Butterfinger Caramel Bars


Sometimes inspiration runs dry.

It does.

I wonder how many possible combinations of butter, sugar and candy I can possibly make, eat, write about and photograph.

And some days…like recently…I feel like the day is just around the corner.

My inspiration is going to take a step in the street, not look both ways and get violently run over by a speeding car like Brad Pitt did in Meet Joe Black.

Did you guys see that movie a million years ago?  Was that scene really necessary movie makers?

But unlike Joe Black I don’t anticipate my inspiration to come back looking like Brad Pitt, talking super softly and looming in dark corners.

I just expect one day to wake up and have it be gone.


BUT you know what happens on days like that?  When my inspiration “Joe Blacks” on me?  I get emails from you people.

You are sort of the greatest with your ideas and chatty correspondence.

So, today’s inspiration was borrowed from Loren.  I’ve never met Loren, but she hooked me up with a great no-bake idea.

I kinda turned the idea on its head, but I know Loren expected this…


So let’s talk candy, marshmallows and caramel…AND you don’t have to turn on your oven.  Brillz.

Butterfinger Caramel Bars
PhotobucketHere’s what you’ll need…
PhotobucketI found these already unwrapped Butterfinger bites. Seriously, candy makers…you’re making it far too easy.
Chop them up a little bit…not too much, but a little.
PhotobucketLine your 9×9 pan with foil…and layer graham crackers in the bottom.
PhotobucketTop the graham crackers with some mini marshmallows…
PhotobucketNow you’ll need some caramel. I used these chick pea looking caramel bits. They are really lovely because you don’t have to unwrap them.
PhotobucketMelt those with a little milk and pour it on top of the marshmallows and graham crackers.
PhotobucketYou’ll need to spread it a little with a spoon, making sure the caramel gets down in all the gaps. The marshmallows might melt a bit, nut that’s no problem.
PhotobucketNow press your chopped Butterfinger on top of the caramely, marshmallowy stuff…
PhotobucketAnd if you want, you can drizzle some more chocolate up on there. I encourage it, actually.
PhotobucketChill the whole thing for a bit. When it’s set remove the foil from the pan…
PhotobucketAnd pull the foil from the sides…
PhotobucketAnd slice.
PhotobucketThat’s it.
No-bake has never looked so good.

Butterfinger Caramel Bars
  • 6½ graham crackers
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 (11 oz) bag Caramel bits
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 (10 oz bag Butterfinger Bites, coarsely chopped
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate (for drizzle)
  1. Line a 9x9 baking pan with foil, allowing foil to hang over the edge for easy removal.
  2. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  3. Place graham crackers on bottom of the pan, breaking to evenly fit.
  4. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over graham crackers.
  5. Melt caramel and milk together in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir and continue heating in 30 second intervals until melted.
  6. Pour caramel over the marshmallows and gently spread until evenly coated. The marshmallows will melt slightly, which is fine. Make sure to coat evenly so the caramel sticks to the graham crackers.
  7. Sprinkle chopped Butterfinger on top and and press the candies into the caramel/marshmallow mix.
  8. Melt semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on high power in 30 second intervals until melted.
  9. Drizzle semi-sweet chocolate on top of Butterfinger.
  10. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or until set.
  11. Cut into bars when ready to serve.
Store and serve bars at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.
recipe adapted from Kraft


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79 Comments on "Butterfinger Caramel Bars"


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Jenny Flake
May 22, 2012 8:55 am

Yes, yes, and yes! These look like they’d be perfect for my ridiculous sweet tooth 🙂 xoxo

May 22, 2012 9:03 am

Sigh…. I had to look at this right before I am going out the door to the gym. Now it’s all I’m going to think about. I will have that gooey caramel dancing around in my head. yummy!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
May 22, 2012 9:06 am

These looks absolutely amazing!!! I don’t make a lot of no-bake things, but these are definitely going on the to-make list!

Cookbook Queen
May 22, 2012 9:12 am

So I don’t know who this Loren girl is, but I think I love her. Is that creepy?

May 22, 2012 10:29 pm

well, how’s this for creepy: after reading your recipe for Tin Roof bars, i think i love you too! 🙂

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
May 22, 2012 9:22 am

I just gained about 5 pounds to each thigh looking at these. Can’t wait to make them! 🙂

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
May 22, 2012 9:24 am

These look so freaking delicious!! Love it!

May 22, 2012 9:25 am

Where did you find the caramel bites? I can only ever find the square, wrapped caramels. Thanks!

May 22, 2012 9:42 pm

it’s me, the loren mentioned above! 🙂 i have found the kraft caramel pieces in the baking section of the Grocery section of Target.

Joan Hayes
May 22, 2012 9:26 am

Oh yes! I love how the candy makers are making everything easier for us, the only problem I really have with it is I end up buying 2 bags of everything, one for the recipe and one to eat the night before. Can’t wait to make this with the girls!

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and mor

oh my word, I need to find those caramel chip things. This looks great!

Jacqueline Brown
Jacqueline Brown
May 22, 2012 9:30 am

OMG, I simply must try this!

Colleen @ What

Oh dear, these look dangerously fabulous!!!!!

May 22, 2012 9:53 am

YUM! I love all those ingredients by themselves, so it’s an obvious guarantee that I’m going to thoroughly enjoy them together! Mmm. Mmm.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
May 22, 2012 10:04 am

Making it way too easy to break a diet 🙂 But yes, I have those Joe Black moments all too often these days!

jersey girl
May 22, 2012 10:08 am

I think I just got a cavity.

May 22, 2012 10:22 am

Please put all of these ideas and your writing in a hard cover cook book… please, pretty please!
You are unbelievable. So fun to read and drool over photos.

May 22, 2012 10:55 am

My brother would love these, thanks!

May 22, 2012 11:00 am

I haven’t seen Meet Joe Black since it first came out, but I vividly remember when Brad Pitt was hit by the car… because it was HILARIOUS! Seriously, I thought it was comedy gold! I don’t think it was intentioned that way, but that’s how it landed. HAHAHAHA. Awesome!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
May 22, 2012 11:06 am

Holy heck these look good! No bake? Sign me up!

May 22, 2012 11:09 am

Looks like your fans are really looking out for you in great and tasty ways! 🙂 YUMMO!

Emilie @ Emilie
May 22, 2012 11:23 am

i’m in serious need of no-bake treats as temperatures here increase and I’m stuck inside a non-air conditioned kitchen !

May 22, 2012 11:39 am

Way to go Loren! These look so awesome. I am scared of those unwrapped Butterfingers though… TOO easy.

May 22, 2012 10:27 pm

thanks… to shelly, for posting and using my suggestion! i love the look of your inside-out oreo pb cups – will definitely check out more of your blog!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
May 22, 2012 11:54 am

I just bought those caramel bits last week & was wondering what to make with them! Great idea and love that it’s no bake!

May 22, 2012 11:59 am

Ohh man, those look DELICIOUS! My sister’s name is Loren, I’ve never seen anyone else with it spelled the same way as her!! (Or maybe it IS her…)

May 22, 2012 9:43 pm

i love hearing about other people who spell their name like mine! but no, you’re not my sister 🙂

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
May 22, 2012 12:06 pm

Um, these look pretty irresistible!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
May 22, 2012 1:13 pm

Holy moly…these are the ultimate candy bar. Yum!!!

May 22, 2012 1:17 pm

These sound great! I love all of the flavors together. I wonder if you could make a pretzel crust or sprinkle crushed pretzels on top of the chocolate for a little salty-sweet combo.

May 22, 2012 1:32 pm

All my favorite things in one little pan. Heaven!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Amazing!! I love Butterfinger, and have been looking for a reason to buy those little guys!

Terri Betz
Terri Betz
May 22, 2012 2:13 pm

Perfect for Summer! Love this n ty for it! Woot!

May 22, 2012 3:09 pm

OMG. Yum. I’m in love with those little caramel pits. I even eat them as a snack. Just so darned handy. I also love to make chocolate cookies and put the caramel balls in them – they end up the perfect texture.

May 22, 2012 3:29 pm

they look so decadent!

May 22, 2012 3:44 pm

Wow! That’s easy and I bet it’s delicious, too!

May 22, 2012 4:05 pm

You’re just killing me. Like every day. Butterfinger is one of my favorite candies. I can’t wait to get these stuck in my teeth.

May 22, 2012 4:17 pm

You had me at Butter Finger …

And I do hope and pray that you don’t get hit by a car. I love you, AND your goodies.

Katrina @ In Katrina
May 22, 2012 5:11 pm

Move over oatmeal. This is sexy no-bake.

May 22, 2012 6:20 pm

thanks for the shout-out!!! love it! 🙂 almost as much as i love your blog. glad you enjoyed it and made something fun and creative out of it — keep the good stuff coming!!

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}
May 22, 2012 7:12 pm

Holy moly, I want… no, I NEED these. I’m going to have to make from scratch though since all of the things you used to create aren’t here in the UK. I’ll just go cry in the corner now!

Taylor @ greens & chocolate
May 22, 2012 7:13 pm

So glad you were inspired to make these…they look amazing! Wish I had all the stuff on hand to make them today since it’s just too hot to turn the oven on!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!
May 22, 2012 7:26 pm

OMG – just shoot me!

May 22, 2012 8:04 pm

Yeah, I have that fear of just running out of things to bake. It’s sorta scary.

And, I’m sorry, but yes. That Joe Black scene was totally necessary. It was my favorite part of the movie and I can remember my brother and I rewinding it over and over and just DYING with laughter.

May 22, 2012 8:54 pm

I really thought those were chickpeas for a minute. Then I said to myself, “Really, Jo. Shelly would NEVER do that.” 😛

But you know….throwing chickpeas into the mix COULD get those creative juices flowing…

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

Oh, my goodness. These, of course, look amazing. Butterfingers and caramel are two of my faves. I actually was wondering the same thing about you – how DO you keep coming up with more and more ideas?? You frequently have me drooling on my keyboard – please don’t ever quit! We love everything of yours we’ve tried so far!!

luv what you do
May 22, 2012 10:21 pm

Those look amazing. I am drooling over your pictures! I am a big fan of the caramel bites and usually keep some in the house. Great recipe! You definitely have tons of creativity!!!

May 22, 2012 11:24 pm

I just died! Holy sweetness!

Kevin (Closet Cooking)
May 23, 2012 7:28 am

Those look so good!

May 23, 2012 9:22 am

Holy deliciousness!! And I love that they are no bake!

bridget {bake at 350}
May 23, 2012 10:36 am

Shelly!!! What re you *doing* to me, girl?!? I may have to make some of these for teacher gifts just so I can eat them…and then get them out of the house!

Shauna from Piece of Cake
May 23, 2012 10:46 am

Wow, wow, wow! It’s all my favorite things in one thing. And thank you for pointing out the chickpea caramels, because I stared at that photo for a good 15 seconds thinking, I wonder where the chickpeas come in? Is this like one of those black bean brownie-type recipes? DUH.

Meg @ Sweet Twist
May 23, 2012 11:21 am

This has danger written all over it!! 🙂