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M & M - Mars Snickers Recipe
M & M - Mars Snickers
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Candy
Calories: 237
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.7 (14 reviews)

In 1992 Fortune magazine estimated the Mars familys personal worth at somewhere around $12.5 billion - quite a fistful of peanuts. This solid foundation of wealth, built on the country's undying passion for chocolate and other sweets, has made this clan the richest family in America - and the most reclusive. A family rule prohibits photographs to be taken of the Mars family and corporate executives. According to Fortune, a photographer who once tried to get a shot of Forrest Mars, Sr., found himself enveloped in a cloth that was thrown as he was about to snap the picture.
The empire started in 1902, when nineteen-year-old Franklin C. Mars began selling homemade candy. In 1910 he started a wholesale candy business in Tacoma, Washington. Ten years later Frank moved to Minneapolis, where he used the family kitchen to make buttercreams, which were personally delivered to retailers in the city by his wife, Ethel. Business grew steadily, and in 1940 Franks son Forrest established M & M Limited in Newark, New Jersey.
By 1967 the familys confectionery business in the United States had been consolidated into M & M/Mars. The fortune grew steadily larger as the corporation routinely kept four brands in the top-ten-selling chocolates in the country: Milky Way, M and M's Plain and Peanut, and, in the number-one spot, Snickers.

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1 tablespoon plus 2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Dash salt
3 cups powdered sugar
35 unwrapped Kraft caramels
1 cup (or two 3.5 ounce packages) dry-roasted salted peanuts.
Two 12-ounce bags milk-chocolate chips

1. With the mixer on high speed, combine 1 tablespoon water, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, peanut butter, and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar.

2. When the mixture has the consistency of dough, remove it from the bowl with your hands and press it into a lightly greased 9 x 9-inch pan. Set in the refrigerator.

3. Melt the caramels in a small pan with 2 tablespoons water over low heat.

4. When the caramel mix is soft, mix in the peanuts. Pour the mixture over the refrigerated nougat in the pan.  Let this cool in the refrigerator.

5. When the refrigerated mixture is firm, melt the chocolate over low heat in a double broiler or in a microwave oven set on high for 2 minutes. Stir halfway through cooking time.

6. When the mixture in the pan has hardened, cut it into 4 x 1-inch section.

7. Set each chunk onto a fork and dip into the melted chocolate. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl or pan to knock off any excess chocolate. Then place the chunks on waxed paper to cool at room temperature (less than 70°F). This could take several hours, but the bars will set best this way. You can speed up the process by placing the bars in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen bars.

Ayman Hussain  
Submitted on: 04/06/10
One day I really wanted a snickers bar and didn't want to go to the store so I made them at home. Thanks for the recipe
Submitted on: 05/29/09
I also added 1 tablespoon of shortening before I melted the chocolate. It made it a little harder.
Submitted on: 05/21/09
Loved it!!! I used half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate chips. It was perfect. My family loved them.
Submitted on: 05/16/09
AWSM! Easy and tastes great. Another perfect addition.
Submitted on: 02/24/09
Tried this recipe and it was very easy and tasted great but I found it was too soft. I tried freezing it and that helped a little. I wish it was harder and snappier, like the original.
Submitted on: 02/02/09
Great recipe, saves a lot of money
Bill Manns  
Submitted on: 12/22/08
The recipe is excellent and I've made them 3-4 times. The CandiQuik dipping chocolate or dipping vanilla works best. The bars taste better than store bought. This is a solid winner rated by all I've shared samples with. Enjoy.
Submitted on: 10/08/08
These were very easy to make, however they were a lot sweeter than an origional snickers. Everyone enjoyed them, just couldn't eat a "regular" size because of the sweet nougat. Maybe that is a good thing though huh?
Submitted on: 10/03/08
These were very good we loved them! The only problem that I had was trying to get that "candy bar" shape. They sort of looked like chocolate blobs. HA HA
Submitted on: 10/01/08
Wonderful taste - just like Snickers! (I did use semi-sweet chocolate - maybe next time I'll add a little parafin.) A little runny - maybe I didn't let it set up enough.
Amy H  
Submitted on: 09/18/08
I made this for my friends, and I became quite popular! The homemade Snickers got extremely high reviews. It was a little sweet; next time I'll put in less sugar. Also, I'll add a little shortening to the chocolate to make it smoother. Still, it was AWESOME and really simple to make! Definitely try it.
Kevin Berlant  
Submitted on: 09/16/08
I love this recepie. And is soo EASY !!!
Kathleen Denninger  
Submitted on: 09/08/08
Sounds good and not too difficult, but I will use semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk because I prefer it. I think it will be better than the original!
Submitted on: 09/08/08
WOW ! ! ! Snickers is my favorite and NOW I have it in my kitchen! Thanks Todd-