Take 5 Bars – Copycat

I posted this recipe as a guest post a couple of weeks ago, but these are so good I needed to share it here too.

So Take 5 Bars. Have you tried them? In my opinion Take 5 Bars are the perfect combination of everything. Who doesn’t love chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, etc. Plus with the saltiness and crunch of pretzel and peanuts, these might just be the best candy bar invented. And now, you don’t have to go to the store to get one, you can make them from home instead.

So this recipe is pretty simple if you even consider it a recipe at all. Its basically just the 5 things in a take 5 bar (chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, pretzel, and peanuts). However I added a couple things to make it easier/sweeter and in case you don’t just want to throw the 5 ingredients together, here are the amounts of everything I did.

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 TBS powdered sugar
20 pretzels
10 caramel squares
1 TBS milk
60 peanut halves (you know how the nut breaks in half down the middle?), lightly salted
1 cup milk chocolate chips

1. Lay pretzels out on waxed or parchment paper.
2. Put peanut butter and powdered sugar in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
3. Stir well until creamy.
4. Spread a small spoonful of peanut butter on the top of each pretzel, (maybe a teaspoon?)
5. Put caramel squares and milk in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave another 15-30 seconds. Stir until creamy. (Make sure not to over heat your caramel, as it will cause it to turn hard very quickly, and we want it to stay soft)
6. Spread a small spoonful of caramel over the top of the peanut butter. (the same amount as the peanut butter_
7. Stick about 3 peanut halves on top of the caramel.
8. Put in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
10. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, in a small bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for another 30 seconds and stir until completely mixed.
11. Dip each pretzel candy into the melted chocolate.(Warning: this was really messy for me)
12. Set on parchment or waxed paper.
13. Let set for about 30 minutes at room temperature until chocolate is hardened.



  1. Yum!!! I love Take Fives. Caramel, chocolate, and pretzels are PERFECT combo in my opinion. I’ll have to try it out and feature it on my blog and when I do, I’ll be sure to refer back to you :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Sarah! Hope you make these and love them. I’ve made them twice now and they are so addicting!

  2. Yum! I’ll have to give these a try!

    1. Please try them! They are so yummy, and pretty simple too. Definitely one of my favorite “recipes”

  3. Marlys @Thisand That · · Reply

    YUM! These look delicious. I am pinning them so that I have the recipe. Came by from Food Holiday Link Party

  4. Wow! Decadent! Can’t wait to make it for my family! –Deb (DialMforMoms.com)

  5. Ruth in OZ · · Reply

    A little query from down under – can you show a pic at all of the caramel squares, as I try and work out what they are here. everything else I have covered it is the caramel squares that have me a little confused. are they are a bar found in the confectionary aisle of the supermarket?

    1. Oh sorry, I don’t have any home now to take a picture. Here is a picture of what they look like. I hope you can find something similar! http://www.candywarehouse.com/assets/item/large/image-125988.jpg

  6. Danette Grant · · Reply

    60 peanut halves? Does anyone know a more sensible way to measure the peanuts? Lol

    1. I’m not sure how many it is, and you might not make the whole recipes worth, but if you look you use 3 peanut halves per “bar” so you’ll need to cut them each up into halves anyway

      1. And, I would recommend just buying a small can or bag of peanuts and that should be enough – and then you can probably put 3-5 peanut halves per candy piece.

  7. These are great. I made them once and I’m making them again now. I have problems with the caramel step, though. I spoon the caramel on top of the candies and it just flows right off and gets everywhere. I’ve tried cooling the caramel sauce for a few minutes to make it firmer, but it still doesn’t stay on top. Any suggestions?
    Thank you!

    1. I’m not totally sure! Does your caramel turn super hard right in the chocolates or does it stay a little bit soft? I think I had a little bit running off, but it was thick enough to have most of it stay put. My only guess is if yours gets really hard in the candies then it might be over heated in the microwave…? Or, maybe try using less milk with the caramels too?

      1. No, the caramel never turns hard. It’s always pretty runny and doesn’t stay on the candies.
        I’ll try less milk next time.

  8. Sounds absolutely fabulous! Love Take 5′s…thanks so much for sharing this DIY! They look luscious.

  9. What size pretzels do I buy/

    1. Get the mini pretzels that are wrapped/shaped like normal soft pretzels!

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