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Homemade Mars Bar Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen (Recipe #24)

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Our journey to Hogwarts continues with another recipe from the Philosopher's Stone in Chapter Six - 'The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters'

"Now that he had pockets rattling with gold and silver he was ready to buy as many Mars Bars as he could carry"

Mars Bars are an incredibly popular chocolate bar in the UK and we often taken them for granted when we buy them from the shops. It was a bit of a challenge to recreate them for My Harry Potter Kitchen - but with a little trial and error, we got there in the end!

This homemade Mars Bar recipe is a fun way to recreate the popular chocolate bar at home. Find out how to make homemade nougat to pair with the easy homemade soft chewy caramel recipe before topping it all with a crisp layer of chocolate!

Homemade Mars Bar Recipe Ingredients:

(makes 6-8 mars bars)

For the caramel recipe

  • 150g sugar

  • 50ml water

  • 2 tbsp glucose syrup (or corn syrup)

  • pinch of salt

  • 150ml cream

For the nougat recipe

  • 225g sugar

  • 2 tbsp glucose syrup

  • 125ml water

  • 3 egg whites

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

  • 100g milk chocolate

For the chocolate topping

  • 200g milk chocolate

  • 50g white chocolate (optional)

Homemade Mars Bars Method:

  1. To make the homemade chocolate nougat recipe, begin by placing a heavy bottom saucepan onto a medium heat before adding in the sugar, water and liquid glucose and salt. Swirl the mixture around to help the sugar dissolve and then bring the mixture up to the boil.

  2. After 2-3 minutes of bubbling, the sugar should have just started to go golden. Carefully pour in the double cream and whisk through until blended. Add in a sugar thermometer and heat to the 'Firm Ball' stage at 120c (250F).

  3. Double line a 20cm rectangle tin with cling film, pressing it into the corners and then pour the caramel in. Use a spatula to ease into the corners and level off before placing into the fridge to set for an hour.

  4. For the homemade nougat recipe, you'll also ned to create a sugar syrup by adding the sugar, glucose and water into a pan and bring to the boil. Keep on heating until it reaches 150c (300F).

  5. Separate the eggs and place the eggs whites into a bowl, whisking until the form soft peaks.

  6. We're going to flavour the nougat with chocolate so you'll need to melt this in a bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, stirring until smooth.

  7. Continue whisking the nougat on a slow speed while you slowly pour in the sugar syrup in a thin stream. Once all the syrup is incorporated you'll notice the side of the bowl is hot, keep on whisking for 5-10 minutes while it cools down and the nougat thickens.

  8. Add the vanilla, salt and melted chocolate into the nougat and gently fold through being careful not to knock out too much air. Remove the caramel from the fridge and place the nougat on top. Level off with a spatula and then return to the fridge to set for 30 minutes.

  9. To get some clean edges, transfer to the freezer for another 30 minutes. Heat a sharp knife with a blow torch or boiling water. Remove the caramel nougat from the tin, peel off the cling film and then slice into 6-8 bars. Place this back into the fridge while your prepare the chocolate.

  10. To get a nice snap to the chocolate you can temper it quickly using the 'half temper' method. Place half the chocolate into a bowl over simmering water and melt until smooth and then remove from the heat.

  11. Separately chop the remaining chocolate into small chunks. Add these into the melted chocolate a bit at a time stirring until melted. Repeat until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture has gradually cooled down.

  12. Dip the nougat base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a wire rack to set. You can then turn over and pour the remaining melted chocolate over the top and sides. Use a skewer to swirl and texture the top.

  13. For an optional extra melt white chocolate and pipe some lightning bolts on top. Place in the fridge until complete set and then these homemade Mars Bars are ready to enjoy!

So if you've ever wondered how to make mars bars - this recipe is a great one to try! It takes a little bit of time, but the end result is so worth it!

Why not give this week's Harry Potter recipe a go and let me know what you think? Follow me on Instagram and share your pictures with the hashtag #MyHarryPotterKitchen - I'd love to see them!

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