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How to Make Bing Bars

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


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.


Homemade Bing Bars

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


  • ---Cherry Center---
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teas. salt
  • 6 oz. cherry flavored chips
  • 1/2 teas. vanilla
  • ---Chocolate Covering---
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teas. salt
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 teas. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped peanuts


  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.


Making the Cherry Centers

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


Make The Chocolate Covering

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


Form the Chocolate Covering Around The Cherry Center

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


Shape Like A Bing Bar

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


Christmas Platter of Bing Bars

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

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

Be a sweetie and leave a comment...

Janet Pitman on April 24, 2020:

I Love the Bing Candy bars but can not find them out here in WA State! I did check out your messages and have now ordered the cherry chips I will be making these as soon as I get the chips in the mail! I can not wait! What a bonus in this hard time for the world! Thank you !

Renae from Kansas on December 14, 2018:

I’m originally from Sioux City and have missed this candy. Thank you for sharing!

Patti on December 24, 2017:

I used cream. My friend is a big Bing connessieur and he said these are pretty close, he gives it a 4 star rating. He said it's the closest thing outside of Iowa. Success!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on December 20, 2017:

I've always used the evaporated milk so I don't know if cream would work.

Patrick on December 16, 2017:

What works better with the chocolate outside, cream or evaporated milk?

Fopars on November 07, 2017:

My husband LOVES Twin Bing bars - I can't wait to make these for him - thank you for the recipe!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on December 10, 2016:

Either the plain or with salt can be used. I use the ones with salt. Just be sure that the peanuts are roasted, not the raw ones.

Ruth on December 10, 2016:

Do the peanuts have to be plain or with salt?

Jukebox LM on January 29, 2013:

I'd never heard of Bing bars until now, but these look very tasty and not too hard to make. Cherry + chocolate is an unbeatable combination!

anonymous on December 26, 2011:

I thought this is a great lens you put together, great photos and instructions and thank you for sharing somethings your passionate about.

joannejgg lm on December 11, 2011:

Sounds Yummy

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