Butterfinger Candy bars are one of my favorite candies ever, so I really wanted to make a copycat version, because I’m like that. Most homemade versions are chewy rather than crunchy, though.

For my homemade Butterfinger recipe, I wanted to make sure the results were crunchy and crispy rather than soft and chewy. If I want chewy, I’ll eat fudge, am I right?

For an easier candy recipe packed with Butterfinger flavor, you may want to check out my Butterfinger bark recipe. It doesn’t require a candy thermometer and would be appropriate to make with your kids. My Butterfinger ice cream is also a great way to get your Butterfinger fix!

Anyway, settle in friends, and I’ll show you exactly how to make this Butterfinger candy.

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These are DELICIOUS! You did an amazing job! I made another recipe that didn’t require a candy thermometer but they really were not even close to a butterfinger.

Your recipe is spot on and it is really good even without chocolate coating.

I do suggest for people trying this for the first time to read through the instructions and keep them close to refer back to. Your steps are well written and easy to understand.

Reader Patty G.

Recipe Testing to Get It Right

I am Extremely Excited, stoked even (and I never use that word), to bring you this crispy Butterfinger recipe, you guys. This is my most tested recipe ever.

I submit I have developed a homemade copycat for Butterfinger candy bars that is as close to the factory-produced kind as I can get while using my regular kitchen equipment.

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Nine times.

That’s the number of times it took me to get these Butterfingers just right.

  • I made some with a sugar syrup.
  • I made others with melted down candy corn.
  • Some I added molasses to.
  • I tried different proportions of peanut butter to syrup.
  • I tried folding the candy around the peanut butter (never try that. You’re welcome).
  • And finally, after 8 tries and a two week break, I have it. Potion #9 is it.

Crispy.

Crunchy.

Peanut buttery.

A plateful of crunchy butterfinger candy bars, with one broken open, showing the crunchy interior.

Butterfinger Ingredients

While I would never go so far as to say my Butterfinger recipe is healthy, I will say that my version tastes better than the originals, mainly because of the chocolate I used. More on that later.

Note that Butterfinger has recently reformulated their candy bar recipe. The new recipe has only been available since February of 2019. I haven’t tried it yet, but when I do, I shall report back.

Regardless, kudos to Butterfinger for listening to consumers and getting rid of some ingredients folks weren’t loving as well as improving their Questionable “Chocolatey Coating!”

Here is the ingredient list for the OLD Butterfinger bars:

  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Ground Roasted Peanuts
  • Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil
  • Cocoa
  • Molasses

And Less Than 1% Of:

  • Dairy Product Solids
  • Confectioner’s Corn Flakes
  • Nonfat Milk
  • Salt
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Soybean Oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Natural Flavors
  • Monoglycerides
  • TBHQ And Citric Acid (To Preserve Freshness)
  • Annatto Color

It says on the Butterfinger website that the new formula doesn’t contain any of the following:

  • NO hydrogenated oils
  • NO TBHQ
  • NO artificial preservatives
  • NO artificial colors or flavors*

UPDATE: Improved 2019 Ingredients

You guys, I told you I’d try the new Butterfinger and I did today. I couldn’t taste it side by side with the original recipe, but the “chocolaty coating” is certainly more chocolaty than the old version. That I can tell you for sure.

Here are the ingredients in the new version per the candy wrapper:

  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Peanuts
  • Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel and Palm Oil)
  • Peanut Flour
  • Nonfat Milk

And less than 2% of:

  • Cocoa
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Yellow Corn Flour
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Natural Flavor
  • Annatto Color

It’s notable that the new version of Butterfingers no longer contains molasses or confectioner’s corn flakes. I may have to go back to the drawing board and see what I can come up with.

Honestly though, my copycat version is pretty darned good just the way it is!

Made these today. Wow! Absolutely delish and exactly what I hoped for! Thank you for your efforts to perfect this recipe. You succeeded! Working with exact weights and temperatures makes it almost foolproof.
There is a bit of a learning curve on the folding at the end. You warned me to err to the side of too soft, but I made one fold too many so the final layers didn’t quite marry. Once cool most of my pieces peeled into two thinner pieces. Not ideal, but twice as many! Lol. And the crumbly bits got stirred into a bit of chocolate and dropped by spoonfuls to set up. Nothing wasted!
Gonna try another batch tomorrow. My kids think I’m a genius, but you get all the credit! Thanks for sharing!

Reader and Hero to Her Kids Trina

Making the Candy with Candy Corn

I have made these candy bars/candy bites with candy corn, because candy corn already has the optimal proportion of corn syrup to sugar in them.

However, candy corn is not vegan or even vegetarian due to the addition of some gelatin and honey.

If that is a concern for you, I will also tell you how you can make these using corn syrup and granulated sugar.

They will not be as orange-y as a real Butterfinger or as a Butterfinger recipe made with candy corn, but they will be vegetarian. And they will be delicious.

What To Use Instead of Candy Corn

Candy corn is basically fondant with some confectioners’ glaze on the outside.

If you don’t like candy corn, use fondant.

Don’t go with the standard, found-in-craft-stores fondant, because it doesn’t taste very good.

Here’s my recommendation:

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Questions You May Have:

Are Butterfingers Gluten Free?

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation: regular Butterfinger bars are gluten free, but: “…only in fun size, singles, and share pack (Butterfinger Bites, Butterfinger Minis, Butterfinger Cups, and special holiday-shaped Butterfinger items are NOT considered gluten-free).”

Be cautious if you have a gluten allergy or are Celiac.

These copycat crispy Butterfinger bars are gluten free as long as you are careful with your ingredient sourcing.

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need to make them, with the exception of one sneaky ingredient you’ll get in the recipe.

Collage of the ingredients in this butterfinger recipe: chocolate chips, candy corn, coconut oil, molasses, peanut butter, cocoa powder, milk powder, and a good thermometer.
Ingredients you’ll need to make this Butterfinger recipe. Remember, if you’re using candy corn, they won’t be vegan or vegetarian. See the recipe for a no-candy corn variation.

This is such a beautiful treat but it tastes delicious at the same time! And what a great treat for Halloween!

Reader REbecca

Are These Candy Bars Hard to Make?

I would definitely categorize this recipe as intermediate to advanced.

It’s not hard to make, per se, but you are working with molten sugar, and you have to be careful. This is not a recipe to make with your kids unless they are older. Like maybe teenagers.

Let younger kids help you dip the candies in chocolate, but keep them out of the kitchen or at least at a respectful distance while you’re making the centers.

And definitely keep pets out of the kitchen while working with boiling sugar. Much better safe than sorry.

PRO TIP 1: When working with molten sugar, keep a bowl of very cold water handy so you can immerse your finger or hand if a little bit of sugar splashes on you.

Whatever you do, don’t stick your finger in your mouth. You’ll just end up with a burned finger and a burned mouth.

PRO TIP 2: unless you’re making a ton of specialty chocolates, using a regular fork for dipping will work just fine. No need to get fancy chocolate dipping forks unless you really want them.

What Can Possibly Go Wrong?

For one, you can burn yourself. We’re cooking the candy corn mixture to just over 300F, and then we have to stir in some really thick peanut butter so be careful.

Once I stir in the peanut butter, I scrape the molten candy out onto a Silpat and then knead it through the Silpat by folding it over.

But, I have a fairly high tolerance for heat. If you don’t, consider using an oven mitt or even better, get an Ove-Glove to help you in kneading through the Silpat.

You could also cook the candy too hot so it caramelizes, which is not what we want.

Or you might not get it hot enough so that when it cools, your candy won’t be crispety crunchety.

The only help for that is to have an accurate instant read thermometer or candy thermometer so you can monitor the temperature and know just when to add the peanut butter to the pot.

Please note that a candy thermometer clipped to the side of the pot might not take a true temperature as the candy is generally cooler at the sides. Also, it might not read accurately unless the molten candy is deep enough.

For this candy, you’re only looking at 8 oz of candy, so either double it or plan on tipping the pan to get a good reading with a clip-on thermometer.

Pro Tip

I got this tip from reader Patti G, who also happened to love these, saying they are “spot on!”

At any rate, here is her tip in the event you should get a sugar burn:

PRO TIP: Lavender oil is very good to keep in the kitchen for burns. A lot of glass artists do this while making beads which gets close to 1000 degrees and really smarts when a little piece flies off and hits bare skin.–Reader Patti G.

Do I Have To Temper Chocolate To Make This Recipe?

No. I mean, you could use couverture and temper it, but since tempering can be finicky and I don’t know what the conditions are in your particular kitchen, I wrote this recipe to use homemade coating chocolate.

It still sets up shiny like tempered chocolate, but it requires no special skill except for the ability to wait for the chocolate to set completely. And that can take a couple of hours if not more.

The secret? Refined coconut oil. The formula is this: use 10% of the weight of the chocolate in oil. So for 10 oz of chocolate, you’ll need one ounce of oil. I will say it again.

If you don’t have a kitchen scale yet, please get one. I promise it will make your life much easier. You will be so happy.

How To Make Homemade Butterfingers, Step by Step

It will take roughly 30 minutes to make your Butterfingers, not counting cooling time, dipping time, or time for the coating chocolate to set up, so plan accordingly.

  1. Get Corn Flakes Ready
    Spread out your corn flakes in the center of a Silpat-lined half sheet pan. Put the pan close to the stove.
  2. Mix Up Your “Dry” Ingredients
    Stir together the peanut butter, milk powder, and cocoa powder. Place that bowl convenient to the stove as well.
  3. Cook the Candy
    Add candy corn and water to your pan. Heat over medium heat until the candy corn has melted. Then you can raise the temperature and cook the candy until it reaches 290F. Add the molasses and continue cooking until the candy reaches 305F.
  4. Stir all ingredients together.
    Once your candy reaches 305F, immediately remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter mixture. Be careful and use a long-handled wooden spoon to minimize your chances of burning yourself.
  5. Pour candy out onto prepared Silpat.
    Scrape the candy out onto the corn flake-lined Silpat. Use the Silpat to fold the candy over to incorporate the corn flakes.
  6. Roll and fold the candy.
    As the candy cools and becomes more solid, you will be able to fold the candy over on itself into thirds, like folding a letter. Do this a couple of times using the Silpat to help you so you don’t burn yourself. As the candy continues to cool, you’ll be able to roll it out and fold it without the Silpat (although it will still be very hot, so be careful.)
  7. Score, Cool, and Dip. Done!
    Give the candy a final roll to about 1/3″. Use a pizza wheel to score the candy about halfway through. You can make whatever shapes you like. I’m a fan of tiny squares rather than large bars, but make them how you want them. Once cool, break the candies apart and then dip them in the chocolate coating and let harden.

Other Homemade Candy Recipes You Might Enjoy

Looking for more candy? Try this bourbon honeycomb candy. Or maybe this cashew toffee is more your style. And do not miss my butterscotch hard candies. Seriously.

If you’d prefer to not work with molten sugar, try my butter mints. No cooking necessary, and they’re really tasty!

Don’t deny yourself. Make some candy. It’s rewarding and delicious!

Plate of piled up chocolate-covered homemade Butterfingers candies.

And remember, if something goes awry and your candy gets crumbly (this happened to me AT LEAST TWICE while testing), stir the crumbles into ice cream. Seriously, they’ll still be delicious!

Questions?

If you have any questions about this post or recipe, I am happy to help.

Simply leave a comment here and I will get back to you soon. I also invite you to ask question in my Facebook group, Fearless Kitchen Fun.

If your question is more pressing, please feel free to email me. I should be back in touch ASAP, as long as I’m not asleep.

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A green plate piled high with homemade, bite-sized crunchy Butterfinger bars.

Crispy Homemade Butterfinger Recipe

Jennifer Field
If you are a fan of Butterfinger candy bars but you wish the chocolate were tastier, or you just want to use up leftover candy corn, or you just love crunchy peanut butter candy, you are going to love these. NOTE: All measurements other than teaspoons and tablespoons are by weight. ANOTHER NOTE: If you do not want to use candy corn to make these copycat crunchy Butterfingers, I give you an alternate in the notes at the end of the recipe.
4.60 from 75 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Candy Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 60 pieces
Calories 57 kcal

Ingredients

For the Centers

  • ½ cup corn flakes cereal lightly crushed
  • 8 oz peanut butter I use Smucker’s Natural
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder sifted
  • 2 teaspoons dry milk powder
  • 8 oz candy corn
  • 2 oz water
  • 2 teaspoons molasses I use Grandma’s

For the Coating Chocolate

  • 8 oz milk chocolate chips I use Ghirardelli
  • 8 oz 60% bittersweet chocolate chips I use Ghirardelli
  • 1.6 oz refined coconut oil

Instructions
 

For the Centers

  • Spread the corn flakes out in the center of a half-sheet-sized Silpat. Set aside convenient to the stove.
  • MIx together the peanut butter, cocoa powder, and milk powder in a small bowl. Set aside convenient to the stove.
  • Put the candy corn and water in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium-low heat, smashing the candies down with the side of a heat resistant spatula until the mixture is smooth.
  • Increase heat to medium/medium-high and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture reaches 290F.
  • Add the molasses and swirl the pan to distribute it. Continue to cook until the candy reaches 305F.
  • Immediately remove from the heat and scoop the peanut butter mixture into the candy. Be careful, and stir it together as completely as you can.
  • Scrape the candy onto the corn flaked Silpat. Using the Silpat (and possibly an Ove Glove) fold the candy together with the corn flakes so it is somewhat layered. Fold the candy over, then press it out (again, with the Silpat folded over it), then use the Silpat to fold that.
  • The candy will firm up in a couple of minutes at which point you can use a rolling pin directly on the candy to roll it out to about 1/4″ and then fold it in thirds, like you’re making puff pastry. Continue rolling and folding until the candy is stiff but not hard. Err on the side of too soft rather than too hard, or you won’t be able to score it.
  • Roll the candy one last time to 1/3″ or so. Use a metal pizza cutter or a bench knife to score the candy about halfway to three quarters of the way through. You can choose to make them into small squares or into traditional bar shapes. It’s your call.
    Butterfinger centers scored but still in one piece on a Silpat baking mat.
  • Allow candy to cool completely. Break along score marks.

To Dip in Chocolate

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the two kinds of chocolate chips and the coconut oil on medium power in 30 second bursts. Stir in between. When chocolate is mostly melted, stir until it is completely melted.
  • Line a half sheet pan or two with Silpat. Keep them close.
  • Brush off any errant candy crumbs from your centers. Put 5-6 into the melted but not super hot chocolate.
  • Using a candy fork or just a regular fork, turn them to coat. Pick one up on the tines of the fork and tap it against the rim of the bowl to even out the chocolate and let the excess drip off. Make sure the candy is right-side up. You can tell because the bottoms are completely flat and the tops have a slight curve from the scoring. Place each dipped and drained center on Silpat to cool completely. This could take a couple of hours.
  • You can stop with one dip, but I like chocolate, so I double dipped mine. Reheat the chocolate and dip and drain all the candies a second time. Allow to cool. I drizzled some additional melted chocolate over the tops of the candies. This is completely optional, but it looks cool.
  • Store, uncovered, in a dry place to cool/set for a few hours or overnight. I put my tray in the microwave. The oven (as long as it’s off and you don’t forget they’re there) is a great place to put them as well, especially if you have animals or kids who might try to sneak them. As long as you know where they are and you can sneak them, it’s all good.
  • Package however you’d like, in cello bags or small candy boxes, or just put them on a plate. Share, or don’t. I’m not judging.
  • These crunchy Butterfinger candy bars will stay crunchy for at least a week or two, depending on humidity. They will be gone well before they lose their crunchiness, though. Trust me.

Did You Make Any Changes?

Notes

If you prefer not to use candy corn as the base of these crunchy Butterfinger candy bars, you can use corn syrup, sugar and water.
Use:
  • 4.5 oz of light corn syrup
  • 3.5 oz granulated sugar
  • 2 oz water.
  1. Stir together well, put the lid on your pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Allow this mixture to boil for a minute or two to wash down any sugar crystals off the sides of the pan, and then continue with the recipe as written. 
The candy will not have that distinctive orange color, but it will taste almost exactly the same. And it will be vegetarian. To make these candies vegan, make sure to use all vegan chocolate for coating.
Nutrition Information based on 60 pieces of candy. If you make full-size bars, you’ll get around 12-15 bars, so multiply the nutritionals by 4 or 5.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gSodium: 32mgSugar: 6g
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And that’s it, you guys. Maybe not quite as crispy as the originals, but just as crunchy. Homemade Butterfinger candy, y’all. Nine times is the charm.

Thanks for spending some time with me today, friends. Enjoy the copycat crunchy Butterfinger candy bars!

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80 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just made these using the alternative/no candy corn method, but w/ DARK corn syrup (recipe calls for LITE)….and they’re pretty amazing. I’ve made also made the original version w candy corn and it simply can’t be beat. Thank you for sharing this fun recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These are amazing! My husband can’t have peanut butter, and wanted to give him a chance to try butterfingers, so I used this and substituted almond butter. These do not disappoint! I did a side by side taste test and they are spot on. I guess I’m going to have to bulk buy candy corn during the Halloween season to stock up…

    1. Hey, Gabriel. My recipe is patterned after the ingredient list for “real” Butterfingers, so I hope you enjoy it.

      The recipe is written in ounces by weight, so if your scale does conversions between ounces and grams, you should be fine. If not, multiply all the ounce amounts by 28.35 to get grams.

      Enjoy!

  3. These were terrific, and everyone I asked before disclosure said “Butterfinger!” I used a bench knife for scoring. I only dipped once in chocolate, so next time I will only use 4 oz of each type. Next time I will add paraffin instead of coconut oil so that the chocolate sets up firmly and is less melty. I’m wondering if not using candy corn, adding a bit of orange food coloring would do the trick?

    1. I’m so glad they passed the taste test! Candy corn is basically just fondant, so you could sub in the same weight in good-quality fondant (I wouldn’t use Wilton, because it does not taste good) and a bit of orange food coloring. 🙂

  4. I think I’ll be making these soon. Wouldn’t a pinch of salt enhance the flavor? Maybe there’s salt in the corn flakes already?

    1. Yes, I generally put salt in things, but there is no salt in the ingredient list for Butterfingers, so I left it out, trusting there was enough salt in the peanut butter to do the trick. Sprinkling the chocolate with a few flakes of Maldon would be lovely, though!

  5. I’m glad you specified that you used natural peanut butter. Most recipes use un(?)natural and don’t say. This can make things go wrong in a recipe.
    I see you prefer Smucker’s, but do you use creamy or chunky?

    I would also like to know your preferred brand of candy corn for this.
    Brach’s is the most common, but I’m not a fan. Zachary is my preferred brand because it is less cloyingly sweet and tastes less artificial.
    Unfortunately, I’ve had other recipes go wrong using my Zachary leftovers since they often take into account the sweetness.

    1. Hey, Stan. I’m glad you asked me to specify. I use Smuckers creamy, although at some point I want to try peanut powder and see how that works. I do use Brach’s and have not even heard of Zachary’s. I will have to check out the ingredient list to see if I think it would yield similar results. I shall report back.

    2. Okay, I’ve looked at the ingredients of both. Both have the same 2 main ingredients, but the wild cards are egg white in Zachary versus gelatin in the Brach’s. So for that reason, I would go with Brach’s for this recipe and use Zachary just to enjoy straight.

    3. Oh, I also want to make a suggestion. Ghirardelli makes ‘Melting Waters’. They’re available in milk and dark chocolate “flavors”. It is similarly made to be used to melt easily and coat while not requiring tempering for the shiny finish.
      I’ve used it in other candy making and it’s very tasty and easy to use.
      Since it comes in milk and dark, you can just get a pouch of both and mix them 50/50.

      1. Oh, very nice! I used to get great coating chocolate from Chocoley, but they’ve been out of business for several year now. I’ll look for the Ghirardelli. Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for posting this recipe! I’m a big fan of the old butterfinger before they changed it a few yrs ago. I think your recipe for the peanut butter inside was very close to the original. The only trouble I had was after rolling and folding the mixture fell apart into a crumbly mixture so I wasn’t able to make into bars. Next time I will mix, roll out and cut into bars and not fold as much. Also I’d skip the coconut oil in the chocolate and maybe use butter instead since the chocolate had a coconut taste to it. Overall I really liked it.

  7. The new butterfingers are terrible. They are so hard in the center, more like hard tack candy and the chocolate leaves an after taste in your mouth. I bough a couple and just thought they were old because they were so hard. I gave my dog a small bite after I sucked the terrible chocolate off of it and she had trouble chewing it. Will not be buying anymore. I will try to make some using your recipe. Seems they always destroy something that was tasty to please the health food nuts and the diet crowd. It is candy after all. Hershey also sold their Bar None candy bar to Ferrero. It was another one of my favorites. Thanks for your efforts in creating this for those of us who love the original.

    1. I totally get that. I remember the oatmeal cream pies from back when I was a kid, and the current version is not at all like those, and I miss that texture and flavor. I hope these work out for you, Judi. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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