If you like PayDay candy bars, you’ll love these salted peanut caramel bars. With only three ingredients, they’re super simple to make!
This recipe is from Everyday Food magazine. In the magazine, they are called “salted peanut bars.” They really do taste just like PayDay candy bars, though.
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PayDay Bars

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Salted peanut bars that are copycats of the popular PayDay candy bar.


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 1/4 cups coarsely chopped roasted salted peanuts
  • 50 store-bought soft caramel squares, unwrapped (14 ounces)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Lightly coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhand on all sides, then lightly coat parchment with spray.
  2. Cover paper with 1 1/4 cups peanuts.
  3.  In a medium pot, combine 1 Tbsp water, caramels, and marshmallows over medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until caramels and marshmallows melt and mixture is smooth, about 8 minutes. Immediately pour over peanuts, then top with remaining 1 cup peanuts.
  4. Let cool until set, about 2 hours, then cut into 16 bars.
  5. Store in airtight container with parchment in between layers, up to 2 days.


  • From Everyday Food magazine.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

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