Sunday, March 24, 2013

Caramel Pretzel Magic Bars

Does it seem like all I have posted lately are sweet recipes? Whenever there's a food day at Tim's office, I take that opportunity to try a new recipe and of course, they are always for sweets! Not sure his coworkers would appreciate vegetables or a salad for food day!!!

I have always enjoyed the combination of sweet and salty.  After eating something sweet, I often want something salty.  Unfortunately, that can become a vicious circle that leads to eating too many sweets. 

I had no idea you could buy caramel bits!!!  They were about the same price as a bag of caramels and so much easier than unwrapping all of those caramels.  These bars remind me of Magic Bars and like Magic Bars, they are so good. 

Caramel Pretzel Magic Bars
Recipe by: Amber (Dessert Now, Dinner Later!)
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1-14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 50+ pretzels
  • 20 caramels, unwrapped & cut in fourths (*They now sell caramel bits at the store near the chocolate chips!  So much easier than unwrapping & cutting up caramel squares.  I would try 1 cup of caramel bits if you aren't using the squares.)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter.  Press in a sprayed 13x9in pan.
  2. Pour about half the can of condensed milk over crust.
  3. Layer your pretzels as close together as you like over the condensed milk/crust.
  4. Sprinkle caramels, chocolate chips, & coconut flakes.
  5. Pour remaining half of condensed milk on top.
  6. OPTIONAL:  Break up some extra pretzels to put on top, with a few extra chocolate chips so you can see all the colors above the condensed milk.
  7. Bake at 350*F for 20-30 min until lightly brown.  Let cool completely before cutting & serving.
I am linking this to On The Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday!!!


  1. OH my these sound really good.

  2. The cookies look good and I just happen to have some leftover caramels too! Happy Easter Week Julie:@)

  3. This looks great! And, like you, I try to get the sweets out of my house as fast as I can. I've been known to deliver quite a lot of baking to my church!

  4. A very nice mix of sweet and salty. I love stuff like this -definitely a keeper.


  5. Just saw your comment! YEAH for another KC/Jayhawk fan. We actually can't wait to get back there within a few years! KC is where all our family is and we LOVE the city! :)

  6. I saw a similar recipe in King Arthur's and from then on I just want to make this type of bars desperately! Yours look amazing too! Now this urge became even stronger!

  7. I didn't know you could buy caramel bits either! These bars look absolutely delicious (perhaps too much so!) :)

  8. Hi Julie,
    These are a very special treat for this weekend, looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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