Homemade Candy Bars Recipe
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Homemade Candy Bars Recipe

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Reports Karen Grant of Tulare, California, "I enter these treats, which are similar to Kit Kat bars, at the fair each year and win a blue ribbon. I've even had a judge ask how to make them!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 8 ounces Waverly crackers, divided
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 372 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 373 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Place a third of the crackers (about 25) in the bottom of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. pan.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add the milk, graham cracker crumbs and sugars; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Pour half of the mixture over crackers, carefully spreading to cover. Place half of the remaining crackers (about 25) on top. Spread with remaining sugar mixture. Top with remaining crackers.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, stir peanut butter and chips until melted and smooth. Spread over crackers. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into small squares. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Originally published as Homemade Candy Bars in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p64

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Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"I have been making these bars for many years. Every time I have taken them to a get together someone asks for the recipe. I have never put in the butterscotch chips when I make it so I double the chocolate chips. Last time I made them I didn't have graham crackers or peanut butter to use. I just used Waverly crackers in place of the graham crackers. I sprinkled ground peanuts over the chocolate in place of the peanut butter. Good both ways!"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"Everyone always asks for this recipe! I make it just as it says."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"Delicious and rich! I have received many requests over the years to make these bars."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"My son Gabe, who is 9, won a blue ribbon at our fair with these tasty treats. Thanks for sharing such a fun recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"Ihave made these bars for years! everyone loves them!"

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