Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Bars Recipe

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There is one word for these bars—scrumptious! I once substituted peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips...they're wonderful that way, too.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 package German chocolate or chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 297 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and caramels with 1/3 cup milk. Stir in nuts. Remove from the heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter and remaining milk; pat half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes. Spread chocolate/caramel mixture over crust; top with reserved cake mixture. Bake 12-15 minutes longer. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Gooey Chocolate-Caramel Bars in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate 1994, p28

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