Does this Crunchy Peanut Candy look familiar? I hope so! It’s supposed to be similar to Butterfinger Candy.
This version is actually an old Southern recipe adapted this from an Oxmoor House Christmas book. The recipe was one used by the test kitchen director’s mom, but I changed it by adding molasses and using the microwave to soften the peanut butter (she used a double boiler). I really need to update the photo, but for now here is the recipe.
Crunchy Peanut Candy
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 teaspoons molasses
12 ounces of milk chocolate (or dark, your choice)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
Line an 8 inch pan with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
In a small (2 quart) lidded saucepan, stir together the sugar, water, corn syrup and molasses. Turn heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat slightly so that mixture is at a gentle boil, then place the lid on the saucepan and cook for another 3 minutes. The steam will wash sugar crystals off the side of the saucepan. Remove lid and place your deep fry thermometer in the pan so that it measures what’s going on near middle.
Cook the sugar mixture over medium heat until it reaches 310 degrees F. Do not stir.
While mixture cooks, place your peanut butter in a 2 qt. microwave-safe mixing bowl. Microwave peanut butter on high for 30 seconds and stir so that peanut butter is soft.
When sugar mixture hits 310, pour the sugar mixture into the peanut butter mixture and stir until blended. Quickly transfer to lined pan. Let cool for about a minute, then score (do not cut all the way through) the candy into 1 inch or larger squares. Let cool completely. Remove from pan.
Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler and dip squares in chocolate. Let chocolate set.
It’s sort of in between. It’s called crunch candy, but it’s really not all that crunchy. I’m not very familiar with Clark Bars.
It looks like the Clark Bar center to me. Is the candy soft to chew or harder. Clark Bar centers are softer than Butterfingers.
Anna, I made this recipe over the weekend and it came out great! I’m not usually a big fan of molasses, but the small amount of it really added a lot of flavor. I cut the squares small (36 for the 8″ pan), and drizzled them with melted milk chocolate. They got a “thumbs-up” from my co-workers. I’m thinking of making the Bailey’s fudge next, but with Kahlua instead since that’s what I have. Thanks for a great recipe and a great blog!
Janet, I’m glad you got Stop and Smell The Rosemary. Let me know if you make anything.
OMG, I ordered the Stop and Smell the Rosemary from Amazon and it arrived in less than 2 days! It is a gorgeous book. Thanks for all the tips and info you share on your site!!! I am learning so much about so many things!
Thanks for posting the picture. I need things like that! 🙂
ok this is just a guess off the top of my head: butterfingers?
I have this candy/oil thermometer and I really like it. It is available in lots of places. I got mine a few years ago.
Jill, thanks for reminding me about that picture. I had second thoughts about posting it because it didn’t turn out very good and I noticed my thermometer was actually right in the middle when I took the picture! But I’ve posted it for you. You just rest the thermometer read-out side down, bulb not touching pan bottom.
Anna, you mentioned to see a photo at the bottom in regard to the thermometer placement, but there wasn’t a photo. Do you have that? I’d like to try making these because my husband loves Butterfingers.
Speaking of Butterfinger…Anna, I made the butterfinger pie on Saturday. It is so good!! I’ve made a few desserts recently that haven’t exactly sent me over the moon, and I hate that. I only desserts if they are truly delicious and this pie was. I want to blog about it with a link to you of course if you don’t mind. My husband never would have suspected tofu if I hadn’t told him. I used a bag of semisweet chips and the chocolate layer was actually a little intense for me. I might use less chocolate next time or just make the chocolate layer smaller or use milk chocolate. Minor critique aside, I just loved this pie. It was so easy and fun to make. I think I’m like your dad; I love creamy things. Thanks!
Anna, you have helped me out again!!! Remember that “Southern Style” bunco theme I am doing in January? That “Stop and Smell the Rosemary” book will be a great bunco prize! What a pretty cover on that book!
You know what works GREAT on a muscle pain? Try an ICY HOT/COLD pack that comes with this handy velcro adjustable brace. It helped me out! I even used it to keep me warm during a recent Packer game…it was cold, but I stayed nice and cozy. I hope your muscle pain gets better!
Claire, yes. The candy tastes like Butterfinger. It is the color of peanut butter rather than orange/yellow, but it definitely tastes like Butterfinger.
Jackie, that is so cool that you made these already. This is one of those recipes that is really old and probably very much loved by certain families. But it’s not something widely published.
Janet, I buy my Junior League books from different places, but Amazon does sell Austin Entertains and Stop and Smell the Rosemary. Those happen to be current JL books. I actually collect JL books from all over the nation.
Alison, I have no idea why I pulled a muscle. There is no heavy stirring involved! I just happen to be falling apart is all.
Looks great! Should I be worried about pulling a muscle while making this candy? LOL
I had to make these. They are so delicious. My family is so happy that I found your site! They taste exactly like a Butterfinger.
Looks like butterfinger to me too! Do you buy your Junior League books from Amazon?
AH…Is it butterfinger? I hope so because that would be fun to make!