My favorite candy bar, the Take 5, has gone gluten free! And Guess what?! Only four easy ingredients!
I took going gluten free in great stride. That doesn't mean I don't miss my favorite treats & guilty pleasures! The Take 5 candy bar is arguably the BEST candy bar on planet earth. It's the salty-sweet combination that makes it mouthwateringly good. The problem? If it weren't for those stinking PRETZELS it would probably be gluten-free! Don't you worry, friends. I've GOT YOU!
So What's in a Take 5 Candy Bar?
If you don't know what is in the Original Take 5 candy bar, it's:
- Peanut Butter
See what they did there? Five ingredients. Take 5.
To recreate my favorite candy bar, I know I have to swap the pretzel for a gluten-free one. The thing is, if I'm going to make candy myself, it has to be easy because I don't have the time nor the patience for anything less.
Which leads me to the lightbulb moment. Over Christmas, I was making a batch of those Rolo pretzels with the pecan on top, you know the ones. I thought, "well dang, all these need are a little peanut butter and they'd be just like a Take 5."
Ingredients in gluten-free easy to make take 5 candy bars
After a bit of experimenting, I came up with the easiest and arguably just-as-good-if-not-better version of a Take 5 candy bar. Here's what you'll need, it's actually only four ingredients... a Take 4, if you will... (take that, Take 5!):
- Rolo candies
- Chunky Peanut Butter
- Gluten-free Pretzels
- Milk Chocolate bar
I know what you're thinking... What?! I KNOW! Now let's put these ingredients together to make delicious homemade Take 5 candy bars!
How to make Homemade Gluten-Free Take 5 Candy Bars
First, spread a little chunky peanut butter on some gluten-free pretzels. About a teaspoon's worth.
Then, line a mini-muffin pan with mini-muffin liners. (Don't skip that!). Pop them in the oven for a few minutes to soften the Rolos.
Next, press the peanut butter covered pretzel down onto the Rolo. Lightly press it down so that the Rolo spreads to cover the bottom of the muffin tin. Life is looking seriously so good right now.
Lastly, drizzle some melted milk chocolate over the melted rolo/peanut butter/pretzel concoction in the muffin tin. Pour enough chocolate to cover the tops. If you don't like the look of the pretzel peeking through, just pour chocolate until it is level and smooth. I must say, I kind of like the pretzel peeking out a little bit. I mean seriously. Can life get any better than this?
The only thing left to do is wait for them to set. Pop them in the freezer if you want to, I get it. Once the chocolate is hardened, you can take them out of the muffin tin and store the candy in an airtight container.
Homemade Take 5 Candy Bars - Gluten Free
- ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
- 24 gluten-free mini-twist pretzels
- 24 Rolos Candies
- 8 oz milk chocolate bar
- Preheat oven to 250°.
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter on each pretzel.
- Line mini muffin tin with liners. Place a Rolo in each cup. Bake 5 min to soften the Rolos.
- Press a peanut butter coated pretzel down onto each of the melted rolos, pushing slightly to spread the rolo.
- Melt the milk chocolate in microwave or double boiler. Drizzle milk chocolate over each cup to cover the tops.
- Allow the chocolate to set before removing from the muffin tin. Store in an airtight container.
I'm not kidding when I say these are just as good as the originals! Confession, I hid the rest of these from my family. They can go buy their own Take 5's... these are all mine!