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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

"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 YIELD:72 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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).
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Melt candy coating; dip bars and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: 6 dozen.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 1135425 63800
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2862409 84109
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3270235 51707
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1584703 24780
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

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

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