What's on your menu this Sunday? It's easy to throw together a halftime-themed spread for this year's Super Bowl XLVII: all you need is spicy Red Hot Chili Peppers Chili and sweet, gooey homemade Bruno Mars Bars.
Of course, you could buy your Mars bars, but what's the challenge in that? If refrigerator-sized men are willing to hurl themselves at double-stacked washer-dryer-sized men for hours on end just for your couch-side, Trumer-swilling enjoyment, shouldn't a little adventure in the kitchen be in order?
We found a surprising number of homemade Mars bars recipes out there, the most dedicated ones coming, unsurprisingly, from the U.K. along with the far-flung members of the Commonwealth, where the original Mars bar has been part of the confectionary landscape since 1932. The British Mars bar is a lot like an American Milky Way, with a thick, fluffy layer of whipped chocolate-malt nougat topped by a slick of caramel and wrapped in a milk chocolate coating.
Iron Whisk, a food blog written by a Canadian college student, spends a lot of time lamenting the overly hardened caramel of a failed first attempt, due to a faulty candy thermometer. But once his whinging has run its course, writer Ilan admits to good results on subsequent trips down the nougat-caramel highway. If you've got your basic candy-making skills down pat, the recipe itself looks clear and fairly easy to follow.