My favorite candy bar has always been Oh Henry, but I can't find it anymore. Last week, I was at a church potluck, and one of the desserts tasted almost like an Oh Henry, but it was a bar cookie. I never figured out who brought it, but I wondered if you'd ever heard of it and could find a recipe.
— Erin C., via email
The Oh Henry bar, first made in Chicago in 1920, still is available; you can search for a retailer on the Nestle website. You can get the candy by mail order from Amazon and other online shops that specialize in nostalgic tastes such as candyfavorites.com.
In the meantime, here's a recipe from the Miami Herald that sounds similar to what you had at the potluck: The Oh Hank bar echoes the caramel-chocolate-peanut flavor of an Oh Henry.
2/3 cup butter
1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
Cream the butter and sugar together for 5 minutes. Add the corn syrup, vanilla and oats; mix well. Pat dough into a lightly greased, 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes or until done. Cool slightly.
Combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter in saucepan; cook over low heat just until melted. Sprinkle the peanuts over top of baked bars. Pour melted peanut butter-chocolate mixture on top. Cut into bars. Makes 48.
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