(Update 2/14/16: I’ve revised the caramel sauce instructions, because I was cooking it too long for this small amount.) Take 5 bars are my favorite candy. I just had to come up with a homemade treat inspired by them. So, I give you Frozen Take 5 Delight Bars. A buttery, salty pretzel crust is topped with melted semi-sweet chocolate (better than milk chocolate!), followed by a peanut butter-cream cheese layer, then a thick layer of from-scratch caramel that’s sprinkled with chopped peanuts. YES!!!
If salty and sweet desserts are your thing (they are so my thing), this one’s for you. It’s creamy, crunchy, rich, and dare I say…refreshing. Because it’s frozen. Like ice cream. Like ice cream candy bars. Like frozen cheesecake candy bars. I’m dying over these.
In case the recipe sounds complicated, if you’ve ever made that strawberry-pretzel dessert with the cream cheese, you can make this too with no problem. Pretzel crust, check. (Just melt some chocolate in the microwave to spread on it.) Sweetened cream cheese layer, check. (I just added peanut butter and vanilla to it. Oh, and instead of folding in frozen whipped topping, I did take five minutes to beat some whipping cream with my hand mixer. So worth it, though, since I can taste the chemicals a mile away in that frozen whipped topping stuff.)
Then, instead of a Jello topping, all that’s needed are the caramel sauce and chopped peanuts. Homemade caramel takes 15 minutes and is so good. But, I will look the other way if you use store-bought. Especially if you made the whipped cream!
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
(Recipe Source: Peanut butter-cream cheese filling adapted from Yammie’s Noshery. Caramel sauce barely adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.)