Ever notice how weird PayDays look unwrapped? Yeah, us neither.
As with most baking recipes, the first step is greasing your pan. It might seem excessive, but you'll thank us later.
Layer 1: Skor Bars
The first layer is Skor bars. We thought (correctly) that the filling of crisp butter toffee in the middle would provide a solid foundation for the layers of melted chocolate. Remember: strategy!
Layer 2: PayDays
The goal here was to get the peanuts to melt into the top layer of Skor chocolate and fuse with the bits of toffee below. I would say it sort of worked.
Layer 3: Oh Henry!
More peanuts, but this time with the added benefits of caramel and fudge, thus creating a delicious sticky peanutty toffee situation toward the bottom of the pan.
Layer 4: Crunch Bars
Time to lighten things up a bit...with a layer of Crunch bars! We hoped the puffed rice would create the sensation of airiness. Hope was lost, however, as the rice eventually sank into the layers below, but it still tasted good.
Layer 5: Snickers
We needed nougat and more caramel to bind everything together. Solution: Snickers.
Layer 6: Hershey's Bar
We wanted to create a smooth canvas for our penultimate layer, something that would allow our decorative toppings to adhere and really shine. That thing turned out to be a good-old fashioned Hershey's bar.
Layer 7: Toppings
Chocolate-dipped pretzels for crunch and salt, and peanut M&Ms for color and overall awesomeness.
As you can see, the volume of the dip exceeded its vessel. That's okay—the chocolate collapses in the oven but doesn't overflow.
One last glamour shot before this magnificent creature sets sail into the oven!
The wrapper wreckage of our creation.
As anticipated, most of the chocolate melted into itself fairly quickly, but to help the process along (and to avoid spillage), we tamped the dip down with the back of a fork after about 10 minutes. Some aluminum foil underneath was a handy precautionary measure.
The Finished Product
Et viola! It's certainly...something, don't you think?
Strike a Pose
Turn to the right...
...now dip! What, did you think we weren't going to actually eat this?
Jamie Digs In
'Cause we did. We definitely did. This is what it looks like.
Although the dip is delicious (and most dippable) when eaten warm, it can also be chilled in the fridge overnight to create a sliceable candy terrine, like so, which is the perfect way to show off your brilliantly strategized layering technique. Good luck!