Chocolate Fudge Bars with Toffee Bits and Peanut Butter Cups

fudge bars with toffee and pb

There is a bakery in the North End (Boston’s Little Italy) called Bova’s and it’s open 24 hours a day. It’s the best place to visit after a nice Italian dinner, and an even better place to crash after a fun night that may or may not involve alcohol. I LOVE their napoleons but it’s not always available so sometimes I am forced to get something else (forced, I say!) Sometimes I’ll get cheesecake, or a cannoli, or a cookie. The last time I was there, I was with a friend visiting from out of town, and I think we bought six different desserts to share (what? He likes to eat, and I like dessert). One of the desserts I got was a chocolate toffee bar, and it was so good, I immediately kept it in my freezer to savor for several days.

As you can imagine, savoring one bar (one bar!) for several days takes a lot of willpower, because I have been known to consume an alarming amount of sweets in one sitting. But it was just so… perfect. Sweet chocolate with a graham cracker crust and crunchy buttery toffee bits.

Finally, I decided to make my own. And obviously making my own results in multiple bars – 16 bars to be exact, most of which I gave away to my lovely friends, but a few of which are still residing in my freezer. This gives me plenty of joy knowing that any time I want a piece of this chocolate treat, it’s just there, 24 hours a day.

chocolate peanut butter toffee bars

I had a baking day scheduled with one of my co-workers, Ashley, because she and I became fast friends. You know when you meet someone and you realize you have a lot of things in common (love for food, dessert obsession, soft spot for tall guys) and you immediately click? That’s us, and after a quick brainstorming session for our baking day, we decided to make our version of Bova’s chocolate toffee bar. Except we wanted to make it even better, if that’s even possible?

Why, yes, that’s possible, if you add some teeny tiny peanut butter cups:

mini peanut butter cupstrader joes mini peanut butter cups

There are my favorite peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s, but if you don’t have a TJs near you (sorry), it’s easy to substitute with little Reese’s cups or even Reese’s pieces.

So now you have a buttery, slightly salty graham cracker crust, sweet and creamy chocolate fudge made with condensed milk and bittersweet chocolate, a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs, crunchy toffee bits, and adorable milk chocolate covered peanut butter cups. Sweet, salty, buttery, chocolatey perfection, right?

This could easily be a no-bake recipe because you don’t have to bake the graham cracker crust, but we thought baking would make it more crunchy. It did, but it also made it more crumbly. So you can go either way. The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for it to set properly so you can cut it into neat little squares. Looking at these photos, my bars weren’t exactly neat and clean.

chocolate toffee bars

But no one ever complains about crumbly crust when it’s topped with this much decadence. And as I like to say, sometimes the messiest things are the best things to eat.

Yield: 16 bars

Chocolate Fudge Bars with Toffee Bits and Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

Crust

2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

Fudge

1 can (14 oz) condensed milk
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) dark chocolate (I used Trader Joe's Pound Plus Bittersweet Chocolate)

Topping

1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups
1/2 cup toffee bits
2 tablespoons finely ground graham cracker crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Make the crust. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and and melted butter. Transfer crumb mixture to a foil lined 8x8 baking pan, pressing evenly onto bottom with a wooden spoon. Bake until crust is lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Make the fudge. Combine dark chocolate with condensed milk in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on full power for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Everything would have started to melt but you’ll still have some lumps. Heat again in 30-second intervals and stir until the mixture turns smooth. I heated everything for a total of 2 minutes. Scrape the mixture on top of graham cracker crumb.
  4. Sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs, toffee bits, and mini peanut butter cups. Press gently with your hands to adhere toppings to fudge. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours, or in the freezer for 30 minutes, before cutting into squares.

chocolate fudge toffee bars

These bars are really good served with red wine. Or milk.

   

25 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Bars with Toffee Bits and Peanut Butter Cups”

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    Christina Orso posted November 3, 2014 at 11:05 am

    all i can say is “oh my word.”

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    Michelle Lahey posted November 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Red wine sounds like the perfect pairing for these! ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Yes! I mean, I could make do with white wine, too, if I HAD to…

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted November 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    ohhhhh yes! I would totally make one of these last for days if it was all I had! But….I’d prefer to eat 4 in one day :P

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      You’re a girl after my own heart!

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    Meghan posted November 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    The tiny pb cups are so cute!

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    Megan posted November 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Those pb cups are super-cute. I would love these!

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    Ashley posted November 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Yes yes yes. These look sooo good. Plus, anything with those mini peanut butter cups I am all about. I love those things! Although they are dangerous to keep in the house! :)

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted November 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, I need these bars in my life! They look picture perfect and have so many delicious flavors. :) And those mini PB cups are adorable!

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    Joanne posted November 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I don’t remember Bova’s! Is it new??

    I love your peanut butter cup infusion into these. I think they might just be the perfect bar cookie!

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    GiGi Eats posted November 4, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    And these…. Should be illegal. Ah ha ha! But seriously. :o

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Haha thanks girl! They ARE dangerous…

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    Mike @TheIronYou posted November 5, 2014 at 9:19 am

    These bars look out-of-this-world Bianca, as GiGi mentioned, they should be illegal… :D

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    Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat posted November 5, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Wow! Those bars look fantastic! I love toffee!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks, Shannon! I actually wished I used more toffee bits – I will next time :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted November 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    These look like the perfect traits to bake with a friend, and I greatly admire your willpower to stow some away for later too!

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    Juliana posted November 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Delicious bars Bianca…I love all the three layers…yum!
    Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

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    Choc Chip Uru posted November 6, 2014 at 2:10 am

    This fudge bar is calling my name, it looks so addictive and delicious!
    I could eat these by the batch!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted November 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

    “love for food, dessert obsession, soft spot for tall guys” <– can you live closer so we can go out for coffee!! Haha! You read my mind!
    And these bars – ohhhhh myyy!! Honestly – a graham cracker crust, pb cups and a fudgey layer – you outdid yourself! Pinned!!

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    Samantha posted November 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    These look awesome! MMMM. . .
    I’d love to try mixing peanut butter into the crust to make them more peanuty.

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted November 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    This looks insanely good! Like, everything I could hope for and more in a dessert! Toffee and pb cups AND fudge! Holy cow give me now. Please :)

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    grace posted November 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    toffee bits are definitely one of my favorite add-ins of all time. these look decadent and properly sinful. :)

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    Monica posted November 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    We were just passing through Boston a couple of days ago…too bad there was no time to hit the North End (we did make a quick pit stop at the new Ghirardelli ice cream shop!). Looks like you did an amazing job re-creating these bars. Looks fun to make and utterly delicious and decadent – the best kind of dessert! : )

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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted November 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    WHAT? Biscuit crumbs, fudges and chocolate peanut butter cups? What heavenly bars! Love this ingenious combo!

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    Molly Galler posted November 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    These look incredible! I absolutely love toffee. I was first introduced to Bova’s on a date. He didn’t last, but my visits there did!

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