Take 5 Bites

Let’s talk texting.

I have a love-hate relationship with texting. Sure, it’s convenient sometimes when calling someone is not possible, but most of the time, I really hate typing everything and I REALLY hate when things are misinterpreted.

Like sarcasm, which dies a miserable death during texting.

Or everything’s-okay-isms, which are annihilated by a few choice words or lack of emoticons.

Like “k.” If I ever send just “k”, you better bunker down with protection because I am hating your guts. “k” is the equivalent of you  are the worst person known to man right now and I hate your face, so here’s a friggin letter as a response since even typing the ‘o’; requires more care than I would like to give. If Jessie sends me ‘k’, I automatically start bawling, open up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and expect the worst. Though usually, he’s just busy and it means nothing but actually “okay” (weird).

Or lack of punctuation. Sometimes, texts can be read as so… hostile, even when they’re not. I feel like “What do you want for dinner” can be easily perked up by a stupid smiley or at least two question marks. Because one question mark makes it sound so… bitchy. Two perks that question right up. This also works well with “Yes, I would love to go to Disneyland!!”, “Call me :)” and “Mom, can I please bid on that Betsey dress??”

And I don’t know about you, but if you must call someone and the call goes straight to voicemail, it’s basically like purgatory. Your superimportantomg message is left in some nook of cyberspace being represented by a non-threatening envelope on their screen which they may or may not ignore.

I always freak out when I can’t reach Jessie because god forbid he’s actually busy in the day when I have a superimportantomg message to give him. Or to say hi in my baby voice.

Also, Jessie never checks his voicemails which is silly. So basically, if I were on my last dying breath and he didn’t answer, there’s no way I could leave him a voicemail since he’d never check it. And assuming I was bleeding out because I’d lost my thumbs in a tragic accident, then I couldn’t send a one-last text to him, either. Hey, stranger things have happened.

Anyway, I generally ponder these things while I’m eating. Eating consoles my soul when I’m too angry to text someone, just received a dreaded “k” text, or am currently in girlfriend purgatory, aka, the voicemail box message.

And when that trifecta of sucky happened a couple days ago, thankfully I had some of these Take 5 Bites to console myself with.

You probably will think I’m cray-cray, but I’ve never had a Take 5 bar before I made these bites. I was so intrigued by them on the Halloween candy aisle that I snatched up a bag and fell in love. I knew I had to make my own, and when I found THIS recipe at Sweet Little Bluebird, it was settled.

Make them. K?

Take 5 Bites *adapted from Sweet Little Bluebird’s Take 5 Copycat Recipe 

1 bag butter snaps pretzels (the square grids)
1 bag Rolos, unwrapped
1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 pkg chocolate Candiquik or milk chocolate bark

1. First, make your PB filling. In a medium bowl, beat together the butter + peanut butter until fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar until creamed and well blended. Set aside.
2. Next, preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place the pretzels in an even layer on the foil (remove any broken pieces).
3. Top each pretzel with a Rolo. Place the pretzels carefully in the oven, no more than 5 minutes (really watch them–you want the Rolos to just start to melt and look shiny and soft on top, but still have their shape). Remove from the oven + turn off the heat.
4. Immediately top each par-melted Rolo with a pinch of peanuts. Then, using your fingers, gently form a square-shaped disk of peanut butter filling and very carefully press to adhere to the peanut-topped Rolos. Once all the candies have been covered, pop them in the freezer to set for about 15 minutes.
5. Prepare your candy bark according to package directions. Dip the candies in the chocolate, coating completely, allowing excess to drip off. Place on the foil-lined baking sheet. Allow the chocolate to set before serving. Store these bad boys in a ziploc, at room temperature.
**Note: This recipe makes about 50 or so, but it’s easily doubled or halved if needed.**

Who knew making a Take 5 would be so easy?! (and delicious!) The pretzels and peanuts provide a nice texture against the smooth caramel and creamy peanut butter. I love the contrast in flavors + textures, from sweet to salty, rich to creamy, and crunchy to smooth. These are totally delicious and taste identical to the original!

I hope you enjoy!!

xo, Hayley



  1. LOL!! I feel the same way about the “k”!! NO response is better than a K!!! These look great Hayley! Never had one either 🙂

  2. Looks delicious Hayley. I happen to absolutely LOVE Take 5 bars! Now I want to make these. Or have someone send me some 🙂

  3. Yep…I know what you mean about “k”….and if I say it I’m the same as you, but if my husband does…he’s the same as Jessie, lol. MEN! But the double “??”, I see that as “my questions is uber important and needs your response right away” and I find offense to it,…maybe that’s just me though.

  4. Back for Seconds says:

    I am with you on the texting, but I actually prefer it over talking on the phone. I mean, unless you have a ton to say…
    Who would want to halve this recipe?? I want to make a triple batch right now and not get off the couch until I’ve eaten them allllll. YUM

  5. you are so spot on with texts! my witty sarcasm never reads right in texts!

  6. I’ve never had a take 5 bar either! But I’d gladly make these bites! And I totally know what you mean about the whole texting thing. In this day and age, phone calls and voicemails have lost all meaning!

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Take 5 before. Looks like I’m missing out!

  8. I used to love these candy bars and these bites look fabulous! All of the perfect flavors rolled into one!

  9. I shudder when I get “k” from Kevin. I know I did something wrong!!!! 🙁

    Take 5 bars! a favorite!! caramel pb chocolate and salty pretzels. how can you go wrong? were these candy bars made for us??? I’m pretty sure that answer is a big fat YES!

    I never thought to make them at home though. in fact, I don’t think I’ve had a take 5 in ages! Must fix that stat. I need some salty sweet action right about now!

  10. I’m glad I am not the only one who freaks out when my boyfriend doesn’t answer when I call. My brain start’s to go on a tangent of horrible things that could have happened to him. In reality though, he just doesn’t hear his phone buzz..haha. I have never had take five bites either but with this recipe, that will change!

  11. i have never had a take 5 – but the bites look WAY good

  12. I want these in my face so much it’s painful.

  13. I am literally laughing out loud right now! You seriously crack me up. I call my hubby sometimes just to say hi in my “baby voice” too hahahaha. Oh, and I totally get your frustrations with texting. I love it because it’s convenient but I always have to make sure I say “ha ha” or “lol” when I’m kidding….even a smiling face so people don’t take things the wrong way

  14. Oh, I should probably have said something about the recipe. I love Take 5’s!! I want to make these in the worst way

    • Hahahhaa I hear you girl. There’s just something about the baby voice that I feel Jessie needs to hear rightthissecond haha. While I love Jessie, sometimes I think it’d be easier if I were dating a male version of myself. He’d understand my need to call in a baby voice.. and he’d probably call me in one too!

  15. Make them “k” ? Really, after you just got through telling us what “k” really means!?! Just send me to voicemail why don’t you, haha. I only text about once a month and that’s after hubby has sent me to voicemail 3 times in a row. More times than not, instead of texting him, I’ll just think the “k” and go on with life,
    I’ve never had a Take 5 bar either but after reading what’s in them, I want one!! Now!! Ok, this weekend will work too. K 🙂
    Oh I pinned!

  16. You’re killin’ me with all of the homemade candy bars! Seriously amazing! Yeah, my hubby never listens to my voicemails and later looks at me blank-eyed like, “You left me a voicemail?” So now I just send about a dozen texts until he responds. 🙂

  17. I’ve never heard of Take 5 but these sound awesome!

  18. Oh the horror when I can’t get a hold of Steve. I am like a serial killer stalker. I just keep hitting redial and then I get him on the thrid try or so. And no it’s never important. I just want to say “hi!”
    I am clueless about what a Take 5 bar is but I think these look amazing!

  19. Lol I get the same way about texting (and my urgency to use my baby voice :P)!

    And I looove Take 5!! I’m so excited you made them homemade, I can’t wait to try!

  20. Holy crap yum!!!!!!!!!!! I must make these. Ugh I just need pretzels and rolos!!!!!!!! And I so totally agree about punctuation in texting. It makes me irrationally angry when people text “rude” things to me without the appropriate friendly punctuation that makes it read normally in my head!

  21. Wow! I have been scrolling down through all of your delicousness and then came across these puppies! I must make them ASAP! Peanutbutter, caramel, chocolate, and pretzels… count me in 🙂

  22. These look SOOO yummy! A definite “must”! I know this was a 2012 post, it in case you’re still hating texting, I may have a helpful tip. IF you are able to buy Apps, there is one called Path Input where you slide your finger on the screen and it types the correct text…it’s like it can read your mind or something…it’d be kinda freaky if it weren’t so useful! Anyway, hope it helps. Also, I wanted to subscribe to your email post, but I didn’t see that option…was I too caught up in the Take 5s and missed it? ;o)

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hey Marysue! Yes, still hating texting — I’ll need to buy that app! I need all the help I can get, haha. Or just an assistant who does all the work for me. Wouldn’t that be lovely? 🙂 and right now I’m trying to get the email subscription reconfigured on my new blog design! Hopefully I’ll have it here shortly, but no, you aren’t missing it–it’s MIA and I’m trying to find it! Stay in touch, and thanks for your sweet comment! xo.


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