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How to Make Bing Bars (Just Like the Palmer Candy Original)

Loraine, wife, mother and grandmother shares favorite family recipes. Most are easy to make, 'cause she doesn't like to stay in the kitchen.

Homemade Bing candy bars

Homemade Bing candy bars

Are you interested in learning how to make Bing bars? This is a recipe for homemade Bing bars that look and taste exactly like those you'd buy from the shop.

We live a short hour away from Sioux City, Iowa, where Bing candy bars are made at the Palmer Candy Co. At one time, the Palmer Company made this candy in four flavors: pineapple, cherry, vanilla, and maple. The most popular flavor was cherry, so they discontinued the other flavors. The original Twin Bing was introduced by the company in 1923. The following recipe is our family version of this candy bar.

Homemade Bing bars have become a Christmas family favorite. They really do look and taste like the original. I'm going to share this family recipe with you. Not only will I give you the recipe, but I will also show you, with pictures, how to make the bars.

Delicious cherry center

Delicious cherry center

Homemade Bing Bars

These look and taste just like Bing candy bars. The ones I made are actually the size of the original, as well. To make bite-sized candies, make the cherry center smaller. Alternatively, you can cut the bars into quarters when serving. This makes a very pretty plate of candy.

Ingredients

For the cherry center:

  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces cherry flavored chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the chocolate shell:

  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. To make the cherry flavored center: In a medium saucepan, stir together the marshmallows, cream, butter, sugar and salt. Over medium heat, heat and bring to a full boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cherry chips and the vanilla. Stir to blend. Cool mixture and form into 1-inch balls.
  2. To make the chocolate covering: In a saucepan stir together and bring to a boil, the marshmallows, cream, peanut butter, sugar and salt. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir til blended and then add the chopped peanuts. Spread on a cookie sheet to cool slightly.
  3. Take one teaspoon of the chocolate mixture and form it around a cherry ball. Flatten one side and press the edges to look like a Bing bar. Makes 36 or more bars.
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After cooling the cherry mixture, form them into one-inch balls.

After cooling the cherry mixture, form them into one-inch balls.

After cooking the chocolate shell mixture, spread it on a cookie sheet to cool.

After cooking the chocolate shell mixture, spread it on a cookie sheet to cool.

Take about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture and form it around a cherry ball.

Take about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture and form it around a cherry ball.

Flatten one side and press the edges to look like a Bing bar.

Flatten one side and press the edges to look like a Bing bar.

Beautiful Christmas platter

Beautiful Christmas platter

Christmas Platter of Bing Bars

Makes 36 or more bars. Trust me when I tell you that these candies will become a family favorite. I only make them at Christmas time, but I occasionally buy a Bing other times of the year. Merry Christmas!

Questions & Answers

Question: Can this recipe be made in a greased 13x9 pan and cut into bars?

Answer: I have never made bars with this recipe, although I have seen chocolate/cherry bar recipes. This recipe is a knockoff of the real Twin Bing bars made by the Palmer company in Sioux City, Iowa. They are made to look as close to the real thing as possible. They've always been one of my favorite candy bars.

Question: Where can you buy the cherry chips? I've found them impossible to find. Last I checked on Amazon they wanted like $50 for a bag. No local stores in WA sell them.

Answer: I know what you're saying. Grocery stores used to always have cherry chips on hand, but now it seems they are only available at Christmas time. I only became aware of that fact this past Christmas when the Christmas season was over and I couldn't find them anywhere. I know from now on I'll be buying extra bags of the cherry chips and freezing them so I have them off season. Check out this site: https://www.ebay.com/i/332059088858?chn=ps It appears they have cherry chips at 9.49 a bag. Other choices also shown. Free shipping on these it says.

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

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