This is a recipe I have seen numerous times in Amish kitchens but I'd never actually tried them before. But last week I actually saw some homemade "Baby Ruth bars" on sale in an Amish bakery, so I jumped at the chance to get them. If you like the store-bought versions: nutty, chocolately, you'll probably like these. You do need to eat them pretty fast because they get brick-hard after a day or two.
Homemade candies like fudges and these baby ruth bars are a common way Amish cooks celebrate the festive holiday season. My mom tasted one of the homemade baby ruths and loved it, so did Rachel. I'm not a huge nut-type fan, so I just thought the bar was so-s0.
BONUS RECIPE: And while I am sharing candy recipes, I can't not share Smile Sandwich's 4-Ingredient Death By Chocolate Bars? These look amazing. SIGH, my attitude right now is if I can just "tread water" weight-wise over the holidays and not gain any (which is tough to do when I'm scarfing down Amish baked goods, baby ruths, and 4-ingredient death by chocolate bars), I'll deal with the need for working out in January.
Okay, here is the most common Amish recipe for homemade Baby Ruths.
- 1 cup of light corn syrup
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 6 cups of corn flakes
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- ⅔ cup peanuts
- In a large sauce pan, mix together corn syrup, peanut butter, and sugars on medium heat until it is smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix together corn flakes, 1 cup of chocolate chips, and the peanuts.
- Pour hot corn syrup mixture over the corn flakes
- Mix until corn flakes are completely coated.
- Press the mixture into into a greased 9×13″ pan. Let cool.
- Melt ½ cup of chocolate chips and spread completely over the bars.
- Let the chocolate cool, then cut bars.