I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mock Payday Candy Bar

One of my favorite candy bars, would be a 'Payday'.  Love that caramely nutty goodness.   This here I personally think is even better than the store bought ones.  So fresh and good.

(makes 8)
*5 caramel squares, unwrapped
*1/4 cup whole milk
*1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter
*1 tablespoon light corn syrup
*1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*3/4 cup powdered sugar
*25 caramel squares, unwrapped
*1 tablespoon water
*1/4 cup powdered sugar
*2 cups peanuts, chopped lightly

~Combine 5 caramel squares, milk, peanut butter, corn syrup & vanilla into a medium saucepan.
~Cook over low heat until the caramels have melted.
~Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar and stir well.
~Using a candy thermometer, cook caramel mixture until it reaches 230 degrees, stirring often.
~Remove from heat.
~Let cool for about 5 minutes.
~Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and mix with a mixer for about 2 minutes.
~Let mixture cool for 20 minutes.
~Divide candy into 8 equal pieces.
~Form each section into 4 inch logs or balls.
~Place logs on wax paper and allow to cool for 1 hour.
~In a double boiler, add remaining caramels and water.
~Melt until smooth.
~Remove from heat, but keep the hot water under the melted caramel (so it doesn't get hard).
~Using a pastry brush, coat the logs/balls with the hot caramel.
~Place peanuts into a shallow dish.
~Roll logs in peanuts.  If there are area's where the peanuts do not cover the log, apply more caramel and stick roll back into peanuts.
~Allow to cool completely before serving.

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