Homemade Candy Bar Recipes

These Homemade Candy Bar recipes, made with chocolate, marshmallows, nuts and more, make a delicious dessert! Just a mold and your microwave or stovetop will help you create some truly tasty chocolate bars.

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Homemade Chocolate Candy Bars

I’m a believer that nearly everything is better homemade, so surely homemade candy bars would be the same. I was willing to take one for the team and find out. Friends, homemade candy bars are so much tastier than store-bought. When you combine delicious high-quality chocolate with other delectable ingredients that you love, the results are delicious.

I made four dozen chocolate bars to give to friends. It was so much fun to see the look on people’s faces when I told them I had made the gorgeous (and tasty) gift. You too can see that look in your friends’ eyes when you present them with handmade chocolate bars. It’s so much easier than you think! Trust me, your friends and family will love you forever is you start bringing homemade candy bars to things.

The folks at Chocoley have a great story and a great product.  The chocolate is made and shipped right here in the US, which I love, and they are a family-owned company which is close to my heart.

They sent me over lots and lots (20 pounds to be exact) of their Bada Bing Bada Boom Candy and Molding Formula Chocolate. This product is so cool. It’s pre-tempered which means it’s hard to mess up! I’ve burnt way more batches of chocolate than I care to admit, so this product really takes some intimidation out of candy making. If you are big into chocolate for dipping, homemade candies, cake pops, or even have one of those cool chocolate fountains this is a product you might like to look into.

the melting chocolates in bags

What could I make homemade chocolate bars for?

You could give them away as party favors, as birthday gifts to your friends, you can send them in the mail to your favorite blogger *cough*me*cough*, your friend who could use a pick-me-up, or enjoy them at a baby shower. You could make and hide them and then eat them all alone once your family is in bed. You could even come up with your own holiday and celebrate with chocolate… there’s never a bad time to enjoy it is there?

What do you put in homemade chocolate bars?

Ther recipe gives a few different bars to make and ideas on things to put in, including mini marshmallows, slivered almonds, dry roasted peanuts, crushed Oreo cookies, and toffee bits. Other options include other nuts, M&Ms, small candies, small bits of dried fruits, crushed peppermints, and crushed graham crackers or pretzels. You can use any combinations that sound good to you!

What is tempered chocolate?

Tempered chocolate is the shiny, uniform chocolate that breaks off easily, just like you would expect in a chocolate bar. Chocolate is tempered by slowly heating and cooling it, which can be time-consuming. This chocolate is already tempered so it’s that much easier!

Image of a cookies and cream candy bar

Homemade Candy Bar Recipes

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless This Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 2-3 hrs
  • Total Time: 2-3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 bar


These Homemade Candy Bar recipes, made with chocolate, marshmallows, nuts and more, make a delicious dessert! Just a mold and your microwave will help you create some truly tasty chocolate bars.



  1. Place the molds on a flat surface and add what you would like to them. My favorite combos were:
  2. Cookies and Cream: 1 to 2 crushed Oreo cookies in white chocolate
  3. Homemade Symphony Bar: scant 1/4 cup of both slivered almonds and toffee bits in milk chocolate
  4. Rocky Road: scant 1/4 cup of both mini marshmallows and dry roasted peanuts in dark chocolate
  5. Dark Mr. Goodbar: 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts in extra dark chocolate
  6. You really could add just about anything!
  7. Melt the chocolate according the directions that come with the package (they are great and really detailed!). Carefully drizzle a small amount of chocolate over the goodies in the mold. You’ll add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of chocolate per mold. Gently pick up the mold holding onto the edge and raise it off the surface you are working on 3 to 4 inches. Drop the mold so that it kind of smacks down on to the table. This helps the melted chocolate to settle into the cracks and it also gets air bubbles out. Continue to carefully drop the mold 4 or 5 times until things look settled. If you need to add a bit more chocolate do it now. Drop it another time or two to smooth out any chocolate you might have added.
  8. Repeat until you make as many chocolate bars as you’d like.
  9. Let the homemade candy bars rest at room temperature until completely set. This may take a few hours depending on the temperature in your house.
  10. Once the chocolate has set gently remove the mold and place the candy bar in the cellophane bag that came with the mold. Store according to the package directions for storing the Chocoley chocolate (in a cool place away from strong odors).


These were so much fun to make. I didn’t do a lot of measuring when it came time to melt the chocolate. I just dumped some in the bowl (I used the double-boiler method for melting) and melted it. I used the melted chocolate in the mold and if I needed a little more, I’d melt a little more. It worked great. At the end of the batch, when I had a little left in the bottom of the bowl I scraped it out into a little cup and let my kids dip pretzel sticks in it. Best. Snack. Ever!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 2 SERVING SIZE: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384.5 Fat: 17.8g Cholesterol: 4.5mg Sodium: 239.1mg Carbohydrates: 53.6g Sugars: 35.5g Protein: 3.2g Vitamin A: 1.9µg Vitamin C: 1mg

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This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in August 2019.

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This is great thank you for the recipes

These look great! I found your blog on Pinterest and am wondering how many bars you get out of a 1 lb. bag of chocolate? Thanks for posting!

Oh, this all looks so inviting. I can’t wait to try. What made you choose those particular molds? Are they deeper? I am just trying to understand and compare the molds since there are so many to choose from and I have no idea.

Thank you! Yes, your info helped. Your bars came out so beautiful. I truly want to make some SOON! 🙂 Oh, I just think they would look so pretty wrapped up and given as foodie presents. YUM!

Um YES!!!! Emily loved her chocolate!!!!! Thank you TONZ for curbing this girls cravings!!! You rock! 🙂

Melissa, those look fantastic! I think the boys and I may have to try them out, soon! Wish we were closer and I could come steal some. 😛

I absolutely love this post and can’t wait to try some of these with my boys!

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.