Prep 50 mins
Cook 3 hrs
Great for your holiday cookie/candy trays.
- 1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 (11 1/2 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
- 2 cups margarine or 2 cups butter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 (12 ounce) cancocktail peanuts
- 1⁄2 cup evaporated milk
- 1 (3 ounce) package vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
- 1 (2 lb) package powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
- Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Butter or spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- In large saucepan, melt chocolate chops and 1 cup of the margarine over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat. Add peanut butter; mix well.
- Spread half of mixture in buttered foil-lined pan. Freeze 10 minutes or until set. Place pan in refrigerator.
- Meanwhile, stir peanuts into remaining chocolate mixture. Set aside.
- Melt remaining 1 cup margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Stir in pudding mix. Cook until mixture is slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Remove saucepan from heat. Add powdered sugar and maple flavor; mix well. Cool about 10 minutes or until slightly cooled.
- Carefully spread pudding mixture over chilled chocolate layer. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
- Stir reserved chocolate-peanut mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto chilled pudding layer; spread to cover. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.
YUM! These are the best - my friend's all time favorite thing I have ever made for her. I have been making these for years - I got the recipe from Midwest Living Magazine some years ago. This makes a lot, and I always cut them in about 1 inch squares because they are rich, rich, rich. I make them exactly as listed here and they have always turned out excellent. These are great for gift giving in a small tin packed with some crumpled waxed paper. They are really more of a candy than a traditional bar type sweet. High recommended and thanks for posting!