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M&M/Mars Almond Bar

By Todd Wilbur


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What started in Tacoma, Washington, in 1911 as a small home-based candy shop has now grown to be one of the largest privately held companies in the world. Mars products are found in more than 100 countries, and the Mars family pulls in revenues in the range of a sweet $11 billion each year.

The Mars Almond Bar was first produced in 1936, when it was known as the Mars Toasted Almond Bar. It was reformulated in 1980 and the name was changed to Mars Bar. In 1990 it was renamed once again, becoming Mars Almond Bar.

You'll need a heavy-duty mixer to handle the nougat in this recipe.

Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 25 unwrapped Kraft caramels
  • 2/3 cup whole roasted almonds
  • Two 12-ounce bags milk chocolate chips
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      M&M Mars
    • Instructions

      1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup of the water, and the salt. Heat to boiling, then cook using a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.

      2. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and form peaks. Don't use a plastic bowl for this.

      3. When the sugar mixture reaches 270 degrees, or the soft-crack stage, remove it from the heat and pour the mixture in thin streams into the egg whites, blending completely with an electric mixer set on low.

      4. Continue to mix for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the nougat begins to harden and thickens to the consistency of dough. Mix in the almonds.

      5. Press the nougat into a greased 9x9-inch pan and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

      6. Melt the caramels with the remaining 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium heat.

      7. Pour the caramel over the nougat and return the pan to the refrigerator.

      8. When the caramel and nougat are firm (about 30 minutes), slice down the middle of the pan with a sharp knife, and then slice across into 7 segments to make a total of 14 bars.

      9. Melt the milk chocolate chips in a microwave for 2 minutes on half power, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Melt completely, but be careful not to overheat.

      10. Resting the bar on a fork (and using your fingers if needed), dip each bar into the chocolate to coat completely and tap the fork against the side of the bowl to knock off the excess chocolate. Place on waxed paper and let cool at room temperature until the chocolate is firm, 1 to 2 hours.

      Makes 14 candy bars.

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