When I was little, my family always used to road trip to Florida every year. Some years it was just us four (mom, dad, Brad and myself) and other years it was my cousins and their families. To this day, these trips are one of the main things talked about at big family gatherings. They are literally some of my favorite, and the best memories of being a kid!
When Josh threw out a vacation idea this year, I was like heck yes... and we are driving. I almost lost him for a minute... but he was like okkkk (in the most hesitant voice ever). If you know me, driving is not my favorite thing to do... but if it was going to give the girls memories like I had... I was all in.
So when it came time to leave, I called my mom and asked her to come over to help make some of the same things she used to make every year when we were little. First up, homemade snicker bars. Every year, they get super melty and messy... but it never changed how delicious they were. And... guess what happened this year, super melty and super messy. Which means they were just perfect. So moral of this story, make the bars. Make them when they are going to be outside on a picnic, on the boat, or at a barbecue. Life's short, eat the mess.
2 Cups chocolate chips (divided into 1 cup portions)
3/4 Cup peanut butter (divided into 1/4 cup portions)
1/4 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup evaporated milk or heavy whipping cream (I used HWC)
7 Oz. tub of marshmallow cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups salted peanuts - or honey roasted!
1 bag of caramels (11 oz)
Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper. Make space in your freezer because you will be pulling it in and out a few times!
Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stop it every 30 seconds to stir! once smooth, spread in the bottom of your pan. Place in freezer
Put butter, sugar and 1/4 cup of milk in a small sauce pan. Begin heating on medium, stirring occasionally. Once it starts to boil, set timer for six minutes. After six minutes, stir in 1/4 cup of peanut butter, the marshmallow cream and the vanilla. Stir until smooth. Take pan out of freezer and pour nougat on top of chilled chocolate. Smooth over and return to freezer.
Melt caramels and 1/4 cups of milk in the microwave for 1 minute, adding 30 seconds as needed until caramels have melted and mixture is combined. Remember to stir in-between each extra 30 seconds!
Take pan out of freezer, measure out 1 1/2 cup of peanuts and pour evenly over the top and gently press peanuts into nougat. Pour caramel mixture of the top of the peanuts and return to freezer.
Top chocolate layer:
Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stop it every 30 seconds to stir! once smooth, spread onto of caramel layer. Return to freezer for about 10 minutes. Cut into squares once the bars are cold! Makes cutting so much easier.
You can place them on a nice tray once cut, or even better... put them into a Tupperware and take them on the go for some good memories