These Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars taste so close to the real deal you might be surprised! Enjoy these bars for parties, game-day gatherings, or as a picnic sweet-treat.
I’m a chocolate candy bar gal myself, with the exception of a few. Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars are one of those exceptions!
These bars are so easy to make (no boiling, candy thermometers, or fuss required) you might reach for this recipe again and again throughout the year!
Since it’s Halloween, I thought it would be fun to make some candy and share with the folks at work (always a good excuse to bake or make treats!).
As you can see in some of the photos, I added a few Halloween decorations to these bars.
You could add your own personal touch to these Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars: Little football picks for game day, turkeys at Thanksgiving, flags for July Fourth, and the list goes on.
Personally, I wanted to add little google eyes to these bars for Halloween, but I couldn’t get my hands on any.
I’ve made candy in the past, like the famous Peanut Butter Buckeye Candy, Peanut Butter-Toffee Chocolate Eggs, and Buttermilk Fudge with Orange & Rosemary, and they’ve all been easy to make, like these copycat bars.
Who doesn’t love an easy treat that will impress your loved ones or coworkers? I can’t wait to try the recipe for these candies that are said to taste like 3 Musketeers!
I also think that the next time I make these Payday dupes, I’ll find a way to add some chocolate to the mix. Maybe a drizzle or maybe a dip!
Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars
Candy-making can often take patience (and maybe a few attempts) to get things right, but these candy bars couldn’t be easier to make.
All the effort needed to make these involves a bit of melting time, a bit of time in the fridge and, voilà! Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars are crunchy and chewy and sweet and salty – what a great combo!
I wanted to make a fun treat, but I wasn’t interested in baking (I had just gotten back from a road trip and was tired). I scooped up the few ingredients needed for these and went about my way.
Once you’re ready to plate them, you can cut them into any size you’d like: smaller to share a bite with a group of people, or larger if you’d like to indulge.
Try these Easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars for your next gathering – you don’t have to wait for Halloween to roll around!
Patricia - Grab a Plate
Serves Makes 16 large bars
- 2-1/4 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1, 11-ounce package peanut butter baking chips
- 1, 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 6-8 ounces mini marshmallows
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Optional: Themed decorative picks
- Lightly spray a 9/13-inch baking dish with the nonstick cooking spray.
- Evenly spread about 1 cup of the peanuts to the bottom of the dish.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and the peanut butter chips. Microwave them for about 20 seconds until melted. If they’re not quite melted, continue in the microwave in 10-second increments. Stir to combine.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk to the melted chips mixture. Stir to combine.
- Add the marshmallows to the mixture and stir to combine so all the marshmallows are well-coated.
- Transfer the mixture to the baking dish by dolloping large amounts across the dish. Coat your hands with a small amount of the nonstick cooking spray and press down on the mixture to help spread it out evenly.
- Add the remaining peanuts over the top of the mixture.
- Refrigerate to chill the mixture. Before serving, remove from the refrigerator and let them stand for about 15 minutes.
- Cut evenly into any size bar you’d like.
- Refrigerate or freeze any unused bars. First place the bars on parchment paper then add them to freezer bags. Allow them to sit for a bit until eating.
Cut these bars on the smaller side if you're serving to a group.