Chocolate-Caramel Bars

Chocolate-Caramel Bar

For those of you still keeping tabs on BoB, don’t give up on me. I have not been able to bake and post with the frequency I’d like. I hope to remedy that as best I can.

Happy holidays, everyone!

These days, I’m all about quick and easy. The time of all-day baking sprees has passed. I take what baking time I can get. This recipe is a perfect example of making the most of very little time and few ingredients.

Chocolate-Caramel Bars

It all starts with a cake mix. While I’m not a huge proponent of cake mixes, I do use them occasionally. They can be great time savers. Of course, augmenting them can at least make you feel like you’re making something homemade.

The short list of ingredients yields quite an impressive sweet treat. They are rich and chewy and just plain delicious. And, if you’re concerned about your baking image, no one has to know about the cake mix.

Chocolate-Caramel Bar

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  1. Amy December 23, 2009 Reply

    You’ve got me swallowing hard after those pictures. YUM!

  2. Monica H December 23, 2009 Reply

    I’m not generally a big fan of caramel, but I would so eat these up!

    Happy Holidays to you too!

  3. The Food Hunter December 23, 2009 Reply

    They look so good. My husband would love them. I guess I know what I’ll be making right after Christmas.

  4. Megan December 23, 2009 Reply

    I’m still following you! Always anxiously awaiting your next creation. Those do look good – and anything quick to make is a bonus this time of year.

  5. Anna December 23, 2009 Reply

    This is one of those old, famous recipes that I’ve always wanted to try because it’s so insanely popular. Do you really think the cake mix flavor might go undetected? I guess I’ll have to see for myself. Thanks for giving me an excuse. I hope you are having a great Christmas month, Jennifer.

  6. DPLK December 24, 2009 Reply

    Yay, welcome back! Happy holidays to you too. Don’t worry, I for one still check up on your blog and am always very happy to see you post whenever you can. This recipe looks great; I have a few boxes of cake mix around too but never use them normally since I have a million other from-scratch recipes I want to try, but I have to use them somehow! Presumably it doesn’t really matter what flavor of cake mix you use, right? I have chocolate cake mix, but not German chocolate.

  7. Lucy December 24, 2009 Reply

    It’s so good to be reading about another delicious BoB treat! These bars look utterly gorgeous :)

  8. jennifer December 24, 2009 Reply

    Anna, I didn’t think there was an overwhelming cake mix taste. Most people probably wouldn’t realize that it was made with cake mix.

    DPLK, any flavor of cake mix would work. I’m sure you could come up with lots of yummy combinations.

  9. CaSaundra December 25, 2009 Reply

    Looks like heaven in a bar! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  10. Catherine Mincy December 25, 2009 Reply

    OK, I’ve got these in the oven right now. Used a Swiss chocolate cake mix as Piggly Wiggly didn’t have German chocolate.

    I felt like I didn’t have enough batter. When I used half of it, it didn’t completely cover bottom of pan. Then I realized I was using a 10×13 instead of a 9×13. I spread it pretty thin and didn’t have quite half left for the top. Hopefully it will turn out OK.

    Taking these out to Carrie’s house this afternoon along with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. I was instructed to bring a sweet and I think this qualifies!

    (Of course, I was also instructed to bring deviled eggs. Looked in the fridge this morning and realized I only had 4 eggs. Oh well. 1 for 2?)

  11. jennifer December 25, 2009 Reply

    Catherine, I hope they’re a hit. Tell your family Merry Christmas from me.

  12. Abby December 26, 2009 Reply

    Welcome back! Hope you had a great Christmas.

    These look great. I’m bookmarking it as I almost always do with the recipes you feature!

  13. cookienurse December 28, 2009 Reply

    I won’t give up on you! Glad to see you again! Happy New year!

  14. Diana December 31, 2009 Reply

    These have been around for years. I have made them for 30 years. We call them GOO GOO Bars.

  15. Elena January 4, 2010 Reply

    These are really good. I’ve been making this recipe for over 13 years (but I was told to call them “Knock You Nakeds”). Yummy!

  16. dining tables January 5, 2010 Reply

    This is an old favorite! My mom usually makes this for my birthday parties! I miss it!

  17. Stephanie Velez January 6, 2010 Reply

    These look great! The cake mix will be our secret; and, by the way, Happy New Year!

  18. Tracy January 7, 2010 Reply

    My friend makes this at Christmas, but calls it “Turtle Cake.” It is so yummy my mouth waters just thinking of it.

  19. Sarah January 10, 2010 Reply

    Hi! Nice blog. These look seriously delicious!

  20. Suz January 12, 2010 Reply

    Your blog is so full of things I want to eat and the photos are gorgeous. I’ve included you in a list of favourite blogs and passed on one of those food blog award thingummies. Feel free to ignore or do whatever with it. :) Thanks!

  21. Whitney January 13, 2010 Reply

    Every recipe I have tried was nothing short of amazing, and I thank you so much for your continued dedication to this wonderful blog! I imagine I am speaking for all of your other faithful followers when I say that we would love to see a top 10 list of your favorite recipes that you’ve posted. Thanks again for all your hard work, decadent recipes, and fabulous photography-reading one of your new posts never ceases to brighten my day!

  22. jennifer January 14, 2010 Reply

    Thanks, everyone, for the compliments and encouragement! You continually make my day. :-)

  23. Tina January 15, 2010 Reply

    Wow, these look so yummy! I can’t wait to try this recipe out…anything made with sweetened condensed milk can’t be bad. Thanks for the great recipe!

  24. Sweets at Vicky's January 18, 2010 Reply

    There’s nothing more sinful than lying in bed staring at these. I feel better about my bad day already.

  25. Erin Walker January 18, 2010 Reply

    Ooooh, these look delicious. I will have to try these out at my next get together. I’m sure they’ll be a hit.

  26. Nicole, RD January 20, 2010 Reply

    Yummm! Looks delicious! Love the blog!

  27. Art and Appetite January 22, 2010 Reply

    Oh my! This is what you call a perfect bar. It is soooo perfect, the qoute, “nothing is perfect” is now history.

  28. sugar plum fairy January 23, 2010 Reply

    What an amazing bakin site-u have fantastic baked goodies and am still drooling(rather craving)over that fav chocochip cookie u have….fantastic…is it the crispy type and what would be grateful if u have any tips,besides baking ‘em longer,that ya knows for a crunchy crispy cookie……..

  29. Adler Carey January 27, 2010 Reply

    Awesome looking. Sounds yummy too. I would like to taste it now. But i often use to visit a famous Kosher Bakery in New York. High Quality and delicious taste.

  30. jose manuel January 30, 2010 Reply

    Regreso Espectacular. Con tu permiso copio la receta. Gracis.

  31. Jenn February 10, 2010 Reply

    My mom has made these bars for YEARS and they have always been a bit hit. If I bring a pan into work, they’re gone before I know it!! So delicious.

  32. EZSweets March 2, 2010 Reply

    Hi, I am new. I love your blog. All the dessers look declicious. Are you a professional baker?

  33. Tina April 13, 2010 Reply

    Wow!!! That looks yummy!!! I think I might try making them into cake pops…hope they’re not too heavy for the stick. :)

    Thanks for the great recipe!!

  34. Elaine May 26, 2010 Reply

    I made this on the weekend, and it was a big hit!

    as a variation I used
    1 1/3 cup SR flour
    1 cup 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    2 heaped tea spoons of cocoa powder

    Instead of the prepackage cake mix. I like to make thing from scratch so I didnt think it would matter too much if I just used the dry ingredients of a simple chocolate cake recipe.

    Willsurely make it again, thanks for the great recipe!

  35. wow…this reminds me of something my mom made when I was a kid. Anything with chocolate and caramel together and I am totally a fan! The pics are making me hungry!

  36. Fallon September 1, 2010 Reply

    I ALWAYS look forward to seeing a new post on BOB, even if it once in a blue moon. ;)

    These bars are excellent and something I’d throw today for a small house party on the weekends!

  37. madeline October 17, 2010 Reply

    that looks like heven in bar form

  38. Amanda November 13, 2010 Reply

    My family has made these for years! We call them Turtle Brownies because they have all the ingredients that chocolate turtles have.
    They are a favorite!

  39. Angela December 12, 2010 Reply

    This is the first recipe i made from you website. Oh Yum! Ate some warm and now the next day cooled. Delicious, like you own personal candy bar.
    Looking forward to making more treats.

  40. Katie Leach September 2, 2011 Reply

    I can’t wait to try this out!! Thanks!!

    (:

    Sincerely, Katie

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