If you like PayDay candy bars, this recipe is for you! It is from Everyday Food magazine. In the magazine, they are called “salted peanut bars.” They really do taste nearly identical to a PayDay bar.
Salted Peanut Bars (or Mock PayDay Bars)
from Everyday Food
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. Cover paper with 1 1/4 cups peanuts.
2) 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. Let cool until set, about 2 hours, then cut into 16 bars. (Store in airtight container with parchment in between layers, up to 2 days.)
Verdict: The taste of these bars was dead on. However, I wouldn’t recommend making them to bring some where because after they are cut, they all meld back together into one piece. Like sea creatures.
Also, I have a confession to make. I used wax paper instead of parchment. Bad idea. It took me quite some time to remove the bars from the paper. If you make these, make sure you have parchment paper on hand. Overall, I personally don’t think I would make these again. I like PayDay bars, but it is rare that I get a craving for one. And when I do, I just want to eat one, not a whole pan of them. I could pawn these off on family and close friends. That blue plate was going to go to work with my husband, but I was too embarrassed. Plus you don’t want other people’s fingers all over your sweet treats. So to sum all of this up, if PayDay bars are your favorite candy bar, make these and enjoy! Personally, I’ll stick to something with a little chocolate in it!
Hubby: “What do we have here?”
Me: “They are like Payday bars, help yourself.”
Hubby: “I’ll have one in a little while, I’m full from dinner.”
Me: “I’ll put one on a plate and you can eat it whenever.”
20 minutes pass.
Hubby: “I’m kind of scared of this, I don’t really like peanuts.”
Me: “You don’t have to eat it, I won’t be offended.”
I eat the bar…why waste?
Hubby: “Where did it go?”
Me: “I thought you didn’t want it.”
Next day…he eats one.
Hubby: “They’re too rich, but I’m not a big peanut guy.” He told me he doesn’t like the salty/sweet combo. Crazy man, that is the best!
Changes I would make: If I was to make these again, I would use parchment paper instead of wax paper. That was not a smart move. However, as soon as I finish typing this, I’m throwing away the recipe. I could keep it, but I know myself, and I know that I won’t be making this again.
Difficulty: Easy. If you don’t have to pry them away from wax paper, that is.