Monday, August 15, 2011

Kit(ty) Kat Bars

Posted by - Nancy

Let's kick this off. I know I posted that I was going to make Twix bars for this months challenge, however my little birthday boy wanted some Kitty Kat bars. Didja get that? KitTY Kats!

After a quick search I found that pretty much all the recipes Google comes up with are the exact same. So, here is the basic recipe for homemade Kit Kat from Serious Eats:

75 Club Crackers
2 sticks of butter
2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Lay 25 crackers in a 9x13 pan. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in graham cracker crumbs, sugars, and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Pour half of butter mixture over crackers in pan. Smooth surface with spatula. Arrange another layer of Club crackers over butter mixture. Pour remaining butter mixture over surface. Smooth surface with spatula. Arrange a third layer of crackers over top. Combine peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in small saucepan. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over crackers. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate two hours. Cut into 2-inch bars. Bars will keep for two weeks, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Okay, so for the first time ever I had all of the ingredients on hand for this. I was excited to get them made. But alas, I have two children, neither of whom sleeps at the same time (except for at night), and since my son is my sous chef if I bake during the day, and this recipe is all on the stove, I had to wait for after bed time to make these.

So Friday night I set out to whip these up. I assembled all of the ingredients and realized I had run out of milk. All I had was one Horizon chocolate milk box (although sitting here now I remembered I have some packages of powdered milk in the back of my pantry). Anyway, I figured Kit Kats are chocolatey and you put chocolate on top of them, so I went for it.

And the final product

And they taste......okay. Not spectacular, and honestly, if I were to close my eyes and try them, I would have trouble placing them as Kit Kats. First, the crackers get a bit soggy so they lack that crisp crunch. Second, the butterscotch chips throw the flavor off. And third, the graham cracker crumbs kind of overwhelm the whole thing. I also would hesitate to make these again because it makes a huge pan.

Oh, and my picky eater wouldn't eat them because they weren't real "kitty kat" bars. Oh well.


Rena said...

They look good. I'm shocked that they are made with Club Crackers! I would have never guessed that.
I'm sorry they didn't taste like the real thing but I'm sure your son appreciated the effort. :)

Colleen said...

They look yummy!! I'm hoping to make whatchamacallits. we'll see...

kellypea said...

I think my last artery just hardened. Oh, my. I LOVE KitKat bars.

Torviewtoronto said...

wow I like this looks wonderful

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

I have to say I had the same results when I made this recipe... unimpressive. But we managed to eat them all any way!

La Petite Vancouver said...

Look at those layers of heaven ! yumm said...

Wow, this does sound like a challenge! Although they were just, "OK," they sure look yummy:)


Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, they have come out very well, would love to give these kitty kat bars a try as my son loves kit kat :)

thecraftypepper said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I was bummed these didn't turn out better, but I still have half the month left to try something else!
I am looking forward to seeing everyone else's candy goodness.

Mary said...

What a great recipe to have in the files.My grandsons would love these and they'd disappear in no time. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary