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Chocolate Snack Bites With Caramel And Peanuts

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When I get a craving for chocolate, I want it now! I don’t want to have to cook or bake forever, and that’s why I am in love with this Chocolate Snack Bites With Caramel And Peanuts Recipe. Smooth, creamy caramel with decadent chocolate and crunchy peanuts are precisely what my taste buds dream about each night. Make these no-bake treats for any occasion, and they are sure to be a hit amongst everyone. 

Chocolate Snack Bites With Caramel And Peanuts

Not only are these chocolate snack bites excellent for making for yourself, but they are also lovely gifts too. Wrap some up in cute packaging and give them away for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or any other occasion you can think of. We’ve served them at weddings and baby showers because they are so quick and easy to make. Plus, they look fancy, so everyone usually raves about them.

The creaminess of the chocolate paired with caramel is out of this world. Then you mix in the saltiness and crunchiness of the peanuts, and it’s a match made in heaven. They are so EASY to make too. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool so you can pounce on them and gobble up every last morsel. 

no bake snack bites ready to eat

Chocolate Snack Bites Ingredients

You can literally make these easy bites with 4 ingredients, and they taste like they were made in a fancy chocolate factory. No one will believe you made them with so few ingredients. 

  • Nonstick Cooking spray
  • Coarsely chopped roasted salted peanuts
  • Soft caramel squares
  • Water
  • Semi-sweet chocolate

How To Make Chocolate Caramel Snack Bites With Peanuts

Once these chocolate bites cool, you are good to go to munch on them. Thankfully once the chocolate sets up, they are ready to eat, so there isn’t a ton of waiting around. If I’m in a hurry, I will toss them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes, so they cool a little faster. Take a look at how simple these steps are to whip up a batch or two. 

First Step: Use non-stick cooking spray to grease the sides and bottom of two mini muffing baking pans. Or use mini muffin liners if you would rather. 

Second Step: Put 3/4 cup of salted chopped peanuts in the mini muffin tins. They should completely cover the bottom of each muffin cup or at least almost cover it. 

Third Step: Place the unwrapped caramels and the water together in a small microwave-safe bowl. Then place the bowl in the microwave for 30-seconds and give it a stir. Continue heating for 30-second intervals until the caramel and water mixture are smooth and melted, and no chunks remain. 

Fourth Step: After the caramel has melted, you need to pour it on top of the peanuts. 

Fifth Step: Using a small microwave-safe bowl, begin heating the chocolate in 30-second sessions and stir in between each one. Once the chocolate has melted and is creamy, you can begin pouring it over the caramel layer in the muffin tins. Make sure the chocolate is spread evenly. 

Sixth Step: Sprinkle remaining chopped peanuts on top of the chocolate layer and allow them to cool. Serve and enjoy!

 

several ready to serve snack bites

Chocolate Caramel No-Bake Treats Variations

You know my love for variations in my recipes! There are just too many options to choose from when making these caramel bites. I can’t wait for you to see all the different and fun ideas to try. Here are my favorite options that I think you will enjoy the most:

  • White Chocolate – If you love white chocolate as much as I do, you will go wild, adding some into these bites. You can do it in a couple of ways. First, substitute all the chocolate for white chocolate and follow the same directions. The second option is to use have regular chocolate and half white. Then melt the semi-sweet layer first, then top with the white chocolate layer. So good either way!
  • Peanut Butter – I can never get enough peanut butter, so I figured I would try it, and it turned out perfectly. Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (depending on how much peanut butter flavor you want) with the chocolate when you melt it. This adds an entirely new element to the snack bites.
  • Chopped Candy – Chop up your favorite candy bar and put it on top of the caramel layer. You could use Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, or any other candy you enjoy. Then top it with the melted chocolate and peanuts. Chop up 2 full-sized candy bars and spread them evenly between the muffin tins. 
  • Nuts – You can easily swap out the peanuts for any other nut that you like. Pecans, walnuts, almonds, or even hazelnuts would make fabulous choices. 

How Do You Store No-Bake Bites?

These no-bake snack bites can be stored in the refrigerator or the pantry. The only word of caution is that if you opt to store them in the fridge, let them set on the counter for a little bit before eating them. The caramel will become hard as it cools, so you should let them warm up a tad before eating. They will last up to 2 – 3 weeks in the refrigerator, if not longer. It’s imperative to keep them away from any food that has a strong odor like fish, so they don’t take on those flavors. 

Can You Freeze Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bites?

Yes, you can store these chocolate caramel peanut bites in the freezer for up to 1 year. Keep them in an airtight container and thaw on the counter before eating. They are ideal if you make them ahead of time to serve for other events later. 

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Don’t you just go wild for no-bake desserts? I know I do, so that’s why I always have a few recipes handy for me. Take a peek at these no-bake desserts:

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Chocolate Snack Bites With Caramel And Peanuts


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  • Author: Laura
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bites 1x

Description

These heavenly chocolate snack bites have delicious caramel and crunchy peanuts. These chocolate bites are great for on the go or a no-bake quick treat.


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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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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

  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: american

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