Jac o' lyn Murphy: Twix or Treat...Homemade Halloween Candy with The Daily Meal

Friday, October 12, 2012

Twix or Treat...Homemade Halloween Candy with The Daily Meal

I am so thrilled to be a Special Contributor for
The Daily Meal's story on 
Homemade Halloween Candy...

First up,

I started with the buttery, golden
Shortbread Layer...

 then the creamy, gooey 
Caramel Layer...

and finally,
 dipped and drizzled in 
Decadent Milk Chocolate...

and the results...

TWIX or Treat!

Twix Bars
9 x 13 baking dish
Shortbread layer
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cups butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Caramel Layer
16 ounces soft caramels
½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon salt
12 ounces milk chocolate, about 7 bars, chopped

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

To make the shortbread layer, spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. In a stand-mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients until the dough is dry and firm. Press into the baking dish and pat firmly so that the dough fills every corner. You want the dough to be about ½ inch thick. Using a fork, poke the top of the shortbread dough all over with holes. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the top is golden brown. 
Let cool and set aside.

For the caramel, heat the heavy cream in a medium saucepan until just simmering. Add the caramels and slowly stir until they are all melted. Season with salt and pour the caramel mixture over the shortbread, making sure to spread it around so that it coats the shortbread layer evenly. Allow the shortbread and caramel layers to cool for about 20 minutes, or until the caramel has hardened. Once cooled, cut the caramel-shortbread sticks into 4 inch by 3/4 inch sticks place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prepare for coating.
Using a double boiler, melt the milk chocolate until silky and smooth. Taking each caramel-shortbread stick, dip the bottom side (the shortbread side) into the melted chocolate. Place the stick onto the baking sheet and then carefully spoon the melted milk chocolate over the top so that all sides of the caramel-shortbread stick are completely coated. Coat the rest of the caramel-shortbread sticks and let them cool in the refrigerator until the chocolate is hardened, about 30 minutes. 

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  1. i'm sorry...did i read this right??? did you just MAKE twix bars?? you are amazing!! look so yummy!!!

  2. YOU have a lot of "Twix" up your sleeve! I want to Trick or Twix at your house!!! Yummy in my Tummy!!

  3. I'm with Alicia ... you made Twix bars?? And why am I not your neighbor?? :)

  4. These look sooooooo fabulous!!!!!!! Adding it to my do to list!

  5. It's not fun to diet and blog hop! Yum!!!!!

    julie @ Naptime Review

  6. I'm so glad that I found you on TT&J! These look absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe:)


  7. Your Twix bars look amazing! And the presentation is super cute! I just love using those little tin buckets for goodies!

  8. Those look amazing. I'm definitely giving them a go this Halloween.

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  9. I LOVE Twix; we could even fit in the new peanut butter version (my least favorite but the husband likes 'em)...Thank you so much. I am your newest fan, and will surely give you FANTASTICALLY WONDERFUL reviews on ALL of my blogs concerning the matter of: home made Twix. I have to do a snack once a month for my kindergartener we are going to be doing this one this month!!(may add orange sprinkles on the top of the dipped chocolate for Halloween)Thanks to mommy's like you, and your fabulous recies 28 kids in her class cant wait for Aerieannah to bring in snack. :) THANK YOU! Megan & Aerieannah P.s. could you e mail me at mrs.cbudzi@gmail.com concerning a permission? Thank You TONS


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