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Today, my Baby turns 4. She told me that she was looking forward to being four so she could know how it felt to be a big girl. Because being three is such baby stuff, after all. She assured me that I could still call her ‘Baby’ even when she is 33, which made me feel a lot better. She’s growing up fast enough as it is, I certainly don’t want to ever have to stop calling her my baby. That would break my heart just a wee bit too much. I wanted to share these peanut-free butterfingers bites today, in honor of my little peanut-free birthday girl. I love me some butterfingers, but haven’t had one in years due to the whole peanut allergy thing. I’ve just gotten in the habit of staying away from peanuts in general, even when the Baby isn’t around.

Anyway, I have lots of fond memories of butterfingers. In sixth grade, I used to go ice skating at a nearby park with my friends. Every time we went, I would order a cup of steaming hot chocolate and an extra large butterfinger. For some reason the combination was utter perfection. I would sit stirring my butterfinger into my hot chocolate; enjoying my snack a whole lot more than I enjoyed the ice skating.

Peanut-Free Butterfingers - Jelly Toast

When I saw tons of homemade butterfinger recipes floating around, I knew that using my favorite Wowbutter in place of the peanut butter could be the key that would make it possible for us to have some peanut-free butterfingers in our lives. I also added some crushed up corn Chex to up the crispiness of the treats.

These peanut-free butterfingers turned out incredibly delicious! The flavor was so similar to an actual butterfingers it was bizarre. Now a few notes about these:

– store them in the fridge, because when they are cold, the texture is much more butterfinger-like.

-I used dark chocolate to dip the candies in, but milk chocolate will give you a more accurate butterfinger flavor. I just happen to be obsessed with dark chocolate and use it in everything. Seriously.

– To keep these absolutely peanut-free, be sure to use candy corns that aren’t processed in plants with peanuts (aka – no Brachs candy corns, unfortunately).

The Baby was not disappointed in these peanut-free treats and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Peanut-Free Butterfingers - Jelly Toast

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

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Peanut Free Butterfinger Recipe

Yield: 64 pieces

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


4 cups candy corn
1 1/2 cups Wowbutter, creamy
1 cup corn cereal, crushed (I used corn Chex)
18 oz dark chocolate chips, melted


Slightly spray an 8x8 inch metal baking pan with non stick spray; set aside.

Place candy corn in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave candy corn on high for 60 seconds. Stir and microwave again in 15 second intervals, stirring each time. Repeat until candy corn is melted. Stir in Wowbutter and crushed cereal. Work quickly because candy corn will firm up quickly.

Spread candy corn mixture evenly into baking pan. Chill for 20 minutes or until firm.

Cut firmed candy corn mixture into 64 pieces. Dip pieces in melted chocolate and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Chill until chocolate is set.


For best texture results, keep candies chilled until time to serve.

October 21st, 2013

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15 comments on “peanut-free butterfingers”

  1. These look so great, hope your little gal has a good birthday!!

  2. Emily, my Baby Girl is 22 and she still loves when I call her that – which is all the time.
    Who knew we shared a passion for Butterfingers. My favorite are the mini versions so prevalent this time of year when Halloween candy is everywhere. As soon as the weather cools I am going to make some hot chocolate and and stir it up with a BIG Butterfinger. Happy Birthday to your little one!

    • Thank you so much, Mary, for the birthday wishes for my baby girl 🙂 I am so glad to hear that your daughter hasn’t tired of you calling her that. It would be a hard thing to stop doing, that’s for sure! I’m thinking that next time I will make these into long candy bar shapes, that would be perfect for dunking 🙂 Enjoy and thanks again for stopping by!

  3. Happy birthday to your girl! What a way to celebrate with a tasty little Halloween treat! Love these peanut-free butterfingers and my nieces and nephews would eat these up lickety split!

    • Thanks, Julia!! Yes, my kiddos were all over these. I think this will be my contribution to our family’s Halloween party this weekend. Besides my daughter, I have a nephew with a nut and a milk allergy, as well. It’s always nice to have something besides Oreos for them to have.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. I used to LOVE Butterfingers, I need to see if candy corn is vegan, cause if they are I am totally making these!

    • I checked my candy corn and it’s made with honey, so I think that keeps it from being vegan (am I correct on that?). That being said, there could possibly be a vegan candy corn out there that you could use. I’m not totally sure, but I’ll be sure to keep my eye out and if I see something, I’ll let you know! Thanks for stopping by!!

  5. are these also gluten free?

    • Hi Paulette,
      I’m not an expert on gluten free, but I did check the packaging of all the ingredients I used, and none of them contained wheat. I know for sure that the Wowbutter and Rice Chex cereal are gluten free. The candy corn I used happened to be, but I’m not sure all brands are. You would need to check the labels of both the candy corn and the chocolate you would use to ensure that the finished product would be gluten free. I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I love the little pumpkin sprinkles, these are so festive!

  8. Hi, These are brilliant! I too love Butterfingers and would love to share a safe version with my son! What brand of candy corn do you buy? My son is allergic to all nuts and sunflower seeds. I’ve always have only seen Brach and sadly have to pass then up. Thanks!

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