Polar Bear Paw, a See’s Candies favorite, wraps chewy caramel and peanut centers with smooth white chocolate candy coating & are perfect for the holidays!

Polar Bear Paw candies cut in half showing the caramel and peanut mixture, stack on top of each other

Their name might not sound particularly appetizing, but I promise these Polar Bear Paw candies will make you a believer! These white chocolate covered caramel and peanut candies have been made by the legendary See’s Candies for years and are a holiday tradition in many homes. Fortunately, these decadent Polar Bear Paw goodies are easy to create in your own kitchen- and at significant savings!

Also known as Polar Bear Claws, peanuts and caramel combine in a sweet and salty center that is all wrapped up in smooth white chocolate. Call them claws or paws, they are a perfect addition to any holiday cookie tray! Beyond being utterly delicious- they’re no bake and incredibly simple to make! As to See’s candy polar bear paw nutrition facts, let’s just skip over that… after all, it’s candy.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • The combination of sweet and salty
  • The decadent gooey caramel center
  • The texture from the crunch peanuts
  • Super easy to make

What Is A Polar Bear Paw?

A wonderful candy packed with a rich, gooey caramel center with crunchy peanuts. The centers are covered with white chocolate candy coating- earning them their name!

Polar Bear Paw candies on a blue plate

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What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Polar Bear Paw Candy?

To make this Polar Bear Claw Candy recipe, you’ll need Kraft caramels, heavy cream, unsalted butter, vanilla, and peanuts to make the centers. You’ll also need white chocolate CandiQuick or other white chocolate candy coating (like almond bark).

**Note: Pure white chocolate is not the same thing as candy coating. White chocolate needs particular attention when being melted and is easily burned. If you go that route, be sure to melt low and slow!

Prepared ingredients for Polar Bear Paw candies

How Do You Make Polar Bear Paw Candy?

Making Polar Bear Paws is super simple. Using the microwave, melt together the caramel, cream, and butter. Then add in the vanilla and peanuts. Drop the mixture onto waxed paper and allow to set. Finish them off by dipping into the white chocolate CandiQuick.

Step By Step How To Make Polar Bear Paw candies

Step By Step: How Do You Make Polar Bear Paw Candy

1. Line baking cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, add caramels, butter, and cream.
2. Melt it in the microwave using 30-minute interval stirring well after each interval until smooth.
3. Add vanilla and peanuts. Allow mixture to cool, stir occasionally for about 15 minutes.
4. Scoop a heaping tablespoonful of the mixture.
5. Drop it unto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
6. Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes or until firm.
7. Add candy coating to a microwave safe bowl.
8. Melt per package instructions.
9. One by one, dip caramel clusters in the melted candy coating completely. Allow the excess coating to drip. Return the cluster to the baking sheet. Place it in the fridge to allow the coating to set.

Polar Bear Paw candies cut in half showing the caramel and peanut mixture

More Quick and Easy No-Bake Holiday Candies

Anybody can bring a box of chocolates to a holiday get together, but these fantastically easy no-bake candies can hold their own against any fancy store-bought treats! Rocky Road Fudge blends the classic ice cream flavors of chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows into a decadent fudge that pulls together in less than 10 minutes. Leverage the convenience of your slow cooker with my chocolatey confection, Easy Crockpot Candy. In typical crockpot fashion, you’ll dump in the ingredients, stir, cook, and voila, something scrumptious is magically created! White Trash Recipe, despite its not-so-pretty name, is an attractive addition to any holiday tray and adds a lovely pop of color among a sea of chocolates. Finally, consider my adorable Pretzel Snowmen. They’re super simple to make and never fail to get ohhh’s and ahhh’s from everyone and taste great too! Oh, our Easy Fudge is really amazing, has a traditional old fudge texture and taste, and E.A.S.Y!

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Polar Bear Paw

Polar Bear Paw, a See’s Candies favorite, wraps chewy caramel and peanut centers with smooth white chocolate candy coating & are perfect for the holidays!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 Pieces
Calories 232 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 1 (11 Ounce) Bag Kraft Caramel Squares, Unwrapped
  • 3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Peanuts
  • 1 (16 Ounce) Package White Chocolate CandiQuik

Instructions

  1. Line a baking cookie sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.

  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt caramels, butter, and cream, using 30-second intervals and stirring vigorously after each interval, until the mixture is smooth. 

  3. Add vanilla and peanuts and allow the mixture to cool, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.

  4. Spoon a generous Tablespoon sized drop of caramel and peanut mixture unto prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes or until the caramel cluster are firm.

  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the candy coating per the package instructions.

  6. Using a fork, dip the caramel clusters in the melted candy coating, covering the cluster completely. Allow excess chocolate to drip off into the bowl, then return the cluster to the baking sheet and continue with the rest of the clusters.

  7. Place in the fridge to allow the coating to set. They're ready to package up or star on your holiday cookie tray!

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Nutritional Information

Nutrition information will vary based on the specific products. To be safe, check the nutrition facts labels of your products. Optional object listed above have been left out of nutritional data.

Nutrition Facts
Polar Bear Paw
Amount Per Serving (1 /20 of the recipe)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Potassium 86mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Sugars 22g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Scooping caramel and peanut mixture to make Polar Bear Paw candies

Recipe Notes For Polar Bear Paws:

Nuts- Feel free to experiment with other types of nuts. You could easily create a pecan bear claw recipe by swapping out the peanuts for pecans. Cashews or almonds would work as well. With the larger nuts, you’ll want to give them a rough chop to keep the centers from getting too chunky.

Chocolate- Maybe your polar bear has muddy feet, and you want to try a chocolate bear claw candy recipe. Simply trade out the white candy coating for a chocolate candy coating. Remember that candy coating is different than pure chocolate and is much more forgiving to work with than chocolate. You don’t have to worry about tempering or fuss with maintaining a constant temperature.

Keep the centers cool- Caramel loses its shape quickly if it gets warm. Take the centers out of fridge or freezer in batches so they don’t get sticky or runny while they are waiting to be dunked!

Polar Bear Paw candies held in hand

Can You Make Polar Bear Paws Ahead Of Time?

Polar Bear Paw will keep for around 2 weeks in a tightly sealed container. Just make sure they are stored in a cool place or the fridge.

How Do You Freeze A Polar Bear Paw?

Similar to the paws of real polar bears, the candy version does just fine in freezing temperatures. For best results, use good candy storage practices, including wrapping the candies individually in cling wrap before placing in a freezer bag.

For the sake of everyone’s teeth, make sure your Polar Bear Paws are at room temperature before serving!

Polar Bear Paw candies cut in half showing the caramel and peanut mixture

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Step By Step How To Make Polar Bear Paw candies

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