Chocolate-Caramel Cake Bars

For a potluck, bake sale or after-school snack, these five-ingredient treats fill the bill.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 2 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 5
  • servings 32

Ingredients

1
box chocolate fudge cake mix
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
cup plus 1/3 cup evaporated milk
35
caramels, unwrapped
1
cup miniature candy-coated milk chocolate candies
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease 13x9-inch pan, or spray with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix cake mix, butter and 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk with spoon until well blended. Using a piece of plastic food wrap, press half of dough (about 1 1/4 cups), in pan; remove wrap. Bake 12 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat caramels with remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.
  • 4 Remove partially baked crust from oven. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the candies evenly over crust. Drizzle with caramel mixture to within 1/2 inch of the pan sides. Drop remaining batter by rounded teaspoonfuls over caramel mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup candies; press in lightly with spoon.
  • 5 Bake 20 to 24 minutes longer or until center is set and looks dry and puffy. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen edges of bars. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store covered.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Bar
    Calories
    160
    (
    Calories from Fat
    50),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    6g
    6%
    (Saturated Fat
    3 1/2g,
    3 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    10mg
    10%;
    Sodium
    180mg
    180%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    25g
    25%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    16g
    16%
    ),
    Protein
    2g
    2%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    2%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    6%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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