Chocolate Caramel Candy Recipe
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1-1/2 cups marshmallow creme
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups chopped salted peanuts
- CARAMEL LAYER:
- 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1. Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; butter foil with 2 teaspoons butter and set aside.
- 2. In a small saucepan, combine milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter; stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate until set.
- 3. For filling, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and milk; bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook and stir 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallow creme, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Add peanuts. Spread over first layer. Refrigerate until set.
- 4. For caramel layer, in a small heavy saucepan, combine caramels and cream; stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Cook and stir 4 minutes. Spread over filling. Refrigerate until set.
- 5. For icing, in another saucepan, combine chips and peanut butter; stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Pour over the caramel layer. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
- 6. Remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes before cutting. Remove from pan and cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 8 dozen.
1 serving equals 86 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 41 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Reviews for Chocolate Caramel Candy
"These are delicious but they are time consuming as many other reviewers have stated. Also, I had big problems with them falling apart too. I'd like to know how they got that pic posted because even in the fridge the chocolate slid off the top of the caramel."
"I followed the directions exactly and they were AWESOME! Reminded me of my recipe for nut goodie bars or Snicker's bars only tastier!"
"Very time consuming to make, a lot of steps and ingredients. The taste is that of a Snickers bar so for me it is not worth the effort. I followed the recipe exactly and made sure that each layer had set up in the refrigerator before adding the next and let sit over night before cutting. The fudge cut into perfect one inch squares."
"This is the BEST RECIPE. Cant put it down !! 10"
"Taste just like Snickers candy bar. It all held together for me. I put mine in freezer then took it out after about 1 hour then cut it. It cuts much smoother very cold or almost frozen."
"I have made this recipe for years. It's always a hit and one of my hubby's favorites. I don't make it often enough for him!! I do use a little less cream in my caramel mixture so it is not as runny."
"Tasty but otherwise a flop! Top layer separated from caramel. By the time I sawed thru the caramel the nougat layer was smashed. Am an experienced cook but these bars made me look like a beginner. I would love to hear if anyone was able to cut these neatly enough to put on a serving tray. If someone did--add details to the recipe. As it stands, I will never waste the time and money on this recipe again."
"five stars for taste, 4 stars for time consuming. everyone loves the taste. have to keep them refrigerated or the filling sags. wonder how it would be with Dulce de Leche in place of the caramel layer?"
"This candy is one of our family's favorites! As others said, it's time consuming to make; that's the only reason it doesn't get included every Christmas."
"Question: Does one 7 ounce jar of marshmallow cream equal1 1/2 cup needed for recipe?"
"I was just wondering if these can be frozen?"
"I tried this recipe today,time consuming,the big problem I faced was one cooled and cut the top layer was sliding off the rest of the bar also the photo on the recipe shows the bar having a carmeal color and mine has a chocolate colored topping...help please I want to try this again.This bar is very tasy but with the top sliding off its not what I can serve"
"This stuff is awesome. DO take the time to make it! It's not like eating some piece of candy from the store. It tastes homemade and way better than Snickers. I wrap the pieces individually and box them as gifts. People RAVE about this candy! I always have reprints of the recipe handy because I'm constantly asked for it."
"I have been making this for years. The family and friends love this treat.Thank you for sharing this recipe. We all love this treat."
"Haven't made this yet, but I know it will be something I'll make again and again."
"I used your filling layer and caramel layer and let it set up. Then I cut them into bite size pieces and dipped them in chocolate candy coating. They are just like snickers mini's. Great recipe. Thank you."
"Remind me of a snickers bars. Time consuming to make but easy."
"So good, taste like a homemade snickers bar!"
"Love them! They are always a big hit among friends and family :)"
"This is the best candy!!! If you love snicker bars, you're gonna love these!!!"
"Very good. Next time, I'll decrease the amount of cream in the caramels. Like last poster, they oozed."
"So delicious ! They don't last long. A little fussy, lots of steps but easy. I ended up keeping them in the fridge, if not they kind of ooze. The nugget layer reminds me of a Big Hunk bar."
"This is delicious, far better than any candy bar I have even eaten! Although the process is time consuming, it is very easy!"
"Absolutely Phenomenal!! WAY better than a snickers bar. Everyone who has had these always asks when will I make it again?"
"These are the bomb!! We left out the peanuts as our family isn't a peanut fan. We had to keep it refridgerated because the carmel melted. I will definitely make again!!"
"The caramel candies are great, you have to try them !"
"Very good and very tasty. Would make again."
"OMG! This will be a new Christmas treat every year. It is really putzy and kind of hardto cut into nice squares but well worth it. I left out the peanuts because I don't like the texture."
"I have made these Caramel Candies two years in a row, they have been a big hit. I wrap them individually and use for gift giving."
"This candy received such great reviews that I tried it. I froze the layers and gave them time to set then refrigerated the whole thing. It seemed to turn out great so I put them in treat boxes for the holidays. After a little while I started noticing the melting that someone else mentioned. The candy started to slide as the caramel softened. I think these either need to be served chilled or need to be dipped in a chocolate paraffin to keep them together."
"Used marshmallow fluff instead of creme"
"Every time I make this candy everyone asks me for the recipe. It is a real winner!!!"
"Everyone loved this recipe. It kind of taste like Snickers. It's really delicious."
"I made this recipe when it first came out in the Taste of Home magazine in about 1998, I think. I may as well not show up for Christmas Day gathering if I don't have them. ;-) I share this recipe with everyone. The only change, which puts it over the top for flavor is that I make home made microwave caramel instead of buying it. It makes it irresistable!"
"TASTES GOOD ENOUGH, A LOT OF STEPS, MY FAMILY JUST WAS'NT A BIG FAN"
"This candy is outstanding! A little putzy because of the layers, but worth the effort."
"Made this for my cookie trays this year. After sitting out a while the caramel "melts" so to fix this I just coated the pieces with chocolate and they looked like a mini candy bar. Tastes just like the real thing."
"Hi,Can someone help me, these are really good, but they fall apart even after I let them set and freeze them. What am I doing wrong? As messy as they are, they are still GOOD!"
"This candy got rave reviews everywhere I shared it. I wound up having to make two batches to last throughout the holidays."
"I made this over the weekend while doing my holiday baking. Everyone absolutely LOVES it! Will definately make this again and will share the recipe with family and friends."
"My layers are seperating when I try to cut into square. I let it sit for 20 min. before cutting. Then let it sit a little longer but then the marshmallow layer starts to squash out. Any suggestions????"
"This recipe was ok but I had a problem keeping the caramel firm. The warmer if got, the more it melted. I think next time I would use a more firmer caramel recipe (ie sweetened condensed milk)"
"These are very good! I was concerned about how long it would take them to get firm in the refrigerator, but it was ready by the time I prepared the next layer."
"This recipe is excellent! I've been making this each year ever since I found the recipe in Taste of Home! It is a family favorite during Christmas and into New Year's. It is well worth the time, effort and money spent to make it!!"
"I made the candy today. I had one problem with the filling. I couldn't cook it for 5 minutes. After 4 minutes it became very gritty and I couldn't use. I threw the filling out and started over and cooked for less time. I did add 2 tablespoons of honey for all layers that called for peanut butter. I always use honey in all peanut butter recipes. I also use a square cake pan 8 x 8 for the candy. I like my candy thicker with smaller squares when served."
"This was the favorite candy for my Christmas Candy for the whole family."
"My family won't even let me through the door if I don't have these in hand. I've been making these for years - absolutely the best!"
"I've been making these for years and is a holiday tradition! My family LOVES them!!"
"These are to die for. When I make them I have to freeze half the recipe if not they are all gone in 2 days."
"This candy is worth every penny you spend on ingredients and every pound you gain from eating it. Delicious and impressive."
"This is soooo yummy! I've made this several times. I am now asked to make it each Christmas also by family & friends who have tried it. Excellent recipe!"
"I have made this recipe several times. It is delicious and reminds me of one of my favorite candy bars. A hint for those who are having problems with the chocolate topping cracking when trying to cut into squares. Take the pan from the refrigerator and let it sit on your counter until the chocolate warms up a little. The caramel will also soften some and be easier to cut. It is a winner!"
"This took time to make but the results are amazing. Everyone who has tried it has loved it and I have passed the recipe on to many friends and co-workers. I kept it refrigerated."
"I made this recipe a few days ago for the first time after reading all the rave reviews, and found it to be awesomely good! However, like some of the other reviews, I too had a problem with the top icing layer cracking and breaking to pieces when I cut it, and it didn't stick to the caramel layer under it. I was dissapointed by that happening and wondered if anyone has a solution to keeping the top icing layer from breaking into many pieces and not sticking to the caramel layer? I followed the directions completely and also followed what the reviewer, spoir10692 wrote on December 22, 2010 to keep the top icing layer from spliting/cracking, and it still didn't work. I also had a problem of cutting it into nice square pieces since the caramel layer was hard to cut through and it came out in jagged edges. It didn't look like the evenly cut pieces in the picture at all and I found it took me a long time to made it. Well, after all this, I still will keep trying to make this turn out right since it was SO delicious and adictive!"
"This was a huge hit at both parties I took them to this year. Easy to make, although they take time because of the need to let them harden between layers. Had no problems with the icing cracking or the caramel running. We kept them in the refrigerator or freezer until about a half an hour before serving. To store, I buttered the bottom of a pyrex container lightly, made one layer with the candies, then put parchment paper down and made another layer on top. Between chilling them and the parchment paper, it kept them from sticking together too much."
"I give it 5 stars for sure. Everyone loved these candies. I had a problem with the carmel running though. Any tips?"
"This was great and it makes alot. Alittle pricy to make but worth it. It will become one of my Christmas candy favs."
"This recipe is going to become a regular to make during the holidays....yummy! I figured I would be creative and made it in individual paper cups. This was NOT a good way to go. While it taste just as good, it took a lot of extra time. Save yourself the headache and simply make it in a 9X13 pan as the recipe calls for. After cutting them into squares they can easily be placed in mini paper cups for easy serving so they don't stick together. The nougat filling is to die for all by itself! I'm trying to think of a new candy to make that incorporates that alone. Thanks for submitting this recipe. All that tried it LOVED it!"
"This is fabulous! Everyone who has eaten has raved over it. It will be an annual holiday treat at our house from now on."
"My Husband LOVES Snickers. So I decided to give this a try... Needless to say the whole family loves this! Even my sister in law who doesn't like chocolate was coming back for more! Great Recipe!"
"This was a fantastic recipe! Very simple and easy to make, and I got RAVE reviews when I took them to our family Christmas party! I have requests to make these again for sure!"
"I found this to be difficult, time consuming, expensive, and I doubt seriously if I ever try to make it again."
"I love this recipe! My icing did not break/crumble. What I did was I let the final icing layer set at room temp for several hours prior to putting it in the fridge. I let it set overnight and then when I took it out I let it get to room temp (approx 1 hour) then cut with a paring knife. The caramel did not run either."
"Wonderful!!! Every year the kids demand that I make this! A huge hit with everyone!"
"This recipe was a hit. As for the chocolate cracking-not quite sure what you all did. My only problem I had was I did not have a 13 X 9 pan - mine was 18 X 12. I just used 1/2 of the pan-it was thin but still a HIT! No cracked chocolate- I used giaradelli (sp) milk chocolate. Had that on hand. Plus it was cheaper than nestles at the time."
"This recipe was fairly easy to make. However, the icing didn't work well for me. While cooking, it became very thick and wouldn't spread. So I added a tablespoon of butter to thin it out. It spread very well. I let it set in the refridgerator and did as the instructions said and let it set out for 20 minutes before cutting. The icing fell into a million pieces. So I'm not sure what else I could do. But it is very delicious as is with or without icing and I would make it again."
"The taste was amazing, but even with wiping the knife off each time the chocolate cracked (top layer) and the caramel can't be out of the fridge for more than 5 miuntes without melting. Kinda frustrating as I made them to pass out and they weren't cheap to make. But very tasty."
"It's a bit difficult to cut as it has to be "just right" at room temperature to cut, but the taste is awesome; I'll definitely add this to my candy recipe box."
"My husband and I made this recipe and loved. We plan on trying ours with pecans the next time. Also made a mistake or two due to drinking wine while making it. LOL Recipe was forgiving on our mistakes. Good Luck and Enjoy!"
"Try heating the knife in hot water, wipe dry, then slice. Do this before each time you slice and the chocolate shouldn't crack, or at least not nearly as much :P"
"This recipe was great, but I got so frustrated when the chocolate kept cracking while I was cutting it. Does anyone have a solution to this problem? Thanks!"
"I love this recipe, but every time I make these, when I cut them the top layer cracks so they don't look so pretty. The caramel mixture also spills over the sides, not pretty but very good. Maybe I should try freezing them so the caramel stays put."
"I found this recepie in one of my Taste of Home magazine I got from my mother in law from 1997. I make it every year for Christmas and they are always a hit."
"I made this candy and it was a huge hit! Passed out the recipe to 20 or so people. I did cheat a little and melted the first and last layer in the micro-turned out great! Thanks for a wonderful addition to my Christmas candy tray."
"This has become a family favorite. Many steps and many ingredients, yes but WELL worth the effort. Makes an impressive gift also. Make some yourself, you won't regret it! YUM"
"Alot of steps, alot of ingredients. Bottom later was a bit too soft to do in a pan again. I may do it in the little candy cups."
"This is a recipe with many steps, but the end result is incredibly worth it. It is so very delicious and is a hit with everyone who has tasted it. Yours will be the most popular treat if you make this for get togethers."
"I make this recipe a couple of times a year and constantly get requests to make it again. At work they have been nicknamed "Nuggets of Love""
"I make this every year. It is SOOOOO good. Best candy you will make. One I cut it into squares i place each in a small candy paper cup. keeps them from sticking together."
"made this recipe several years ago. amazing, well worth the effort. My friend and I partner up on this recipe had a great afternoon and wonderful candy to take at the end of the day"
"I got this recipe from you a few years ago. I have to make it every year or I hear about it. My grandson asked me to make it for a bake sale one year. It was the first to go. I don't think they would let me in to the family get together without it. This or peanut butter fudge."
"I entered this in a recipe contest and won first place. I have made this many times and also tried woth the white chips for a different taste. It's very good made with dark chocolate also. Will make this again!!!Thanks for a great and easy recipe."
"I was just thrilled to see this recipe. I used to make it a few years ago, but lost the recipe. I am definitly going to make it this Holdiday season. My family just loves it. Rates right up there with toffee fudge!"
"These are now one of my families new Christmas favorites. They did take a bit more time to put together but just worked on other Christmas goodies while they set up for each step. Made them with semi-sweet choc chips and were delicous!"
"Great recipe! It may seem like a lot of steps, but really very easy. This recipe is a keeper. Even thought about trying to make it with almonds like the Snicker Almond Bar, hmmm!"
"Although these take a few hours to make, they are delicious!I just took them to my work's picnic and they were gone well before the night was over."
"I took this to a bake sale and got calls for a week @ work from people wanting the recipe. My husband loves it also."
"SOOOOOOO rich and delicious. Takes a few hours to put together, but is so worth it!"
"These were insanely good. Made a batch and took them on our summer camping trip to the lake. Passed the container around and it came back empty. Thanks for sharing this recipe."
"Very delicious! Tastes just like my favorite candy bar!"
"This is fantastic! We make this candy often, and it's always a hit. It makes a lot, so we have plenty to share."
"I took this to work where this was greatly enjoyed. I keep getting requests for the recipe."
"These look wonderful. I can't wait to get the ingredients and make them."
"This candy tastes like a Snickers bar... only better! This recipe has made me famous at church receptions! ~Debi"
"Hi Jane, I love your Chocolate Caramel Candy. I have made it many times. But I was wondering if this recipe can be made a head of time and then freeze it until needed? Thank You ruthiebear"
"Re: Chocolate Caramel CandyI love this recipe Jane. I have made it many times but I was wondering if this candy can be frozen? ruthiebear"
"I'm a big Snickers fan so I had to try this candy. It was delicious!Leigh"
"Thank you very much Jane for sharing this. The picture sold me! LOL It looks Fantastic!Printing this recipe up and I might even attempt to make it tonight! Have a good evening! Jackie "