Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Homemade Butterfinger

Only three ingredients separate you from homemade Butterfinger.  Honestly, it is so easy. Chocolate.  Peanut Butter.  Candy Corn. (Candy Corn crazy this week) It almost seems too good to be true!  You can trust me. I did it myself and it works!  Melted candy corn mixed with peanut butter and then dipped in chocolate.  Simple and good.
This is not one of those recipes where someone tells you to mix broccoli and whole wheat and quinoa and chocolate and it tastes just like a brownie.  I hate that stuff by the way.  I'm all for eating healthy, but when I want a brownie, I want a brownie, not something that people would like you to believe is a brownie!  These Homemade Butterfingers though?  Not healthy, but pretty believable as a Butterfinger.  Darling Husband was completely skeptical.  I forced him to try it (who has to be convinced to try homemade candy anyway?) and he liked it! I told him the texture was different, slightly different taste..he said "no, tastes just like a Butterfinger."   Ha! Success!!
While this is super easy, here are a few tips:
Have your peanut butter measured and ready to go, makes it easier to stir it in while the candy corn is still warm.  
Use a pizza cutter for cutting.  The mixture is quite thick and I found a pizza cutter worked best.  
Prepare when you have time to dedicate to minding your microwave and melting.  If you have a maniac toddler, this would best be done at nap time...just a suggestion.
Store in the fridge and sneak chilled bites. I bet it would be even better in the freezer.
Homemade Butterfinger
adapted from Siriously Delicious
3 cups candy corn
1 and 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
milk chocolate chips or candy melts for dipping
Prepare an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
Melt candy corn in large bowl.  Microwave for one minute, stir and continue to melt in 30 second intervals until completely smooth.  Immediately add peanut butter and stir until incorporated.  Pour into prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.  Keep in fridge for about an hour until mixture has hardened.  Remove from pan and cut into squares or bars or whatever shape you like.
Melt chocolate in microwave at 30 second intervals until completely smooth.  Dip Butterfinger pieces in until completely coated. Place pieces on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and drool until chocolate has hardened.
The texture isn't exactly like the real deal, it's slightly softer.  The flavor is right on though.  Now when you see all those bags of candy corn marked down on November 1st you'll have a reason to snatch them up.  You can thank me later.