Caramel Pretzel Magic Bars
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There are many names for these bars & many variations, so naturally, I love this type of recipe. You can change anything you want & make it yours.
These bars are known as magic bars, kitchen sink bars, million dollar bars, etc.
You basically have a crust (grahams, chocolate grahams, crushed oreos, crushed vanilla wafers, etc), a binder (sweetened condensed milk), & toppings (chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, candies, pretzels, etc). Easy!
These magic bars are great for holiday cookie parties and neighbor gifts.
Caramel Pretzel Magic Bars
- 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 6 Tbsp butter, melted
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 50 + pretzels (I used Snyder's Snaps)
- 20 caramels, unwrapped & cut in fourths (*They now sell caramel bits at the store near the chocolate chips! So much easier than unwrapping & cutting up caramel squares. I would try 1 cup of caramel bits if you aren't using the squares.)
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- Mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter & press in a sprayed 13x9in pan.
- Pour about half the can of condensed milk over crust.
- Layer your pretzels as close together as you like over the condensed milk/crust.
- Sprinkle caramels, chocolate chips, & coconut flakes.
- Pour remaining half of condensed milk on top.
- OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED: Break up some extra pretzels & sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top so you can see all the colors & have crunchy pretzels above the condensed milk.
- Bake at 350*F for 20-30 min until lightly brown. Let cool completely before cutting & serving.
27 Comments on “Caramel Pretzel Magic Bars”
Just put these in the oven and I added a sprinkling of broken up vanilla wafers (just cause I had them on hand and wanted to get rid of the last few). Also added the broken pretzel bits to the top layer….can’t wait for them to come out of the oven!
Nice! The great things about these magic bars (kitchen sink bars) is that you really can add almost anything! Enjoy!
Mine turned hard after awhile, any idea on what I did wrong?
The only thing I can think of is that they were over-baked or not stored properly. Sorry for your bad experience!
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Does this have to be kept cold/refrigerated? Or is room temp okay?
Room temperature is just fine. 🙂
looking for this recipe…I had copied it down…and of course not on recipe card…got misplaced….”Chucked in wastebasket…I’m sure”will let you know about the completed product”hehehaha..crazy old grandmother…
Great I hope you love it!
Made these “Hello Dollie Bars” for years…..can’t wait to do the carmel and pretzels…thanks for the post….
soo many yummy ingredients into one bar!
My grandmother did this, my mom did it and I have done it. It is absolutely delish! and easier than anything I have tried yet. Take one can of sweetened condensed milk. Remove the label (or not it will come off in the water). DO NOT OPEN THE CAN!! Fill a pot with water to cover the can. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a little higher than low. Cover and simmer for 4 hours. The only thing you need to do is keep a close eye on the water level. Don’t let it get lower than the can in other words keep the can covered with water. After 4 hours, set the can aside to cool. It will turn out to be the best caramel you have ever tasted. Great for apple dip! I’m sure it can be used for the caramel in this recipe by just adding dollops.