My Father in Law and I have an annual tradition of a candy making day sometime in the weeks before Christmas. On the agenda this year (and EVERY year, for that matter) are Peanut Butter Cornflake squares.
Yummmmmm. I’ve been making these things since I was a little girl. They are my absolute favorite holiday candy.
Want to see how I make them? Here, I’ll show you!
Start with these simple ingredients:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light karo syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
4 cups Cornflakes
2 cups shredded coconut
In a large mixing bowl combine the coconut and cornflakes.
Give ’em a quick stir and set ’em aside.
In a sauce pan bring the Karo to boil over medium high heat.
Add the sugar
And stir it around with the syrup.
You really should use a candy thermometer for this next part, but I’ve been making this candy virtually since I was in the womb, so I just use the old eyeball-it method. You want the sugar mixture to get to the soft ball stage. Here is a good explanation about that.
Like I said, I just eyeball it.
See my soft ball? Yep, it’s done. Take it off the heat, quick!
When you remove it from the heat, add the vanilla. And be sure to drip the vanilla all over the spatula and get it good and messy. PS – no, I do not sell Pampered Chef products. I just own a whole bunch of their stuff. If you want some, you should check out my friend BJ’s Pampered Chef store! She has a great deal on free shipping for Cyber Monday.
Stir that vanilla around and then add the peanut butter. I like chunky. You might like smooth. Your choice.
Look at that oooey goooeyness. Ummmm.
Here, get a closer look. Are you drooling yet?
Ok, now go spray a pan with some cooking spray because this is about to get sticky. I used this disposable pan since it was going to a luncheon at G’s school.
Pour your oooey goooey peanut butter mixture over the bowl full of cornflakes and coconut.
And then stir stir stir until you feel like your arm might fall off. The mixture should be really thick and stringy like taffy.
Then pour it all into your pan, and try to smooth it out a little on the top.
And if you are really smart, you will make a double batch so that you can have some for yourself at home. Trust me–this stuff is SO GOOD, you will be glad you saved some for yourself.
PS- this also makes great candy to give away at Halloween! Or Valentines! Or anytime random Wednesday.