If you’ve spotted the new Snickers product in the baking aisle recently, you might have thought that I partnered up with the candy bar giant because their product is called Snickers Baking Bites. If anyone out there from Snickers is reading this, I would love to do a recipe for the back of the packaging. Alas, I was not consulted about the name of this particular product, but I do like the idea of a tiny Snickers bar for baking.
I generally use candy bars in baking around Halloween, a season that leaves me with lots of miniature candy bars that need to get used up. Candy bars offer a great change of pace from chocolate chips and other “everyday” mix-ins because they have so many layers of flavor. Snickers, for instance, have caramel, peanuts, nougat and chocolate in each bite – and all of those components add flavor to whatever you’re baking. The Bites are about 1/2-inch cubes of candy and resemble a smaller version of the minis that you typically see around Halloween. Each one has a similar distribution of ingredients to a full sized Snickers bar, but there is more chocolate because the entire bite is enrobed. The Bites are also sold in a bag, unwrapped, which makes them convenient to work with in the kitchen.
I think these are a lot of fun to work with. The chocolate enrobing the Bites keeps them relatively intact in baked goods, where chopped up pieces of candy bar tend to melt until their lose their definition. They’re easy to stir in to cookie dough or brownie batter, and their size makes them distinctive without being overwhelming. While I still would like to work out some sort of partnership with Snickers one of these days, I’ll simply enjoy having these in my kitchen for now.