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Apr 07

Milky Way Brownie Bites

Milky Way Brownie Bites are totally addicting! It’s an easy recipe with a brownie base, a Milky Way layer with caramel and dipped in chocolate! Like a Milky Way Candy Bar but with BROWNIES on the bottom!

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We are planning a trip to Disneyland this summer. We’re super excited, since we haven’t been in awhile. Going in summer is going to be slightly better than having a root canal, but whatever. It’s the happiest place on earth, right?

Even though we aren’t going for just over two months, we’re almost at that magical 60-day mark. You know, the deadline where you have to get up super early and be on the phone to make dining reservations? So that you can pay $35 for a pancake?

Over the next two months I’ll be making grid charts and spreadsheets so that we can maximize our time in each park during the busiest season. I’ll probably make a touring plan for when we get each fastpass and when we’re allowed to pee. And then we’ll get in the park, they’ll roll back the red ribbon and it’ll all go out the window.

I’ll also be spending ample time over at AllEars.net scouring the kid menus for where we can eat. When I was a kid there was a McDonald’s in Fantasyland. Now I have to pack a lunch or plan to be in just the right place at hunger time or my head explodes as I try to find something for my picky child to eat. Did you know that you cannot get a basic, simple grilled cheese sandwich anywhere in the park? You have to go to Downtown Disney for that.

One thing I know I’ll get without any trouble is dessert. I, personally, plan to hit up the candy store, bakery, Carnation, and the ice cream parlor. And that’s just Main St. Come July I’ll be making tons of copycat recipes, methinks.

Speaking of copycat recipes, I’m kind of in love with them right now. I love making my own treats at home that taste like the real thing. I’ve got a few ideas in my head, and today I’m sharing the first of them with you: Milky Way Brownie Bites. These taste like the real thing…but with a brownie on the bottom.

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I love a Milky Way. I don’t buy the bags of mini candy bars because I will eat every single one. So I do the next best thing: I make my own.

{On second thought…maybe that’s not such a good thing? That I can make them at home?}

These brownie bites start with an 8×8 pan of brownies. You can buy brownie pouches that make an 8×8 pan, or you can get a regular sized box and have some batter left over. I made the brownies in an 8×8 pan and the leftovers in a loaf pan. You could also use a muffin tin!

Once the brownies are baked and cooled it’s time to get into the Milky Way action. I found a copycat for the Milky Ways over at Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. It’s the real deal people! I edited the recipe slightly, to compensate for the brownie layer.

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The nougat is made from chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, and evaporated milk. That’s topped with a caramel layer made soft and malleable with more evaporated milk. Once the two layers are poured and firmed up on top the brownies, they slice up pretty easily (with the help of some cooking spray on the knife!)

You have two options for the chocolate coating. You can dip them completely in chocolate or drizzle it over the top. Obviously I did the drizzle method. I prefer drizzling to dipping. I would rather wait in line for the Autopia in June with no fastpass than have to dip 30 candies in chocolate. Seriously. But you can do whatever you prefer (I’ve written instructions for both in the recipe).

These are the real deal people – Milky Way candy bars made at home. You must try these!

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Now, excuse me while I go save up my money for a Mickey Mouse Ear hat with my name on it. I’m trying to convince my husband we all need matching hats to wear around the park, but he’s not going for it.

We’ll see about that…

Milky Way Brownie Bites

Yield: About 30 bites

A layer of brownies, a layer of nougat, and a layer of caramel – Milky Way Brownie Bites! An easy recipe with a brownie base, a Milky Way layer with caramel and dipped in chocolate! Like a Milky Way Candy Bar but with BROWNIES on the bottom!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix (9×13 or 8×8 size, whichever you have) plus oil, eggs, and water called for on the box
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons evaporated milk, divided
  • 37 caramels, unwrapped
  • 6-12 ounces chocolate candy melts (like Candiquik)

Directions:

  1. Prepare brownie batter according to box directions. You want to bake them in an 8×8” pan. If you are using a family style (9×13” pan) mix, you will have extra batter. You can make the rest in a loaf pan or a muffin tin.
  2. Line your pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Bake and cool brownies completely.
  3. Remove brownies from pan and remove foil. Add new foil to the 8×8” pan and spray sides liberally with cooking spray (the milky way mixture is very sticky!) Add the brownies carefully back into the pan.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, about 30 seconds on HIGH. Stir to melt. You can microwave in increments of 10 seconds more if needed. Stir fluff and 1 1/2 tablespoons of evaporated milk into the melted chocolate chips. Pour and spread immediately over brownies in pan.
  5. Melt caramels and 2 remaining tablespoons evaporated milk in in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each. Once they are melted and smooth, pour and spread over chocolate/fluff mixture. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
  6. Once the caramel has firmed up (you should be able to leave a finger indent, but you won’t come away sticky), remove the bars from the pan and carefully remove the foil. Set the brownies on a cutting board.
  7. Spray your knife with cooking spray and cut into squares. You will need to wipe and respray your knife after every two cuts or so.
  8. You have two options for the chocolate covering. One, melt your chocolate melts in a large bowl and dip each square to completely cover. (If you do this method you will likely need the entire amount of chocolate.) Tap to remove excess chocolate and pace on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill to harden.
  9. The other option is what I did, because dipping is tedious and I don’t like doing it. Place squares on a rack set over a cookie sheet. Melt your chocolate (about 1 cup at a time) and spoon a little over the top of each square. Use the back of the spoon to spread it and make it drip down the sides. You will use less chocolate this way. Chill to harden.

Milky Way layer adapted slightly from Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts.

Love Milky Way? Try my Milky Way Blondies or Milky Way Bar Cupcakes, Milky Way Cheesecake, or Milky Way Bites Ice Cream!

Milky Way Brownie Bites - make your own Milky Way candy bars but add brownies on the bottom!

Other sweets you might like:

Chocolate Fudge with Nutter Butter Crust

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Sugar Cookie Bark

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Sweets from friends:
Nutella Truffles by Roxana’s Home Baking
Smart Ones Double Fudge Cake Copy Cat by Something Swanky
Peanut Butter Caramel Cups by Lemons for Lulu