Homemade Payday Candy Bars

Fran Miller Recipe

By Fran Miller TchrLdy71

Makes 16-20+ pieces, depending on size.
5 Min
10 Min
Stove Top

This is one of the EASIEST homemade copycat candy recipes out there.

The prep is the longest part because you have to remove all of the wrappers from a 14 oz. bag of caramels, but if you have an 8 year old "sous chef," he can be unwrapping while you're chopping peanuts & measuring marshmallows, and your prep & cooking times will be cut down to about 12 minutes.

Then you just have to wait 2 hours for the candy to cool before you can cut it into pieces. Sounds about right for a game of Monopoly with your sous chef. I call the race car! =^..^=

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2 1/2 c
peanuts, chopped after measuring; divided
14 oz
bag of caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp
1 c
mini marshmallows

Directions Step-By-Step

Prepare an 8" square pan by misting it with cooking spray, lining it with parchment paper (extending over 1 inch on all side), then misting the parchment paper with cooking spray.
Chop up half of the peanuts and spread over the bottom of the prepared pan. Chop up the rest of the peanuts & set aside for later.
In a medium pan, melt the unwrapped caramels, water, and mini marshmallows together over LOW-MEDIUM heat, stirring constantly off the bottom to keep the caramels from scorching. This will take about 8 minutes, so you might want to check out your newest cookbook or a few pages of Dogzilla with your sous chef...
...until the caramel mixture looks like this.
Pour the melted caramel mixture over the chopped nuts...
...and smooth out.
Top with the rest of the nuts, pressing them firmly into the caramel mixture like this. (If you use your fingers, just don't touch the hot caramel mixture! Don't ask me how I know this.)
It should look like this when you're done. Set aside for about 2 hours to cool.
Remove the candy from the pan, using the edges of the parchment paper.
Cut into bars or pieces with a really sharp knife.
Store in an airtight container, IF you have any leftovers after you share with your sous chef & any other kitchen helpers who wander in. =^..^=

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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Bonnie Eggebraaten BonEgg
Jul 29, 2012
Oh my, Does this ever sound yummy! Thanks for the recipe, Fran. I hope to try this soon.
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Jul 29, 2012
I hope you like it, Bonnie. Thanks for posting! =^..^=
Bea L. BeachChic
Jul 29, 2012
SAVED!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful recipe!:)
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Jul 29, 2012
Thanks for sharing my recipe with your groups, Bea, and for saving it for yourself. I hope you love it. Thanks for posting! =^..^=
Robin Bolton rbolton57
Nov 14, 2012
I can always taste salt when I eat a Payday. Do you use salted peanuts?
Bea L. BeachChic
Nov 15, 2012
I know I will, Robin.
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Apr 6, 2013
Sorry I missed your question, Robin. Yes, I use salted peanuts for the Homemade Payday Candy Bars recipe but I guess it wouldn't matter. But, like you, I always think of salt when I think of a Payday! Thanks for answering, too, Bea! =^..^=
Bea L. BeachChic
Apr 6, 2013
Ooooh, I forgot to let you know that I made this in December. It was, let's see...awesome!...crazy good!...and good to the last bite. Would I make it again??? Yeppers, I most definitely would. What kind of peanuts did I use? Salted Virginia peanuts. This was da bomb, Fran. Five stars, kiddo.
Bea L. BeachChic
Apr 6, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Apr 6, 2013
I remember those yummy Salted Virginia Peanuts from my time in Norfolk as a Navy Brat, then a Navy Wife. Nothing better! Thanks for your Seal of Approval & 5 stars, Bea. I really appreciate them. Did you ever notice that a lot of the copycat recipes cost more to make than just buying the original? And sometimes the taste is less than expected? That's why I especially like this recipe. It's actually cheaper & my family thinks it tastes good, too. Happy Spring! =^..^=
Donald Bellinger kitchendabbler63
Apr 28, 2013
Fran, I love payday candy bars, will definitely pinch this recioe and make pronto. Thanks for posting. Don
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Apr 28, 2013
Thanks for pinching my recipe, Don. Let me know what you think, OK? Happy cooking! =^..^=