These no-bake Polar Bear Paws Recipe are the perfect sweet and salty treat, filled with roasted nuts and caramel, then coated in silky white chocolate. Perfect for the holidays and gift giving or the summer months when you don’t want to turn on the oven!
Another See’s Candy favorite is our Homemade Turtles, a fast, easy, irresistible 3-ingredient treat!
See’s Candy Polar Bear Paws Recipe
For as long as I can remember, my sister always got my Dad a big box of See’s candy for his birthday. Although I think in recent years it’s been replaced with jams and jellies.
Have you ever had Polar Bear Paws? They’re traditionally made by See’s with peanuts, but due to family allergies, we can’t do that. Cashews are a perfectly acceptable substitution, however. When I handed them out at school, nobody even questioned it. They were too busy drowning in the bliss that is caramel and white chocolate!
I know See’s stores aren’t available everywhere, so now you can make your own…and for cheaper. Homemade gifts are always the best, anyway!
You only need 5 ingredients to make see’s candy polar bear paws.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Caramel Bits (or caramel squares, unwrapped)
- Heavy cream
- Unsalted butter
- Cashew halves (or peanuts)
- Vanilla almond bark (or candy melts)
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Video: How to Make Polar Bear Paws
Polar Bear Paws are super easy to make! Scroll down to the printable recipe card for details and measurements, and don’t miss the video below.
- Form only a few at a time. The caramel softens to room temperature pretty easily, so I recommend taking only a few out of the refrigerator at a time when dipping them in the chocolate, otherwise they can get gooey and not hold their shape.
- Candy melts are preferred over white chocolate chips. You can use white chocolate chips (as seen in the video) instead of Candy Melts or CandiQuik Almond Bark, BUT you’ll need to mix the melted chocolate with a bit of coconut oil to ensure it hardens and sets properly.
Polar Bear Paws will keep for around 10 days in a tightly sealed container, stored in a cool, dry place or the refrigerator. But make sure they’re room temperature before serving or someone could lose a tooth!
More Candy Recipes:
- Popcorn Balls
- Peanut Brittle
- Candied Pecans
- Cream Cheese Mints
- Old Fashioned Potato Candy
- Homemade Caramels
Polar Bear Paws (See’s Candies Copycat)
- 11 ounce bag Kraft Caramel Bits
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 cup roasted peanuts (or cashew halves)
- 12 ounces CandiQuik vanilla almond bark or Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers (see note)
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place caramels, cream, and butter in a microwave safe bowl; microwave in 30 second increments, stirring, and repeating until smooth.
- Mix in the peanuts and then let it sit in the bowl to cool for about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Spoon onto the parchment in tablespoon size mounds. Place in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes until set.
- Place vanilla almond bark and melt according to package directions, stirring until melted and smooth.
- Dip a caramel cluster in the chocolate and use a fork to remove it. Holding it over the bowl, tap the fork on the edge to let any excess chocolate drip back down. Place clusters back on the parchment lined pan and repeat with remaining clusters.
- Put the pan back in the fridge for 30-60 minutes until chocolate is set. Remove and enjoy or package up for a gift!