Homemade Milky Ways

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Homemade Milky Ways – make the classic Milky Way candy at home with just 5 ingredients! No baking required, so they are ready in no time.

When I was a kid Milky Way was my favorite candy. There was just something about that creamy, chocolate-y, nougat-y filling, with the gooey caramel and of course all the chocolate!

milky way candy cut in half on a white plate

 

These homemade milky ways are even better than the original, and so darn easy to make! It is crazy how easy it can be to make candy at home.

I first made these in 2011, they were one of the first recipes I made for the blog. I remember giving them as teacher gifts to my son’s kindergarten teachers. They were a huge success, and everyone was surprised you could make them at home.

Well, fast forward 11 years, it is time these see the light of day again. They are so easy to make, but have been buried with horrible pictures and a poor written recipe for far too long. So trust me, these are a must make if you even kind of enjoy the store bought version!

homemade milky way ingredients

What You’ll Need

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  • Milk Chocolate Chips – you can definitely use a different type of chocolate, this will just match the store bought candy bar flavor.
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Marshmallow Fluff – the store bought stuff works great, but the homemade one is even better!
  • Caramels
  • Chocolate Almond Bark or your favorite Dipping Chocolate

That is it, just 5 ingredients is all it takes. I have used caramel bits as well as soft caramels that you have to unwrap. It really doesn’t matter what you use, you just need them to melt with evaporated milk to be nice and smooth.

dipping candy in melted chocolate

How To Make Homemade Milky Ways

  1. Add chocolate chips and 3 Tablespoons of evaporated milk to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, remove and stir. If your chocolate isn’t melted, return to the oven and heat for 10 second intervals, stirring well after each time until the chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Stir in the marshmallow fluff until completely combined.
  3. Pour into an 8-inch square pan that is lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge to set up, while you melt the caramel. You don’t want to let it set up for too long or you can have problems with the layers separating.
  4. Place caramels and evaporated milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Repeat with 10 second intervals, stirring after each time, until the caramel is completely melted and smooth.
  5. Pour caramel over the chocolate layer and place in the fridge for about 4 hours, or until they are completely set up.
  6. Using the parchment paper, lift the candy out of the baking dish, and place on a cutting board. Cut into squares.
  7. Melt almond bark, and using 2 forks, dip squares of candy in chocolate. Place on a lined baking sheet to set up.
milky way candy on a white plate

Storage

Store these in an airtight container for up to a week. I like to store them in the fridge, so they stay firm. Depending on the temperature of your house, they can get a little soft if you leave them out. If you store in the fridge, let them sit out for about 10 minutes before serving.

The nice thing about making these at home is you can make them whatever size you want! You can make little bit sized ones, or you can make more full-sized candy bars.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • The biggest thing you can do with this recipe is take your time. Don’t melt the caramels too quickly or at too high of heat or they will not be gooey, they will be hard. Just heat at small intervals for each step to ensure the best results.
  • I really like using the chocolate almond bark because it melts very quickly and smooth. But the chocolate melting disks or bars are a close second. You just want to avoid chocolate chips as they don’t get as smooth and make it harder to dip.
  • You can work in batches with your dipping. Only melt half of the chocolate and take out half of the candy to dip. This will help the chocolate stay smooth if you aren’t super fast at this step.
  • Don’t like things too sweet? Use dark chocolate for the coating. This is meant to taste like the store bought candy bar, so it uses milk chocolate. But mix it up and use what you like at home.
close up homemade milky ways for pinterst

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close up milky way candy cut in half
4.75 from 4 votes

Homemade Milky Ways

By Erin
Homemade Milky Ways – make the classic Milky Way candy at home with just 5 ingredients! No baking required, so they are ready in no time.
Prep: 30 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

  • 1 11.5 oz bag milk chocolate chips
  • 6 Tablespoons evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 7 oz container Marshmallow fluff
  • 1 11 oz bag of caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 pound chocolate almond bark or milk dipping chocolate

Instructions 

  • Add chocolate chips and 3 Tablespoons of evaporated milk to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, remove and stir. If your chocolate isn't melted, return to the oven and heat for 10 second intervals, stirring well after each time until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Stir in the marshmallow fluff until completely combined.
  • Pour into an 8-inch square pan that is lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge to set up, while you melt the caramel.
  • Place caramels and evaporated milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Repeat with 10 second intervals, stirring after each time, until the caramel is completely melted and smooth.
  • Pour caramel over the chocolate layer and place in the fridge for about 4 hours, or until they are completely set up.
  • Using the parchment paper, lift the candy out of the baking dish, and place on a cutting board. Cut into squares.
  • Melt almond bark, and using 2 forks, dip squares of candy in chocolate. Place on a lined baking sheet to set up.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 27mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 246
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68 Comments

  1. That does sound like a great little snack. I hate dipping too – I never make it look like the picture. I love a milky way bar from time to time. 😀

  2. That does sound like a great little snack. I hate dipping too – I never make it look like the picture. I love a milky way bar from time to time. 😀

  3. I can't even tell you how excited I am about this recipe! I have an allergy to nuts, so candy bars are off limits to me. I haven't had a milky way in… 15+ years! These are going on my to-try list this Friday, 7/1. Thanks 🙂

  4. I can't even tell you how excited I am about this recipe! I have an allergy to nuts, so candy bars are off limits to me. I haven't had a milky way in… 15+ years! These are going on my to-try list this Friday, 7/1. Thanks 🙂

  5. How did i miss this one!!! Ive never seen a home-made version of milky ways, making them at home would be a very dangerous ability for me to possess (for my waistline..the rest of me would be elated of course!) wonderful recipe, thank you!

  6. How did i miss this one!!! Ive never seen a home-made version of milky ways, making them at home would be a very dangerous ability for me to possess (for my waistline..the rest of me would be elated of course!) wonderful recipe, thank you!