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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

"My daughter won first place in a contest with this candy, which I make at Christmas time. It melts in your mouth!" reports Mary Esther Holloway of Bowerstons, Ohio.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) creamy peanut butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 pounds milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped


  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved; bring to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 290° (soft-crack stage).
  • Meanwhile, place melted peanut butter in a large greased heat- proof bowl. Pour hot syrup over peanut butter; stir quickly until blended. Pour onto a well-buttered baking sheet; cover with a piece of buttered waxed paper. Roll mixture into a 14x12-in. rectangle. While warm, cut into 1-1/2x1-in. bars using a buttered pizza cutter or knife. Cool completely.
  • Melt candy coating; dip bars and place on waxed paper to harden.
Editor's Note: The accuracy of your candy thermometer is very important. Milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. it is sometimes called candy coating and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 136 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • vbag
    Oct 20, 2014

    This is definitely a keeper. I had to work quickly because of the chocolate, but I just kept stirring and dipping!

  • jrchef88
    Jan 23, 2012

    I make these "butterfinger" like bars every year for Christmas and they are amazing. You have to be fast stirring the hot syrup mixture into the peanut butter and the dipping process is time consuming BUT the compliments you get are well worth your time and effort. Enjoy!!

  • mamafluffy
    Sep 17, 2009

    Melting peanut butter: you can melt it in a bowl inthe microwave (stir about every 20-30 seconds until warmed/softened, sort of like melting chocolate), or in a saucepan over low heat. Melting the peanut butter makes it easier to combine with the other ingredients.  

  • nott818
    Sep 16, 2009

    How do you melt peanut butter???? I never heard of such a thing.