A few months ago, Sephra introduced Salted Caramel Melts as a delicious fountain fondue and candy making ingredient.  We have had RAVE reviews from our customers about how easily the salted caramel chips flow in our fountains and how guests just clamor for more. They love dipping cream puffs, sliced apples, pretzels and marshmallows.  Did you know Oreo even makes a salted caramel thin cookie, that becomes twice as good when dipped into warm, Sephra salted caramel fondue? OMGosh! But let’s talk about Salted Caramel Recipes – it’s Autumn so let the baking and barking begin!

So Much to Do With Salted Caramel Chips

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Salted Caramel Candy Apples created by Chocolat Elegant in NYC

Candy makers have enjoyed successes making salted caramel apples, salted caramel dipped marshmallows and pretzel rods covered with assorted Sephra Decorettes and many other sweet treats enjoyed by all. The salted caramel chips are extremely versatile. They firm up rather quickly making a superb candy making chocolate. The candy items are easy to dip and scrumptious to eat! Check out the amazingly easy Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Bark video and recipes below. Coupled with crushed pretzels and toasted pecans, these recipes might be my favorite. 😉

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New Sephra Salted Caramel Melts

The Newest Sephra Melts

Salted Caramel is the “new kid on the block” when it comes to our Melts flavor choices. There are so many and varied ways to use this new favorite flavor, we thought we’d share a few ideas. Every time we make some of our traditional favorite cookies or breads, we think “Hmmm….??? Would a handful of salted caramel chips be good in this?”  Ten times out of ten, the answer is a resounding YES!


I think chocolate bark is one of the easiest recipes you can make – to set on your dessert table – or to give as gifts around the holidays. It looks so darn fancy and sells for a boat load at high end kitchen stores. So give these recipes a try and see if you don’t impress yourself! These variations of chocolate bark recipes are all delish!

Salted Caramel Bark and White Chocolate Bark

Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Bark with Pecans and Pretzels

Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press paper as closely into edges as possible. This makes the bark easy to lift out and break into pieces once hardened.

INGREDIENTS

2 lb bag Sephra Salted Caramel Chocolate Chips
2 lb bag Sephra White Chocolate Melts
1 cup chopped and crunched pretzels

NOTE: I always melt any type of chocolate on half power in the microwave. It’s safer to do so. If you ever overcook or burn your chocolate – it’s toast.

DIRECTIONS

Melt about 2 cups salted caramel chips in a large glass bowl or 4 cup measuring cup in the microwave. Melt for 3 minutes ON HALF POWER. Stir. Melt for 3 more minutes. Stir. Repeat until salted caramel is melted and ready to pour and spread.

For this recipe I mixed crushed pretzel sticks into the melted salted caramel before spreading onto the cookie sheet. You can spread the caramel and then sprinkle the pretzels over the top, too. Lightly “pat in” the pretzels to the salted caramel.

Next heat the white chocolate chips in the microwave – again half power. Heat for 2 minutes and stir. White chocolate is the easiest to burn so be careful. Once the white chocolate is melts drizzle and spread over the top of the caramel / pretzel combo. Let sit til hardened. Break apart and enjoy.

BE CREATIVE: You can layer this however you prefer. White chocolate on the bottom. Mix pretzels in or sprinkle. Totally up to you. It’s fun to try different combos and makes your little gift bags even more impressive.

Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Toasted Pecan Bark

Prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press paper as closely into edges as possible. This makes the bark easy to lift out and break into pieces once hardened.

INGREDIENTS

2 lb bag Sephra Salted Caramel Chocolate Chips
2 lb bag Sephra White Chocolate Melts
1 cup toasted pecans – toasted makes them soooo delicious

NOTE: I always melt any type of chocolate on half power in the microwave. It’s safer to do so. If you ever overcook or burn your chocolate – it’s toast.

Melt about 2 cups salted caramel in a large glass or 4 cup measuring cup in the microwave. Melt for 3 minutes ON HALF POWER. Stir. Melt for 3 more minutes. Stir. Repeat until salted caramel is melted and ready to pour and spread.

For this recipe I spread the salted caramel right onto the pan without the pecans. Let it harden for 20 minutes or so.

Next heat the white chocolate chips in the microwave – again half power. Heat for 2 minutes and stir. White chocolate is the easiest to burn so be careful. Once the white chocolate is melts drizzle and spread over the top of the caramel / pretzel combo. Sprinkle the toasted pecans on top of the white chocolate immediately. Pat into the white chocolate. Let sit for til hardened. Break apart and enjoy.

These are just two options to our Salted Caramel Bark – I think crushed Butterfinger Candy Bars or Orea Salted Caramel Thins would be great crushed up and added into the mix!

Mix Salted Caramel Into Your Favorite Recipes

I love Pinterest, as I’m sure you do, too.  I’ve gotten so many innovative and creative ideas from the site and used them with great results.  Recently, I saw a recipe from Haley Parker, The Domestic Rebel, called “Salted Caramel Butter Bars”.  That immediately got my attention and I adapted Haley’s recipe so I could use our lush Sephra Salted Caramel Chips.  I have to say these bars using the Sephra Salted Caramel Chips were absolutely fabulous… not kidding; they are REALLY GOOD!

Sephra Salted Caramel Butter Bars

New Sephra Salted Caramel Chocolate Melts

Sephra Salted Caramel Melts – Perfect for Bar Cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (the real stuff)
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups Sephra Salted Caramel chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line a 13×9 baking pan with tinfoil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan.  Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Then slowly, beat in the 4 cups of flour until a soft dough has formed.  Press HALF of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan to form a crust.  Refrigerate the remaining dough.

Bake the crust for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.  Sprinkle the Sephra Salted Caramel chips evenly over par-baked crust, then crumble the remaining dough on top to evenly cover the chips. (Don’t hesitate to toss an additional 1/3-1/2 cup chips on top of the crumble-you won’t be sorry!)

Return to oven and continue baking for an additional 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting into bars. (Side bar note here:  because there is so much butter in this dough, it is much like a “shortbread cookie”.  I felt the bars were best the 2nd day, when the butter had a chance to firm-up)

Thanks, Haley at Pinterest.  Please try our recipe using the Sephra Salted Caramel Chips—it’s so easy that I’ll bet you won’t use the sticky jar sauce anymore 😊

Salted Caramel Waffles – Syrup Optional!

So, that began my quest to find out what other EASY tricks I could do with the Sephra Salted Caramel chips.

Because waffles are so popular now, not only as a week-end home treat, but at commercial venues and events, Sephra offers many top-notch waffle bakers and waffle mix products.  I got to thinking that a Salted Caramel Waffle sounded awfully good, so I grabbed my package of Sephra Belgian Waffle Mix and made a small home batch of Belgian waffle batter.  I poured a very generous 1/3 cup of Sephra Salted Caramel chips into the batter. Then spread the batter into the spayed, heated Sephra Belgian Waffle baker.  The baker steamed and baked and when it was done perfectly, dinged (yes, Sephra bakers have a self-timer to let you know when your waffle is done).

I opened the baker to find a perfectly gorgeous, crispy Salted Caramel Waffle.  The places the chips had baked into the confection were slightly toasted and oh my, what a delicious aroma filled the room.  I did nothing more than smear a little soft butter on this crispy, crunchie caramelized little bit of heaven.  The soft, melty bites were delectable.  You’ve GOT to try this!  (Another side bar note:  take a brush to your waffle baker as soon as cool to touch, to remove any melted caramel bits remaining, because, of course, the caramel chips have melted and you don’t want that to stick to your waffle plates)

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bread

Now I’m on a roll!  What’s next?  Well, it’s Fall and pumpkin is in season.  Everything is pumpkin these days.  That’s fine with my family and me.  We love pumpkin.  We love fall.  We love pumpkin bread, so naturally, that was the next salted caramel “call to action”!

The first word in the title of this blog is “EASY”.  I’m all about ‘easy’ these days and yet want to treat my family to good tasting food (without the work).  So, where else do I turn when in “easy mode”.  Trader Joe’s here!  I grabbed a box of TJ’s pumpkin bread and muffin mix, followed directions and at the end added ½ cup Sephra Salted Caramel chips.  Once in the 9×5 loaf pan, I scattered another 1/3 cup caramel chips over the top and baked according to directions.

The finished pumpkin bread came out of the oven looking like a scratch-baked luscious loaf and it smelled wonderful.  I had a hard time waiting for it to cool, but, to slice correctly, yes; let it cool.  Once I finally chunked off the end piece (I love the end pieces) I enjoyed a rich, succulent treat.  The caramel chips had melted into the pumpkin batter and created little pockets of sweet, salty deliciousness here and there.   The chips on top stayed in place to almost form a frosting effect, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies

My next venture will be oatmeal cookies (again, think I’ll use Betty Crocker’s mix) and add our very versatile and mouthwatering Sephra Salted Caramel chips to those.  Use your imagination.  There are oodles of ways to incorporate these chips into your everyday cooking to take away the “ho-hum blahs” and elevate your treats to make your family think you’ve become the younger version of Martha Stewart or Julia Childs.

Most of all, have fun and keep it EASY, friends.  Sephra has so many ways to help the home cook and the commercial caterer elevate your game.  Let us help you lead the way to culinary excellence!