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)


84 Responses to “Take 5 Candy Bar Pie”

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  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!


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