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Copycat Payday Candy Bars

If you’re a fan of Payday candy bars then you’ll go NUTS for this fast and easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars recipe. After all, who doesn’t love payday?!!

Homemade Copycat Payday Candy Bars on a blue plate.

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This easy to make candy recipe is one you’ll turn to time again when you’re looking for a copycat candy that tastes just like the original!

You’re going to love these peanut and homemade nougat-filled candy bars!

 

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Stack of homemade copycat payday candy bars on a blue plate.

The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

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This recipe for Copycat Payday Candy Bars is a redo from the original post I shared back in 2011. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long since I first shared this recipe. Where does the time go?

While a lot has changed in the past 7 years, this recipe hasn’t. After all, why mess with perfection?

Back in 2011 if you would have told me I’d be producing my own food videos, and that I’d have my own channel on YouTube, I would have literally laughed out loud.

Fast forward 7 years, and I’m doing just that, and having a whole lot of fun in the process!

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How long does take to make a copycat Payday candy bar?

From start to finish, it’s roughly 10-12 minutes. 

However, the candy will need to be refrigerated for up to 4 hours before slicing, so please plan accordingly.

What if I’m allergic to peanuts, can I substitute another nut?

  • Sure, but then it wouldn’t be a copycat Payday candy bar, would it? 😉
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The easy instructions:

  • Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish liberally with baking spray.
  • Layer one jar of the peanuts evenly in the bottom of the dish. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium/low heat and stir in the peanut butter chips, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir to melt, and combine.
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  • Remove from the heat and stir in the mini marshmallows, salt, and vanilla. 
  • Stir well to completely combine so there are no streaks of marshmallow.
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  • Slowly pour the marshmallow mixture in an even layer over the peanuts in the baking dish.
  • Top the marshmallow mix evenly with the second jar of dry roasted peanuts.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours and then carefully slice the candy into bars before serving.
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s Copycat Payday Candy Bars

 

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Yield: 24 -30 bars

Copycat Payday Candy Bars Recipe

These Fast & Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars taste just like the original. You're going to love them! - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

These Fast & Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars taste just like the original. You're going to love them!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large jars (16 ounces) Dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag peanut butter chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Spray a 13" x 9" baking dish with baking spray.
  2. Add one jar of the dry roasted peanuts in an even layer in the bottom of the sprayed dish. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  4. Add the marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, and peanut butter chips to the saucepan and stir well.
  5. Continue cooking over the medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thoroughly blended and the marshmallows and peanut butter chips have melted.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the salt and vanilla extract. Stir well.
  7. Gently pour the marshmallow mix evenly over the peanut layer in the prepared pan, using a spatula to even out the marshmallow mixture if needed.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining dry roasted peanuts over the marshmallow mixture, pressing them lightly into the filling.
  9. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  10. Cut into bars, serve and enjoy!

Notes

tools and equipment:

medium saucepan, spatula or wooden spoon, measuring spoons, measuring cups, 9" x 13" baking dish, baking spray

Nutrition Information

Yield

24 pieces

Serving Size

1 piece

Amount Per Serving Calories 101Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 15mgSodium 58mgCarbohydrates 12gSugar 11gProtein 1g

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So there you have it!  No more waiting for payday. Now you can have yours whenever you want it! Priceless. 😉

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Homemade Payday Candy bars on a blue oval plate.
 

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Claudia Lamascolo

Monday 7th of September 2020

I love these candy bars! I am so glad to find this and and printing it off right now my husband and son will go nuts over them thank Renee you're the best!

Renée

Monday 7th of September 2020

I know you're going to enjoy them, Claudia. Take good care, Renee

Kathy Goulden

Sunday 30th of June 2019

The pure vanilla extract makes the difference

Renée

Sunday 30th of June 2019

You are a girl after my own heart, Kathy! :)

Uncommonsensesc

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Great taste but horrible consistency - they never set up all the way, even with a day's refrigeration. I think I should have checked the internet for a good temperature to reach for candy bar consistency (I usually do this but trusted the just heat, blend and add directions). I tried leaving them in the pan and cutting as needed but that was a pain so I cut them apart and placed them on waxed paper on a plate after leaving them in the 'fridge but when I did that they just kind of melted into each other (yes, I did keep them refrigerated).

Renée

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

I'm sorry you didn't have success with this recipe. Wonder what could have gone wrong? As you can see from my photos, I didn't have this problem. I'm confused. Anyway, glad you enjoyed the taste. I'll bet it would taste good as an ice cream topping. ;) Renee

Krystle

Friday 26th of April 2019

My mom loves Paydays, so I'm not surprised she loved this homemade version too. So easy to make too!

Renée

Saturday 27th of April 2019

Your mom is a smart woman, Krystle! :)

Karly

Friday 26th of April 2019

My husband loved these! Payday bars are hard to find around here (I have no idea why), but they are my husband's favorite, so being able to make them for him was amazing!

Renée

Saturday 27th of April 2019

Now your husband can even make them for himself, right? They're SO easy. ;)

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