Best Chocolate Caramel Bark Recipe Around

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Creating Chocolate Caramel Bark has become one of my favorite kitchen adventures. It’s a simple and delightful treat that combines the rich taste of chocolate with the gooey goodness of caramel.

I’ve found that it’s not only easy to make but also impresses everyone who tries a piece. Join me as I share how you can whip up this delicious dessert in no time, pleasing both your sweet tooth and your loved ones.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Decadent Treat: This Chocolate Caramel Bark recipe is a luxurious blend of sweet and salty flavors.
  • Easy to Follow Recipe: Even beginners can whip up this delightful dessert with ease.
  • Ideal for Gifting: Its indulgent taste and beautiful presentation make it a perfect gift option.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate: Forms the rich, decadent base of your bark, providing a deep chocolate flavor that’s not overly sweet, allowing the other ingredients to shine.
  • Mini Salted Pretzels: Add a delightful crunch and a hint of saltiness to the bark, creating a perfect sweet-salty balance with the chocolate and caramel in chocolate pretzel bark.
  • M&M’s: Add a pop of color to the salted caramel bark and their candy-coated shells provide an extra burst of sweetness and texture.
  • Peanuts, Chopped: Add a satisfying crunch and nutty flavor that complements the sweet chocolate and caramel, creating a deliciously complex bark.
Chocolate Caramel Bark Ingredients.

How to Make Chocolate Caramel Bark?

Step One: Prepare the Baking Sheet

Begin with a parchment-lined baking sheet (parchment paper prevent mixture from sticking) and place your pretzels in an even layer.


Step Two: Melt the Chocolate

Double-Boiler Method: Melting Chocolate in the Microwave. If you choose to melt the chocolate in the microwave, start off with a microwave-safe bowl. Place the chocolate and cook in 30-second increments, stirring well after each increment, until completely melted and smooth.

Step Three: Add Chocolate and Toppings

Pour the melted chocPour the melted chocolate over the pretzels, and place M&M’s and peanuts in an even layer on top of the chocolate.

Step Four: Make Caramel Sauce

In a medium saucepan, heat sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. The sugar will begin to form clumps and will eventually melt into a light amber color. Continue stirring as the sugar can easily burn. Once the sugar is completely melted, add the butter. The butter will bubble, so be careful. Stir the butter into the sugar until it is completely melted. Use a whisk to stir the sugar and butter together.

Step Five: Finalize Caramel Sauce

Drizzle the heavy cream into the mixture and stir. Allow it to boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt, allowing the caramel to set up.

Step Six: Combine Caramel with Pretzels

Once the caramel is done (you can also use candy thermometer to know if it is done), pour it over the pretzels. You may not use all of the caramel.

Step Seven: Chill

Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for several hours. For a quicker set, it can be placed in the freezer.

Step Eight: Serve

Cut your chocolate caramel pretzel bark into squares and serve your chocolate bark!

Expert Tips

  • Chocolate Tempering: For an extra shiny and smooth chocolate layer, try tempering your chocolate before pouring it over the pretzels.
  • Topping Variation: Experiment with different toppings like coconut flakes or dried fruit for a unique twist on your bark.
  • Caramel Thickness: Adjust the amount of heavy cream for thicker or thinner caramel sauce depending on your preference.
  • Perfect Chocolate Melting Technique: To ensure a smooth and rich texture for your chocolate caramel bark, it’s essential to gently melt chocolate using a double boiler method or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring frequently to avoid overheating.

Optional

  • Crushed Candy Canes: Add a festive peppermint flavor and colorful crunch. Sprinkle them over the melted chocolate layer before it sets for a holiday twist.

Substitution

  • Chocolate Chips: Can substitute the semi-sweet chocolate for melting as the base layer, providing a smooth texture and rich flavor. They can also be added as an optional topping for extra chocolatey bursts in your caramel chocolate bark.
  • Brown Sugar: Can be used as an optional substitute for white sugar in the homemade salted caramel, adding a richer flavor and deeper color.

Storage Instructions

  • Room Temperature Storage: Chocolate bark can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  • Refrigerator Storage: If you want to store it for longer, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
  • Alternative Wrapping Methods: A container is always best but you can also wrap the bark in cling film or aluminum foil.

What To Serve With This recipe?

  • As Part of a Dessert Platter: When entertaining or for special occasions, chocolate caramel barks can be included in a dessert platter alongside other items such as Fruits, nuts, cheeses, and different Sweets.
  • With Ice Cream: For a decadent dessert, your salted caramel pretzel bark can be broken into smaller pieces and served over Ice Cream. The contrast of the cold ice cream with the sweet and slightly salty crunch of the bark makes for an irresistible combination.

FAQ’s

Why Is It Called Chocolate Bark?

The word “bark” is used because the chocolate resembles the bark of a tree.

How Do You Keep Chocolate Bark From Melting?

The best way to stop chocolate bark from melting is to store it in a cool dry place. Chocolate bark can be stored in the fridge, but it should be wrapped tightly so that it doesn’t absorb any moisture from the air.

What Is the Best Chocolate for Bark?

The best chocolate for bark is either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. You can use any type of chocolate you like, but these two are the most popular.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

Best Chocolate Caramel Bark Recipe Around

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 8 minutes
Chocolate Caramel Bark is a sweet and salty treat with gooey caramel layered on rich chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 1 ½ cups Mini Salted Pretzels
  • ½ C M&M’s
  • ½ C Peanuts, chopped
  • Homemade Salted Caramel:
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Begin with a parchment-lined baking sheet (parchment paper prevents the mixture from sticking) and place your pretzels in an even layer.
  2. Double-Boiler Method: Melting Chocolate in the Microwave. If you choose to melt the chocolate in the microwave, start off with a microwave-safe bowl. Place the chocolate and cook in 30-second increments, stirring well after each increment, until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzels, and place M&M’s and peanuts in an even layer on top of the chocolate.
  4. In a medium saucepan, heat sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. The sugar will begin to form clumps and will eventually melt into a light amber color. Continue stirring as the sugar can easily burn. Once the sugar is completely melted, add the butter. The butter will bubble, so be careful. Stir the butter into the sugar until it is completely melted. Use a whisk to stir the sugar and butter together.
  5. Drizzle the heavy cream into the mixture and stir. Allow it to boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt, allowing the caramel to set up.
  6. Once the caramel is done (you can also use candy thermometer to know if it is done), pour it over the pretzels. You may not use all of the caramel.
  7. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for several hours. For a quicker set, it can be placed in the freezer.
  8. Cut your chocolate caramel pretzel bark into squares and serve your chocolate bark!

Notes

  • Chocolate Tempering: For an extra shiny and smooth chocolate layer, try tempering your chocolate before pouring it over the pretzels.
  • Topping Variation: Experiment with different toppings like coconut flakes or dried fruit for a unique twist on your bark.
  • Caramel Thickness: Adjust the amount of heavy cream for thicker or thinner caramel sauce depending on your preference.
  • Perfect Chocolate Melting Technique: To ensure a smooth and rich texture for your chocolate caramel bark, it's essential to gently melt chocolate using a double boiler method or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring frequently to avoid overheating.

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