Candy & Peanut Chews

Candy & Peanut Chews

Easy Halloween dessert! This recipe was a state fair prize winning entry at the North Carolina State Fair!

20 min.prep time 60 min.total time
48 bars
555 Ratings

Ingredients

Crust

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Margarine, softened
1 (18.25-ounce) package pudding in the mix yellow cake mix
3 cups miniature marshmallows

Topping

1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups salted peanuts
1 cup candy corn

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine margarine and cake mix in large bowl. Beat on low speed until well mixed. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed.

Press on bottom of ungreased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows over hot, partially baked crust. Continue baking for 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows puff.

Meanwhile, combine corn syrup, sugar and brown sugar in large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil (2 to 4 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Stir in cereal, peanuts and candy corn. Immediately spoon over marshmallows; spread to cover. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 160

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 170mg

Carbohydrates: 22g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #10533©1998Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Do NOT boil this for 2-4 minutes. The meaning I got out of this recipe is that you should stir the mixture until it comes to a boil, which should take 2-4 minutes. NOT, stir this recipe until it boils, and then boil for 2-4 minutes.

As with Scotcharoos, I stir the mixture until it comes to a good boil, then pull it off the heat. I don't even boil it for a minute.
I was excited to make these because I thought they would make a good, special Halloween recipe. Everything went well EXCEPT when the recipe said to boil the sugar mixture for 2-4 minutes, and I boiled it for four minutes, and then added the vanilla and peanut butter quickly but it became as hard as a rock. I couldn't incorporate the peanuts, rice krispies and candy corn. I should have known better having made scotcheroos all of my life, which has basically the same directions. I would definitely boil the mixture only two minutes (maybe only one minute).
Yummy, had several requests to share the recipe
I love these. I took them to work and they readily dissappeared. My husband could eat these round the clock. They taste like salted nut rolls, his favorite. Also very easy.
It was very tasty - much like Salted Nut Roll; Be careful not to overcook the crust. Mine got a little dark.

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