Thursday, 3 May 2012

Just Like A Candy Bar Treats

This week Miss A had one of her besties from school over for a playdate. In honor of her fun afternoon, she requested a special treat for their afterschool snack. After poring through the as-yet-unorganized recipe binder, I came across the perfect play date snack time treat! Homemade candy bars!

One note for anyone trying this recipe: please pay attention to the requested pan size! I used a regular old cookie sheet because I thought it would work – and when it all came together and baked into a tray of ooey gooey deliciousness, it went over the edge of the pan and baked onto the sides and bottom of my oven. It was bad. And smoky. But totally worth it, because the end result was a delicious, fun snack that the kids devoured after school the next day.

Just Like a Candy Bar Recipe (adapted from here)

1 Box chocolate cake mix
¾ Cup melted butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup coconut
1 cup Kraft caramel balls, melted
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix melted butter and cake mix with a fork until nice and crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over a 15x10x1” jelly roll pan – DO NOT use a regular cookie sheet, it will be a disaster!
Sprinkle with semisweet chips, white chocolate chips and coconut.  Pour the melted caramels over the mixture.

Melt milk chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Add sweetened condensed milk to the melted chocolate chips and stir until combined. Pour milk mixture over all ingredients.
My Little Baking Helper, waiting patiently to lick the spatula
Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until all ingredients are melted together. Cool completely (at least an hour!). Cut into bars and store in an airtight container. 

I separated the layers of bars with wax paper to keep them from sticking together.


  1. Rachel, where did you find kraft caramel balls?

    1. I usually pick them up at Target or Walmart in the states. I know that they have sold them here at Christmas, but I'm not sure about the rest of the year.



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