Payday Candies {THM-S}

THM Payday candies

I love sweets.  Seriously.  That has always been my one true weakness and the one thing that always keeps me from sticking to any diet/eating plan.  One reason I LOVE THM is that I can still have my sweets and desserts!  I found this recipe online somewhere, but don’t remember where, so I apologize that I can’t give credit, but I loved these little candies!
They are made with Truvia and THM Stevia, but if you don’t like these sweeteners, play around with substitutions to find something you like.  Because they are made with Truvia, they do have that “coolness” on your tongue when you eat them because of the sugar alcohols, but that actually makes me like them even better.  It’s like an added bonus!  Make sure when  you’re buying your dry roasted peanuts that you don’t get the kind with the “coating” on them – it has sugar, corn starch, maltodextrin (yuck!) and dried corn syrup!  Just get plain dry roasted peanuts.  Always read your ingredient labels!

To make these candies, you’ll need these ingredients:  Truvia, Stevia, Butter, Cream, Caramel Extract, Natural Peanut Butter, Salt (not pictured, sorry!) and Dry Roasted Peanuts.


Start by adding 2 Tbsp Truvia, 2 doonks Stevia, and 2 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.


Let that cook, stirring occasionally, until melted.


Add 2 tbsp cream to the pan.


And 1/8-1/4 tsp caramel extract (just depends on how caramel-y you want it to be).


Cook, stirring often, until the mixture darkens in color.  This will take about 3 or 4 minutes.  Here’s a before and after to give you an idea of how dark you want it to get:

light to dark

Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp. natural peanut butter and a dash of salt.


And 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts.


Stir just  until it all comes together.


Using a spoon or a small scoop, scoop out mounds of mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  You should get about 10-12 depending on the size of your mounds.


Let cool at room temperature until set.  Or, if you’re impatient like me, go ahead and pop them in the fridge for a few minutes until they are cool.  I really need to work on my patience level!

And that’s it!  Now you have a delicious treat that you can indulge in with NO GUILT!  My kids even loved these and they usually turn their noses up at THM recipes.  🙂

Payday Candies {THM-S}

  • 2 Tbsp Truvia
  • 2 doonks THM Stevia
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp caramel extract
  • 2 tsp natural peanut butter
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

Melt Truvia, Stevia, and butter in small saucepan over medium heat.  Add butter, heavy cream and caramel extract and cook until color has deepened, about 3-4 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, salt, and dry roasted peanuts.  Stir just until combined and spoon or scoop out onto parchment lined baking sheet.  Let cool completely.



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31 thoughts on “Payday Candies {THM-S}

  1. Lianne June 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm Reply

    How would you store these? I am pretty much the only one eating THM-style at my house, so I’d make a batch and save them to have “as needed” (LOL!) Should they be in the fridge or freezer? Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to your THM blogging!


    • Carla June 13, 2014 at 2:51 am Reply

      They should be fine at room temp for a couple of days. If you need to store them longer, than I’d suggest refrigerating them.


  2. Jessica June 13, 2014 at 12:23 am Reply

    I’d freeze ’em unless you think you’ll eat them before they go bad, then I’d go with the fridge…you could even put half in the freezer, half in the fridge 🙂 Clear as mud?


  3. jen July 21, 2014 at 12:13 am Reply

    They out an oily globby mess. Absolutely nothing like the pictures. . More like oiled peanuts in sugar globs.


    • Carla-EatYourselfSkiiny July 21, 2014 at 12:24 am Reply

      I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you! They’ve always worked for me, so I’m not sure how to tell you to fix them. 😦


      • jen July 21, 2014 at 12:31 am

        Are yours chewy or crunchy?


  4. Marla August 19, 2014 at 1:35 am Reply

    Is there any way the recipe could be typed incorrect here? Mine tastes very good however they do not have the consistency of yours. Or do you think I need to cook longer?


  5. Deborah March 2, 2015 at 4:12 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing.It turned out pretty good.I think I should have cooked them a little longer.I will definitely make them again.


  6. Rachel March 23, 2015 at 12:29 am Reply

    Thanks for posting all the pics , love it, I have been wanting to try these but seemed like to many steps but it looks possible now 🙂


  7. Janet O March 25, 2015 at 12:24 am Reply

    What is a doonk?


  8. Laurie March 27, 2015 at 1:42 am Reply

    Just made these for my road trip tomorrow ! They turned out great! Thanks for sharing ! 😘


  9. Meggan March 27, 2015 at 2:50 am Reply

    Are you the original creator of these? They look an awful lot like the ones that a THM admin created and they’re called the same thing?


    • Carla Wells April 26, 2015 at 4:52 pm Reply

      No, I’m not the original creator. I mentioned in the lost that I found these online somewhere and had written down the recipe but didn’t know who to give credit to. If you know, please share so I can update the post!


      • Stephanie November 12, 2015 at 10:22 am


  10. Joy June 15, 2015 at 3:12 am Reply

    I have problems every time I make these…. they’ve only came out well once. This is so frustrating because they taste so good!


  11. Dayna September 7, 2015 at 12:43 am Reply

    I am allergic to peanuts, but am wondering if I got some whole roasted almonds, chopped them a bit, if that would make it ok for THM?


    • Pamela Pickett October 5, 2017 at 8:38 pm Reply

      Dayna, our daughter is allergic to peanuts.. I used almond butter (tried to get less oil in the scoop/teaspoonfuls of Almond Butter) and I used Salted Dry Roasted Almond I purchased from Aldi’s. YUMMMMM.


  12. cerena October 1, 2015 at 10:42 pm Reply

    I have Truvia and Pyrure…but no stevia. Should I just add another tsp. of Truvia in place of the 2 doonks of stevia?


    • Leslie November 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm Reply

      I didn’t have stevia either. I powdered 4 Truvia packets in my coffee grinder and it worked perfectly!!! 😀


  13. Carol October 28, 2015 at 2:12 am Reply

    Turned out awesome! So good.


  14. Stine November 10, 2015 at 6:57 am Reply

    Mine was runnier, but omg it tastes good. Can’t wait till they are chilled. I hope they harden up a bit


  15. Stephanie November 12, 2015 at 10:21 am Reply

    The original creator is here


  16. Pat January 12, 2016 at 2:37 am Reply

    I made a mistake and cooked ALL the ingredients at the same time…opps, that’s what I get for not reading through the entire recipe. BUT, they came out terrific. Since the consistency was a little thin, I spooned them in cup cake baking cups, then refrigerated them. When they were cooled, I took them out of the cups and they REALLY did taste like a PayDay! Ate two and refrigerated the rest.


    • Pat January 12, 2016 at 2:38 am Reply

      Forgot to mention I got the recipe from the Thin Healthy Mama cookbook page 381.


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  18. Nicole Lehmann March 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm Reply

    Again, what is a doonk?


    • april blauvelt April 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply

      1/32 of a teaspoon.. THM uses it a lot in their recipes and many stevia extract powders come with one in the container


  19. Rachel July 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm Reply

    If you don’t have a coffee grinder to powder the truvia packets, and you don’t have Stevia what would you do?


  20. Karen Quick October 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm Reply

    I get such a bitter taste from Stevia, and I’m wondering what I could substitute with, that wouldn’t be so bitter. I’m a sugar addict and want to change, but this has been tough. If I bought the THM Gentle and Super Sweet, would they be better, do you think?


    • Pamela Pickett October 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Karen, I used the Gentle Sweet only… Delish. I’m a Xylitol girl for the same reason.


  21. Dotti Briggs March 10, 2018 at 8:42 pm Reply

    My husband is on the Adkins diet and my daughter sent the pay off day recipe. I’m trying to find the carb count but had no luck. Does any one know what the carb count is? Thanks.


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