Take 5 Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time Total Time: 50 min
  • Yield Yield: 30 bars 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


These simple Take 5 Bars are the most delicious chocolate bars ever! Made from peanut butter, chocolate, caramel and more, this candy bar will give you an energy boost, or just a much needed dose of chocolate!



Pretzel Crust

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Caramel Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 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



  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Lightly spray a 9×13 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.


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 1/4 cup heavy cream instead.

Nutrition Information:

1 bar
26.7 g
165.1 mg
16.5 g
37.2 g
4.8 g
6.8 mg

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