This homemade peanut butter candy bar has the perfect balance of chocolatey, buttery, and crunchy flavors.
Love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter? You’ve definitely got to try making this easy homemade peanut butter candy bar. It is so easy to put together and has just the right balance of your favorite flavors.
The best part is, you can batch make these and store the leftovers for later too- so you always have a nice sweet snack ready for when you’re hit by a hunger pang.
Ready to give the recipe a shot? Here’s all you need to know about it before you do.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need just three ingredients to make this delicious peanut butter candy bar.
- 6 sheets graham crackers
- ½ cup peanut butter (or Nutella, optional)
- 12 oz chocolate
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Homemade Peanut Butter Candy
Once you have everything ready, here’s the step-by-step process you need to follow to make the homemade peanut butter candy.
Break the graham crackers in half and sandwich about 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon of peanut butter in between two pieces.
Melt the chocolate and dip each of the sandwiches inside.
Place them on baking paper and leave them to set before you serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Peanut butter is an excellent filling option no doubt, but you can also try this with any other nut or seed butter of your choice if you’re looking to bring in some flavor variation.
Cookie butter like Lotus Biscoff spread is another great example, if you’re looking to try out something that’s fruity and fun, you could spread some fruit jam between the crackers and use them to make the candy bars.
Graham crackers or Ritz crackers are a great choice for these homemade peanut butter candy bars. They are easily available, inexpensive, and have a very subtle, versatile flavor that is easy to work with.
Nilla wafers are a good choice too, and if you’re looking for something that has a chocolatey taste, you could opt for Oreos with the central cream portion removed, and it should work just as well.
Your big batch of homemade peanut butter candy bars (or leftovers) can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Just remember to transfer them to an airtight container and you should be good. If you want these bars to last longer than that, you can freeze them too.
Just let them freeze individually in the baking tray itself until they are solid, then get them out and stack them in a container or into a Ziploc bag before you freeze them. This extra step will help keep the bars from sticking to each other.
This homemade peanut butter candy is a classic, which gives you a lot of room to experiment with the toppings. You can top the bars with some of your favorite candy (M&Ms, crushed candy cane, chopped-up Snickers bars, or Twix bars, crushed KitKat are some great options).
Roughly chopped nuts (peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and almonds are all good choices) can be interesting too. Just remember to add the toppings on right after you place the candy bars on the parchment paper- while the chocolate is still not solidified.
If nothing else works for you, a simple drizzle of milk or white chocolate can do the trick.
Tips to Make the Homemade Peanut Butter Candy
All set and ready to try out this recipe? Keep these additional tips and tricks in mind to make sure you nail it.
- While this candy needs just 2 layers of crackers, you can definitely go for more layers if you prefer a fuller, thicker bite. Remember that you’ll need to melt more chocolate to coat the thicker layers if you’re doing that.
- While creamy peanut butter is a good choice for this recipe, you can also opt for the crunchy variant if you prefer a bit of texture.
- Remember to choose good quality chocolate like Lindt, Hershey’s, Ghirardelli or Callebaut. You could stick to using milk chocolate, but if you don’t mind a touch of bitterness, you could use dark chocolate instead as well.
- Avoid using candy melts or chocolate chips for this recipe. They will not give your candy bars that delicious and rich chocolatey flavor that you want.
- You can also add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the melted chocolate and give it a good mix before you use it for this recipe. This will help the chocolate get that perfect texture and will create that nice crunchy shell on the outside of the candy bars, which is exactly what you are looking for.
- If you are melting your chocolate over a double boiler, keep an eye out for any moisture that might go into the chocolate. It is also important to start off with a dry pot or pan to melt the chocolate- any kind of water or moisture will cause the chocolate to become gritty and lumpy.
- If you are melting your chocolate in the microwave, remember to pause and mix at every 30 second interval to keep it from burning.
- Instead of dipping the crackers in the melted chocolate individually and then getting them to set in the refrigerator, you can pour some melted chocolate on a greased baking tray, place the cracker sandwiches on it and then pour the remaining melted chocolate on top. These can then be cut out into squares or bars and served!
Enjoyed trying your hands at this easy homemade peanut butter candy? Looking to try some more such easy recipes that you can recreate in minutes? Here are a few you might want to look at.
- Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Candy
- Chocolate Covered Raspberry Yogurt Bonbons
- 3-Ingredient Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites
- 6 full graham crackers
- ½ cup (113g) peanut butter (+Nutella, optional)
- 12 oz (340g) chocolate chips or melting chocolate
- Break the graham crackers in half and sandwich about 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon of peanut butter in between two pieces.
- Melt the chocolate and dip each of the sandwiches inside.
- Place them on baking paper and leave them to set before you serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g