Vintage Recipes

Snickers Bar

Snickers Bar

Vintage recipes aren't just words on a page, they are the tastes, textures and experiences that bring us back.  I never really thought about why I collect old cookbooks or why I continue to do so.  It probably has something to do with their comforting pictures of food and friendly gatherings.  I enjoy the artwork and reading through the recipes, especially those with hand written notes stained from repeated use.

Desserts hold a special place in my heart.  Somehow the taste of something sweet is synonymous with joy.  I can't count how many times I've had chocolate cake surrounded by family to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion.  The perfect pairing of chocolate cake and fresh whipped cream is why it remains a tradition.  

Speaking of chocolate, here is a cool recipe for a Snickers Bar.  In 1930 Mars a confectionery company known for other popular candy bars including Milky Way and Twix introduced Snickers which was named after the favorite horse of the Mars family.  The Snickers bar has always been a classic candy bar with it's winning combination of peanuts and nougat enveloped in caramel and milk chocolate.

Remember when a Snickers bar was considered a 'healthy' snack?

Remember when a Snickers bar was considered a 'healthy' snack?

Inspired by the original Snickers bar, this decadent homemade version brings me back to riding my bike to Rosie's candy store, and when knee high tube socks, terry cloth shorts and Puma sneakers were cool. 

 Snickers Bar

Ingredients:

-2 teaspoons non-dairy butter

-1 1/4 cups non-dairy chocolate chips

-1/4 cup non-hydrogenated creamy peanut butter

Filling:

-1/4 cup non-dairy butter

-1 cup sugar

-1/4 cup evaporated milk

-1 1/2 cups marshmallow cream

-1/4 non-hydrogenated creamy peanut butter

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 cup chopped salted peanuts

Caramel Layer

-1 package caramels (14 ounces)

-1/4 cup evaporated milk

Icing:

-1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (non-dairy)

-1/4 non-hydrogenated creamy peanut butter

Directions:

Line a 13x9 inch pan with buttered foil.  In a small sauce pan over low heat, combine the ingredients for the bottom layer: 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanut butter; stir until smooth and spread into the prepared pan.  Place in the fridge while preparing the filling.

In a small sauce pan melt the non-dairy butter over medium heat.  Add the sugar, evaporated milk and bring to a slow boil, reduce heat to medium low and stir for five minutes.  Remove mixture from heat, stir in the marshmallow cream, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.  Cook and stir for four minutes.  Remove pan from fridge and spread filling over the chocolate.  Return pan to the fridge while preparing the third layer.

Using the same pan (cleaned) combine the caramels and evaporated milk over low heat until melted and smooth.  Continue to cook for four minutes.  Remove pan from the fridge and spread the caramel over the filling.  Return the pan to the fridge.

Clean the sauce pan and return to stove to prepare the final layer of your Snickers Bar.  Combine the remaining chocolate chips and peanut butter over low heat until melted and smooth.  Remove the pan from the fridge and pour chocolate over the caramel layer.  Spread out evenly and return pan to fridge until set.  Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or overnight.  Cut into 2"x 3" bars or 1 inch squares (yield about 8 dozen squares).

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