Homemade PayDay Candy Bars

Delicious Homemade PayDay Candy Bars are both salty and sweet, taste just like the real thing, & are SO easy to make!

If you love candy bars as much as I do you will LOVE these homemade payday candy bars. They are chewy and delish. For more homemade candy, try Homemade Reese’s, and Caramel Candy.

Homemade Pay Days on a white plate

Homemade is better!

Contrary to popular opinion, PayDays are actually one of my favorite candy bars! I know it’s not a super common one compared to Snickers or Kit Kat, but I just love the combination of salty and sweet!

Although it’s quick and convenient to pick up a candy bar at the grocery checkout line, sometimes homemade versions of candy bars are just BETTER! There is something to making it from scratch without any of the “extra” ingredients in manufactured products.

Good news, this homemade version is honestly so simple, it’s totally worth the little bit of effort for that homemade taste!

Layer of peanuts in a glass dish

marshmallows in a caramel mixture.

Creamy layer in a glass baking dish

Homemade Pay Days in a glass baking dish

cut homemade pay day bars on a white plate

Making Homemade Payday Bars

PEANUTS. Pour half your peanuts into a greased 11×7 pan and spread so they cover the bottom.

FILLING. In a small pan melt butter and chips until well combined. Add condensed milk and marshmallows and stir until all mixed. Pour over peanut mixture.

TOPPING. Top with remaining peanuts and let cool (refrigerate if desired).

cut homemade pay day bars stacked on a white plate

recipe tips

  • Microwave Melting Method: You can use a microwave safe bowl to warm the butter and peanut butter chips in 30 second intervals. Just take the bowl out every 30 seconds and stir it to make sure nothing is sticking and/or burning. After it is successfully melted mix in the sweetened condensed milk and marshmallows.
  • Peanuts: Using roasted peanuts gives the payday candy bar more crunch and a little bit more flavor.
  • Pan Size: If you only have a 9×13 pan your candy bars will just be a bit thinner and may need less time to cool and solidify.

Wrap them to share! Delivering homemade candies to others can be a little tricky. Just make sure that whatever you wrap it in doesn’t stick to the candy. Wrapping it in parchment paper and then other wrappings allow for the candy to not stick, but also look nice.

close up of homemade pay day bars stacked on a white plate

Storing info

STORE homemade paydays in an air-tight and sealed container in a cool and dry place. You can store them in the fridge, or if it is cool outside keeping them on the kitchen counter should be fine too. You can keep them for up to a week before the bars get hard and inedible.

Typically you shouldn’t FREEZE caramel based candy bars because they become rock solid and don’t defrost very well. We also recommend not freezing these homemade candy bars

Homemade Pay Days process

For more easy homemade treats, try:

Homemade PayDay Candy Bar Recipe

4.48 from 21 votes
Delicious Homemade PayDay Candy Bars are both salty and sweet, taste just like the real thing, & are SO easy to make!
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
 

  • Pour half your peanuts into a greased 11x7 pan and spread so they cover the bottom.
  • In a small pan melt butter and chips until well combined. Add condensed milk and marshmallows and stir until all mixed.
  • Pour over peanut mixture.
  • Top with remaining peanuts and let cool (refrigerate if desired).

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe at least ten times for parties and get togethers. Everyone loves them. They go first.

    1. Sorry to hear they didn’t cool. Even putting in the refrigerator didn’t help them cool and set a bit more? Thanks for your feedback and for trying the recipe!

  2. 1 star
    Sounds great and all HOWEVER u might want to let people have a looksee at a sidebyside of the nutrition facts.. Because that unhealthy candy bar at the store to your wholesome good ones? Yeah no always the case… The junky store ones have no cholesterol your healthy one has how much? Oof right. And sodium.. Well under the 250+ your “healthy” one.. I could go on but id rather sit here and chuckle and enjoy my junkie store bought payday. 😊

    1. Hi Beth! Thanks for your feedback. I apologize if you got the impression that these were a “healthier version”. We don’t ever state that in our post…. just that they are homemade and really tasty and worth the work! When made homemade, you know exactly what is being put into these candy bars, even though it may not necessarily mean it’s the most healthy. 😉 We’re also fans of the store bought version. Both are tasty treats!!

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