I'm not sure where to start with this bar. My mother gave me the recipe after she had attended a holiday party. She never had the written instructions, she just described it. " I think they call them something similar to a Baby Ruth bar", was her response to what these treats were.
I searched the internet and the closest I found to a Baby Ruth Bar recipe was the Peanut Butter Chocolate Coconut Graham Bar. They are similar to the making of a 7 layer bar with fewer ingredients. Butter, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, semi-sweet chocolate and peanut butter...that's it...done.
I like these bars because they are sweet and chewy. I get mixed reactions as to whether they taste like coconut or not. The chocolate and peanut butter coat the bar to finish the taste. When you think about the combination of ingredients, it's a bit of a hard sell. I find myself trying to convince people that peanut butter, chocolate and coconut tastes great together.
If you want to have some fun, make a pan of these peanut butter chocolate coconut graham cracker bars and place them at your next function. Don't tell people what is in it until they taste them. 9 times out of 10, they won't care after the first bite, they'll just want to know if they can have another one.
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted
1-1/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs
3 cups of flaked coconut
1 (14 ounce) can of condensed (sweetened) milk
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a 13 x 9 inch pan, pour melted butter.
Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter and press into a crust covering the bottom of the pan. Place the coconut, in an even layer, over the graham cracker crumbs. Drizzle the condensed milk over the coconut.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from oven and cool.
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and crunchy peanut butter in the microwave or over a double boiler. If you choose the microwave, microwave in increments of 30 seconds as not to burn the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
Pour chocolate mixture over cooled bars. Allow the chocolate to harden before cutting.
I cut them into long thin bars and yielded 30 bars.