oft, chewy caramel, roasted peanuts, nougat, silky milk chocolate, and a dash of salt! Today I’m making chocolate, nougat, caramel and peanut bars! Now, who could resist this combination? Not me! And you? Didn’t think so!
Chocolate Bar v.s. Candy Bar
There is a difference between the two. Candy bar is a broad term that refers to a snack that contains mostly sugar, and it may or may not contain some chocolate. Chocolate bar, on the other hand, is much fancier – it consists of mostly (preferably good quality) chocolate, and possibly some nuts or dried fruits inside, like, for example, my .
Now what the heck is a chocolate bark? Well, chocolate bark is always topped with lots of nuts, dried fruits, candy etc. Confusing? Maybe a little bit! Anyway, candy bar I’m making today consists of layer of soft caramel mixed with roasted peanuts, peanut nougat, and milk chocolate coating. Yummy!
How to Make Soft Caramel with Peanuts?
To make chocolate, nougat, caramel and peanut bars, first you’ll need to make soft caramel. To do that you will need some sugar, cream, butter and a digital candy thermometer. Make sure you have all the ingredients and equipment at hand, because you need to act quickly when making this puppy. Add a generous quantity of roasted peanuts, and you already have delicious sweet treat. If you want to keep it simple, check my post about , or take a glimpse at my recipe, they are both good reads!
A Few Words About Peanuts
Peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts, because they grow underground. That’s why they are sometimes called “ground nuts” or “ground peas”. Interestingly enough – American presidents love peanuts! Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson and Georgia’s Jimmy Carter. Also, peanuts are known for being space travelers since astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the Moon. I kid you not!
Now, did you know that it takes about 540 peanuts to make a jar of peanut butter? Yes, that’s a lot of peanuts, but my dear peanut butter lovers, have no fear – American farmers produce approximately 1.9 million tons of peanuts each year, so your peanut butter jars will always be full! In fact, the average American eats more than 2.7 kg (6lbs) of peanuts and peanut butter products every year! The average European, on the other hand, will consume only 1Tbsp of peanut butter in that same time.
By the way – it is believed that peanut butter was originally invented by ancient Aztecs, who were mashing up peanuts for elderly people with no teeth! I wonder if some of those people were suffering from arachibutyrophobia? What is arachibutyrophobia, you ask? Well, it’s a fear, but not the fear of peanut butter as such, but the situation of having it stick to the roof of your mouth. Not good! But hey, don’t worry – in my recipe peanut butter is just one of the ingredients that my nougat consists of, so we’re good to go!
How to Make Nougat?
Nougat is second layer of my candy bars. To make nougat, you will need honey, sugar egg whites and a candy thermometer. You can learn everything about history of nougat and in my post. Have in mind that once you make it, you need to transfer it into the loaf pan quickly, because it will be very sticky. I suggest you use two silicone spatulas, that works the best.
How to Coat Bars in Chocolate?
When my chocolate is partially set, I will make incisions around the bars and leave the chocolate to set completely. Then, I’ll put my bars onto a rack and cover them completely with remaining tempered milk chocolate. There, my bars are now fully dressed, but, as every girl knows, you can’t just throw your coat on and simply walk out like that, right? No, you need that delicate final touch, a bit of a bling, you need to accessorize, of course! So, I’ll sprinkle some salted peanuts for extra crunch, and add a few crystals of fleur de sal for extra bling on my awesome chocolate, nougat, caramel and peanut bars! Now, they are done and ready to make your taste buds dance! Enjoy!
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