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Take 5 Candy Bar Pie

Between the homemade Snickers bars that I posted last Friday and today’s post, I’m starting to think that I have some sort of serious subconscious craving for candy on Fridays. Perhaps I should start a candy Friday ritual? I’ll have to give that some serious consideration. Candy once a week definitely could be a good thing. Now, let’s talk about this pie! This pie is everything that is right with the world of candy bars. It takes all of the awesome elements found in a Take 5 candy bar (pretzels, caramel, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate) and throws them all together into a pie. The result? An incredibly rich, amazingly delicious dessert that pairs wonderful flavors and textures. Creamy and crunchy. Sweet and salty. It’s all here. And it’s every kind of wonderful.

This pie starts off with a pretzel crust (drool). Ground pretzels, a little bit of sugar, and a healthy amount of melted butter are mixed together and pressed into the pie plate to form the crust, and then baked briefly.

After the crust each layer is added in succession, with a 10-minute or so trip to the fridge to set up before the next layer is added. On top of the pretzel crust we spread melted peanut butter, then homemade caramel sauce, then chopped peanuts. I could barely keep myself from taking a nibble each time I added a new layer. The fact that I didn’t is earth-shattering.

Finally, you melt down some chocolate and pour it over the top of the pie. After a short stint in the refrigerator to let it set up, you end up with one of the prettiest pies I’ve ever seen. Sure, a sky-high meringue and lattice-top have their place, but this beauty? This one is special. Especially if you like chocolate. Or caramel. Or peanut butter. Or peanuts. Or pretzels. Or all of them, together, throwing one big happy dessert party.

That’s precisely what this pie is. One, big, happy candy bar pie party. I want to be invited to this party every.single.day.

Happy Friday! Cheers!

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Candy Bar Pie

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


For the Pretzel Crust:
4 ounces pretzel sticks, finely ground in a food processor or blender
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Caramel Sauce:
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
¾ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

For the Pie:
½ cup creamy peanut butter, melted
1/3 cup prepared caramel sauce
¼ cup coarsely chopped peanuts
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted


1. Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the ground pretzels, melted butter, and sugar. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and chill in the refrigerator until firm, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, Make the Caramel Sauce. Whisk the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a medium-size heavy saucepan until well combined. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the sugar mixture, without stirring, until it becomes a rich caramel color, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the cream until the caramel sauce is smooth, using caution as the mixture may bubble up. (If the sauce seizes, stir it over low heat until the hardened caramel is melted.) Whisk in the butter and set aside.

3. Assemble the Pie: Smooth the warmed peanut butter evenly over the bottom of the pretzel crust. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pour the caramel sauce over the peanut butter layer and gently spread with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts over the caramel layer. Refrigerate for another 10 minutes. Finish with a smooth layer of melted chocolate. Refrigerate the pie until the chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes. Pie can then remain at room temperature until serving. If you have leftovers, cover with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

*Note: You will not use the entire batch of caramel sauce that you make. You can keep the leftovers in the refrigerator for ice cream topping, apple dipping, or eating with a spoon.

(Recipe adapted from Devour the Blog)

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84 Responses to “Take 5 Candy Bar Pie”

  1. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser on March 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Every time you listed another of the key elements of this pie, I drooled a little bit more. This sounds incredible and I can’t wait to try creating it. I love the layers of melted peanut butter and caramel. Yuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmm!!!


  2. Krissy @ Make it Naked on March 9, 2012 at 12:44 am

    no. no. no. did this really just happen? sweet jesus.


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 9, 2012 at 1:21 am

    This is pretty much heaven in a pie crust. Stellar looking! That chocolate is just begging for some teeth marks in it :)


  4. Joe on March 9, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I bring freshly baked goodies into the office every Wednesday and this is exactly what I needed for Pi Day next week!


  5. Villy @ For the love of Feeding on March 9, 2012 at 5:08 am

    “Creamy and crunchy. Sweet and salty”. That says it all for me! :) Have a nice weekend!


  6. Blog is the New Black on March 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Oh, wow! NEED THIS!


  7. Kiri W. on March 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Oh man, I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet and am already drooling! ;) That looks beyond amazing. Just the consistency of the filling… YUM!


  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on March 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Absolutely in LOVE with this pie!!


  9. Jessica on March 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Seriously how do you not weigh like 500 lbs!? I gained weight just looking at the picture!! looks very yummy, will prob. have to try this one ;-)


  10. CookingScraps on March 9, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Ah, such a great idea! I’m thinking of other candy bars that can inspire treats now. If you have any ideas for a Zero bar (caramel, peanut and almond nougat covered with a layer of white fudge), please pass ‘em along. It’s an obscure bar, but a favorite from childhood.


    • Michelle on March 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Awesome idea! I will add this to my list!


  11. Jenn on March 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Pi day is next week and I’m thinking of surprising my older son’s class with this yummy deliciousness! YUM


  12. Katrina on March 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Awesome!! This sounds delightful!


  13. Rodzilla on March 9, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Wow! That layer of chocolate looks particularly thick, I thought it might be fudge at first. Which brand of chocolate did you use?


    • Michelle on March 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      I used Ghiradelli baking bars.


  14. Kaitlyn on March 9, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks awesome! I’m definitely going to have the best pie for Pie Day


  15. Erin @ Brownie Bites on March 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

    No Bake desserts have a special, permanent place in my heart! So great to keep a handful of these recipes around for when you forget to have dessert prepared for guests.. insta-pie!


  16. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables on March 9, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Take 5 is my absolute favorite candy bar, love this take on it!


  17. Jessica on March 9, 2012 at 8:41 am

    omg are you even serious right now? Take 5′s are only like my favorite candy bar in the history of, um all candy bars. I feel like it would be wrong NOT to make this.


  18. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids on March 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

    This pie definitely does make it a very happy Friday indeed. It looks absolutely perfect!


  19. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on March 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Yummmm. I love those Take 5 candy bars, so I know I’d adore this! Now if I could just get my bf on board with the sweet and salty combo so I’d have someone to share it with…


  20. Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} on March 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

    What a beautiful pie and it I bet it tastes way better than it looks! Yum :) I pinned this recipe right away, can’t wait to try it out!


  21. linda on March 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    this sounds AMAZING!
    baking ASAP & will be @ the gym forever!!


  22. Mal @ The Chic Geek on March 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Take 5 is an all time favorite candy bar of mine, I need to try this pie!


  23. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I love your Friday Candy Cravings! This looks fantastic! Super Yum!!


  24. Renee - Kudos Kitchen on March 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    My teeth almost hurt from looking at your photos (in a good way of course)! Take 5 is my favorite candy bar!!!


  25. Amber, RD on March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I have never had a Take 5 candy bar, but this pie version sounds great. Last weekend my husband and I stopped at a gas station and were going through the candy aisle. I have never been much of a candy bar eater (I was always to busy eating goodies like cookies, cake, and brownies!) and he was amazed at all the kinds of candy bars I have never had. I guess I have some candy eating to do!


  26. Michelle on March 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

    WOW!!!!!!! I’m adding this one to the list, YUM!


  27. Mikaela Cowles on March 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

    You just made every 5-year-olds dream.


  28. Patti on March 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Oh my goodness, I am recovering from some minor surgery but I absolutely have to try this today.


  29. Mireia on March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This just can’t be true!!! It looks awesome!


  30. Morgan Lazar on March 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I am drooling at the sight of this. Take 5 is one of my favorite cady bars! This has quickly moved its way up onto my list of baking adventures! Can’t wait to make it!


  31. Ally on March 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    What an amazing pie recipe! I have never seen a pretzel crust but I can just imagine the saltiness would bring out the amazing flavors in the pie.. Such fabulous home baking! You go girl.


  32. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) on March 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Oh my…my heart just about stopped! I love Take 5, this pie looks ridiculous. Like, insane.


  33. natalie (the sweets life) on March 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    i can’t think of a more perfect Friday treat! Fabulous creation!


  34. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on March 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Love Take 5 Candy bars; this pie looks delicious!


  35. Adam on March 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks to my drooling, I am now dehydrated. Just wow!


  36. Jamie on March 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    First all this pie looks amazing, secondly I have a Friday candy ritual and it is one of my favorite parts of the week, 2 hour reading time with chocolate every friday afternoon, heavenly, I highly recommend it!


    • Michelle on March 10th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      That sounds wonderful! I might have to steal your idea!


  37. Dana Smith on March 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I think it’s quite possible that you and I are twins separated at birth. This looks phenomenal, but the fact that we’re still working our way through the Snickers bars (I actually turned them into Milky Way bars) will keep me from making this for a bit. Yummy!


  38. Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf on March 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I love the layering! Sounds like 4x the fun of making a peanut butter pie, which is one of my favorites. Must make this asap!


  39. Katie on March 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Oh, I’m making this and pinning this. I cannot even handle how hungry this makes me. You’re combining chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels, three things I absolutely love together.


  40. Phoebe on March 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Caramel AND chocolate AND peanut butter!? yum yum


  41. Jolene on March 10, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Wow!! Looks mouth watering! Have pinned it…


  42. Daisy@Nevertoosweet on March 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    OMG OMG OMG how on earth did I miss this post!!! It’s amazing :) Just look at it!!! It’s got all the most delectable ingredients and flavours hehe i can imagine this candy bar pie being so rich and filling BUT i’m still going to make it!


  43. Glory/ Glorious Treats on March 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Wow, this looks AMAZING!!!


  44. Emily @ Life on Food on March 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Oh man I need one of these now! Too bad I am stuck in an airport. Until I have a kitchen handy I will be dreaming of a slice of this.


  45. PattiB on March 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Just put this pie together to take to a party. Was quick and easy to make. One hint for those who have not made it yet: be sure to whisk the cream into the hot sugar slowly or you will have the sugar seize (easy to recover from, but just adds extra time). As a seasoned cook, I knew better, but still went too fast with the cream.


  46. Ambika on March 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    You never fail to amaze me with all the kinds of desserts you come up with!!! This is such an exciting recipe!


  47. alex on March 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I love Take 5! I think this pie looks perfect!


  48. Anita at Hungry Couple on March 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I can pass up most commercial candy bars but Take 5 is my weakness so this pie’s right up my alley!


  49. Kristina on March 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

    omygosh I need to have a slice of this pie!! This looks amazing! Take 5 bars are genius… pretzels caramel peanut butter anddd chocolate? YUM! And I absolutely love your candy bar friday idea :) I can’t get enough of your candy bar recipes!


  50. sally @ sally's baking addiction on March 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    this looks amazing michelle. absolutely perfect! i love no bake recipes!


  51. Jamie G on March 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

    OMG!!!!!!! Take 5 is my favorite candy bar, and I have tried several times to make a bar that combined the flavors of this salty & sweet candy bar. I have to try this pie to see if it satisfies.


  52. Peggy on March 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Take 5 is one of my all time favorite candy bars! And you turned it into a pie?! Genius!!


  53. sara on March 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    This looks amazing! I love Take 5 – definitely one of my favorite candy bars – and it looks amazing as a pie!! :)


  54. Deborah on March 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a Take 5 before, but I want one of these pies!!


  55. Tony on March 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe. I posted it in my facebook page yesterday, & immeditely left for the store to get the ingredients. My friend Brian did the same thing as soon as he saw my post w/the link. BOTH of us poured the cream for the caramel too fast and I almost had a fire in the kitchen. Put it this way; even if I would have set my kitchen on fire… it would have been WELL worth it. Amazing. Nice work. This recipe will be in heavy rotation.


  56. Tara on March 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Made this last night for today (Pi Day!). I really like it. I think maybe next time (there will be a next time!) I’ll use half milk chocolate as I think it would make it closer to an actual take five bar. It might make it too sweet though. I overcooked my first batch of caramel – used too wide/shallow of a pan and it went from caramel to DARK in seconds. Heads up to any caramel amateurs. :D Thanks for the recipe!


  57. T on March 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Can I use a store bought caramel sauce? Just wondering if I can eliminate a step?


    • Michelle on March 19th, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Yes, you could definitely do that.


      • Kayla on March 27th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        If I use store bought carmel sauce, how much do I need?


  58. Maria on March 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    This was fantastic! I didn’t have heavy cream so I substituted sweetened condensed milk and it was actually much better!


    • Michelle on March 19th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Hi Maria, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing the substitution you used!


  59. Rachel on March 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I’m thinking of making this in bar form to make it easier to bring into the office. Does the filling harden enough to make that doable–since only the edges will have raised crust on the side?


    • Michelle on March 19th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Rachel, If you refrigerate it, it will definitely harden. I would recommend refrigerating until you leave for work, and then leaving it out at room temperature so that the caramel filling can soften a tad bit.


  60. zuckerwandlerin on March 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I love tarts. On my birthday i got some forms – i try Your recipe, soon!


  61. A to the F on March 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Delicious but the chocolate was a bit thick. I think next time I make it, I will split the chocolate into two layers and add a layer of marshmellow and/or rice crispy.


  62. Michele (also a brown eyed baker) on April 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

    my caramel was too thin…any suggestions? If the heavy cream didnt thicken it enough, I was at a loss for how I could get it thicker?! It tasted great at least! :)


  63. shir on April 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Is there an alternative to the corn syrup for those of us living outside the US?


    • Maria on April 18th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      I’d imagine honey could work, or perhaps maple syrup or molasses but that may be too rich.


    • Michelle on April 18th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Hi Shir, I have never used a substitute in caramel sauce, but maybe something like agave nectar or golden syrup could work?


      • shir on April 19th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Thanks! I’ll give it a try.


  64. KtMeyers on May 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I made this for an event last night. Fan-freakin-tastic. Definitely a keeper recipe!


  65. Sarah on November 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I just found what I’ll be bringing to my family’s Thanksgiving!


  66. Jessica on December 13, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I was thinking of making these for a friend! If I were to make these into custard cups (making them into mini pies) and needed to bake the crust, how long would you suggest to bake it for?


    • Michelle on December 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Hi Jessica, I haven’t done it, so I’m not certain how long you’d need to bake them, but I’d start checking around 5 minutes just to be safe.


  67. Natalie J Vandenberghe on February 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Sounds delicious–thanks for sharing the recipe!


  68. Matt on June 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    The pie crust never stays up on the sides it al settles on the bottom while in the oven, am I missing something?


    • Michelle on June 13th, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Make sure that you are actually getting the pretzels ground to fine crumbs, and not merely crushed. It makes a big difference in the texture and might be why your crust isn’t cohesive and staying up the sides of the pie plate.


  69. Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds on October 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I pretty much doubled the pb and caramel layers and halved the chocolate layer. Awesome!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing this awesome dish.


  70. Stella on February 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

    OMG!! This looks amazing! I HAVE to make them sometime! Btw, I looooove your blog!!! <3


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