There are times when you need peanut butter and then there are times when you need chocolate. And sometimes, you need them both (in the form of crispy, crunchy peanut butter drenched in smooth, creamy chocolate). If you love Nestle Butterfinger candy bars (but hate all the preservatives, artificial flavors, and food colors) then why not make your own?
These DIY Butterfingers are easy to make at home as long as you have a candy thermometer (they get their crispy centers from a combination of peanut butter, cornflakes cereal, and caramelized sugar cooked to 300 degrees). Start by combining 1 cup of corn syrup and a pinch of cream of tartar into a saucepan. Stir until the cream of tartar is dissolved and then cook the sugar without stirring until it reaches 300 degrees on the candy thermometer. If the sugar is browning unevenly, swirl the pan gently instead of stirring.
Then, add 1 cup of creamy peanut butter and ⅛ of a cup of corn flakes cereal to the caramelized sugar, stirring quickly. Pour the DIY Butterfinger filling onto a parchment-lined sheet pan and let it cool slightly before cutting it into bars with an oiled knife.
Once your DIY Butterfinger filling is completely cool, dip the pieces into melted dark chocolate. When the chocolate sets you’ll have a delicious artificial flavor- and color-free snack that’s just as delicious as the original Nestle Butterfinger.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.