March 25, 2012

Homemade Twix Candy Bars (that really taste like Twix)

Yesterday I went to the store to purchase "Easter Bunny" goodies for baskets.  Since two of my kids are in college now I also bundle up surprise baskets for them and ship them to them at school.  For the most part I'm not a candy or sweet lover so I can make up baskets without snitching any.  No Snickers or KitKats call my name and I can easily bypass all the goodies... except Twix. 

I bought mini Twix for the baskets and after dividing them evenly between the three kids there was one left.  We couldn't have that now could we?  I had to do the only fair thing... eat it.  (Not doing sugar free yet until tomorrow so I was still in my safe zone! Ha).  Yes, Twix are beloved by me and my family.  Luckily for me I found this homemade Twix recipe about 16 years ago and not only have I been making them ever since, they really do taste like the candy bar!  A Christmas favorite around here.

*Start with Walker's Shortbread  as they look and taste like a real Twix center.  But if you can't find them locally and don't want to order them, you can find square Lorna Doon cookies in your grocery store that will work too. 

Twix Candy Bars

35 caramels - unwrapped
2 12-oz. bags milk chocolate chips
1/4 c water
1 box Walkers Shortbread Fingers 

Combine the caramels with the water in a small pan and melt over low heat.  Place the shortbread cookies side by side on an ungreased or lined cookie sheet.  Spoon a dab of the melted caramel on the cookie.  Place all cookies in the refrigerator until firm.  Melt the chocolate chips in a double broiler or in the microwave.  Remove cookies from the refrigerator and dip each one into the melted chocolate.  Tap off excess and place on wax paper.  Let them set up at room temperature - can take up to several hours depending on the heat and humidity of your home.Print Friendly and PDF