4-Layer Nougat Bars

four-layer bars with nougat
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Freeze Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
60 bars


  • 1 12 ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 ¼ cup butterscotch-flavored pieces

  • 2 cup crisp rice cereal

  • 1 ¼ cup sugar

  • cup butter

  • 1 5 ounce can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk

  • 1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1 ¾ cup cocktail peanuts or salted cashews, chopped

  • 1 14 ounce bag vanilla caramels, unwrapped

  • Chopped peanuts (optional)


  1. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of the pan. Lightly grease the foil; set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan combine chocolate pieces and 1 cup of the butterscotch pieces. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted and combined. Transfer half of the mixture to a small saucepan; set aside.

  3. For the base, stir rice cereal into chocolate mixture in medium saucepan. Immediately pour the chocolate-cereal mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using the back of a spoon or a thin offset spatula, spread mixture evenly in pan; press down to firmly pack mixture. Place pan in the freezer while preparing nougat layer.

  4. For the nougat, in a medium saucepan combine sugar, butter, and 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1/4 cup butterscotch pieces; stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the marshmallow creme and 1/4 cup of the peanut butter. Stir in the 1 3/4 cups chopped peanuts. Pour nougat over chilled base layer in the baking pan. Spread evenly to edges. Return pan to freezer while preparing caramel layer.

  5. For caramel layer, in a large microwave-safe bowl combine caramels and the remaining evaporated milk (about 2 tablespoons). Microwave on 100 percent power (high) about 2 minutes or until caramels are melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour caramel layer evenly over nougat layer in pan, spreading to edges. Return pan to freezer while preparing last layer.

  6. Add the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter to the reserved chocolate-butterscotch mixture in the small saucepan. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is smooth. Pour chocolate-butterscotch mixture over caramel layer. Spread evenly to edges.

  7. If desired, sprinkle with additional chopped peanuts. Cover and chill bars for 2 hours. Using the edges of the foil, lift uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars. Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

162 Calories
8g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 162
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 74mg 2%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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