It’s Candy Week! In my world, anyway.
To celebrate, I have some homemade Snickers bars for you! But first, let’s address the first elephant in the room: These are clearly a lot more ‘rustic’ than actual Snickers bars. If you’re a master of spreading melted chocolate, then you’ll end up with something much prettier. But unfortunately my chocolate spreading skills are… I’ll just say it: terrible.
But hey, the most important thing in the taste, right?
Now for the second elephant in the room (who knew you could fit more than one elephant in a single room?): While ‘breakfast’ can cover a lot of foods, I’m pretty sure candy bars aren’t considered a breakfast food in anyone’s kitchen.
To be honest, I actually made these Snickers bars a while ago and simply couldn’t decide whether or not to post them. On one hand, this is a breakfast blog and even I couldn’t justify eating candy bars for breakfast (cookies yes, candy no). On the other hand, Snickers bars!
No prizes for guessing which argument won in the end. And as soon as I’d decided on ‘Candy Week’ it was clear: these Snickers bars needed to be posted. Even if I get a ticket from the breakfast police.
This recipe only makes a small batch of ‘fun-size’ Snickers bars, because trust me, these are dangerous. If you’re after a larger batch, however, it shouldn’t be difficult to double or triple the recipe. If you ask me, multiplication is much easier than division.
Woah, if my school teachers were right and I ever actually needed to use long division, I would be completely screwed. Just saying.
Anyway, before I start reminiscing (or having nightmares – or daymares?) about math, let’s go back to these Snickers bars. These candy bars are dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, loaded with peanut butter and – most importantly – actually taste like Snickers bars!
To be 100% sure, I taste tested them alongside a real Snickers bar. Of course, you never would’ve guessed that my favorite type of Snickers bar is the version with extra peanut butter!
At the risk of sounding immodest, I was quite impressed with my rustic-looking bars! Regardless of the fact that I forgot to add the additional peanuts (how’d that happen!?), you’d be surprised how similar they tasted.
After making these I went around being the Snickers fairy, randomly handing out homemade Snickers bars to chocolate lovers – and asking everyone whether my humble bars tasted like the real thing.
The verdict… Success!
So, how do we make homemade Snickers bars? Once again, I have some photos for you. Ok, make that lots of photos.
The ‘nougat’ is made by using a food processor to blitz together almonds, light molasses (also known as golden syrup), vanilla extract, maple syrup and a tiny bit of confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar). Once the nougat’s chilled, we can assemble the candy bars!
Spread over the peanut butter! The ‘peanut butter’ pictured in these photos is a mixture of PB2 and water, however, there’s no doubt that actual peanut butter is much better. If you’re peanut butter is too runny, refrigerate it until it firms up a bit. Oh, and don’t be afraid to add more peanut butter.
In another case of ‘do what I say and not what I do’, I recommend adding some chopped peanuts (or almonds) at this stage. Just press them into the peanut butter.