Saturday, October 29, 2011

Take Five

With Halloween just a few days away, I thought I would talk a bit about my favorite candies. I am really not much of a candy person - give me a choice between a baked good and a piece of candy, I'll choose the baked good almost every time.

However, there are a few candy bars that I absolutely enjoy. Pretty much anything to do with chocolate and peanut butter, together. Reese's cups. Reese's Sticks. And the best ever... Take 5 bars. Oh yes.

Five of the best ingredients - peanut butter, peanuts, caramel, pretzel, and chocolate - all in one crispy, crunchy, chewy chocolatey bite. Delicious.

Today's a pretty lazy Saturday, so I decided that I'd try my hand at making homemade Take 5 bars. It didn't seem that difficult. And it wasn't.

I started off with some little waffle pretzels

I spread a little crunchy peanut butter on each one. (Taking care of the peanut butter and peanuts portion.)

I then melted some unwrapped Kraft caramels with a splash of milk, and placed a small amount on top of the peanut butter pretzel. 

At this point, I set them in the freezer about 10 minutes so the peanut butter and caramel could set up.

Time for chocolate! I melted some semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave, then added a small amount of canola oil to thin it down a bit.

I dipped each of the pretzels, and voila! 

After a quick trip in the fridge, they were ready. Homemade Take 5 bars! Super simple and super quick. (Less than 30 minutes total, if I remember right.)

And super delicious. I really enjoy semisweet chocolate coating... the store-bought bars are coated with milk chocolate, but I love that these homemade ones have dark chocolate. Yum.


Other reasons to love lazy Saturdays?

Skipping my running group to sleep in and make breakfast with my Business Man.

Pumpkin pancakes, they were delicious. And I'll meet up with the running group tomorrow. ;-)


Talen said...

This has changed my life. lol.

jana chambers said...

I LOVE Take 5!! Those look delicious!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon this recipe when I was looking for "homemade Take 5" recipes. These are perfect!! However, one twist I did find to make things a bit easier was use peanut butter pretzels. I was actually looking for the "nugget" type but I found sandwich pretzels w/ PB which worked great!

Next time I make these, I may try using the caramel apple wraps which are a little less messy. I figured I could wrap the whole pretzel in the caramel and it would be very easy to pick up and dip! Thanks for the recipe!

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