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Chocolate Caramel Candy

This dazzling treat tastes like a homemade Snickers bar and has flavor beyond compare. When I entered it in a recipe contest at our harvest festival, it won five ribbons, including grand prize and the judges' special award. —Jane Meek, Pahrump, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 8 dozen


  • 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
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter


  • Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; butter foil with 2 teaspoons butter and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes before cutting. Remove from pan and cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 86 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Kathleen
    Feb 10, 2021

    Hi I haven’t tried this one yet, but in reading the recipe instructions and the comments about taxing job of cutting, perhaps you could lift the candy out of the pan and cut it with a large pizza cutter? Just a thought. I will be trying this one!! ??

  • Brenda
    Dec 24, 2020

    This is hands down one of the most delicious things I've ever made! It is a little putzy, but it's not difficult by any means. I couldn't find regular caramels, so I used caramel bits and didn't have any difficulty with oozing like others have commented. The only bad thing is that trying to cut the candy is like trying to cut a brick with a pair of scissors..... Also, if the candy gets too soft, despite how hard it is to cut, the top layer with come off, so I'd place it back in the fridge halfway through cutting and then cut again. Despite the effort, I'll definitely be making this again.

  • Catbird513
    May 31, 2020

    Delicious! These are time consuming, but fun to make when you have some time you want to spend in the kitchen. Well worth the time. Always get lots of compliments.

  • Mistra1980
    Dec 6, 2019

    This is a wonderful recipe and everyone who tries this candy loves it! It’s true that it tastes like a Snickers bar, only way better! I have no trouble with the candy falling apart, contrary to what some of the other reviewers have stated. Cutting into the chocolate with a warm, sharp knife will help make the cutting easier. I also add less heavy cream (almost by half) when melting the caramels. I followed other reviewers’ advice on that and it did prevent the caramel from oozing between the layers. Also, in the past, I’ve placed the pan in my freezer to help speed up the hardening process of the different recipes. This candy is especially great when made around Christmas time.

  • Reenwad
    Mar 15, 2018

    Why is this listed under "low carb" recipes? Not even close!!!

  • marilyntuttle
    Dec 20, 2017

    I started making these at Christmas three years ago. They are the best and liked by all of my family. That is the first candy they ask for.

  • cskrn
    Dec 1, 2016

    These are delicious! I took them to work and they were a hit!

  • k.central
    May 22, 2016

    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.

  • JenniferStewart59
    Feb 1, 2016

    I followed the directions exactly and they were AWESOME! Reminded me of my recipe for nut goodie bars or Snicker's bars only tastier!

  • Djwittle
    Jan 17, 2016

    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.