The Mailbox: A sweet treat of chocolate and caramel

By Teri Mena



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Double chocolate and caramel bars

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Makes 77 bars

Becky Boyd of Fairfield loves to bake and likes chocolate and caramel together. She was looking for recipes. This recipe comes from Gold Medal flour and should fill the bill for Boyd.

If you have chocolate and caramel recipes you'd like to share, send them to the Mailbox for Boyd.


3 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup baking cocoa

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 cups firm butter or margarine, divided use

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

One 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips

48 caramels

Two 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate glaze:

One 6-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon shortening or vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15-by-10-by-1-inch pan.

In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa and egg. Cut in 11/4 cups of the butter until crumbly. Stir in walnuts; reserve 3 cups of the crumb mixture. Press remaining mixture firmly in bottom of pan. Sprinkle with 12 ounces chocolate chips.

Bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in heavy 2-quart saucepan, melt caramels with sweetened condensed milk and remaining 1/4 cup butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour over crust. Top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake about 20 minutes or until bubbly. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Drizzle with glaze. For bars, cut into 11 rows by 7 rows.

For glaze: In microwaveable bowl, microwave 6 ounces of chocolate chips with shortening or oil, uncovered, on high for 1 to 3 minutes, stirring halfway through heating time, until melted and thin enough to drizzle.