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    Pay Day Candy Bar

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    Dropbear's Note:

    In December of 1996, Hershey Foods snagged the U.S. operations of Leaf Brands for a pretty penny. This added several well known candies to Hershey's already impressive roster, including Good & Plenty, Jolly Rancher, Milk Duds, Whoppers, Heath, and this delicious peanut roll, which we can finally clone at home. The center is sort of a white fudge that we can make by combining a few ingredients on the stove, then getting the mixture up to just the right temperature using a candy thermometer (you've got one, right?). Once cool, this candy center is coated with a thin layer of caramel, then quickly pressed onto roasted peanuts. Looks just like the real thing! This recipe will make eight candy bars. But it's up to you to make the dental appointment

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    1. 1
      Combine all ingredients for the centers, except the powdered sugar, in a small saucepan over low heat.
    2. 2
      Stir often as the caramel slowly melts.
    3. 3
      When the mixture is smooth, add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar.
    4. 4
    5. 5
      Save the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar for later.
    6. 6
      Use a candy thermometer to bring the mixture to exactly 230 degrees, stirring often, then turn off the heat.
    7. 7
      When the temperature of the candy begins to drop, add the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar to the pan, then use a hand mixer on high speed to combine.
    8. 8
      Keep mixing until the candy cools and thickens and can no longer be mixed.
    9. 9
      That should take a minute or two.
    10. 10
      Let the candy cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it can be touched.
    11. 11
      Don't let it sit too long- you want the candy to still be warm and pliable when you shape it.
    12. 12
      Take a tablespoon-size portion and roll it between your palms or on a countertop until it forms a roll the width of your index finger, and measuring about 4 1/2 inches long.
    13. 13
      Repeat with the remaining center candy mixture and place the rolls on wax paper.
    14. 14
      You should have 8 rolls.
    15. 15
      Let the center rolls sit out for an hour or two to firm up.
    16. 16
      Combine the 20 caramels with the 1 1/2 teaspoons of water in a small saucepan over low heat.
    17. 17
      Stir often until the caramels melt completely, then turn off the heat.
    18. 18
      If you work fast this caramel will stay warm while you make the candy bars.
    19. 19
      Pour the peanuts onto a baking sheet or other flat surface.
    20. 20
      Using a basting brush and working quickly,"paint" a coating of caramel onto one side of a center roll.
    21. 21
      Quickly turn the center over, caramel-side-down, onto the peanuts and press gently so that the peanuts stick to the surface of the candy.
    22. 22
      Paint more caramel onto the other side of the roll and press it down onto the peanuts.
    23. 23
      The candy should have a solid layer of peanuts covering all sides.
    24. 24
      If needed, brush additional caramel onto the roll, then turn it onto the peanuts to coat the roll completely.
    25. 25
      Place the candy bar onto wax paper, and repeat with the remaining ingredients.
    26. 26
      Eat when completely cool.

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    • on October 01, 2010


      if I could give this recipe a million more stars I would!! this was absolutely PERFECT I followed everything the recipe said to do and it looks almost exactly like a pay day bar but better!!! if you love pay day bars DO this I promise you won't regret it! my boyfriend is in LOVE with these! hope you like the pictures!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pay Day Candy Bar

    Serving Size: 1 (119 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 541.9
    Calories from Fat 281
    Total Fat 31.3 g
    Saturated Fat 4.9 g
    Cholesterol 2.9 mg
    Sodium 619.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 57.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
    Sugars 42.6 g
    Protein 15.2 g

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