Elderly Care Recipes: Indulgent Homemade Candy Bars

Elder Care in Canandaigua, NY

Elder Care in Canandaigua NYDigging into a candy bar may not be the best thing to make a normal part of your elderly care routine, but having a little sweet treat every now and then is a great way to make a day special, give yourself a bit of a reward, or indulge your aging loved ones. By making your own homemade candy bars you can feel better about giving into your sweet tooth’s temptations because you are not only using only the high-quality ingredients that you want for the bars, but you have the ability to cut them into any size that you want, completely managing the serving size for a portion-controlled treat you can still fit in to a healthy routine.

These decadent bars freeze beautifully so you can store them and then thaw a couple the next time you want a treat. You can also pack them up in cellophane or an airtight container for a wonderful gift for your parents’ elderly health care services provider, neighbors, or other loved ones.

What You’ll Need

  • 24 ounces of chocolate candy coating such as Baker’s chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, either crunchy or creamy, whichever you prefer
  • 12 ounces soft caramels
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted, salted peanuts
  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • Aluminum foil
  • Saucepan
  • Heat resistant rubber spatula
  • Off-set spatula
  • Microwavable bowl
  • Plastic mixing spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Serving dish

What to Do

  • Melt the chocolate coating or chocolate chips until they are very smooth
  • Line the baking dish with aluminum foil, allowing a few inches to overlap the sides to make removing the bars from the pan easier
  • Pour approximately 1/2 cup of the chocolate onto the bottom of the dish and spread it out into a smooth, even layer
  • Put the dish into the refrigerator to set while you prepare the nougat and caramel layers
  • Place the butter, evaporated milk, and granulated sugar in the saucepan and place over medium-high heat
  • Stir with the heat resistant rubber spatula to combine, then stir frequently while cooking until the butter and sugar dissolve
  • Measure out the pure vanilla extract, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff so that they are ready to add quickly
  • Bring the sugar and butter to a boil and allow to boil for four minutes, stirring constantly
  • The mixture should become dark and syrupy during the cooking process
  • After exactly four minutes, remove the pan from the heat
  • Quickly stir in the peanut butter, fluff, and vanilla extract. Be sure to stir vigorously to incorporate the ingredients before the sugar has the chance to crystallize. The nougat should be fluffy and beige.
  • Spread this nougat over the chocolate layer with the off-set spatula and return to the refrigerator to cool
  • Unwrap the caramels and put them in the microwavable bowl
  • Add the heavy cream and put the bowl in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and completely melted
  • Add the peanuts and stir with the plastic spoon until the peanuts are completely coated
  • Use the off-set spatula to spread the caramel over the nougat. If it is difficult, do not hesitate to use your hands to spread it out
  • Refrigerate the pan for 45 minutes to set the ingredients
  • Use the aluminum foil overhang to remove the bars from the dish
  • Use the sharp knife to cut into desired serving size
  • Melt the chocolate again to create a liquidy texture
  • Using the fork, dip each bar into the chocolate and coat thoroughly
  • Place on the serving dish and return to the refrigerator to set before serving

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elder care in Canandaigua, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.