Homemade Snickers Bars

Snickers bars have long played second fiddle to my first true love: Reese’s peanut butter cups. It’s not their fault, really. Being a peanut butter-addicted kid, I always went for the treat with the highest peanut butter ratio. However, as I got older, I started to have a little affair with Snickers bars. I loved the combination of nougat, caramel, and peanuts… not to mention it was all covered in chocolate! I supposed I didn’t have to choose a favorite, did I? (Okay, if I did, I would still choose peanut butter cups, but really, I love them both!). Last year I realized how amazing homemade peanut butter cups were (aren’t most things better homemade, anyway?!), so when I saw a homemade version of Snickers on Jessica’s site earlier this year, I knew it was only a matter of time before my kitchen (and my shirt, arms, and hair) was splattered with nougat, caramel, and melted chocolate. Turns out, these taste exactly like a Snickers bar. Let me emphasize exactly because truly, these are a spot-on recreation. Only more delicious. And sinfully addictive.

These bars have multiple steps that might make them appear a tad overwhelming or intimidating, but have no fear! Each one takes less than 10 minutes and is pretty much foolproof.

Bottom chocolate layer. Nougat layer + chopped peanuts. Caramel layer. Top chocolate layer. Done!

Honestly, the hardest part about making these is once they are done, not eating more than five at any given point in time. I said five. Because I believe that it is impossible to eat less than five. They are dangerous and wonderful. Just like that senior your mom didn’t want you to date when you were a freshman. I guarantee your mom would approve of these. Make these, and share some with mom, or dad. (And maybe apologize for any headaches you caused during your teenage years.)

P.S. Does anyone else get as big a kick out of this Snickers commercial as I do?? “Steve was delicious!” (Although I am a sucker for any type of animal in a commercial!)

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Homemade Snickers Bars

Yield: 32 bars

Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes


For the Bottom Chocolate Layer:
1¼ cups milk chocolate chips
¼ cup creamy peanut butter

For the Nougat Layer:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup evaporated milk
1½ cups marshmallow fluff
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1½ cups salted peanuts, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Caramel Layer:
14 ounces caramels, unwrapped
¼ cup heavy cream

For the Top Chocolate Layer:
1¼ cups milk chocolate chips
¼ cup creamy peanut butter


1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Line with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper; set aside.

2. Make the Bottom Chocolate Layer: Melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave on 50% power until completely smooth and melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour into the prepared baking dish and, using a spatula, smooth into an even layer. Refrigerate until completely cool and hard, about 30 minutes.

3. Make the Nougat Layer: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and evaporated milk, stirring until dissolved, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from heat and add the marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and vanilla extract, stirring until completely smooth. Fold in the peanuts, then pour over the bottom chocolate layer. Again, refrigerate until completely cool, about 30 minutes.

4. Make the Caramel Layer: Combine the caramels and the heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Once completely melted, cook for an additional 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the caramel over the nougat layer. Refrigerate until completely cool, about 30 minutes.

5. Make the Top Chocolate Layer: Melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave on 50% power until completely smooth and melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour over the caramel layer and, using a spatula, smooth into an even layer. Refrigerate until completely cool and set, 30 to 60 minutes.

6. Using the parchment liner, remove the bars from the pan and cut into 32 pieces. You can store these in the refrigerator or at room temperature. I find the filling to be the best consistency at room temperature, but the chocolate can get a little melty depending on how warm your house is. If your house runs warm (higher than 72 or so) you might want to keep them in the fridge and then take them out an hour or two before you want to serve them.

(Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is)


124 Responses to “Homemade Snickers Bars”

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  1. RJ (Kids and Cast Iron) on March 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I saw this on how sweet but didn’t bookmark it because my daughter was still having peanut issues so I was avoiding them. Now that she is doing fine with peanuts I think I will have to try this. I used to eat two snickers every day. One for breakfast and one for lunch.


  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on March 2, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Ive seen these on Jessica’s blog, all over pinterest, and everywhere I turn, these have popped up but you are the first person I’ve seen who’s posted about recreating them. They look sooo good. Makes me want to get busy makin’ nougat!


  3. ACNL on March 2, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I’ve been fiending to get in the kitchen and looking for recipes that don’t involve the use of an oven as mine broke down a few days ago… it is not coincidence that i came across this post! gonna try these! thank you, brown eyed baker :)


  4. CouponClippingCook on March 2, 2012 at 1:52 am

    I wish I could take a bite out of these wirelessly….they look sooooo amazing.


  5. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on March 2, 2012 at 4:04 am

    These look soooo much better than a regular Snickers. Every Snickers bar I’ve had in recent memory has been completely stale tasting, but I’m sure that making them homemade would solve that!


  6. Villy @ For the love of Feeding on March 2, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I should NOT try to prepare these.. (because they look SO good and I really really like snickers..)


  7. Blog is the New Black on March 2, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I keep seeing this recipe on pinterest and saying I need to make it. Looks AMAZING!


  8. Kiri W. on March 2, 2012 at 6:06 am

    These look amazing! I love snickers bars, who knew I could make them myself! (Did my waistline want to know that? Hmmm.)


  9. Heather @ Kids in the Sink on March 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    We just realized we could make homemade peanut butter cups, but I also REALLY love Snickers. I became obsessed when I was pregnant and still have a fondness for them. I love recreating things that I usually buy because it always tastes so much better! I’ll definitely have to make these ASAP.


  10. Erin @ Brownie Bites on March 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Oh YUM! I love copycats of packaged food – so very fun to make! I bet you could cut them lengthwise and dip them in chocolate for a realistic look (though they’re gorgeous just as you have them here!)


  11. Rodzilla on March 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Even though these look way more decadent than a normal snickers the nutrition facts and size are nearly identical.

    I know which I would prefer 😀


  12. Jennifer on March 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I agree. Snickers will always be second to my love of Reeses. Peanut butter, all the way.


  13. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen on March 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I love nougat! I always thought it would be hard to make but it looks easy and delicious! I’ll have to try that if not the whole snickers bar!


  14. Erin on March 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    These look fantastic! My husband’s favorite candy is snickers, so he would love these!


  15. Holly on March 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Yay for pinning! And these look yummy, too!


  16. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on March 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I LOVE Snicker Bars and I bet homemade is even better then store bought! Great recipe, this is one for the books! I’m going to surprise Hubby and make these for him!!


  17. Katrina on March 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    These look so freaking yummy! These are lovely.


  18. Maria on March 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love Jessica’s Homemade Snickers Bars. I pinned these when she posted her recipe! She comes up with the best recipes!


  19. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on March 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Love copycat recipes! I’m positive I couldn’t be trusted around these.


  20. Shannon @ sweetlessons on March 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    These look so yummy! Can’t wait to try the recipe!


  21. Sara on March 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I have made this recipe before, and we enjoyed it. However, we noticed that the nougat was a tad grainy; did you experience that as well?


    • Michelle on March 2nd, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Hi Sara, I didn’t, it was nice and chewy, no graininess that I noticed.


  22. Robin on March 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I love the “Steve was delicious” commerical! I will admit that my favorite commerical right now is the M&M commerical where they are at a party and everyone thinks the brown one is naked and the red one takes off his shell and starts dancing…I crack up every time!


  23. Ashley on March 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

    ooooh delicious!


  24. Annamaria on March 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

    These look fantastic. I’m going to try them this weekend. My husband will love them!


  25. Angela on March 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Oh my. These look divine. Your photos are making my mouth water! 😉 My favorite way to eat Snickers are frozen… might have to whip up a batch to freeze. 😉


  26. Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction on March 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

    These look SO yummy! And the fact that they are homemade makes them a little healthier, right? Haha!


    • Michelle on March 2nd, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Abso-freakin-lutely! :)


  27. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on March 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

    YUM – saw these on howsweeteats website and have been wanting to make them ever since. Love the pictures!


  28. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on March 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Yum! My son loves Snicker’s, these would be a HUGE hit with him!


  29. Ally on March 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Amazing! I love how you included chocolate on the bottom as well… lovely, delicious touch!


  30. Ginger on March 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    These look delicious, I can’t wait to try them! A question: we’re lactose intolerant, so I’m always looking for ways to adapt recipes. I can switch the milk chocolate chips for Ghiardelli semisweet chips, and the butter for Blue Bonnet light margarine since the amount is small; any suggestions for making the caramel without heavy cream? Maybe coconut milk?


    • Michelle on March 2nd, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Ginger, Yes, you could definitely use coconut milk.


  31. Debbie on March 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    These look soooo good! I can’t wait to make them.


  32. Lori @ RecipeGirl on March 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve loved seeing this pop up on Pinterest for the last several weeks. Might be nice for Jessica if you just linked to her recipe, rather than put the recipe on your site too, no?


    • Michelle on March 2nd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Lori, I actually made a couple of changes to the recipe, which might seem insignificant but really made a huge difference for me. The first go I had at both the nougat and the caramel were bombs – the nougat ended up rock-hard and the caramel never set up. I altered the cooking temperature and time for both and got the result that worked for me, which I have reflected in the recipe I wrote above. Jessica’s recipe, as written, wouldn’t be an accurate representation of how I went about making it and the results that I had.


  33. Ellen on March 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! Snickers are my boyfriends favorite and I know he’ll go crazy for these. Love your recipes and your site!


  34. Choc Chip Uru on March 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Your homemade snickers seems to beat store bought for sure – delicious recipe filled with good ingredients 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Peanut Butter M&Ms Peanut Butter Giant Cookie


  35. Catalina @ Cake with Love on March 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Love this recipe, should make them asap!


  36. Cassie on March 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I can’t resist these either. They are perfectly sinful!


  37. Jayne on March 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Oh my, they look so yummy. Lent needs to hurry up and be over so I can devour chocolate again.


  38. Gina on March 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Yes!! I LOVE that commercial! One of my favorites. 😉 Love your blog too!! I don’t think I have ever commented but I have made several of your recipes and have always been pleased. Love your stories too!! :)


  39. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey on March 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Love this. I feel like your first paragraph could have been written by me because that’s exactly how I feel about Reese’s and Snickers! :-) Thanks for posting!


  40. Elisa Mendoza on March 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Oh my god…I think I just gained a few pounds looking at this! I’m a HUGGGEEEE Snickers fan, and I can’t wait to try this out!! Thanks a bunch :0)


  41. Willow on March 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Oooh – you got me! I think Snickers are my all-time favorite candy bar, and the thought of replecating that magical taste at home is just blowing my mind. I’ll definitely have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing. :)


  42. Jen @ Savory Simple on March 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I love all the candy and ice cream inspiration lately! These look amazing and I don’t think there’s any way I can make them or I’ll make myself sick. Zero willpower.


  43. Haylee Jennings on March 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    oh wow! It looks amazing, I love snickers and this looks just like them, I think even better!


  44. Evan Thomas on March 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    First Jessica, now you. It’s a more elaborate recipe than I usually try but I’m being worn down fast by these delicious pictures.


  45. Tammy on March 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Cool. Looks delish! For someone from Australia what is marshmellow fluff?
    I really want to make these but don’t know what it is. Thanks :-)


    • Michelle on March 4th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Tammy, Someone on the BEB Facebook page mentioned that there are some shops in Australia that sell American candy, and she has found it there. If you don’t have any luck, there are recipes online for making your own – I would suggest Googling and see what works with the ingredients you have available.


  46. Ann on March 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Okay – how cool are you? I love snickers, but like you – my first love is the peanut butter cup (and the peanut butter M&Ms!)


  47. Mireia on March 3, 2012 at 7:00 am

    These look too good to be true!!! I love snickers!!!


  48. Sylvie on March 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

    You had me at Snickers! Will make this TODAY!


  49. Kathy on March 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Those look way better than a commercially made Snicker’s bars!
    My dad’s favorite candy is a Snicker’s (then a Babe Ruth, but I don’t see a huge difference between the two) so this would surely be great for him!


  50. megan on March 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Just made these and followed the directions exactly – they were fantastic! I did cut them into smaller pieces in an effort to try and behave myself!


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