Homemade Snickers Bars I

That’s what this is. Pure In.San.It.TEEEEE.

You know those days when you’re in desperate need of sugar and you’ve already downed more gummy vitamins than recommended while seriously considering how many more you can ingest without causing severe harm to your internal organs? They’re just so gooooood.

Well… in that case you should make some homemade snickers bars. Because I definitely did that.

And I KNOW you know what I’m talking about.

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I spent the majority of my pre-pubescent and adolescent years scheming just how I would be able to steal my brothers’ Halloween candy. Snickers were always my favorite, and the boys weren’t huge fans so more often than not, they would hand them over. But sometimes… they kept them just to spite me. Brats.

Then I went through a SERIOUS phase of those Snickers ice cream bars. I swear they only had like 4 in a package or something but I could easily take down 2 for dessert. As kids, we were rarely allowed candy bars, but my mom had no issue with buying bags of fun-sized candy because, well… when things are fun-sized it means the calories don’t count.

And that you can eat a million of them.


These days, it’s rare that I crave actual candy, often preferring some chewy cookies or super rich cheesecake or a bar of amazing chocolate that costs thrice as much as the recent organic meyer lemons I purchased. But snickers are in my blood.

They are the peanut butter to my jelly.

The salt to my pepper.

The broccoli to my… wait, no.

Homemade Snickers Bars I

This recipes comes from my friend Nikki who, well… I didn’t even know until Instagram and Twitter.

But now Nikki is like my bestest friend ever. Because when someone emails you a recipe for homemade snickers bars, they are your BFF for life. I mean, who else has my best interests at heart like that? I don’t even know.

And the fabulous part? This is SO EASY. So, so, so, so, so easy. Like, had-five-drinks-and-a-recent-breakup-easy. It has four distinct steps and in print seems slightly intimidating, but it isn’t whatsoever. I promise. I swear. I even had every single ingredient on hand. And not just because I’m a hoarder. Would I lie to you?

I’m not even going to waste your time trying to convince you to whip up a batch because, uhhh…. look at them. They are irresistible. Literally… considering they ruined two of my family members’ January diets.

Now that’s a win.

Homemade Snickers Bars I

Homemade Snickers Bars

[recipe from Nikki, who lightly adapted it from and old Taste of Home recipe]

makes one 9×13 pan

bottom chocolate layer

1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

Thoroughly grease you baking pan. Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave, then pour into the baking dish and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.

nougat layer

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup evaporated milk

1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cup salted peanuts chopped, roughly chopped

1 tsp vanilla extract

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in fluff, peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Turn off heat and fold in peanuts, then pour over bottom chocolate layer. Let cool completely.

caramel layer

1 14-ounce bag of caramels

1/4 cup whipping cream

Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Let melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth – this took about 10 minutes for me. Pour over nougat layer and let cool completely.

Top chocolate layer

1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave, then pour over caramel and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.

Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving, then cut as desired. These can stay at room temperature, but they do get gooey. I like them refrigerated best!

Note: for best results, buy one of the half-sheet aluminum cake pans at the grocery store. That way, you can pop the entire square out and cut from there!

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I can’t even take that.

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795 Responses to “Homemade Snickers Bars.”

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    joyce — February 9, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    I made these this weekend for the super bowl and everyone loved them. they’re delicious! also someone posted a picture of them on reddit:


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    Mariah — February 9, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    I just want it mailed to me f off on the multiple people


    • Teresa — February 18th, 2012 @ 4:35 am

      I just emailed it to myself again in the multiple friends section and it worked.


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    Zytka Maurion — February 10, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Hi, I love Your blog but I have a problem with ingredients. I live in Poland (Europe) and we don’t have marshmallow fluff here. Can I just use marshmallows – heat and melt them with sugar and milk?

    When I look at Your great photos I konw that I MUST DO IT but without fluff or it’s substitute it is rather impossible, I think ;)

    Greetings from snowy Poland!


    • Fiona — February 27th, 2012 @ 6:26 am

      I use regular marshmallows, not sure if it ends up different but it sure tasted great!!


      • Zytka Maurion — February 27th, 2012 @ 9:49 am

        Thank All for tips :)

    • ken — March 16th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

      Give me your address and I will send you some fluff. I live outside of Boston where fluff was invented. It’s like a white melted marshmellow. I actually went to Montreal last year to get Dulce de Leche in Montreal. It’s not sold in the states. It took about 7 hours to get there but it was worth it. Montreal is a great city and i pick up some hard to find baking supplies. Have a good day!


      • Zytka Maurion — March 17th, 2012 @ 12:40 pm


        it’s very nice of You, Ken :) I had done Homemade Snickers with homemade fluff from Jessica’s link:

        It turned out to be the quintessence of sweetness :)) Thanks for all your tips and advices, I have just bought a big bag of regular marshmallows but now I want to switch to sth savory ;P

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    Zytka Maurion — February 10, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    OK, I’ve just read all comments and now I know it will not works… That’s a pity but thanks for recipe ‘Homemade Marshmallow Creme’ :)


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    Laura — February 10, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Holy amazing. I fond these via MADE (thank you, Dana!). I need these now. But, I have to say, it’s surprising to me that you had marshmallow fluff on hand. ;)


    • Celeste — March 9th, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      You don’t have it on hand?? :)


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    Sara — February 10, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    I have made these and they are so yummy! I had to send them to work with my husband or I would have eaten the whole pan! I just got done making these again, but instead of using peanuts and peanut butter, I used almonds and almond butter! Oh my goodness, so good! I may never by another candy bar again, but if I keep making these I may gain 400lbs, I just can’t resist! :)


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    nobleknits — February 11, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Oh,my…..the small boys are I are in the process of making these- and it’s really freaking cold outside, which means our glassed-in vestibule is just right for chilling the layers. I just tasted the “left in the pan” bits of the nougat layer, and seriously, seriously, somehow it tastes just like a Snickers bar! Making these for a 2-family get-together tomorrow, and I am going to be the goddess of dessert! Thank you!


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    Melissa — February 12, 2012 @ 4:48 am

    I made these as a Valentine’s Day treat for my boyfriend (otherwise known as he who will inhale Snickers bars until he’s sick). He immediately asked for 40 more and said he likes them better than the original Snickers bar! I love that they’re so easy to make, too. :) Thanks!


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    christina — February 12, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    Made these for Supper Club yesterday and they are GREAT! I didn’t prefer them refridgerated though because the caramel was so hard it was difficult to eat. Thanks for the recipe though, they were a big hit!


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    Heather — February 12, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    I had made these a long time ago and could never find the recipe after that. I am so happy to have found this on your site! SO delish!


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    Tracie — February 12, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    Tried these this weekend and I LOVE IT! Wow, not only were they easy to make, they were alot of fun. Thanks for sharing.


  12. #
    Mary — February 12, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    The most fantastic thing that I have ever tasted in my life!!! Thanks for the recipe!!


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    Tam — February 17, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    nice and looks tasty, I have to make it


  14. #
    Michelle McGuckin — February 17, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Wow those look better than the candy bar, thanks for sharing!!!


  15. #
    sweet-lab — February 17, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

    I need those in my tummy immediately. It’s an urgent matter.


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    faithfilledcc — February 18, 2012 @ 3:09 am

    Wow, these are divine! Fun to make too! Thank you for this recipe!


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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — February 18, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    Dustin LOVES Snickers. He buys them by the 48-count case! I need to make these for him. They look amazing!!!


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    elin — February 18, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    what is evaporated milk ? i’m pretty sure this doesn’t exist in Iceland .. is there something else i can use ?


    • Beverly — March 8th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      evaporated milk is tinned milk


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    Tami — February 18, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    Made these today. Super easy and great as well. Definitely will be using this recipe again. Thanks!


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    Kimberly — February 19, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    ummmm…. I thought I was the only mom in the world that hit up the gummy vites! Seriously!!!! But I cannot wait to try this recipe!


    • Celeste — March 9th, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      I just did that yesterday! I needed something sweet and snuck into the gummy vitamins! lol


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    Cecili — February 19, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    I am anxioua ro make these. However, I DO NOT LIKE marshmallow anything and especially not fluff. What can be substituted? Plus, I live in Japan and doubt that I can get that here anyway!


    • Tom — May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

      The marshmallow taste is covered byt he other ingredients. It is mostly there for texture. If you like Snickers candybars you will love this.



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    John — February 19, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    OK,,,,you got me,,,,,,these are a MUST TRY SOON recipe, for sure!!
    Only question I have is regarding the peanuts: Dry roasted or cocktail style. I am going to guess it will be dry roasted to avoid the oiliness of the cocktail nuts (canned vs jarred).
    Thanks for sharing!!!


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    Kristin — February 19, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    I’m not 100% certain, but I’m willing to bet you could make these with organic products, and not feel so guilty about eating them!


  24. #
    Robin — February 19, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    OMG!! this recipe is to die for!! thank you so much!


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    From Valerie's Kitchen — February 21, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    Holy mackerel woman! Incredible.


  26. #
    Kate — February 21, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    WOW!! I’d love to take these to the next dinner I attend – I’m sure they would be a huge hit! They look so yummy!! :D


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    Nancy — February 22, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    Can these be UPS’d to my college student son for his birthday? It’s next day delivery for a ground shipment, but I can’t tell if these will ship safely.


  28. #
    jenny — February 25, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    OMG I’m not the only one with the gummy vitamin problem!! I’ve had to stop buying them for fear one day I’m going to overdose.


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    Lora — February 26, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    For those allergic to peanuts, you can substitute almond butter and almonds. I’m not allergic, but I absolutely L-O-V-E the Snickers Almonds, so that is what I did! Also, here is the fluff recipe I used if you are like me and ran out of corn syrup, or it is not available to you. This one only needs regular sugar and egg whites.


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    Ryan — February 27, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Can someone clarify the whipped cream I should use? Do I use something like Cool Whip or Redi-Wip or do I use the stuff from the carton that can get whipped up for pie topping? Thanks!


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

      It’s not a whipped cream you use, it’s heavy whipping cream that comes in a carton. It will be by the milk in your grocery store.


      • Ryan — February 27th, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

        thanks Jessica! Looking forward to making these this weekend.

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    Ashley — February 28, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    These were super good. The nugat I swear I could eat out of a bowl. I made these for my dad’s B-day (he’s 53 today!) and I will ship them tomorrow. I hope they make it safely. Thanks super much, it was easy and so incredibly tasty


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    Toko — February 28, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I don’t think these are real snickers….my snickers don’t marshmallow fluff…


    • Ashley — February 28th, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

      You’re right, instead they have egg whites and hydrogenated oil; These taste like the real deal, though; better even. Don’t hate on it until you’ve tried it!


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    Barb — March 3, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    These are amazing. No, seriously , break your diet and do not even care amazing. I made these today and it was easy. A run to the store was necessary as I generally don’t keep chocolate chips, caramel or fluff on hand, but well worth the trip. I have made homemade caramel and next time will probably do that vs unwrapping store bought, but I have to say – this was easy, fairly quick and a huge hit. I have hubby, two 22 year old girls here (daughter and adopted daughter), an 18 year old boy, two 16 year old boys (the foster/sort of adopted boys are all visiting this weekend), my 11 yo daughter and her best friend who was over to play, 3yo granddaughter (of my 22yo) and my 8 yo son – and this pan of snickers was the most amazing dessert anyone has ever tasted. I make alot of candy, I bake and I have to say that this reaction was huge lol. Everyone flipped out and made obscene noises. I moaned loudly. There was finger licking and ‘oh my God’s and ‘wow mom’s and exclamations of joy. I got kisses. I got hugs. I was praised as the best candy maker on the planet. So thank you – thank you thank you thank you. I’m going back for another piece now.


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    Isher — March 5, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Looks amazing… the only change I would make is to swap out the store bought caramels for caramel you can just make yourself using sugar, butter, and cream.


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    Sarah — March 7, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    I so can’t wait to try to make these I am a total chocohaulic and I know that they are gonna be AWESOME!


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    meg — March 8, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    I think I have all the ingredients in my pantry. Yes I’m a dessert freak. Going to go make these.


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    Jill — March 8, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    I made this yesterday and my co-workers say they are BETTER than a snickers candy bar. Thanks so much for this recipe


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    Natalya — March 9, 2012 @ 4:17 am

    Way too much effort for something I can buy at any store for a dollar and will always taste consistently delicious.


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    Toni Jo Camacho — March 11, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    these were very easy to make and really DELICIOUS!!!!!!!! thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us.


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    Kestra — March 15, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them! Although, because I’m from England I had no idea what Marshmallow fluff was, but thankfully the comments have helped me out. I still don’t know what caramels are? I know what caramel is, but are caramels an American brand? I don’t think caramel is even sold widely here (at least not to my knowledge).


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    toni — March 17, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    can u substitute caramel sauce instead and still mix it? these are looking good so far on the caramel layer right now and it was time consuming. just wondering thanks for any advice and the recipe!!! :)


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    sharon — March 17, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    can you say …… BEST THING I EVER ATE …… man these are good.


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    Rebecca — March 18, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    These look amazing! I have a son with nut allergies (peanuts, almonds, walnuts) and was wondering if I can substitute soy butter for the peanut butter. Also I wonder how pecans would taste instead of the peanuts. Thanks!!


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    Sally Eyre — March 19, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    What is marshmallow fluff? I’m based in NZ. Thanks.


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    Lacy @ NYCityEats — March 19, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Oh wow – I haven’t had a snickers in so long – these are totally calling my name. Fluff! How can you go wrong?! I happen to have the biggest container EVER of fluff by the way – adding this to my recipe arsenal!! Yum!


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    zuckerwandlerin — March 19, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    Wow, can’t get enough of Your posts. Really really really good idea! Thank you so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it!


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    iminfullblo0m — March 20, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Can I not use marshmallow anything? Is there a subsitute for that or can I just eliminate the fluff? I’m a vegetarian and don’t eat marshmallow – thanks!!


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    Maureen Cory — March 22, 2012 @ 2:07 pm


    You can line your pyrex 9 x 13 pan with wax paper and spray it before making these. Then just pull it out of the pan and save yourself the expense of the foil pans. So have to try!



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    Jenny — March 26, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    I made these over the weekend! They are delicious! My nougat layer does not look like yours :(. Mine turned out kind of ‘crumbly’ of sorts, and a caramel color. I am thinking I didn’t use enough marshmallow fluff? I only used most of, one 7oz container….do I need to use more? Thank you!!


    • Jessica — March 26th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      Yes, you definitely need to use the full amount of marshmallow fluff in the recipe.


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    meg — March 26, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    OH MY HECK! Thank you so much for sharing this! Snickers are My Handsome Prince’s Favorite and this looks like it would be amazing in some homemade creamy vanilla ice cream. Running to the kichen to make these suckers!!!



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