After practically breaking a five-minute mile running to the store to pick up a bushel of bags of the tiny bars, I set to work. I lined a 9- by 13-inch pan with a patchwork of small Snickers, Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth bars, gently heated it in the oven until it melted together, smoothed over the top with melted chocolate chips to make it a cohesive chocolatey mass, and decorated it with some festive sprinkles. I consider it a masterpiece: the different textures and flavors of the candy bars meld together in your mouth to form a treat that is mega-fun to eat. Say hello to the new fun-size.
Note: Feel free to use any mix of fun-size bars you'd like, but be smart about choosing harmonious flavors. For instance, if you choose to use Almond Joy, just know that it's going to give the entire thing a coconutty flavor!
About the author: Jessie Oleson is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011; she is currently at work on her second book.
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- Yield:Makes 1 Mega Fun-Size Bar
- Active time: 15 minutes
- Total time:1 hour, 15 minutes
- 4 bags (approximately 12 ounces each) Fun-Size candy bars; about 80-90 bars
- 2 cups (about 12 ounces) milk chocolate or semisweet morsels
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a 9- by 13-inch pan with aluminum foil. Unwrap all of your fun-size candy bars. This may take a while.
Line the bottom of the pan with your unwrapped candy bars. To keep things interesting, alternate the styles so that the different flavors are mixed up, forming a sweet sort of chocolate patchwork.
Once you have lined the bottom of the pan with candy bars, make a second row, aligning the candy bars perpendicular to the ones below. This will help things melt fairly evenly.
Place the pan in the oven until things start to get shiny and melty, about 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and scatter the chocolate morsels evenly on top of the candy bars. Return the pan back to the oven until the morsels have begun to melt, about 5 minutes longer.
Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a towel or heatproof surface. Very gently, so as not to burn yourself on the sides of the pan, use a butter knife or spatula to evenly smooth and spread the chocolate. You'll want to do this gently but fairly quickly.
If desired, garnish with sprinkles. Let cool completely before serving (otherwise it will be very messy). Enjoy!