Homemade Butterfingers {Mad Scientist Baker}

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Homemade Butterfinger Chocolates from @katrinaskitchen

So when I posted my Cake Batter Ice Cream Bread I was called some things:

Mad Scientist-ish {my favorite}

That was in a real email from a real reader. First of all, I love that she called me a mad scientist. Secondly, I loved her for adding -ish to the end of Mad Scientist to make an adjective used to describe me. I am neither confirming nor denying these accusations, however this recipe may just push me over the edge in your mind.

I can’t remember when I actually heard about this uber-cool thing you could do with candy corn to make it taste good better. Sometimes I see an idea and tuck it away like this summer when this recipe came across my Pinterest boards. I pinned then forgot about it- because really what happens to the gobs and gobs of leftover candy corn on November 1st? Am I the only person who looks for candy corn in November to make turkey cookies? Because it is impossible to find candy corn after October 31st. Go ahead; try it. I’m going to ignore that little thought that the stuff is just packed away for a year and returned to the store shelves 300 days later.

Homemade Butterfinger Chocolates from @katrinaskitchen

My Thanksgiving turkey cookies came very close to not being made last year and I think I died a little inside when I paid $1.99 for a teeny tiny pack of candy corn the day before the festivities. But how could I look my husband in the eye on Thanksgiving morning knowing that I would not be bringing candy corn-feathered cookies to the table? I digress.

Anyway in order to be prepared this year I think I have bought a bag of candy corn on every trip to the store for the past few weeks. As I stared at the pounds and pounds of candy corn that I have hoarded those mad scientist-ish thoughts came my way. I dumped a half-eaten bag of candy corn into a bowl and threw it in the microwave along with every last drop of peanut butter we had. This is what happened. And it was amazing. And since we are into making up words I Halloween-ified some of them with black colored chocolate and edible eyes, but I made some traditional ones for you too.

Homemade Butterfinger Chocolates from @katrinaskitchen

My method was a little bit different from the original which calls for 16oz of candy corn and 16 oz of peanut butter. Since making these I found that Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made them too. And yeah hers are adorable so check them out.

Homemade Butterfingers

Homemade Butterfingers candies using peanut butter and melted candy corn


  • 3 cups candy corn
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Chocolate for dipping


  • Melt candy corn in the microwave for about 60 seconds. Check and stir returning to microwave for 15 second intervals until completely melted.
  • Add peanut butter and combine. Return to microwave if necessary to incorporate until creamy.
  • Pour into a greased 8x8 pan (or whatever pan you like to get the thickness you desire) and let cool about an hour.
  • Cut candy into desired shape and cover in melted chocolate.
- Katrina

72 Responses to “Homemade Butterfingers {Mad Scientist Baker}”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — October 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

    That's a great description! WE would be mad not to want these! Too adorable (and tempting).
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    Sarah — October 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

    These caught my eye today, def bad-ass and I want one!!!
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    Mama J — October 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Great idea!

  4. #
    Meighan — October 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

    These are adorable! I have to make some soon 🙂

  5. #
    Bakeaholicmama — October 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Genius!!!! Just added these to my to do list!

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    [email protected] — October 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Katrina, my dear, you've done it again! Freakin' GENIUS! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I won't be throwing away the candy corn this time around!
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    Beth Michelle — October 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This is amazing. I would love to try this, problem is we have NO candy corn in Israel. Its a horrible thing. My mom sends me a small bag of it for our halloween party every year but it is all gone within minutes.
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    Jill Colonna — October 3, 2011 at 11:51 am

    What fantastic descriptions – and fabulous butter fingers. Love the hallow'een theme!
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    shelly-cookies&cups — October 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Fun recipe! Do they get crispy like butterfingers?
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    Becca{Crumbs&Chaos} — October 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    YUM! These look amazingly easy, can't wait to try them!
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    Carolyn — October 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Scary genius? How about that to describe you??? Wow, this is crazy, yummy, insane. I have to confess, i am personally a little scared of candy corn, but my kids would love me forever if I made these.
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    KatrinasKitchen — October 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Great question Shelly- I updated the post because I anticipated some others would want to know too. The texture is firm and chewy but the taste is exactly the same as a Butterfinger. Crazy!

  13. #
    ChocolatePriestess — October 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    EEE! Candy Corn! Well this is one way to use that stuff up.
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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — October 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I've seen this recipe on Pinterest, and keep meaning to try it, thanks for reminding me!
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    bakedbyrachel — October 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    crazy! I'd never think to do something like that. oh and those turkey cookies… I always think of making them but never get around to it. sigh
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  16. #
    Julie — October 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    OMG now you're even more awesome, creative & cool!

  17. #
    Lacy — October 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I really hate candy corn but these butterfingers look amazing!! What an awesome idea!! I'm totally trying these out!
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  18. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Oooh! I forgot that I wanted to make these!! Do they seriously taste like Butterfingers?
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    Lynne @ 365 Days — October 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh, Oh, OH!!!! How I LOVE me some Butterfingers!!!
    You are a genius, girl!
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  20. #
    Julia — October 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Are you joking, 3 ingredients to homemade butterfinger bliss?!?! I'm kinda cursing you right now. Only kinda.
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    Bake Your Day — October 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Totally on board with this! These sound so good. You are totally creative, definitely deserved the "mad-scientist-ish" title!

  22. #
    Joy — October 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Those look great.

  23. #
    RavieNomNoms — October 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Haha your post made me giggle! I love these butter fingers. So cute!

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    stephday — October 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    How cool are these?! I love candy corn and butterfingers so I think I need to try these. And they seem pretty easy to make!
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  26. #
    Erin — October 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    No stinkin' way! You are a genius!!! Can't wait to make these!!!
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  27. #
    Kimmi — October 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm


  28. #
    Erin @Dinners, Dish — October 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Cute! Love the idea of them tasting like Butterfinger! And decorating them for Halloween? Such a great job as always!!
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  29. #
    [email protected] — October 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    OMG-I will need to try these, you have my mouth watering! These do look like they came from a professional candy maker-Great post!

  30. #
    Susie — October 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Seriously homemade butterfingers I may actually love you. I want to make some butterfingers I think it's awesome that you made them and I never once thought about making them.
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  31. #
    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — October 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    These look amazing, I can't believe you used candy corn in them!
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  32. #
    kita — October 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Damn girl. I'm moving in. Just giving you a warning. I have tons of junk but I will help you get rid of these little lovelies you keep teasing us with 😉

  33. #
    Mrs. Measurement — October 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Yummmm! These look amazing… And I do love my butterfinger
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  34. #
    Meghan — October 4, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Very cute Katrina! I know what you mean about candy corn, I already have a huge stash of it! It's great to use for displays!
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    Tiffany — October 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

    You slay me every time. (And because you do so, you are now on my "Blogs I follow" list on my page… saved for the select few who make the SUPER cut!)
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  36. #
    Simply Life — October 4, 2011 at 12:33 am

    oh these are so creative!

  37. #
    Ama — October 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

    These are too cute! And they look super tasty too! Amazing job, you ARE a mad scientist! 😀
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  38. #
    happywhennothungry — October 4, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Wow! What an amazing and creative recipe. Def have to try this!

  39. #
    cookinghealthyforme — October 4, 2011 at 2:46 am

    What a delightful butter finger – you mad scientist-ish blogger! Absolutely delicious!

  40. #
    Lindselicious — October 4, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Whoa- who knew you could do that with candy corn. Amazing!!

  41. #
    Sue — October 4, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Butterfingers candy bar is a favorite of mine, so this could be dangerous:) Bravo, Katrina!
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  42. #
    mia xara — October 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Amazing pictures!!!You just gave me a great idea for a mini baking lesson with a group of school kids that I work with!!Thank you for sharing!!

  43. #
    Penny Wolf — October 4, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I made these from over at at https://ruflove.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/butterfin… . I also made them using SUNBUTTER for a friend who cannot eat peanuts. It was good too!

  44. #
    Becky — October 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I love Butterfingers and candy corn, so I can't wait to try these. Your little pops are so Halloweeny:)

  45. #
    KatrinasKitchen — October 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Aw thanks for blog-lovin!

  46. #
    Eftychia — October 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Delicious! Simply delicious!
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  47. #
    Laura — October 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Oh, Katrina. I love you. These photos are beautiful. AND such a simple recipe? I'm getting some candy corn. Right now.

  48. #
    grace — October 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    i LOVE candy corn, but i would never guess that its flavor has any quality like that of a butterfinger! i'm so excited to try this–thanks!

  49. #
    Mary at n00bcakes — October 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I am decidedly *not* a fan of candy corn…but adding peanut butter and chocolate? I'm not really sure how you could go wrong! At least now if I somehow find myself with an abundance of it, I'll have some way of getting rid of it! 😀

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    Jenna — October 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Um, wow. The only time I've ever made home made butterfingers was in culinary school where it involved lots of heating of sugar to lava-esque consistencies then layering while piping hot on a marble slab. This seems a tad easier.

  51. #
    Chelsey — October 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    What if you poured the mixture over a wafer cookie… and then dipped it in chocolate? Crispy and delicious!

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    Sylvie @ GITK — October 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Ha! Mad Scientist-ish – love that! And it's so true, you always come up with the best stuff.
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    alison — October 5, 2011 at 2:41 am

    I don't like candy corn and always have some left over. I can't wait to try these!!!! I even have milk choc chips 🙂 I think that these will be perfect for my halloween party!!!!! THANKS!!

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    Baker Street — October 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Hahah! Mad scientist – ish is pretty cool! Your butter fingers look delish!
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  55. #
    Deborah — October 6, 2011 at 1:02 am

    These look so amazingly delicious!! I have got to try these – especially because I've got candy corn on hand right now, and I need a reason to stop eating them!!

  56. #
    Lindsey — October 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Butterfingers are my FAVORITE candy ever! You have no idea how excited I am about these. I can't wait to try them out, they look sooo good and absolutely perfect. 🙂
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    JeNae — October 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Checking the recipe out from CSI & boy do these sound delicious 🙂
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  58. #
    @madiganmade — October 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Homemade butterfingers are on my 'to do' sweets wish list! These look delish! Love the dark/black chocolate… very spooky.

  59. #
    LilaLoa — October 10, 2011 at 4:45 am

    This is SUCH a great idea!! I seriously cannot wait to try these. Yeay! (And I agree — where have you been all my blogging life?)

  60. #
    CookingInStilettos — October 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    What a great idea – definitely a culinary mad scientist but even more stellar photography. Well done 🙂

  61. #
    foodies at home — October 18, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I kinda want to hate you for this….but I just can't! 😉
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    Rhonda — October 23, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I was going to comment under your Jello eyeballs and then I kept looking at older posts and came across this one. My youngest has recently discovered Butterfinger (thanks to Bart Simpson's influence) and now I must try this recipe. I also look for candy corn after Halloween to make turkeys AND I am the only girl in my household. I have forgotten how to be a girly girl because I'm forced to look at boy stuff all day. I am a new follower coming from the link at letter 4 blog hop. I would love it if you found me worthy enough to follow back.
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  63. #
    Valerie — October 25, 2011 at 1:01 am

    This recipe has made me a fan of Butterfingers!
    Thanks for sharing your brilliance. 😀

  64. #
    Averie — October 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

    These are so genius, Katrina! I've pinned them on my pinterest boards…you outdid yourself on this one!!
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    Carroll — October 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Awesoooooome! They look ridiculous!!

    My butt thanks you 🙂
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  66. #
    Shona — November 3, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Omgoodness! Butterfingers are my most favoritest (we're still making up words, right?!) candy EVA!!! I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing!
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  67. #
    Erin — November 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I'm making these right now and I can't wait to try them! Thanks so much for another awesome recipe!!!

  68. #
    Tink — November 15, 2011 at 3:10 am

    wow creating butterfingers,you are really awesome.

  69. #
    notjustxs — December 18, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Have you tried just mixing a bag of candy corn with roasted peanuts (jar). You will think you are eating payday candy. I swear!

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    Elaine — January 3, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I would find this in January, long after the candy corn is sold out. However, I will save it for my next Halloween file. One of my kids loves Butterfingers.
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    recipelover — February 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    A real great treat-eat. So easy too! The only hard thing for me was finding peanut cups. Peanut butter candy is not that big in the UK though it is getting more hype these days. The US seems to go nuts for the stuff. I found some eventually and I am glad i didk as these were yum.


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    Evelyn Chuter — November 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Your desserts are amazing! I can’t wait to try them all. I can’t figure out which one I want to make first. Thanks for the giveaway because if it hadn’t been for the giveaway I never would have found this site.

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