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?!!
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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The ingredient list:
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- Dry Roasted Peanuts
- Mini Marshmallows
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Vanilla Extract
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- large heavy-bottom saucepan or stockpot
- wooden spoon or spatula
- measuring cups and spoons
- 13" x 9" baking dish
- plastic wrap (for storing)
In all honesty:
I've had several readers write me saying that their candy didn't set properly.
While I've never had this problem with the recipe, I have gone in and altered the amount of butter from 1 stick to 4 tablespoons after doing a bit of research on this. I hope this helps going forward.
I want you, my readers, to be successful with the recipes you'll find here, and I appreciate the honest feedback and will work hard to bring you recipes you'll be proud to make and share.
How this recipe and video came to be:
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 has too.
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!
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? 😉
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 4 T. butter over medium/low heat and stir in the peanut butter chips, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir to melt, and combine.
- Continue cooking the mixture over medium/low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- 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.
- 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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- Mega-Sized Peanut Butter Cup with Coconut and Pecans (pictured below)
- Tropical White Chocolate Candy Bites (pictured below)
Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s Copycat Payday Candy Bars.
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Copycat Payday Candy Bars Recipe
- 2 large jars 16 ounces, each jar dry roasted peanuts
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 bag peanut butter chips
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Spray a 13" x 9" baking dish with baking spray.
- Add one jar of the dry roasted peanuts in an even layer in the bottom of the sprayed dish. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium/low heat.
- Add the marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, and peanut butter chips to the saucepan and stir well.
- Continue cooking over medium/low heat (for approximately 5 minutes), stirring frequently.
- Remove from the heat and add the salt and vanilla extract. Stir well.
- 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.
- Sprinkle the remaining dry roasted peanuts over the marshmallow mixture, pressing them lightly into the filling.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
- Cut into bars, serve and enjoy!
So there you have it! No more waiting for payday. Now you can have yours whenever you want it! Priceless. 😉
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's homemade candy recipe as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!