Candy is Dandy Part 1

Easter is in 2 weeks. 2 weeks!!!! It feels like Christmas was yesterday and now it’s almost Easter? Madness.

To celebrate Easter, we seek to improve our Easter Basket efforts. Peeps are great and jelly beans are wonderful, but we can do better. In this three part series, we will make our own versions of our three favorite candies: Payday, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, & Twix.

Let’s talk Payday….

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Homemade Payday
3 cups peanuts (no skins, can be salted or unsalted depending on your own preference)3 tbsp butter
2 cups peanut butter chips OR 2 cups smooth peanut butter
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions
Place a piece of parchment paper down in the bottom of an 11 & 7 pan. (This will make removal from the pan easier). Sprinkle over the parchment 1 1/2 cups of peanuts.

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Melt butter and peanut butter chips (or smooth peanut butter) in a large saucepan over medium heat. Keep Stir until smooth. Stir in condensed milk and marshmallows.

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Continue stirring until smooth and well blended. (This may take awhile to get all the marshmallow melted).

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Pour the smooth peanut butter mixture over peanuts in pan.

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Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups peanuts over top of peanut butter mixture. (If you want saltier bars, sprinkle some coarse sea salt over the peanuts now)

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Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Remove the candy block from the refrigerator. Using a very sharp knife, cut into bars.  These can also be made in a 9×13″ pan.  In order to alter the recipe: add another cup of peanuts, divided between the top and bottom layers. The same amount of filling will work but it will give you slightly thinner bars.

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