DIY Snickers Bar and how to make it using dates

DIY Snickers Bar and how to make it using dates. This is a fantastically simple and yet amazingly delicious recipe that will then taste just like the name brand bars – for half the cost!

DIY Snickers Bar cut in half

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Published December 19, 2022
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Cost breakdown for this recipe

Right off the bat, three of the dates did end up in the garbage as they were fuzzy and not great looking on the inside when the pit was removed.

Package Dates $10.98
Whole Pecans $1.00
Peanut Butter $0.50
Chocolate $4.38

To make this recipe, with 45 DIY Snickers Bar, it cost $16.76. This was a total of 3 1/2-pounds of candy.
Each individual DIY Snickers Bar cost $0.37, making it cost $0.20 an ounce.

In comparison to buying a premade Chocolate Date Bar, that costs $3.11 an ounce, making your own is simply the better way to go. Not that there is anything wrong with buying them premade. Honest. The issue comes in when concern for an allergy comes into play. Having an almond allergy, for example, it is very tricky to be able to eat anything prepackaged as it lists “tree nuts” as a possible ingredient.

Now, when making your own, you have 100% control in what goes into your foods with regards to ingredients. Pecans, personally, are 100% safe, as are peanuts and therefore peanut butter.

If you have any food allergies, look into making your own foods from scratch as you can still eat snacks, candies and delicious recipes like these DIY Snickers Bars, by doing it yourself and truly saving a fortune.

For example, this recipe costs $0.20 an ounce, while buying a small package cost $3.11 an ounce.

dates on a wood cutting board

Recipe

Ingredients

Package Dates, whole
Whole Pecans
Peanut Butter
Chocolate

all the ingredients for DIY snickers bar

Directions

1. Firstly, in a double boiler, put enough water in the base to not touch the top layer, then set it on the stove to medium.
At first, the initial pot holding the chocolate was just the right size. However, when the water heated, it began to touch the bottom of the top pan.
When using a double boiler, make sure the water below DOES NOT touch the top pot! So, a change of pots was needed.

2. Stir the chocolate often until it is melted completely, then turn the temperature too low to keep the chocolate melted.
The chocolate of choice was dark chocolate, as it was on-hand from making Peppermint Patties!
Check out how to make your own Peppermint Patties by clicking the blog recipe below.
We stored ours in a container in the freezer and grab them whenever we want a snack.

fork resting in melted chocolate in double boiler

3. Open the package of whole dates, with pits, and use a sharp paring knife to cut the dates to the pit on only ONE side.

4. Carefully open the date, to not break it all the way open, and remove the pit, then set aside and continue de-pitting all of the dates.

5. Use a butter knife to smear peanut butter in the inside of all of the dates, around 1 teaspoon worth.

6. Place a pecan piece into each date, making sure it lays flat in the peanut butter.

peanut butter in cut open date

7. Close each filled date by bringing up both cut sides back together, so the seam closes and then set on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

8. Once all of the dates are filled and close, place the baking sheet into the freezer for 10-20 minutes to firm up the dates.

closed date with peanut butter and pecan for DIY Snickers Bar

9. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and then place on the countertop by the double boiler with the melted chocolate.

slightly frozen DIY Snickers Bar with melted chocolate

10. Using a fork to help move and dip the chocolate, coat each in turn in the melted chocolate and then place on the parchment paper.

11. Once all of the dates are dipped and covered in chocolate, place the baking sheet back into the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up the chocolate.

DIY Snickers Bar dipped and rested on parchment paper

12. Finally, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and break off any extra pieces of chocolate off of the dates. Then place them into an airtight container to store, with layers of parchment between layers of dates.

DIY Snickers Bar cut open

Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

DIY Snickers Bar Recipe

Ingredients for DIY Snickers Bar

Package Dates, whole
Whole Pecans
Peanut Butter
Chocolate

Directions for DIY Snickers Bar

1. Firstly, in a double boiler, put enough water in the base to not touch the top layer, then set it on the stove to medium.
2. Stir the chocolate often until it is melted completely, then turn the temperature to low to keep the chocolate melted.
3. Open the package of whole dates, with pits, and use a sharp paring knife to cut the dates to the pit on only ONE side.
4. Carefully open the date, to not break it all the way open, and remove the pit, then set aside and continue de-pitting all of the dates.
5. Use a butter knife to smear peanut butter in the inside of all of the dates, around 1 teaspoon worth.
6. Place a pecan piece into each date, making sure it lays flat in the peanut butter.
7. Close each filled date so the seam closes and then set on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
8. Once all of the dates are filled and close, place the baking sheet into the freezer for 10-20 minutes to firm up the dates.
9. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and then place on the countertop by the double boiler with the melted chocolate.
10. Using a fork to help move and dip the chocolate, coat each in turn in the melted chocolate and then place on the parchment paper.
11. Once all of the dates are dipped and covered in chocolate, place the baking sheet back into the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up the chocolate.
12. Finally, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and break off any extra pieces of chocolate off of the dates. Then place them into an airtight container to store, with layers of parchment between layers of dates.
Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

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