{Copycat} Homemade Chunky Bars – Peanut Raisin Bars

Do you know what “hits the spot” after dinner? A tiny piece of chocolate, of course! There is always plenty of chocolate around my house-next to coffee it’s another MOMnecessity!

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared my cinnamon raisin peanut butter recipe. In that post, I told you all about which peanuts to purchase in order to make the best peanut butter. I certainly didn’t make that stuff up. I had to buy the peanuts myself  and test it out.

So what was I supposed to do with all of those peanuts hanging around? Cover them in chocolate of course! It was the next obvious move.

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If you’ve never had a Nestle Chunky Bar, you are missing out. It’s one of those chocolate bars that have a mix of sweet and salty that are oh!-so-delicoius. What I don’t like about them is that a) they are hard to find where I live and b) they aren’t cheap. Today I saw a single bar at Bed Bath and Beyond for $1.99! I can make four bars for a fraction of that price!

The first thing I did is purchase a reusable chocolate bar mold from Michael’s -at the whooping price of $1.99 -40%off with my coupon). I know I will be putting this mold to use in the next few months… so stay tuned for more!

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Last week, I went to Blissdom, a social media conference- thanks to the Sponsorship of California Raisins. It would take a while to recap the conference… so I will leave you with this: I loved getting to know the other California Raisin ambassadors better, networked with some fantastic women and got to meet some of the people  I chat with online face to face.

Back to the bars. You know that I am always well stocked when it comes to raisins. So I didn’t have to go far when it came to finding my ingredients for this recipe. Chocolate chips? Check. Raisins? Check. Peanuts? Check!

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this recipe. The biggest “food term” you’ll see in the recipe is “melt the chocolate chips in a double broiler”. All that means is that the chocolate chips need to be melted in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. The heat of the boiling water will melt the chocolate evenly without burning it. For this reason, I do not recommend melting chocolate in the microwave… {nearly} ever. It’s just too easy to burn –and that would be a tragedy!

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{Copycat} Homemade Chunky Bars – Peanut Raisin Bars
 
These homemade Chunky Bars are delicious and the recipe is super easy! You’ll need a chocolate bar mold -easily found at your local craft store- made out of plastic and displayed by the baking or cake decorating items.
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Recipe type: Chocolate Treats
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ⅓ – ½ cup raisins
  • ⅓ – ½ peanuts, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler, slowly melt your chocolate chips. If you use block chocolate, make sure your chocolate is chopped into even sized pieces.
  2. Evenly distribute peanuts and raisins inside chocolate molds.
  3. Once chocolate is melted, carefully pour it inside chocolate molds -making sure you don’t overfill too much but filling it all the way to the rim.
  4. Transfer chocolate molds inside refrigerator and let them harden -4hours or overnight.

 

Comments

  1. virginia says

    since we cant use peanuts in our house i think i want to do this wish crisp rice cereal and make it like a chocolate raisin crunch bar

  2. says

    So glad you had fun at Blissdom! I am hoping we can get together sometime soon! I would love to hang out with you! And these little bars are SO simple, yet beautiful and brilliant! I can’t wait to give them a try – maybe an almond, walnut or pecan version too!

  3. says

    We can eat nuts but I’m not crazy about them raw. Do you think mixing in some peanut butter would work? Or just omit and add something else- maybe rice crispies as a previous commenter mentioned? Or oats? Thanks! This looks super easy! Btw, we are dairy free and egg free. Enjoy Life chocolate chips work great in recipes like these. :) My world changed for the better when I found this brand. Lol. :)

    • Laura Fuentes says

      Hi! You can absolutely add rice krispies. Enjoy life will melt well too. So yes, you can make these with their chocolate chips! I haven’t tried adding peanut butter… and I am not sure it will harden enough. omit the nuts :)

  4. Jane Hollander says

    Do you add salt to this recipe ?
    When do you put both sides of the mold together?
    Chunky chocolate bars were my childhood favorite !
    Thanks for all your hard work..
    Looking forward chocolate making..

  5. The professor says

    A great project!
    It should be noted, however, that before the Nestlé acquired the brand in 1984 and dumbed down the original recipe, Chunky bars did not contain peanuts: they contained (in addition to raisins) pieces of cashew and brazil nuts. To me, THAT will always be a Chunky bar.
    I recommend making them that way for not only a bit of candy history, but and infinitely better candy bar!

    • Laura Fuentes says

      You are 100% right! I debated using cashew pieces and brazil nuts but they can be tough for find… (although I love making the original with Brazil nuts myself!). Thank you for visiting!

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