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Caramel Peanut Fantasy Recipe

Caramel Peanut Fantasy Recipe

Packed with peanuts and gooey with caramel, this do-ahead treat is one sweet dream of a dessert to serve company. With an easy cookie crust and scrumptious candy bar layers, it goes together quickly—and will disappear just as fast! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafers)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 20 caramels
  • 15 miniature Snickers candy bars
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 cups salted peanuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Additional chopped salted peanuts, optional


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine wafer crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a heavy saucepan, combine the caramels, candy bars, caramel topping and 1/4 cup cream; cook and stir over low heat until smooth and blended. Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and remaining cream; stir until smooth. Spread over caramel layer. If desired, sprinkle with additional peanuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice (calculated without additional peanuts): 504 calories, 30g fat (11g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.

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MarlaK User ID: 566575 272917
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2017

"Absolutely delicious! A new family favorite. The store I was in didn't have the mini snicker bars so I bought a bag of fun size bars and cut them in half to make the minis. I wouldn't change a thing with this recipe."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 255763
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2016

"This was DELICIOUS!! I had a problem w/ the caramel layer "sliding off" when I removed the ring from the springform pan, that needs to be made thicker somehow. But all in all the taste was great!!"

Stamper50 User ID: 5335141 254824
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"Dschultzo1, the recipe says, 15 MINIATURE Snickers candy bar."

Srjr111 User ID: 8162463 232922
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015


dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 232839
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Very good dessert. I would have preferred that the Snickers bars and caramels were listed in ounces so you don't have to guess on which ones to buy."

lindaroberts User ID: 1096937 134971
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"Absolutely delicious. It disappers in no time. Great recipe and easy to prepare. My family loves it."

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