Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bites

These delicious bite-sized candies have it all-peanuts, caramel and chocolate. Peanuts are blanketed in a creamy caramel, then decadent chocolate and sprinkled with chopped peanuts. They taste just like a chocolate covered Payday! The best part is that they are bite sized…so you can show some self-control! ;) The original recipe called for this candy to be made in an 8-inch baking pan, but I adapted it to be made in a mini muffin pan. I wanted to make a two-bite dessert that is perfect to serve at parties or showers. The good news-they are very simple to put together! The bad news–they are very simple to put together! :D

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Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bites

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Ingredients:

  • Nonstick Cooking spray
  • 1 ¼ cups coarsely chopped roasted salted peanuts
  • 25 store-bought soft caramel squares, unwrapped (7 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3.0 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Directions:
  1. Liberally grease the bottom and sides of two mini muffin pans.
  2. Evenly sprinkle 3/4 cup of peanuts over the bottom of muffin cups (the bottom should almost be completely covered).
  3. Combine caramels and water in a small heat proof bowl and heat in the microwave in 30 second bursts until completely melted and smooth.
  4. Evenly pour melted caramels over the peanuts.
  5. In a small heat proof bowl heat chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts until completely melted and smooth. Pour over the caramel layer and spread evenly.
  6. Immediately top with remaining peanuts and let completely cool.

Yields: 24 bites

Source: adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride, originally adapted from Everyday Food, April 2011

18 Responses to “Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bites”

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    Shawnda — August 29, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    I love the mini presentation. Genius idea.

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    Erin — August 29, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    I bet they came out a lot prettier than if they had been cut up from a pan, really cute and reminds me of PayDays (which I love) except there’s chocolate in there!

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    iamahoneybee — August 29, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    ooo these look so good! remind me of a snickers!

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    briarrose — August 29, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    So yummy!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — August 29, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Oh my goodness. Those look phenomenal.

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    The Teenage Taste — August 29, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    Payday bars used to be my favorites! These look amazing! :-)

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    Caroline — August 29, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Bite-sized is always better. But I always end up eating more since they’re small, woops! These look great. :)

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    sportsglutton — August 29, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    These look dangerously good. well done!

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    Alicia — August 29, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    These remind me of my salted caramel fudge squares. I’m sure these will be equally delicious. I’ll have to try this recipe out soon.

    Also, I’m passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to you. View the details at http://apinchofsweet.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/versatilebloggeraward/

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 29, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    These are beautiful! Makes me want to bite my computer screen. :)

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    ChgoJohn — August 29, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    They look so good. I understand how their size would help most from over-indulging. I wish I were one of those people.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 30, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    These might be too easy to make because I could eat them all!

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    Tina@flourtrader — August 30, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Glad you posted this one-I love payday bars! Have to be careful making them at home because they are addicting. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nicole @ Bake Me Blush — August 30, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    They look so lovely and nutty! Chocolate, caramel, and peanuts are 3 of my favorite things in the world. Mmm. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jessi @ Quirky Cookery — August 31, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    Taste like Paydays, huh? I like making various baked goods with candy bars, but I’d much rather make things that *taste like* the candy bars, hehe.

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    Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? — August 31, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Oh my… these look lovely! And so cute, too! Thank you for sharing!

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    Heavenly Housewife — September 3, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    I am totally feeling this :D. I want to make some right now!
    *kisses* HH

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