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A stack of caramel apple chocolate bark.

Caramel Apple Bark

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Caramel Apple Bark brings together everything you love about caramel apples in an easy to make, and easy to eat, chocolate bark. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Granny Smith apples medium to large size
  • 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
  • 3 cups pretzels
  • 17 ounces Kraft Caramel Bits Approximately 1 and 1/2 bags of 11oz Caramels

Instructions

  • Prepare a large cookie sheet (approximately 13” X 18”) by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds on high power, then remove and stir well. Cook for an additional 15 seconds on high power, then remove and stir well. Repeat as needed. Only cook them until you can stir the chocolate chips smooth. Spread this onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Place the pretzels in one even layer all over the top of the chocolate.
  • Melt the caramels in the microwave. Just like with the chocolate chips, start with 30 seconds on high power then stir well. Continue cooking for 15 second intervals stirring well in between. Cook until smooth with some bubbles.
  • Dice the apples. Pat them with paper towels to remove excess moisture. The dryer you can get the apples, the better things will stick together. Mix the diced apples into the melted caramel. Pour this mixture evenly over the chocolate base, then carefully spread.
  • Place the pan into the refrigerator and allow it to chill for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, melt the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, using the same method as before, and drizzle melted chocolate over the bark. 
  • Return the bark to the refrigerator, ideally for at least two hours, until completely set.Remove from the fridge and cut it up into pieces. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

This is a treat that really is best served soon after making and chilling. At room temperature the caramel can become a bit messy, so I don’t recommend that you leave this sitting out. While you can refrigerate leftovers, the texture of the apples and pretzels doesn’t really improve with time. It’s ideal to serve it the same or following day.

Nutrition

Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg
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