Take 5 Bars – Copycat

Photo Update: 3/24/15

Have you guys tried Take 5 bars before? I often forget about them, but really they are one of my favorite candy bars. They have the best combination of flavors – everything a candy bar could need.

Copy Cat Take 5 Bars - These homemade take 5 bars are just as good as the real thing. The great flavors of smooth and creamy peanut butter and caramel, salty and crunchy pretzels and peanuts all covered in delicious chocolate. You won't want to miss these delicious homemade candy bars!

I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, pretzels and peanuts? The smooth and creamy caramel and peanut butter, with the crunchy and salty pretzels and peanuts, all covered in chocolate. These might be the best candy bar invented.

Copy Cat Take 5 Bars - These homemade take 5 bars are just as good as the real thing. The great flavors of smooth and creamy peanut butter and caramel, salty and crunchy pretzels and peanuts all covered in delicious chocolate. You won't want to miss these delicious homemade candy bars!

And now you don’t even have to go to the store to buy them (plus they are sometimes harder to find now too) you can just make them at home! (Though you may need to run to the store for the ingredients. But for the cost of just a few bars from the store you can make about 25 at home. Then you’ll just have to try not to eat them all at once!

Copy Cat Take 5 Bars - These homemade take 5 bars are just as good as the real thing. The great flavors of smooth and creamy peanut butter and caramel, salty and crunchy pretzels and peanuts all covered in delicious chocolate. You won't want to miss these delicious homemade candy bars!

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

Copy Cat Take 5 Bars - These homemade take 5 bars are just as good as the real thing. The great flavors of smooth and creamy peanut butter and caramel, salty and crunchy pretzels and peanuts all covered in delicious chocolate. You won't want to miss these delicious homemade candy bars!

 

 

Take 5 Bars - Copycat
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 20-25
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 TBS powdered sugar
  • 20-25 pretzels
  • 10 caramel squares
  • 1 TBS milk
  • 60-80 peanut halves (you can buy them already in half at some stores, or they're easy enough to break - or use whole ones just smaller whole peanuts), lightly salted
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  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. Stir well until creamy.
  3. Spread a small spoonful of peanut butter on the top of each pretzel, (maybe a teaspoon?)
  4. Put caramel squares and milk in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave another 15 seconds. Stir until creamy. (Make sure not to over heat your caramel, as it will cause it to turn burn a little and turn hard very quickly, and we want it to stay soft)
  5. Spread a small spoonful of caramel over the top of the peanut butter. (the same amount as the peanut butter.
  6. Stick 3-4 peanut halves on top of the caramel.
  7. Put in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, in a small bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir. Heat for another 20 seconds and stir until completely mixed.
  9. Dip each pretzel candy into the melted chocolate.(Warning: this was really messy for me) You might need to keep half in the freezer to keep the caramel hard while you're dipping the first half.
  10. Set on parchment or waxed paper.
  11. Let set for about 30 minutes at room temperature until chocolate is hardened.

 

Enjoy these amazing copy cat take 5 bars!

Copy Cat Take 5 Bars - These homemade take 5 bars are just as good as the real thing. The great flavors of smooth and creamy peanut butter and caramel, salty and crunchy pretzels and peanuts all covered in delicious chocolate. You won't want to miss these delicious homemade candy bars!

 

Copy Cat Take 5 Bars - These homemade take 5 bars are just as good as the real thing. The great flavors of smooth and creamy peanut butter and caramel, salty and crunchy pretzels and peanuts all covered in delicious chocolate. You won't want to miss these delicious homemade candy bars!

17 Comments

  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.
        Thanks!

  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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