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Chocolate Peanut Caramel Nougat Bars

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These Chocolate Peanut Caramel Nougat Bars taste just like Snickers. 

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Ingredients

For the chocolate coating

  • 8 Cups milk chocolate
  • 1/3 Cup unsalted butter

For the nougat

  • 2 3/4 Cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 Cup egg whites
  • 2 Cups smooth peanut butter (not natural)

For the caramel

  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split
  • 1 1/3 Cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1 Cup toasted salted peanuts

Directions

For the chocolate coating

Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate and the butter together over a double-boiler until the chocolate is almost fully melted. Pour a thin layer of the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan and refrigerate until hardened, approximately 30 minutes.

For the nougat

Next, make the nougat. Place the egg whites in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. In separate saucepans, mix 1 cup of sugar with a small amount of water, and 1 ¾ cups of sugar with a small amount of water. Place both pans over medium heat and bring to a boil.

When the 1 cup of sugar comes to a boil, begin whipping the egg whites. Using candy thermometers, measure the temperature of both saucepans. When the 1 cup of sugar reaches 240 degrees, pour it into the whipping whites; lower the speed of the white to ensure the hot sugar does not splash out of the bowl. Once all of the sugar mixture is poured in, increase the speed and continue whipping.When the 1 ¾ cups of sugar reaches 254 degrees, pour it into the whipping egg whites/sugar mixture (again, be sure to lower the speed until all is poured in). Continue to whip for 1 minute, then remove from the stand mixer and stir in the peanut butter by hand just to combine.

Remove the pan with the cooled chocolate from the fridge, and spread the nougat evenly onto the chocolate layer. Refrigerate while you make the caramel.

For the caramel

Scrape the vanilla seeds from the split bean into the cubed butter. Place all of the sugar in a saucepan and add a very small amount of water, just enough to hydrate the sugar. Cook until amber in color. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla butter, one small piece at a time, to emulsify. When half of the butter has been added, whisk in the honey. Add in the rest of the butter, 1 piece at a time, and continue whisking until all is incorporated.

Fold in the peanuts; do not overmix. Remove the 9-by-13-inch pan from the fridge and pour the caramel/peanut mixture over the nougat layer. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Pour a thin layer of the remaining melted chocolate mixture over the top of the caramel/nuts layer (you may microwave the chocolate mixture for 15 seconds if it’s too thick). Refrigerate until hardened, approximately 30 minutes.

Remove the candy from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Using a sharp chef’s knife, cut the candy into small rectangles.

Prepare a sheet tray lined with parchment. Dip each candy rectangle in the remaining melted chocolate mixture, covering each completely. Place each dipped candy onto the prepared sheet tray. Once all candies are dipped, refrigerate until hardened, approximately 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.