Coconut Caramel Candy Bars

Coconut Caramel Candy Bars

My BFF gave me some treats sev­eral weeks ago. They were divine! Rather like a Snick­ers candy bar, with the some­thing extra spe­cial that only hand-made love can incor­po­rate! Well, it got me think­ing. What if I changed it from a Snick­ers to a Mars bar?  Switch­ing all the peanut for almond? And maybe throw in some coconut some­where just for added mea­sure? Heck! Let’s go all the way and MAKE a caramel sauce instead of using wrapped caramels! (I’m not going to lie. I’d sooner weed my whole veg­etable gar­den than un-wrap Kraft caramels. Kraft caramels are awe­some, but one year I was in charge of a class treat for one of my kid’s teach­ers and she requested caramel apples. Well, the kids were too young to open their own caramels so I spent HOURS the night before unwrap­ping. Night­mare mate­r­ial.) So, back to the caramel.….don’t be afraid! Home­made caramel is your friend! You’ll also need almond but­ter, which can be pricey, but it’s worth it! Or you could make your own.  These are so deli­cious, and very rich. Don’t cut them too big!

makes 4–5 dozen squares

Bot­tom layer:

1 cup milk choco­late chips

1/4 cup vanilla chips

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

1/4 cup toasted coconut + 2 table­spoons sprin­kled on top

Sec­ond layer:

4 table­spoons butter

1 cup gran­u­lated sugar

1/4 cup evap­o­rated milk (not sweet­ened condensed)

1 1/2 cups marsh­mal­low creme

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

1 tea­spoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups chopped roasted almonds

Caramel layer:

16 oz. caramel sauce: You can either melt 14 oz. of caramels with 1/4 cup cream or make your own home­made caramel. (10X yum­mier if you make your own!! And not that dif­fi­cult. You will need a good qual­ity candy ther­mome­ter. One with a 2 degree gauge is best.)

To make your own:

1 1/2 cups gran­u­lated sugar

2 table­spoons light corn syrup (this is to help pre­vent crystallization)

1/2 tea­spoon kosher salt

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1 table­spoon sour cream

Choco­late layer:

1 cup choco­late chips

1/4 cup vanilla chips

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

 

First layer preparation:

But­ter a 9X13 glass pyrex casse­role dish gen­er­ously, and set aside. Com­bine the choco­late chips, vanilla chips, and almond but­ter in a small saucepan and melt together over very low heat until com­bined. Take off the heat and stir in the 1/4 cup of toasted coconut. Spread evenly into the but­tered pan you have set aside. Sprin­kle the remain­ing 2 table­spoons toasted coconut over the top of this layer. Place pan into the fridge until set.

Sec­ond layer preparation:

In another small, heavy saucepan, melt the but­ter. Add the sugar and evap­o­rated milk and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat and boil for 5 min­utes.. Remove from the heat and stir in the marsh­mal­low creme, almond but­ter, vanilla, and chopped almonds. Spread over chilled first layer and let set in refrigerator.

Caramel layer preparation:

In a small, heavy saucepan, com­bine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and water. Bring to a boil and cook, with­out stir­ring (this can cause sugar crys­tals to form), until the tem­per­a­ture reaches 340 degree F.** (see note at bot­tom of post)

Pull pan off of the heat and stir in the cream, but­ter, and sour cream. It will bub­ble up furi­ously so pre­pare your self for this. Stir until every­thing comes together smoothly. This recipe should make exactly 16 oz. of caramel sauce.

Choco­late layer preparation:

Com­bine the choco­late and vanilla chips and the almond but­ter in a small saucepan. (hope­fully you are just wash­ing out the same saucepan you used for the other lay­ers…) Pour over caramel layer. Let the whole pan set in refrig­er­a­tor sev­eral hours, covered.

When ready to serve, take pan out of the refrig­er­a­tor and let set a few min­utes to make cut­ting eas­ier. I only cut what I’m about to serve as the caramel is still quite gooey and will start to ooze out as you can see in the photo. Bars must be stored in refrigerator.

 

**This tem­per­a­ture applies to those liv­ing at sea level. If you are at a dif­fer­ent alti­tude you need to cal­i­brate your ther­mome­ter. I live at about 4500 feet above sea level. I cooked my syrup until it reached 327 degrees F.**

Coconut Caramel Candy Bars

 

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18 Comments

  1. Oh wow the lay­ers came out per­fectly in your bars! And the caramel looks beau­ti­ful (home­made qual­ity says it all). Will give this a go when I’m brave enough…ha ;)

    • Thanks, Kim­berly­Belle! It helps if it’s really cold when you cut. And the caramel is so gooey-yum that it tried to ooze right out! I loved the look of it though. We just keep them in the fridge!

  2. Mmmm… Caramel! Those look really really good.

    • Caramel is a Per­fect Food. Also good on pop­corn and ice cream. And any­thing else, I’m sure!

  3. I just drooled on my keyboard …

    • Wendy–If you make them then you can drool on the bars instead of the board!

  4. Beau­ti­ful! I tried to make twix bars once and used dulce de leche, you know, the sweet­e­tend con­densed milk in the crock­pot kind. Too runny. I should buck up and make these, with the home­made caramel. You’re pic­tures are inspir­ing me to try candy bars again :)

    • Thanks, Julia! The caramel only requires that you watch care­fully and use a thermometer–it’s really pretty easy. And Happy Anniver­sary! (AMAZING cake there…)

  5. Wow, those look amaz­ing! Found your site through a fel­low food blog­ger who tweeted me the link to these. They’re def­i­nitely going on my “to bake” list!

    • Thank you for vis­it­ing! And thank your friend for the tweet! I vis­ited your site and LOVED it! And con­grat­u­la­tions on your upcom­ing baby! If there’s any­thing I love more than food, it’s babies!

  6. I think these are the most beau­ti­ful candy bars I have EVER seen! They look deli­cious!
    W O W
    ;)

    • Thank you! Check back and we’ll have an awe­some ice cream recipe for you to use in your new KA attach­ment! And I love your run­ning shoes!

  7. These look incred­i­ble. I’ve been on a bit of a sweet tooth kick recently and this looks like exactly the thing I’ve been crav­ing and not find­ing at the bodega / bak­ery. I need to make these! Thanks for sharing.

    • This will absolutely feed your sweet tooth! Let me know if you try them, I’d love to hear how they turn out for you!

  8. These look so, so, soooo yummy! I love that they have so many dif­fer­ent fla­vors, from the caramel to the choco­late to the coconut. It all looks awesome!

  9. Yum these look deli­cious! And your pho­tos are gorgeous!

  10. What is marsh­mal­low crème?

    • Marsh­mal­low creme is pretty much liq­uid marsh­mal­low. It is a shelf-safe until opened prod­uct in a jar or tub often found with ice cream top­pings, but usu­ally can be found with the other marsh­mal­lows in most any gro­cery store in the US. It is also known as marsh­mal­low fluff, and is thick and runny, and very sticky. Many peo­ple use it in recipes for easy fudge, and it’s a great ingre­di­ent to use in can­dy­mak­ing when you are look­ing for a nougaty texture.

      http://www.amazon.com/Jet-Puffed-Marshmallow-Creme-7-Ounce-Jars/dp/B000E1BKJU

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