5-Ingredient Chocolate Caramel Bars Recipe

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Even after tasting some wonderful European chocolates, this is still my favorite chocolate recipe. It would by selfish not to share it with other chocolate lovers!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:36-48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 36-48 servings


  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 120 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Melt caramels in a double boiler or microwave. Stir in 1/3 cup milk and set aside. In a bowl, combine cake mix, butter and remaining milk; set half aside and press other half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Pour caramel mixture over; spoon reserved cake mixture on top. Return to oven for 20 minutes. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Caramel Bars in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate 1994, p27

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