Looking for an easy candy recipe with salted caramel and chocolate? This Salted Caramel Bark is the sweet and salty delight that dreams are made of!
Salted Caramel Bark
This Salted Caramel Bark recipe was inspired by a trip to Costco. Bet you didn’t know a price club could be so inspirational, did ya?
Crispy pretzels and a homemade caramel sauce turn a simple batch of chocolate park into a decadent caramel candy!
I went to Costco this month for my regular shopping trip. You know, to restock on sugar, flour, oil, toilet paper, all the staples. But as always, I couldn’t resist deviating from my list to wander the aisles a bit.
And in my wandering in the bakery section, they had tubs of chocolate bark covered in salted caramel. So, of course, I looked at it and thought to myself, “Self, there is no way I am buying this when it looks so easy to make“!
This turned out to be a very easy candy recipe that creates sweet pieces of white chocolate bark, drizzled in milk chocolate and caramel sauce, then flecked with sea salt.
When it comes to candy, I’m a huge fan of the combo of sweet and salty! The pretzels added to this bark brought a nice element of crunch to the chocolate bark.
I can’t wait for you all to try this homemade candy recipe.
Easy Candy Recipe
Here’s what you need to make your own Salted Caramel Bark:
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla Extract– try using our homemade vanilla extract recipe!
- Powdered sugar
- Kosher salt
- Ghirardelli White Chocolate candy melts
- Milk chocolate morsels – Or chocolate candy coating
- Pretzel sticks – Broken into pieces
How to Make Salted Caramel Bark
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making your own caramel sauce. This caramel doesn’t require a candy thermometer or any special ingredients.
STEP 1. Make the caramel sauce
In large saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and milk. Cook on medium for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar. Set aside.
STEP 2. Melt chocolate
Melt white chocolate according to package directions. Pour on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Spread evenly to distribute over the whole lined pan.
PRO TIP: I don’t recommend white chocolate chips for this recipe, as they can be finicky when melting.
STEP 3. Assemble the bark
Drizzle caramel sauce over melted candy coating. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Top with broken pretzels, pressing them into the bark lightly. Melt milk chocolate according to package. Drizzle over bark.
Allow the bark to set about one hour at room temperature.
Break into pieces and enjoy!
How to store chocolate bark
Salted caramel bark keeps well in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also keep the bark in the fridge to enjoy cold–it’s delicious this way, too.
How big should pretzel pieces be on salted caramel bark
I break mini pretzel sticks into 2 or 3 pieces. You don’t want the pretzels to be like crumbs. The crunchy pieces add the perfect touch to this chocolate bark!
Other pretzel shapes will work, too, like twists or squares. Just break them into pieces about 1/2 inch to an inch long before pressing them lightly into the melted chocolate.
Can you use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate?
I know there will be a few dark chocolate only people out there wondering how this tastes with dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate drizzled over it. While I personally love the extra sweetness of the milk chocolate here, feel free to try it with another variety and let me know how you like it!
The beauty of this easy candy recipe is in the balance of flavors, from sweet to salty and textures from velvety vanilla to crunchy pretzels.
Costco Salted Caramel Bark
So, now that you know how easy it is to make your own salted caramel bark at home, you can stop buying it at the grocery store! Along with being a delicious treat for any day of the week, this candy is BEGGING to be brought out on special occasions.
It would make a lovely complement to a holiday treats tray. Put a batch of caramel bark in a jar wrapped with ribbon and you have an instant hostess, Christmas or “just because” gift!
More Easy Candy Recipes
Salted Caramel Bark with pretzels and milk chocolate is a homemade candy that’s as easy as it is scrumptious! I hope your family likes it as much as mine does.