Take 5 Bars

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Today’s fun you guys.

Actually this whole week is a lot of fun…

 

You like candy, right?

Dumb question…

 

So this week Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, Bridget from Bake at 350 and I are doing a whole week of Candy Bar treats.

Otherwise known as the best week ever.

 

For my first installation I decided to play around with a Take 5 Bar.

You know the ones, right?  They are possibly the most perfect food ever invented.

You’ve got pretzels, peanut butter, caramel, peanut and chocolate.

Most. Perfect.

 

I wanted to mess with the ingredients in a  Take 5 and make them into bars.

Because that’s what I do.

 

Let’s take about these ok…you’ve got a buttery, pretzel crust, topped with a peanut butter filling, topped again with the most delicious homemade caramel sauce mixed with honey roasted peanuts, topped AGAIN with a milk chocolate layer.

Dying yet?

 

Take 5 Bars

Take 5 Bars | Cookies and Cups

Start with the crust:  Crushed pretzels, brown sugar and butter.

I used the back of my measuring cup to help press the crust firmly into my pan…This helps it not crumble so much.
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Then make your peanut butter layer.
Peanut Butter, Butter and powdered sugar.
It keeps getting better.
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Pop that in the fridge while you’re making your caramel.
Yes, I said making your caramel.

Now, if you’re really just not that into making your own, go ahead and buy a 14 oz bag of caramels and melt them with 1/4 cup heavy cream.
But.
Really.

Try making your own, just this once. It’s beyond worth it.
This is coming from someone who gives the candy thermometer the stink eye every chance I get…so trust me.

All you do is add some sugar, corn syrup, salt and water into a heavy pot…
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Remove it from the heat and stir in butter, heavy cream and a leetle bit of sour cream…again, just trust me.

Let that stuff cool for a while. Mine actually sat for about an hour and a half. I got sidetracked with life stuff, like feeding my family and Downton Abbey on my iPad.

Anyway, it’ll look like the most beautiful caramel when it’s cooled…
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Then chop up some peanuts…
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 photo IMG_8903_zpsb0392c66.jpg Then you can go ahead and get your chocolate out.
I used milk chocolate on top. Because, well…it’s the best.

Melt that with a little heavy cream and spread it all over the caramel.
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 photo IMG_8917_zps3d8b6807.jpg Pop this back in the fridge for about an hour or so, enough time for the chocolate to set and the caramel to firm up.

Also, I served them chilled…they hold together a bit better that way!

And yeah, so that’s what you do.

*Warning, these bars are insane, and also a bit messy.
So what, who cares?

Eat.
Take 5 Bars | Cookies and Cups
Now, you MUST go check out what Kristan and Bridget stuffed candy into.

I hear there’s Heath Bar Salted Caramel Brownie Trifles,  or something ridiculous like that happening…

And maybe Snickers Scones, which basically makes it ok to eat Snickers for breakfast and pretend that I live on Downton Abbey all at the same time. Win.

 

Take 5 Bars
 
makes 30 bars
Ingredients
Pretzel Crust
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
Peanut Butter Filling
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Caramel Filling
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped Honey Roasted Peanuts
Top layer
  • 2 Cups milk chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
Instructions
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl combine crushed pretzels, melted butter and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Press into prepared pan, packing tightly.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Cool completely.
Peanut Butter Filling
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter together until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar, beating until incorporated. Spread on top of cooled crust. Chill until ready to spread caramel.
Caramel Filling
  1. In a medium heavy saucepan combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and water. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring until temperature reaches 340° on a candy thermometer. (Took about 15 minutes for me). Remove from heat and immediately add heavy cream, butter and sour cream. Mixture will bubble up. Stir until combined and set aside to cool. When cool stir in chopped peanuts and spread on top of peanut butter layer.
Chocolate topping
  1. Melt milk chips and heavy cream in a double boiler or microwave until melted. Spread over caramel layer.
  2. Chill until ready to cut into squares.
Notes
I kept my bars chilled and found that they were easier to cut cold.

If you don't want to make your own caramel layer, you can melt 14 oz unwrapped caramel pieces together with ¼ cup heavy cream instead.

 

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[…] pop over to see Shelly’s Homemade Take 5 Bars and Bridget’s Snickers […]

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:05 am

Yup…these are my favorite…darn you!!!!
😉
Love you!

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:08 am

I love the idea of candy bar week! I have a candy recipe coming later in the week but nothing to what you ladies have in store I bet. Take 5 Bars are soooo good!

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:19 am

Oh my lands, these look fantastic. Salty pretzels + peanut butter?! Plus chocolate and caramel It’s like the most perfect candy bar ever!

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:33 am

How did you resist eating all of that sauce with a spoon? I’m not sure I’d have enough will power to get to the final product.

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:43 am

Um, I LOVE Take 5 Bars. For some reason, our grocery store quit selling them at the check-out…which you would think would be helpful to my waistline, but so far, no. But, making them AT HOME?!? Never, ever occurred to me. And that is just another reason I’m so happy to have you in my life! :)

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:44 am

Ooooh – this is going to be a yummy week! These look fantastic!!

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:54 am

I want these!!! Please send some!?

Guest
April 8, 2013 9:49 am

I am alll over these!! Yum!

Guest
April 8, 2013 10:21 am

Take 5 bars are one of my favorite things ever ever EVER!!! I bet one of these would taste really great cold, right out of the fridge, at 3 am.

Not that I eat things like this at 3 am, I’m just guessing, #ofcourse.

Guest
April 8, 2013 10:27 am

What a fun project! Need a tast-tester??

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Kim
April 8, 2013 11:12 am

Wow these look amazing! Can’t wait to try these! You three girls are so fun!

Guest
April 8, 2013 11:24 am

There’s nothing i don’t love about this. I’ll take a whole tray please :-)

Guest
April 8, 2013 11:29 am

I love Take 5 bars. I can’t believe you just made them from scratch! So impressed!

Guest
April 8, 2013 11:31 am

Looks utterly delicious! And lo cal I’m sure 😉

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Nickii Baughman
April 8, 2013 11:45 am

woman, you are making me fat!!!!

Guest
April 8, 2013 12:17 pm

I completely agree that candy bar week = the best week ever! These look great and I can’t wait to see what you post the rest of this week! :)

Guest
April 8, 2013 12:43 pm

Yum! These look great :)

Guest
April 8, 2013 1:01 pm

these look yummy and gooey and well that is a fabulous combo!

Guest

Totally outrageous and mouthwatering! I love it!

Guest
April 8, 2013 2:24 pm

These look SSSSSOOOOOO yummy! I bet that pretzel and caramel/peanut combo is to die for!
Awesome recipe! Looking forward to what comes next!

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Dru @ Teenage Cakeland
April 8, 2013 2:29 pm

I loooove Take 5!! These are soo cute :) I’m looking forward to the rest of the candy recipes!

Guest
April 8, 2013 2:43 pm

I think I’m going to make these, and Bridget’s scones, and Kristan’s trifles, and have me a wonderful breakfast of champions.

Guest
April 8, 2013 3:46 pm

Sweet and salty….yes please! Take 5’s are my weakness!

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Julie
April 8, 2013 4:05 pm

How do you not weigh 800 pounds? :)
Thanks for all the nummy treat ideas!

Guest

Pretty sure I am going to gain 20 pounds this week!

Guest
April 8, 2013 4:38 pm

I’ll take 5 and eat the WHOLE thing!

Guest
May 9, 2013 11:08 pm

Do you mean 240 degrees on the candy thermometer?? 340 is hotter than “hard crack” stage … which unfortunately I didn’t realize until I had already created a layer of burnt hardened sugar n my nice pan. :(

Guest
April 8, 2013 4:39 pm

These look amazing! I love Take 5 bars- they’re the best!

Guest
April 8, 2013 4:57 pm

WHY DIDN”T ANYBODY TELL ME YOU HAD A CANDY BAR WEEK?! THIS IS AMAZING!

Guest
April 8, 2013 5:53 pm

I almost don’t know what to say, I just want to eat the whole pan!

Guest
April 8, 2013 6:36 pm

You ladies are out of control! Every week should candy week as I sit here and shove my face with leftover Easter candy. These bars look awesome!

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:16 pm

I’d say, “best week ever”! The PB layer is to die!

Guest
April 8, 2013 8:57 pm

You know, I would much rather have your take 5 bars than the store bought ones….I mean if I make yours I get a whole TRAY.

Guest
April 8, 2013 9:13 pm

I think I’m in love with these. Pretzels and caramel and pb! Super yummy!

Guest
April 8, 2013 9:46 pm

Oh dear. I could have/would have stopped with the pretzel crust and peanut butter layer. Just those two alone had me drooling! Thanks for sharing (I think).

We’re having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa and I wish you would share this as a teaser to the remaining goodies for Candy Bar Week. Hope to see you there. http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-10/

Have a SWEET week,
Linda

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Erika
April 8, 2013 11:48 pm

Can’t wait to see what you guys are up to next! This is gonna be a great week!

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April 9, 2013 12:24 am

Shelly these sound amazing! Take 5 bars are my favorite- I love your version!

Guest
April 9, 2013 12:25 am

Oh my, crunchy, salty, sweet is a killer combination!

Guest

Yes it is so worth making your own caramel and home and milk chocolate is the best!! I could go for a one or half a pan of these!!

Guest
April 9, 2013 3:11 am

Yummy……… I like to eat chocolate. That is also fully with chocolate. I like to follow your recipe.

Guest
April 9, 2013 7:45 am

You are one talented mama! Holy moly…

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April 9, 2013 8:44 am

The pretzel crust…killing me softly.

Guest
April 9, 2013 9:48 am

Love these! I made a Take 5 pie last year and I could not stop eating it!

Guest
April 9, 2013 12:06 pm

I love homemade candy bars!

Guest
April 9, 2013 1:04 pm

Ahh, I love Take 5 bars! But homemade sounds (and looks!) even better. 😀

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Carrie
April 9, 2013 1:16 pm

I KNEW I bought pretzels for a reason!! Yum!

Guest
April 9, 2013 3:23 pm

I’m not sure we even have these bars here in Canada. Good thing you’ve got a recipe for me to try out!

Guest
April 9, 2013 8:37 pm

I’ve never have this candy bar. But I am definitely making these. Perfect because I have all the ingredients!!!

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April 9, 2013 9:43 pm

Aaaahhh! That caramel shot just about gave me a heart attack :)

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