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Salted Caramel Bark

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: delicious copycat recipe from Costco.

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!

Salted Caramel Bark

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“!

See that’s the trouble when you develop recipes for a living. You don’t like taking the easy route. I could have just dropped a few bucks on a tub of salted caramel bark and been done.

Instead, I headed to the kitchen compelled to prove I could make this on my own!

And, oh boy, am I glad I did. Once you try this salted caramel bark, you’ll be glad I did too!

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:

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla candy coating
  • Milk chocolate morselsOr 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 vanilla candy coating according to package directions. Pour on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Spread evenly to distribute over the whole lined pan.

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!

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.

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Yield: 24 servings

Salted Caramel Bark

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

White Chocolate Bark topped with salted caramel, pretzels, and melted milk chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 16 oz vanilla candy coating
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/2 cup pretzels, broken

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Melt candy coating according to package directions. Pour on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Spread evenly.
  3. Drizzle caramel sauce over melted candy coating. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Top with broken pretzels (press them into bark, lightly). Melt milk chocolate according to package. Drizzle over bark. Allow to set about one hour.
  4. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Aimee

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Posted on November 28, 2011

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi,  I just made these and although they taste good, the chocolate later doesn’t seem to be adhering to the other layers and therefore breaks off on its own.  Might I have missed something?  Thanks

    1. My chocolate broke off the first time too! Now, I wait to drizzle them with chocolate until I separate them into pieces. Hope this helps!

  2. This was very easy to make, and tasted great too! But, on the next day the pretzels had lost their crunch. Any idea why they went soft?

    1. It’s also known as Candiquik, Ghirhardelli melting wafers and vanilla almond bark. You can find it near the chocolate chips at most grocery stores.

  3. Hi there! Unlike a lot of other commentators I actually did make this but it was a disappointment in that the caramel was a total fail. I made it twice and ended up using another recipe for the caramel. I followed this recipe carefully ( I have formal training in food science) but I cannot figure what happened. The first batch was grainy and over sweet the second batch separated into blobs. Is there too much butter? What is the purpose of the powdered sugar it made the first batch super sweet. I really wanted this to work as I planned to give it
    as gifts. In the end the product worked with the other caramel and it looked and tasted great. Has any body else had problems with the caramel?

  4. What is vanilla candy coating? I live in Mexico, been here 7 years. I think I can get everything else, but I’m not familiar with that. Is it what we used to call “white chocolate” only it wasn’t? Thanks!

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe Aimee. I totally am with you on making my own goodies and such. Even some complicated goodies are made in my kitchen, simply because I know it will taste better and be cheaper! I run a home bakery and am always trying new things…so thanks again for sharing this recipe!

  6. I make a toffee/graham based bark with different toppings. I’ve made a dark chocolate with sea salt and toffee bits, but I really like the idea of adding this topping to my graham cracker/toffee base! Might skip the pretzels though (I’m just not a pretzel fan).

  7. Hi, Aimee-
    Not sure if you remember me, a friend of Kari’s. I check out your blog all the time, and I’m making these for my Sweet Swap at work tomorrow. Thanks for the great idea! I can’t wait to try them!
    -Justine

  8. this looks amazing. i just finished making Peppermint Bark so I’m very intrigued by this recipe. Glad I stopped over! check out my bark too: http://www.myjudythefoodie.com/2011/12/holiday-peppermint-bark/

  9. Gotta say, if I could hire a personal confectioner, you’d be my first choice. Your desserts are always one of the highlights of my “A Little Birdie Visits” and this salted caramel bark is no exception. I’m featuring your post on my Facebook page today.

    Jenn

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