I did it! You guys, I did it! I think I’ve created my most favourite bar ever. Really. I know that’s a bold thing to say, but these seriously check ALL the boxes. I told you in an earlier post that I was no holds barred when it comes to calories before Christmas, and these bars are all part of that declaration. Think soft brownie base, creamy coconut filling, smooth caramel and a silky chocolate topping. YES!
Etienne asked me a few weeks ago what my favourite chocolate bar was, and I had to think about it for quite a while (serious questions), before saying it was probably a Bounty bar. The only problem is that I LOVE caramel, and Bounty is missing that! I started thinking that I should really try to create that perfect chocolate bar, and I immediately thought of these bars. The recipe actually comes from my Granny, and they’ve been a traditional Christmas baking staple at our house. Her recipe does not include the caramel, so I snuck that in to satisfy my quest for the perfect bar. Oh, and I added some sea salt flakes on top.
Sometimes, I have great ideas!
The other great thing about these BLISS bars is that they’re dead easy to make! The brownie base is 6 simple ingredients, and the coconut filling is literally just coconut and condensed milk. I made your life even easier by using wrapped caramels and a bit of heavy cream for the caramel layer, and the chocolate layer is just chocolate! And a bit of cream 😉
These bars also freeze beautifully, so you can make them way in advance and just take them out a couple of hours before you know company is coming! If you love them as much as me, they probably won’t make it long enough to have to freeze them.
Christmas is ONE WEEK away! My house is full of lights, Christmas music and festive cheer (and tears, if we’re being honest). Ha! I hope you have so much fun getting in all of your last minute shopping and baking. Might I suggest a homemade gingerbread house? Such a fun family activity!
Cheers to you!
Chocolate Caramel Bliss Bars
Yield 16 bars
The most amazing chocolate bar EVER. Brownie bottom, luscious coconut, creamy caramel and a smooth chocolate topping. BLISS! Perfect for the holidays or any other gathering!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut, shredded
- 1/2 can (150mL) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup unwrapped soft caramels (I used Kraft)
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
- sea salt flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving some overhang to make it easier to remove the bars. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the egg until mixed. Add in the flour and cocoa powder and stir until just combined. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- In another bowl, stir together the coconut and condensed milk until combined. Pour the coconut layer over the chocolate layer in the pan, and use the back of a spoon to gently and evenly cover the chocolate layer. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the edges are just browned. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the caramel layer.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the unwrapped caramels and the heavy cream. Heat the caramels in 30 second increments, stirring in between until it's smooth. Pour the caramel over the coconut layer and gently and evenly cover the coconut. Place the pan into the fridge for at least 10 minutes before adding the final chocolate layer.
- In another microwave safe bowl, add the chopped chocolate and cream. Heat the chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth. Remove the pan from the fridge, and pour the chocolate over the caramel layer evenly. Sprinkle the bars with sea salt and place back in the fridge until the chocolate is solid, about an hour. Remove the bars by grabbing the edges of the parchment/aluminum foil and lifting it out. Cut into 16 bars.
Bars can be kept at room temperature for up to 1 week, or up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Bars freeze very well, up to 2 months in an airtight container. Remove the bars from the freezer 2-3 hours before serving.