These Salted Nut Roll Bars are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy. If you love the traditional Salted Nut Roll candy bar, you’re going to love this homemade copycat recipe! Dip the bars in caramel and chocolate like they do at the Minnesota State Fair, or enjoy them the plain ‘ol traditional way!

a white plate with salted nut roll bars dipped in caramel and chocolate

An Easy Salted Nut Roll Recipe

Another fun treat from my mom’s recipe box, you’re gonna love these fantastic Salted Nut Roll Bars!

My dad has always been a fan of the Salted Nut Roll candy bar (made by Pearson’s Candy Co right here in Minnesota!). So Mom’s been making this copycat recipe in the form of easy-to-make bars for many years. The bars are a fabulous contrast of salty & sweet, chewy & crunchy!

The bars’ flavor is incredibly similar to the original. But I have to admit that I like these homemade bars better than the original, simply because I like the marshmallows much more than the candy bar’s nougat center.

These bars are top-notch delicious plain. But I just had to share a caramel & chocolate dipped variation that we enjoy every year at the Minnesota State Fair – it’s now less than 2 weeks until opening day!

The vendor at the fair makes the most incredible homemade nut rolls – and of course, they’re served on a stick! They dip tender sweet nougat into caramel and then roll it in the traditional salty peanuts – OR cashews, pecans, or sliced almonds – you get to choose! Then they dip the whole thing in chocolate. It’s A-MAZ-ING!!

Going to the Minnesota State Fair? Be sure to check out our family’s Best Minnesota State Fair Food and Drink! And make my copycat recipes for the fair’s famous Fried Pickles and Blueberry Lemonade – SO GOOD!!

a stack of salted nut roll bars on a plate

Enjoy Plain or Dipped In Caramel & Chocolate

A pan of salted nut rolls bars can be whipped up in about 15 minutes because the recipe is so darn simple.

And obviously, if you want to go the extra mile with the caramel & chocolate dip, it’s going to add some time to the clock. Many times I dip half the pan of bars and leave half plain. Or I simply drizzle the melty caramel and chocolate over the top of the pan of bars, let the caramel and chocolate set, and then cut into bars. It’s a simple cheater version that still gives the same flavors we love from the state fair!

What You’ll Need

If you want to make plain salted nut roll bars, you’ll only need the 5 ingredients shown in the first photo!

Salted Nut Roll Bars:

  • Peanuts – Use dry roasted salted peanuts for the best crunchy, salty flavor and texture.
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Marshmallows – Mini marshmallows give you little pockets of gooey, chewy deliciousness in every bite!
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Butter

Optional Caramel Dip:

  • Caramel squares – I use individually wrapped Kraft caramels.
  • Butter
  • Milk

Optional Chocolate Dip:

  • Chocolate chips – Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips are my favorite!
  • Chocolate bark – Using both chocolate bark and great tasting chocolate chips gives you the best of both worlds >>> better chocolate flavor + a more stable chocolate coating.

How to Make Salted Nut Roll Bars

You won’t believe how incredibly easy it is to make this nut roll recipe!

Salted Nut Roll Bars:

  1. Add peanuts. Spread half the peanuts in a 9×13 pan.
  2. Make peanut butter mixture. In a saucepan, melt the peanut butter chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter.
  3. Add marshmallows. Fold the marshmallows into melty PB mixture.
  4. Transfer PB marshmallow mixture. Then spread the peanut butter/marshmallow mixture over the peanuts.
  5. Add remaining peanuts. Sprinkle the rest of the peanuts over the top and press in a bit.
  6. Chill & cut. Place pan in fridge for an hour to firm up. Then cut into bars and enjoy plain – or go to the next steps for dipping in caramel & chocolate.

Optional Caramel Dip:

  1. Make caramel. In a bowl, microwave the caramels, butter, and milk, until smoothly melted. Transfer caramel to a mug or tall ramekin for dipping.
  2. Dip the bars. Dip the cut & chilled salted nut roll bars into the melted caramel and set on parchment paper-lined pan.
  3. Chill. Place pan of caramel-dipped bars in fridge to set. (Once set, you can trim away any excessive caramel pooling with a sharp knife, if desired.)

Optional Chocolate Dip:

  1. Melt chocolate. In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and chocolate bark, until smoothly melted. Transfer chocolate to a mug or tall ramekin for dipping.
  2. Dip the bars. Dip the caramel-dipped salted nut roll bars into the chocolate, leaving a bit of the caramel showing and set on parchment paper.
  3. Chill. Place pan of caramel & chocolate dipped bars in the refrigerator to set.
salted nut roll bars dipped in caramel and chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt

If desired, sprinkle some sea salt flakes over the top of the dipped bars, right before you place the pan in the fridge for the final chill!

hand holding a chocolate and caramel dipped salted nut roll

How to Store

Salted nut roll bars are soft, due to the puffy marshmallows. So I recommend storing these in the refrigerator. They’ll keep best for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container.

To freeze, add the bars to a freezer-safe container, separating any layers with parchment paper. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in refrigerator or on the counter before enjoying.

salted nut roll bars dipped in caramel and chocolate on a white plate

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Salted Nut Roll Bars

Yield: 15 servings
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 5 minutes
total time: 15 minutes
These Chocolate Dipped Salted Nut Roll Bars are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. If you love traditional Salted Nut Roll candy bars you're going to love this homemade recipe!
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Ingredients

salted nut roll bars:

  • 14 ounces dry roasted salted peanuts
  • 10 ounces Reese’s peanut butter chips
  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 bag 10 ounces miniature marshmallows

(optional) caramel dip (enough to dip half a pan of bars):

  • 14 ounces individually wrapped Kraft caramels
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk

(optional) chocolate dip:

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips – I like Guittard
  • 8 ounces chocolate almond bark roughly chopped

Instructions

  • For the salted nut roll bars: Spread half the peanuts in a 9'' x 13'' pan.
  • In a medium pan over medium heat, melt the peanut butter chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter.
  • Once melted, add the marshmallows and quickly fold together. The goal is to still have the marshmallows intact, so don’t stir too much as it will break them up and cause them to melt into the peanut butter mixture. Spread this mixture evenly over the peanuts.
  • Sprinkle remaining peanuts over the top and press in with the flat side of a spatula or large spoon. If you like the Salted Nut Roll candy bar, without the added caramel & chocolate, then you are done now. Just refrigerate for an hour to set.
  • Cut into bars, whatever size you choose. Or to mimic the elongated candy bar shape, cut into 3'' x 1-1/2'' bars. From a short edge of the pan, cut 1-1/2'' rows, and then cut each row into 3 pieces. ENJOY!!
  • For the caramel dip: Note that the nut roll bars should be thoroughly chilled before adding the caramel dip – I'd even suggest freezing the bars for about 1 hour before dipping. In a medium bowl, microwave the caramels, butter, and milk in 15-minute intervals, stirring the mixture between each interval. Take care to not let it scorch. Transfer caramel mixture to a small bowl with tall sides (or a mug, ramekin, jar etc.) that will allow the salted nut roll to be dipped into it sufficiently.
  • Lay a piece of parchment paper (don’t use wax paper!) onto 2 cookie sheets or rimmed sheet pans.
  • Dip the chilled cut bars halfway into the caramel. Use a spoon to aid the caramel covering, if needed. Let excess caramel run back into the bowl – then slide the bottom of the bar along the edge of the bowl, to remove excess caramel. Set on parchment paper and repeat with remaining bars. Place pan in the refrigerator to let caramel set. Once set, if the caramel has pooled around the base of the bar, you can easily trim the caramel with a sharp knife, if desired.
  • For the chocolate dip: In a small bowl, gently microwave the chocolate chips and chocolate bark on low heat, in short intervals – take care to not let it scorch. Once the chocolates are a little more than halfway melted, just stir until they melt all the way. Let cool until just barely warm and transfer to another small bowl with tall sides for dipping.
  • Now dip the chilled caramel-dipped salted nut roll bars into the chocolate, leaving a bit of the caramel showing. Shake off excess chocolate and slide the bottom of the fully dipped bar along the edge of the bowl, to remove excess chocolate. Set on parchment paper and repeat with remaining bars. If desired, sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Place pan in the refrigerator to set.

Notes

Time note: The 15 minutes Total Time is for the salted nut roll bars portion only. This does not include time if you choose to dip the bars in caramel and chocolate.
Caramel note: The caramel quantity is enough to dip about half the bars when cut into the size I specify to mimic the candy bar shape. If you want to dip the entire pan, you will need to double the caramel mixture.
Cheater Version: If you want the added caramel and chocolate, but don’t want to go through the dipping/cooling/dipping/cooling process, I offer you this… Make the caramel dip and the chocolate dip. Then drizzle each one over the top of the pan of bars, as little or as much as you like. It’s an easy compromise, with considerably less work.
To store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Or freeze in a freezer-safe container, with layers separated by parchment paper.
Salted nut roll bar recipe from Mom’s recipe box, originally from Kathy Mackner.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 488kcal Carbohydrates: 49g Protein: 11g Fat: 31g Saturated Fat: 10g Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 254mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 39g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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chocolate dipped salted nut rolls on a white plate

The vendor at the Minnesota State Fair with the awesome salted nut rolls!

The Nut Roll stand at the Minnesota State Fair
Nut Rolls at the Minnesota State Fair
Inside of a Salted Nut Roll at the Minnesota State Fair

This post was first published in 2011 and then updated in 2022.