Friday, October 28, 2011

Homemade Snickers Bars!! Who doesn’t love caramel, nougat, peanuts and chocolate!

 Here is a new recipe: http://trufflepopsandmore.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-new-super-awesome-snickers-recipe.html
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I love snickers! Well, until I had the Snicker Nutcrackers that they put out at Christmas time. Why are they better? They are fresh and that makes such a difference! The nougat is so creamy and I just love them. So, I decided to try my hand at making some from scratch. I hope you will give it a try too!

Now, Snickers have layers: A layer of nougat and a layer of caramel with peanuts mixed in. Then, the whole thing is covered in milk chocolate. Yummy!!

For the Caramel layer, I made homemade caramel from the recipe found here. Just before I poured the caramel onto a pan, I mixed in one cup of slightly chopped peanuts. I used cocktail peanuts. I then poured the caramel onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat. You could use aluminum foil that is sprayed with nonstick spray.

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Note: If you don’t want to make your own caramel, use 70 individually wrapped caramels. Just unwrap them and place them in a bowl with up to 4 tablespoon of water (My mother in law said to start with one tablespoon and add more if needed.  But, only add a little at a time). Heat up your caramel in the microwave in 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until smooth. Then, mix in the peanuts and pour onto a Silpat or sprayed aluminum foil.

For the Nougat layer, I adapted a recipe I found in A Treasury Of Top Secret Recipes (Todd Wilbur).

Peanut Butter Nougat
· 2 tablespoons of water
· ½ cup of Light Corn Syrup
· 4 tablespoons of Butter (softened, but not melted)
· 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
· 4 tablespoons of Peanut Butter
· Dash of Salt
· 6 cups of Powdered Sugar

Steps:
1) Mix the first 6 ingredients together until well combined.
2) Slowly add in the powered sugar and mix well.
3) Spread the Nougat onto the caramel.

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I put all the Nougat in the center of the caramel layer and used a rolling pin to roll an even layer of nougat onto the entire surface of the caramel. Place in the fridge for just a few minutes to set up.
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I tried to cut the Snickers into the same size squares, but I failed. Oh well, they will taste the same! Note: if you are using a Silpat, don’t cut on it!

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Now, time for the Chocolate!! I used 24 oz of Milk Chocolate and 8 oz of Dark Chocolate for the coating. I thought just milk chocolate was a little too sweet for me. I melted the chocolate candy melts in the microwave according to the instructions on the package. The way I do it: I put it in a microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir. Another minute at 50% power. Stir. 30 Seconds at 50% power. Now, test it! Put a small amount on your lip. If you feel any heat at all, mix in 5-10 unmelted wafers. Stir until the wafers are melted. Test again! If you still feel heat, add a few more wafers and stir. This will stop you from getting the chalky look on your chocolate.

Time to dip! Dunk a piece at a time in the chocolate. Lift it out with a fork and tap off the extra chocolate. Place them on a Silpat or wax paper.

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Enjoy the Snicker goodness!! I know Mr. Wonderful is!!!!

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