Mr. Wonderful loves Butterfinger and I thought “Why not try to make them? They can’t be too hard to make.” Wow, I was so wrong. I couldn’t get any of the recipes I saw online to work. I had 4 batches of mistakes. So, I tried my own version and I think I got it! I have tried it several times to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and I got great results every time. I hope you do too!
What you will need for Butterfingers:
· 1 cup of White Sugar
· 1/3 cup of Light Corn Syrup
· 1/3 cup of Water
· 1 ¼ cup of Creamy Peanut Butter
· Milk Chocolate Candy Melts for the Coating
Tools you will need:
· 2 quart saucepan with a lid
· A Candy Thermometer
· A microwave safe bowl
· A wooden spoon
· An oven safe pan
· Non-stick spray
· A pizza cutter or a knife (I found the pizza cutter works best)
· A fork or Dipping tool
· Silpat or Wax paper
1) Spray your pan with non-stick spray (or rub with a little oil). Place in the oven on the lowest setting. You just want it a little warm.
2) Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in your saucepan. Place the pan with the lid ON over medium heat for 5 minutes.
3) Once the 5 minutes are up, remove the lid and raise the temperature to medium high heat. Place the candy thermometer in the saucepan. No need to stir!
4) While the sugars cook, place the 1 ¼ cup peanut butter in a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. You want your peanut butter to be in a liquid stage. If you need to, heat for another 10 seconds.
5) Now, back to the sugar! You want your mixture to reach 290 degrees. Now, here is the trick. Subtract 2 degrees for every 1000 feet above sea level you live. I subtract 10 degrees (so, I went to 280 degrees). Yes, I live with the mountain goats!
6) Get your pan out of the oven.
7) The second it reaches 290 degrees (-2 for every 1000 feet), remove from the heat. Stir in the peanut butter as quickly as possible. Be careful! The sugar is super hot!
8) Pour the mixture onto the heated pan.
9) Score the mixture with a pizza cutter that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Try to have even sizes. I didn’t even come close!
I have pieces missing. Mr. Wonderful couldn’t wait any longer!
10) Allow the mixture to cool and dry overnight.
11) Now, they are ready for chocolate! I used Milk Chocolate Candy Melts. Follow the instructions on the back of the package or follow mine.
12) Place the Butterfinger pieces in the chocolate one at a time and pull them out with your fork. Be sure to tap off the excess chocolate. Place on your Silpat or Wax paper.
13) I did a little design with chocolate and a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.
Enjoy them! I’ve been told that they are even better than a Butterfinger. I hope you get the same results!
Do you have a favorite candy you want to know how to make? Leave a comment and I will do my best to make it for you!!!