One of my favorite candy bars has always been Twix. I love the chocolate, caramel, and shortbread cookie. Such a great combination. And that is exactly what this Homemade Twix Bars recipe brings you. In fact, I like this copycat Twix bar recipe better than the real thing!
Did you know Twix was first produced in the United Kingdom in 1967? Later it was introduced to the United States in 1979. Also, it is the 5th most popular candy bar in the United States. According to this article, 161 Million Twix Bars are sold a year by Mars, Inc.
If you are a fan of candy bars, especially Twix, you have got to try these homemade Twix bars. They are fun and easy to make at home. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!
Also if you are a Twix and Oreo lover, then you have got to try these Oreo Twix, they are absolutely to die for.
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
In order to make homemade Twix bars you need just a handful of easy to find ingredients:
- Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter.
- Sugar – Use white granulated sugar. You can use powdered sugar too if you like.
- Flour – I typically use all-purpose flour, but cake flour will work too. Do not use self-rising flour.
- Salt – Just a bit of salt to balance out the sweetness.
- Caramel – You can make homemade caramel or use the store-bought kind like Kraft.
- Cream – Or you can use milk.
- Chocolate – CandiQuik, Almond bark, chocolate chips, chocolate bars, candy melts, etc.
- Food processor (optional)
- Cooking spray
- Aluminum mini bread loaf pans
- Cutting board
- Parchment paper or silicone mat
- Sheet pan or cookie sheet
Step 2: How to Make Homemade Twix Bars
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 F/176 C with the main rack in the middle position.
In a food processor add the butter and the sugar. And blend until incorporated. If you don’t have a food processor you can do this in a bowl with a hand mixer or use a fork instead.
Now add the flour and the salt to the food processor. Pulse and blend until the mixture resembles damp sand.
NOTE: If you aren’t using a food processor, use a fork or pastry blender to blend the flour and salt with the butter/sugar.
This is the base for the homemade Twix bars, which is pretty much shortbread. Gotta love homemade shortbread!
Spray 5 aluminum mini-bread loaf pans with cooking spray. Or use larger pans with parchment paper.
NOTE: You don’t have to use the bread loaf pans. I prefer those because there is less cutting involved. Or if you have silicone candy bar molds you can use those too!
Use a spoon and scoop an equal amount of shortbread crumbs into each pan. Then smash/press it down with the back of the spoon evenly, compacting it down.
Then bake in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes until slightly golden brown on the edges. Don’t bake it too long otherwise, it will get ultra crumbly.
Once out of the oven allow them to cool completely. It will take 30 to 40 minutes. This is the shortbread cookie base for the homemade Twix bars.
Step 3: Melt the Caramel
Once the homemade Twix bars shortbread cookie base has cooled, it is time to melt the caramel. You can use homemade caramel like the kind in this caramel apple recipe or use something like the Kraft brand individually wrapped caramels.
Place the unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl and add the cream. You can use whole milk too instead if you want.
NOTE: The cream will make it so the caramel doesn’t get super hard after melting it and after it sets.
Melt the caramel on high for 30 seconds then stir, repeat, until completely melted and runny. You can also do this with the double-boiler method on the stovetop if you don’t want to use a microwave, or don’t have one.
Once melted pour an equal amount on top of the shortbread cookie base. I just do 1 tablespoon on each first, then repeat, so it comes out even. If the caramel cools quickly in the bowl, just reheat it, so you can continue pouring it.
Place them in the fridge and allow them to chill for about an hour. The caramel needs to be completely set and chilled before trying to cut it into bars.
Step 4: Cut those homemade Twix bars!
Once the caramel on top has cooled, it is time to melt the chocolate.
You can use whatever chocolate that you want. I like using the Loghouse CandiQuik or Almond Bark style melting chocolate. It just melts super thin and makes dipping a breeze.
But! I also will use any number of types of chocolate, like chocolate chips and bars. Which makes it pretty awesome, you can come up with all kinds of flavors of Twix. Semi-sweet homemade Twix, milk chocolate, dark, white chocolate, Lindt chocolate Twix, Ghiradelli, etc.
TIP: Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of vegetable oil to the chocolate chips or candy bars it will make it thinner/runnier and make dipping easier. You won’t need the oil for CandiQuik or Almond bark.
Place the chosen chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir, and repeat until melted and runny.
NOTE: You can also use the double-boiler method on the stovetop if you don’t want to use a microwave.
Remove one of the bread pans of shortbread, and gently tug on the sides and ends to loosen it. Then remove the large bar and place it cookie side down on a cutting board.
NOTE: DO NOT put it caramel side down on the cutting board. It will wind up sticking!
Then spray a knife lightly with cooking spray or rub it with a bit of oil. Then cut it into 6 bars. (This recipe makes about 30 homemade Twix bars)
Keep the other ones in the fridge. Only do these one at a time. Otherwise, the caramel gets soft and makes it more difficult to cut and dip.
Step 5: Dip those copycat Twix bars!
Now, place a copycat Twix bar in the bowl of melted chocolate and make sure it gets completely covered. Use a fork to dip it, then wiggle or tap it, so the excess chocolate drains off.
Next, place it on a sheet pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Then proceed with dipping the rest.
Once done, allow the chocolate to set. Depending on the type of chocolate, it may set fairly quickly. The almond bark, CandiQuik, and candy melts, all set fairly quickly at room temp. If using chocolate chips or chocolate bars, you will want to place the copycat homemade Twix bars in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes so the chocolate can be set properly.
Now they are done. You can make them a bit fancier by melting some white chocolate and placing it in a pastry bag or sandwich bag with the corner snipped, and then drizzle it over the tops of some of them.
Also if you wanted to, after dipping them, and before the chocolate sets, you can add things like chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut flakes, etc., as well to make even more variations of homemade Twix bars.
How long do Homemade Twix last?
Store them in an airtight container at room temp, if using something like CandiQuik or Almond Bark, and in the fridge, if using normal chocolate chips, bars, etc. They will last a few weeks. They can also be frozen if you like where they will last a few months. If stored in the fridge, remove them and set them out at room temp for about 10 minutes before eating them.
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Homemade Twix Bars
- food processor (optional)
- cooking spray
- Aluminum mini bread loaf pans
- Cutting board
- parchment paper or silicone mat
- Sheet pan or cookie sheet
- 1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsp of softened butter 154g
- 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar 100g
- 2 cups all-purpose or cake flour 240g
- 11 to 12 oz caramel I use kraft brand or use homemade (311g)
- 1/2 tsp salt 2g
- 16 to 24 oz of chocolate Candiquik, candy melts, semi-sweet, dark, milk, white chocolate chips, chocolate bars, etc. (454g, Doesn’t have to be exact)
- 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream or whole milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C
- Blend together the butter and sugar in a food processor. Then add the salt and flour and blend that in until incorporated. It should look like damp sand when you are done.
- Spray 5 or 6 aluminum mini bread loaf pans with cooking spray. Then spoon and equal amount of shortbread base into each and pack it down with the back of your spoon.
- Bake the shortbread base in the oven, middle rack, for 15 to 18 minutes until slightly golden brown on the edges. Remove and allow them to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Add the cream or milk to a microwave-safe bowl with the caramel. Melt the caramel in a microwave with bursts of 30 seconds, then stir, repeat until melted and runny.
- Use a spoon to evenly pour some caramel on each shortbread base. Spread it out on top. Then place them in the fridge for about an hour.
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl like the caramel. Or use the double-boiler method on the stovetop. If using chocolate chips or bars of chocolate, add 2 to 3 tsp of vegetable oil to it.
- Remove the caramel shortbread bars from the bread pans and place cookie side down on a cutting board. Cut them into 6 bars.
- Dip each bar completely in the chocolate, using a fork or spoon to help dip it. Raise it out of the chocolate with a fork and tap the fork to allow the excess chocolate to fall off.
- Place the dipped Twix bars on a sheet pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Allow the chocolate to set. Sometimes room temp is fine or place in the fridge for 15 to 20 mins.
- They are ready to eat! You can also drizzle white chocolate on the top to make them fancy. Enjoy!
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