Homemade Pay Day Candy Bars

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

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Today, I’m sharing a recipe for Homemade Pay Day Candy Bars. We made this last year and I don’t remember much other than it was really yummy!

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I hope you like this candy bar – it’s my mom’s favorite!

Homemade Pay Day Candy Bar Recipe

4.84 from 6 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 391 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 cups salted peanuts
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Pour half your peanuts into a greased 11x7 pan and spread so they cover the bottom.

  2. In a small pan melt butter and chips until well combined. Add condensed milk and marshmallows and stir until all mixed.
  3. Pour over peanut mixture.
  4. Top with remaining peanuts and let cool (refrigerate if desired).

Some of the steps….

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

 These are sooo good!!

Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

I hope you can come back again soon for more yummy treats from me.

Love, Lily

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Homemade Pay Days - so easy to make and they taste just like it! { lilluna.com } Recipe includes peanuts, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows and sweetened condensed milk.

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Comments

  1. Loving this!!! I’m so intrigued by the recipe— I’ve never tried anything like it! Which means I’m probably going to have to give it a whirl… 🙂 Pinned!

  2. Do you think peanut butter would work in place of the chips? Or maybe it wouldnt set up? I got everything today, but thought it had said PB, so no chips.

    1. I had the same issue. I know a lot of times with candy it needs to reach a certain heat point. Mine are very soft. They are tasty but soft. I was hoping to find the answer here.

      1. I had the same problem, I added about 3/4 cup of powdered sugar (about 2 Tbs. at a time) and mixed until it looked like it would set up without being dry…. hope this helps : )

    2. Mine didn’t either, they taste awesome. I just thought maybe they would have been a little more hardened. And I refrigerated them for 4 hours.

  3. Lily, Thank you for the recipe. I’m going to make them as soon as I get all the ingredients. Thank you for the pictures; you did a great job. I don’t think I’ve made candy bars before, so they were a big help!

  4. Mine never set up and stayed gooey. Thoughts? I also was wondering if you sprayed the dish with any cooking spray or buttered it.

    1. Dawn
      I had the same problem, I added about 3/4 cup of powdered sugar (about 2 Tbsp. at a time, you may not need that much) and mixed until it looked like it would set up without being dry…. hope this helps : )
      SOOOOOOOO YUMMY!!

  5. Is it really 3 teaspoons? That is 1 Tablespoon. Butter is normally measured by Tablespoons so is it supposed to be 3 Tablespoons or 1 Tablespoon?

  6. These turned out great and are very tasty! The only reason that I took off a start is that I feel these instructions are a little incomplete.

    These bars definitely won’t set properly if you follow these exact instructions – I had to boil my mixture over medium heat for about half an hour to make sure it was going to set into a chewy candy. It should be very thick and slow to fall back together when separated in the pot.

    I also found that the peanuts on the top (despite having pushed them into the mixture) almost all fell out when I cut it into squares. Next time I would probably only put the peanuts on the bottom (or mix them in)…it doesn’t look as nice with all of these peanut holes!

    Delicious recipe though, going to be a hit at Christmas for sure!

    1. Anita, I sure wish I had read your comments before I made these again. I knew there was something missing in the instructions. I’m sad That I wasted all those ingredients.

  7. All of these Pay Day recipes seems to be a waste of time. I have compared all of the different recipes and their ingredients and have tried this 2 years in a row for Christmas baking They do not set up. They are runny and a mess. Refrigerating does not help at all.

  8. We tried the homemade payday bars tonight. My son requested melted drizzled chocolate on the top. We’re waiting for them to harden but they look amazing. Did you have a scorched pan when you melted the butter, peanut butter chips, condensed milk, and marshmallows? I think next time we’ll do the double boiler method. 🙂

  9. These were amazing! I read the comments and modified accordingly, they set perfectly. I used the small can of sweetened condensed milk, 3 cups of mini marshmallows not 2. After they melted I stirred until it felt “sticky” (about 5 more minutes). Also be sure you are using the correct size pan. 11×7. I pressed the peanuts into the top and only a few fell off when eating, same as a Pay Day bar. Maybe chopping them up first then pressing them in would work too. They were a hit with my guys today. I’ll be making them again!

  10. Made your payday candy and my family loved it! Gone! My 20 something daughter will be making it to take to the shore with her friends. Thanks for sharing the recipe, it’s a keeper.

  11. Tried making your Pay Day bars, but came out soft instead of firm. They have been the refrigerator for over a day, may see what happens if I freeze them.

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