Chocolate Caramel Bars Recipe

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Taking dessert or another treat to a church or school potluck is never a problem for me. I jump at the chance to offer these rich, chocolaty bars.—
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramels
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 185 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with 1/4 cup milk; stir until smooth. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in dry cake mix and remaining milk.
  2. Spread half of the dough into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes; sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Gently spread caramel mixture over chips. Drop remaining dough by tablespoonfuls over caramel layer. Return to the oven for 15 minutes. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Caramel Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p47

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"Whenever I make these, they disappear almost before I can finish cutting them. They are the best bars ever. I've tried using the caramel chips, but the bars didn't turn out near as good. It's definitely worth the time to unwrap the regular caramels!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"These bars are chewy like a brownie and have lots of chocolate flavor. I used a dark chocolate cake mix. I asked my husband to unwrap the caramels since he was the only one who would be eating them."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

"Has anyone Tried to use caramel topping for this?"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"This turns out awesome every time!!! I made it with Devils food cake mix and caramel bits...perfect!!!"

Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"Winner! We actually call them "almost better than sex" bars, because they are almost that good!"

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