homemade butterfingers

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No, this is not a science experiment gone wrong – this is just what happens when you microwave candy corn. Much like microwaving the dreadful Easter Peep, these little guys puff up all mighty before a quick deflate. Although playing with your leftover holiday candy is a ton of fun on its own, the end result of this particular experiment was a delicious candy bar remake and the perfect way to put all of your leftover candy corn to good use.

When mixed with creamy peanut butter, melted candy corn have a spooky resemblance to Butterfinger candy bars. Simply use a 3 to 1 ratio of melted candy corn to peanut butter, top with melted chocolate, cool and serve. Done. Easy. Delicious.

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I had seen these popping up all over Pinterest and had been looking forward to giving them a try. The biggest complaint was that although flavor was spot on, they weren’t as crispy as their original inspiration. I made half of my batch using the original ratios and added a handful of lightly crushed rice crispies to the other half. Both versions tasted exactly as I imagined, but I much preferred the slightly crispier batch. Either way, I’m still in awe of how authentic these taste!

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Homemade Butterfinger Bars
Ingredients:
3 cups candy corn
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup rice crispies (optional)
Chocolate melts or chocolate chips

Preparation:

  • Line a 9×9 cake pan with foil, making sure to cover all sides.
  • In a microwave safe dish, melt candy corns on 30 second intervals, checking and stirring frequently.
  • Immediately stir in peanut butter and rice crispies, if using, until fully combined.
  • Press peanut butter mixture firmly into the bottom of your prepared pan and set aside.
  • Melt candy melts or chocolate chips and spread over peanut butter in an even layer.
  • Allow to harden completely and cut into bite sized bars.
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Some tips:
  • Spray the inside of your microwave safe dish with cooking oil for easy cleanup.
  • There if a very fine line between melted candy corn and ‘hard ball stage’ candy corn. Microwave in 30 second intervals and stir frequently!
  • Add the peanut butter immediately after the candy corn is removed from the microwave. 10 seconds back in the microwave can help achieve a smoother consistency if your mixture clumps.
  • Silicone molds are perfect for making these sticky treats. I used an appropriately themed pumpkin shape and my candies just popped right out when hardened.

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