the chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave together stirring 30 seconds at a time until smooth. Pour over and spread evenly over the caramel. Cool bars completely in the fridge. Keep them in fridge until right before serving because the bars will soften. Enjoy!The steps to making a homemade snickers bar.

Extra Tips:

  • Best tools to use: These work better when you make them in a bakers quarter sheet, but you can make them in a 9×13 pan.
  • Cut with a sharp knife sprayed with non-stick spray. I like to arrange small squares on a serving tray and keep the tray in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • How to Store: They need to remain CHILLED. Bars need to be stored in the fridge, but will still maintain their shape even when left out for a couple hours. They do get soft though, which is why I prefer to store them in the fridge.
  • How to melt chocolate chips: I prefer to melt chocolate chips in the microwave because it is so fast and easy. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish (I like to use a glass Pyrex measuring cup) and then microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir the chocolate chips around and then return to the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir again.
  • Even if the chocolate chips aren’t completely melted, just keep stirring and see if they will melt all the way. If they still aren’t melted, microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again. You just want to be careful not to microwave the chocolate chips too long because then the chocolate will seize and be unusable.
  • You can also melt the chocolate chips over the stove in a saucepan. Just turn the heat to low and stir the chocolate chips just until melted.
  • What type of caramel is best for baking: I prefer to buy either unwrapped caramel bits OR the caramel pieces in a bag that are specifically for baking, because the outer wrapper comes off really easily. Those small square caramels in the clear plastic wrapper are such a pain to unwrap! You can find the baking caramels on end caps, on the baking aisle or often in the produce section by the apples.
  • Whats the best chocolate to use for making candy? Use the absolute BEST chocolate you have access to! I’ve also used Ghirardelli chocolate chips, but they’re harder to find.
  • What type of peanut butter to use in making Snickers? Really any type of peanut butter, even the more natural varieties will work just fine in this recipe.
  • Working with sticky ingredients:The easiest way to measure out peanut butter in a recipe is with a special measuring cup made to push the peanut butter out when you are done measuring.  This makes it so easy! No more trying to scrape it all out of a regular measuring cup! These measuring cups work so well for peanut butter, honey, shortening…I use mine all the time!
  • If you are using a regular measuring cup, put a little bit of oil in the bottom so that the peanut butter will just slide right out when you are done measuring.

Homemade snickers bar close up.

More Dessert Bars to Try:

Homemade Snickers Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 24 bars

Make delicious Snickers bars right at home! These are fantastic!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword snickers, snickers bar

Ingredients

Botton Chocolate Layer:

  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Nougat Layer:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Layer:

  • 14 ounce bag of caramels
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Top Chocolate Layer:

  • 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly grease a 9x13 pan. I lined it with heavy duty aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray. This way they just popped right out.

For the Bottom Layer:

  1. For the bottom layer: Add chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe dish. Melt them together, stirring after every 30 seconds being careful not to let the chocolate burn. Spread the layer evenly in the bottom of your 9x13 pan. I put each layer in the fridge to let it completely harden. This will help speed up the process because each layer need to be completely cooled and set.

For the Nougat Layer:

  1. For the nougat layer: Melt the butter over medium high heat in saucepan. Add the milk and sugar and bring mixture to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, whisking together occasionally. Add in marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and vanilla stirring until smooth. Take the saucepan off of the heat and fold in the peanuts. Pour over the bottom chocolate layer and spread evenly. Allow to cool completely.

For the Caramel Layer:

  1. For the caramel layer: Melt caramels and heavy whipping cream in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Pour over the nougat layer and allow to cool completely.

For the Top Chocolate Layer:

  1. For the top chocolate layer: Melt chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave together stirring 30 seconds at a time until smooth. Pour over and spread evenly over the caramel. Cool bars completely in the fridge. Keep them in fridge until right before serving because the bars will soften. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

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Originally Posted on November 10, 2013

 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Snickers Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 151IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I just found your blog through your Cherry Pie Bar recipe. I can’t wait to try it.! I’ve subscribed to your blog because of it :). What I really loved about that blog post were the other things you wrote about it in 2012.

    You gave it a difficulty rating, things you would change and do differently, and if you would make it again. I would love it if you would continue with that. I found that so helpful.

    This recipe, while delicious, looks a bit difficult, I’m not a cook who has the patience to muddle through a time consuming recipe.

    1. I just made them. They really are easy. Really! Trust me, you won’t be disappoint. They are so rich, I cut them into one inch squares, they lasted a whole month in the fridge. Now they are all gone 🙁 SO I AM MAKING MORE, RIGHT SNICKER NOW!

  2. Sadly, in the UK at least, by the time you go get all the items you need for this it’s cheaper to go buy a snickers bar (or five)

    Good idea but none of these ideas from the USA save money if you live in the UK ;(

    1. It makes a ton of them, but, yes, it can get costly. I just happen to have everything BUT the caramels in my pantry, so it’s not bad.
      SO WORTH IT!! SPLURGE!!

  3. Ohhhh…I developed a peanut allergy later in life and snickers is one thing I really miss! I am so making this with almond butter 😉 Thanks!

  4. made these last night,
    1. I found that the nougat gets very hard almost burned (like above lady said) and no way you can add peanuts, maybe a bit less boil time, I made it work and it tasted fine, just not soft like it should have been.
    2. I put the peanuts in the melted caramel (much better)
    It tastes fine and just have to restrict my consumption or would eat the whole bloody pan…

    1. It could be that Alyssa lives at a high elevation (like me), where it takes longer to cook things. If you live at or near sea level, the nougat layer will cook much more quickly.
      Linda

      1. Mine did not burn..No where near it. keep stirring constantly and turn your heat down to medium after it starts to boil.

  5. These look so easy! (And YUMMY!) I have a question though. Why do you grease the pan if you’re just going to line it with foil? That sounds like an unnecessary step. Just wondering.

  6. There’s no way in the world I’d ever be able to make these, I can barely boil spaghetti! So can I hire you to make them for me :-)?

  7. I followed every step exactly, except instead of 1 tsp of vanilla I did 1/2 tsp almond extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract -it was actually an accident but came out so so yummy! I was extra careful not to burn any ingredients while melting them and the snickers bars came out perfect!!

  8. Darn you. You had to go and post this recipe. Snickers are a vice of mine. I mean, I can make a meal of them. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, can’t forget dessert! These are FANTABULOUS!!! Thanks for posting Alyssa.

  9. do u think I could use ice cream thick topping for the carmel and then would u use alone or with the cream. Please e-mail me and let me know thanks

    1. Was surprised to see the name “Quast” come up. It was my maiden name. I have had 2 other names since. There are several others in Michigan and Florida.

  10. I found this recipe and thought it would be perfect for my ten year old daughter to enter in our county fair. She made the bars and ended up getting First Place and Best of Show for them! Thanks for the great recipes!

  11. I also am not a huge fan of chocolate and will bite off the chocolate and spit it out so I can eat the yummy caramel! I will make this, but maybe with only 1 layer of chocolate 😉

  12. Wow, we LOVED this recipe! I have plenty of staples in the house to make lots of yummies and I didn’t necessarily want to go and spend more money on marshmallows or caramels, so I made both last night. I made these snickers today and it was really simple to put together.

    The end result is sooooooo delicious. Thank you so much for sharing.

    I think I was like some of the others and the nougat cooked way fast. My heat was a little higher than necessary and I had a larger saucepan, so there was a lot more surface area to the mixture which allowed it to cook faster as well. But, it still turned out super yummy, just firm. Thank you so much for sharing this, the kids now have a yummy candy snack, and extra marshmallows for hot cocoa and for my coffee/latte in the mornings.

  13. I searched for homemade snickers bar recipes for several weeks before finding yours. Tonight I followed your recipe and am thrilled with the result. Your directions were very easy to follow. For the caramel I used another one of my favorite recipes from averie cooks ( http://www.averiecooks.com/2014/06/the-best-and-easiest-homemade-salted-caramel-sauce.html) so that the entire bar felt homemade. It is so delicious that to avoid eating it all myself I am packaging it up to send it to work with my hubby in the morning. Love your site. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I made this recipe and it turned out very good and very rich.
    I did make everything at home so it did take a bit more time than it needed…
    For the Caramel, I made this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/caramels/
    For the Marshmallow Fluff, , I made this recipe: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Candy/MarshmallowFluff.htm
    For Corn Syrup, I substituted with this: http://www.tasteofhome.com/cooking-tips/pantry-pointers/substitute-for-corn-syrup.
    So everything was home made this way, but again, a lot more time consuming. So at least you have options for some of the ingredients.

  15. I love chocolate and nougat, peanuts and caramel, just not together. I eat all the chocolate then wait a few minutes for the taste of chocolate to leave my mouth then slowly eat the best part of a Snickers bar. I thought I was the only one!

  16. I have seen other copycat recipes online claiming to be “just like the original”, and they all fall short. But these are PERFECT! Possibly better than the real thing. My only complaint (aside from probably gaining 10 pounds, hehe) is that after sitting out a couple hours, the caramel starts to flow and they get very messy, fast. I wonder if leaving out the whipping cream would make the caramel stiffer? Or maybe cut it in squares then dip each one in chocolate again, so the edges get sealed? Or something else …. ???

  17. I love this recipe. Since the last time I made it, I got rid of my microwave. Any tips for melting the ingredients other than in the microwave? THANK YOU!

  18. These are truly AMAZING! I’ve already made them three times and all of my friends have asked for the recipe. Thank you!!

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