DIY: Pop Tarts and 6 Other Packaged Foods to Make at Home

When you’re looking for a little baking inspiration, why not turn to the shelves of packaged foodstuffs in your grocery store? Homemade recipes for childhood favorites are pervasive across the Internet — serving up recipes for novelty snacks, baking projects, and healthier versions of store-bought snacks. Of course a little more effort is required to create a homemade version of the pre-packaged variety, but these seven recipes will have you ditching the easy route to put your own spin on an old favorite.

Peanut butter cups

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1. Homemade Reese’s Cups

For some people, peanut butter and chocolate is the ultimate combination — even better than peanut butter and jelly! To get a bite-sized treat with this salty-sweet combination, follow the directions using a miniature muffin or cupcake pan, but if you are craving a larger serving you can prepare Taste of Home’s Reese’s Cups in a regular-sized pan.


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided into half cups
  • 4½ teaspoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 (1.55 ounce) milk chocolate candy bars

Directions: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until smooth; set aside. In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips, candy bars, and remaining peanut butter; stir until smooth. Drop teaspoonfuls of chocolate mixture into paper-lined miniature muffin cups. Top each with a scant teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture; top with another teaspoonful of chocolate mixture. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.