Homemade PayDay Candy Bars

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Yippee! I am so excited to share this next super easy and tasty candy bar recipe with all of you! These PayDay candy bars and homemade and full of yummy ingredients. These seriously taste like the real thing and can be made pretty dang fast. I love candy bars but if I can make my own at home, it’s even better! Enjoy…

Homemade PayDay Candy Bars

(Print recipe below)


  • 10 oz Peanut Butter Chips
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 2 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 24 oz. Dry Roasted Peanuts 2.jpg


  1. Prepare a 9×13 pan by buttering bottom and sides.
  2. Pour half of peanuts into the pan. 3.jpg
  3. Over Medium Low heat, melt chips and butter in a pan.
  4. Add in condensed milk and marshmallows, stirring until everything is melted and blended together.
  5. Pour mixture over peanuts in the pan, distributing evenly and gently pressing down. 4.jpg
  6. Top with remaining peanuts and press down to help adhere tope layer of peanuts. 5.jpg
  7. Allow to cool and set.
  8. Cut into desired serving size.

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  1. I made these yesterday and they are wonderful. They taste so much like a PayDay candy bar, but I am sure they have less preservatives.

  2. Made these this evening and hubby absolutely loves them. Says they are better than the real thing. For once, he’s willing to take some of these goodies to share with his co-workers (he never wants to take in what I make!). They are delicious, and I’m hoping they freeze well because the pan makes a good amount. I divided them up into squares.

  3. I made these last week. They seemed to take a lot of time to set up for me (like overnight), but I didn’t refrigerate them – just left them on the counter. Later cut into squares – everyone thought they were actually better than Pay Days and I agree. I’m still eating them now – and the longer they sit, the more the texture is like Pay Day.

  4. I made them and they taste better than a payday but mine seem to not set up as firm as I would like. Any ideas to help

  5. araceli bryand says

    Tried these today but substituted peanut butter for peanut butter chips. They came out delicious. Didn’t know this could be so easy. Thank you!

  6. My dad & I made these, and I’m telling you, they couldn’t be simpler!! However, next time we make them, we might add an extra thick layer of peanuts to the bottom or wait until the ‘nougat’ cools a lil before pouring it over the bottom layer, because the nougat layer went clear to the bottom of the pan & gobbled up all the peanuts underneath. They still taste AMAZING!!! Now that I have them all cut into bite-sized pieces (easier for sharing), I’m going to dunk them in chocolate and make Baby Ruth’s out if them …. yummo!!!

  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe love these very hard to fine up.

  8. Delicious candy, not difficult to make , but gets really sticky. I used plastic gloves to roll them into smalll logs.

  9. I made theses yesterday and my husband said they are truly great, just didn’t set. It’s cold weather in idaho now and they sat on the counter for 6 hours. I put them in the fridge hoping to help the setting process. They are pretty tasty even if they don’t set!


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