My name is Mandy and I’m addicted – today I make Homemade Butterfinger Bars

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What am I addicted to? BAKING. I can’t stop!!! It’s an everyday occurrence, lately. I mean, I have to FIGHT myself (literally…like I’m throwing myself up against the wall, lurching my body out of the kitchen, away from the baking ingredients…it’s not pretty) to NOT bake. This wouldn’t be a bad thing, if I had a family of like 15. Living in my house (not this one. It’s MUCH too small for that size. Goodness…..that means we’d have 13 children! In a condo the size of 796 sq ft, to be exact? 2 small bedrooms? Yeah..no thank you). OR if I went visiting often or had visitors here. Neither of which really happens. I do give out some of the baked goods to our neighbor. And I freeze the rest. How am I not weighing a ton, literally? I work out, quite a bit. I have to. Or I would weigh a ton. And then I wouldn’t be able to bake. Which I LOVE to do. I really do. It’s so soothing and I don’t know…maybe it’s because it reminds me of home? It reminds me of my childhood? It makes me feel connected? Anyone out there a psychiatrist or therapist that can explain my deep-rooted love for baking? I’m positive it has to do with my mom. AH!!! There it is – always goes back to the parents, right? Blame the parents! Except this time – it’s a great thing! 🙂

Anyway, so this morning, I was perusing Pinterest and saw homemade butterfingers. My husband LOVES butterfingers. It’s one of the few “sweets” with chocolate in them that he will partake of. I had all the ingredients (candy corn, peanut butter, chocolate). I liked two different recipes (These are Homemade Butterfinger Bars  and this one is Homemade Butterfinger Bark). I liked the bars recipe for the simplicity (the ingredients weren’t as “large”), but liked the bark recipe didn’t involve dipping the candy individually – shorter time creating! So I set off to create my own, mixing the two recipes. Please make sure you paid attention to how their pictures looked. Here you go:

1 1/2 cup candy corn

3/4 cup peanut butter

12 ounces chocolate (roughly 2 cups – I used melting wafers)

Melt 1/2 the chocolate (that’s 1 cup, for those who can’t do math well) in a microwave safe bowl. Spread the chocolate on a tinfoil lined baking sheet (you can do this directly on the baking sheet without the tin foil, but um, who wants that clean up?). Place into fridge for roughly 10 minutes to set (aka chill).

Melt candy corn (in a microwave safe bowl) in the microwave for 1 minute, stir, and place back in the microwave, warming for 30 second intervals until melted.

Immediately add the peanut butter, stirring until well mixed. This is not that easy and you will need to use some muscles. Feel free to enlist the help of a strapping man if he’s around (if you’re a man reading this, I’m sure you’ll be able to do this on your own without a woman but who knows…if you’re a woman and you’re offended that I insinuated that you can’t do this without a man’s help, ok. I, for one, am perfectly fine with having my husband do the heavy stirring so that I can do other things – like carry a child for 9 months, birth said child, feed said child and keep said child alive day in and day out. Do the laundry, the cleaning, the baking, the cooking, the general upkeep of said home… Yeah, I’m not intimidated by his “physical” strength 😉 That all being said, I did stir this all on my own with 2 toddlers and a 3 month old in the house. GO ME). ANYWAY, I digress. Once the candy corn and peanut butter mixture is well mixed, spread on top of the chilled chocolate. Place back into the fridge for roughly 20 minutes to chill.

Melt the remaining half of the chocolate (again, there should be about 1 cup left) and spread on top of the candy corn/peanut butter mixture. Place back into the fridge to chill.

I left mine in for about 2 hours. That was probably too long. I started cutting…

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I started with the smaller knife. The candy was breaking apart. So I grabbed a bigger knife (go big or go home). It wasn’t making a difference. So I decided to give it a few minutes to soften a little.

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Um….yeah…that didn’t seem to help either.. I mean, really? It looks NOTHING like the pictures from Pinterest (does anything, EVER?)!

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Chocolate was coming off the top, and then, to really milk my goat (is that a saying? It is now!), the actual candy part was breaking in the middle. WHAT, WHY? It’s not like I did two layers. I did the candy all as one! Whatever. So I cut it all and then I pulled the ONLY intact pieces off to the side. This is what I was left with (the broken pieces are in a container in the back):

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Yes, 8 pieces. EIGHT. The rest is all bits and pieces. Well, hello topping for vanilla ice cream. Or just for me to pig out on. Whatever. The best part is, it does taste really good. Who would have thunk? Huh…So I took the good 8 pieces and gave them to the neighbor (being transparent and telling them the rest looked ridiculous).

I’m already thinking about what to make tomorrow…or even this afternoon. It’s bad, folks, it’s real bad. I need people to either start paying me to bake for a living, have people visit me often, or I need to stop. But I CAN’T!!!! So I’ll just bake, freeze what I can (which isn’t much more, because I’m running out of room in my freezers..oh wait, I can get another deep freezer!!!! Ohhhhh….what an idea!), and take as much as I can home for the holidays. For the next 10 years…….or so…

Oh, and here’s the recipe without all the “filler” commentating I did..which is why I normally post the recipes without any commentary – because I get carried away with this slightly active imagination I have….sigh….

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1 1/2 cup candy corn

3/4 cup peanut butter

12 ounces chocolate (roughly 2 cups – I used melting wafers)

Melt 1/2 the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Spread chocolate on a tinfoil lined baking sheet. Place into fridge for roughly 10 minutes to set.

Melt candy corn in the microwave for 1 minute, stir, and place back in the microwave, warming for 30 second intervals until melted.

Immediately add the peanut butter, stirring until well mixed. Once the candy corn and peanut butter mixture is well mixed, spread on top of the chilled chocolate. Place back into the fridge for roughly 20 minutes to chill. 

Melt the remaining half of the chocolate and spread on top of the candy corn/peanut butter mixture. Place back into the fridge to chill. 

**** UPDATE:

I discovered, upon making these a second time, at the request of my neighbors, that if I take them out of the fridge within about 20 minutes of the last “chill” time, they are much easier to cut! They come out almost perfectly. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “My name is Mandy and I’m addicted – today I make Homemade Butterfinger Bars

  1. Sure, blame the mom!!! 😉
    Those look delicious! How I wish you’d live close enough to share with me! Not only do I wish we’d live closer but if you’d work for us (part time of course…….because you need time to feed your addiction of baking) you could bring all those goodies to work with you! 😉

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