When deciding to branch out and make up a new recipe, start from scratch. Invest a lot of time in research and make sure you do it right. And most of all, try not to put too much stock into shortcuts (they’re everywhere on the internet) and don’t lose faith.
My first attempt at a candy bar to get some experience was to try to recreate the Snickers. It’s not my all-time favorite bar, but its a good standby and so made a good starting point for my new education.How did it turn out? Ok, not great, good, well just ok I guess. I won’t throw it out, but I’m also not obsessively scarfing them down. The biggest issues are the layers being too thin and the sweetness of the fake nougat. However, it’s given me the base I was looking for as a springboard to some new ideas. THis first layer of chocolate looks good.
This layer of fake nougat, from the Top Secret Snickers clone Recipe can be skipped. It’s too sweet, to dry, and not the right texture of a real nougat. It might have some use later though so tuck it away. Boiling the sugar for the caramel was easy enough, but you’ll notice an obvious mistake I made, letting sugar crystals form in the pan. I’ll avoid that next time.This is by far my favorite layer, the peanuts and caramel, and the most likely candidate for subtle changes in my next attempt. Recipe here. And the last pour of 60% chocolate.