Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars Recipe - Made in USA

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars Recipe - Made in USA
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 26 minutes | Servings: 12


Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars
Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

Indulge your sweet tooth with these decadent Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars. A perfect combination of rich chocolate, gooey caramel, and crunchy walnuts, these bars are sure to satisfy any dessert craving.


Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars have been a popular dessert for decades, with variations of the recipe appearing in cookbooks and on baking blogs around the world. The combination of caramel, chocolate, and nuts is a classic flavor profile that never goes out of style.


How to prepare

  1. Melt the caramels with 0.33 cups of milk in the microwave.
  2. Stir the mixture until it becomes smooth.
  3. Combine the remaining milk, cake mix, and margarine.
  4. Mix the ingredients well.
  5. Press half of the cake mixture into the bottom of a greased 13 x 9 baking pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 6 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle 1 cup of walnuts and chocolate pieces over the baked mixture.
  8. Spread the caramel mixture to the edges of the pan.
  9. Top with teaspoonfuls of the remaining cake mixture.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts over the top and press them lightly.
  11. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 20 minutes.
  12. Allow the bars to cool slightly, then cut them into bars.


  • Swap out the walnuts for pecans or almonds for a different flavor profile.
  • Drizzle melted white chocolate over the top of the bars for an extra touch of sweetness.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to grease your baking pan well to prevent the bars from sticking.

- Press the cake mixture firmly into the pan to create a solid base for the bars.

- Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them to ensure clean, even slices.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert.

Cooking Techniques

Melting the caramels in the microwave makes them easier to work with.

- Pressing the cake mixture firmly into the pan ensures a solid base for the bars.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use butter instead of margarine for a richer flavor.

- Use milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet for a sweeter taste.

Make Ahead Tips

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the bars on a platter and dust with powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars with a glass of cold milk or a hot cup of coffee for a delicious treat.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars contains approximately 35 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars contains approximately 15 grams of fat.


Each serving of Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars contains approximately 3 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars are not a significant source of vitamins or minerals.


Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars contain dairy, nuts, and gluten.


While Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars are a delicious treat, they are also high in calories, carbohydrates, and fats. Enjoy them in moderation as part of a balanced diet.


Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars are a delicious and indulgent dessert that is perfect for any occasion. With a rich chocolate base, gooey caramel filling, and crunchy walnuts, these bars are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy them warm with a scoop of ice cream for a truly decadent treat.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of anticipation I felt when I first discovered this recipe for Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl learning the art of cooking from my own grandmother. She was a master in the kitchen, known throughout our small town for her delicious baked goods. I would spend hours watching her work her magic, taking mental notes on each step she took.

One day, as I sat at her kitchen table flipping through an old cookbook, I stumbled upon a worn out page with a recipe for Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars. The picture alone made my mouth water, and I knew I had to learn how to make them. My grandmother noticed my interest and smiled knowingly.

"Ah, those bars are a family favorite," she said, her eyes twinkling with nostalgia. "I learned the recipe from my own grandmother, who learned it from hers. It's been passed down through the generations, and now it's your turn to master it."

I couldn't contain my excitement as my grandmother guided me through the steps of making the bars. The rich smell of chocolate and caramel filled the kitchen as we worked together, mixing and measuring with precision. I watched in awe as she effortlessly transformed simple ingredients into a decadent dessert that looked like it came straight out of a fancy bakery.

As we waited for the bars to bake in the oven, my grandmother regaled me with stories of her own experiences learning to cook. She told me about the time she accidentally mistook salt for sugar in a recipe, resulting in a batch of cookies that were inedible. We laughed together at her misadventures and I felt a deep connection to her, knowing that even the best cooks make mistakes sometimes.

When the bars finally emerged from the oven, golden and gooey with caramel oozing out of every bite, I knew I had found a new favorite recipe. The combination of rich chocolate, sweet caramel, and crunchy nuts was a match made in dessert heaven. My grandmother watched with pride as I took my first bite, savoring the flavors that I had helped create.

From that day on, Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars became a staple in our household. I would make them for family gatherings, bake sales, and any occasion that called for a decadent treat. Each time I whipped up a batch, I felt a sense of connection to my grandmother and the generations of women who had come before me, passing down their culinary wisdom.

Over the years, I have added my own twists to the recipe, experimenting with different types of nuts or drizzling extra chocolate on top. But no matter how I tweak it, the bars always bring me back to that moment in my grandmother's kitchen, when I first discovered the magic of baking.

Now, as I pass the recipe down to my own grandchildren, I hope they will feel the same sense of anticipation and excitement that I did all those years ago. Cooking is more than just following a set of instructions – it's about creating memories and traditions that will last a lifetime. And for me, Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars will always hold a special place in my heart as a reminder of the joy of sharing good food with the ones we love.


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