Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Halloween Magic Bars


Fall is my favorite time of year to be outside, but it always seems like I’m so busy working on our annual Halloween party, that I find myself stuck indoors through most of October. My husband had Columbus Day off, the weather was beautiful, and he convinced me to take a break and head out into nature.


We spent a lovely afternoon strolling hand in hand through the Cincinnati Zoo. The beautifully landscaped zoo was bursting with the colors of autumn and the animals were all quite active. I’d love to live really close to a zoo. I’d be there every week. It would be so much more fun to walk at the zoo than around my neighborhood.



I love zoos, fall, and apparently magic bars. This is the third pan of magic bars I’ve made for Halloween. This time I used a cake mix for the crust, topped it with lots of peanuts, chocolate chips and Reese’s Pieces. I only used the orange candies as I wanted these to have Halloween colors. My husband didn’t mind snacking on the yellow and brown ones.


Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Magic Bars


Bars –

1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups peanuts
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup orange Reese’s Pieces

Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze-

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (325 for dark or non-stick pans)

Line 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper.


Stir together cake mix, egg, and oil until well combined. Press it into an even layer in the bottom of the baking pan. Sprinkle peanuts on top. Pour sweetened condensed milk over top. Sprinkle on chocolate chips.


Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle on orange Reese’s Pieces.
Bake for 5-8 more minutes until the sweetened condensed milk caramelizes and turns golden brown. The edges of the bars should look set. The center will still jiggle a bit, but should firm up as it cools.
Allow bars to cool completely. Cut into squares.Pour 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl Heat on high for 20 seconds, then stir. Continue to heat at ten second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Drizzle peanut butter chocolate glaze over top of bars, allowing it to drip over the sides of your bars.


Serve or keep stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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