Recipe For Homemade Milky Way Candy Bars


Here is an easy way to make either a Milky Way or any other variation on a caramel/nougat/nut candy bar at home. I started this project by watching Todd Wilbur make a Snickers blindfolded on YouTube. He made it sound very easy, but he also left out amounts and ingredients to protect his royalties.

I fiddled around with it and here is what I came up with (with some notes about my mistakes at the end). My kids all said that the results were definitely close to a snickers. By changing the nuts to almonds, you will have a Mars Bar. By omitting the nuts altogether you will have a Milky Way. By leaving the peanuts whole, you can make a Baby Ruth. By substituting almond butter for the peanut butter in the nougat and adding chopped almonds, you will have a Toblerone. There may be another variety using hazelnuts…it sounds like it should be a candy bar if it isn’t already. Anyway, you get the idea.

So, as you may have figured from the instructions saying not heat the caramels too fast, the first time I made these, I did just that. The caramel layer was crunchy instead of chewy. I also had a problem with shape. I think because the caramels were so hot, they melted the nougat layer and everything went south from there. In the end, I still pronounced the candy bars a success and have made them again. These photos were taken after I learned a thing or two. The key is to refrigerate or even freeze the candy between adding each layer. I am still working on my chocolate dipping technique.

1. Info for Homemade Milky Way Candy Bars

  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Servings: 8
  • Calories: 112 kcal

2. Ingredients for Homemade Milky Way Candy Bars

  • Nougat:
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • ⅓ cup honey (you can use corn syrup, but I wanted it to be slightly healthier)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Caramel Layer:
  • 1 package caramels (about 40)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Chocolate Coating:
  • 12 ounce package chocolate chips (either regular or milk)
  • 2 Tbsp butter or shortening

3. Directions:

  1. Beat all of the above ingredients with a hand mixer until just combined.
  2. Knead the nougat until completely combined.
  3. Pat it into an 8X8 pan and refrigerate while you get the remaining ingredients ready.
  4. Melt the caramels in a saucepan over low heat.
  5. You don’t want to super heat these guys or you will end up with a very hard layer of caramel.
  6. When the caramels are melted and smoothly incorporated with the water, add ½ cup chopped nuts if desired.
  7. Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave bowl for a minute, stir and microwave for one more minute.
  8. That should be enough time to get it smooth.
  9. Spread the caramel layer on top of the nougat.
  10. Cut in the square in half and then cut into 1 inch candy bar shapes.
  11. Dip into chocolate and refrigerate until you serve.

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