Turtle Bark

On Valentine’s Day, Kathy’s boys were asking for dessert, but after a busy day at work, there was no time to bake.  Turtle bark was born, and all the boys (the grown one included, who’s a hard sell for desserts) loved it.

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1  12 ounce bag of milk chocolate chips, divided

1  11 ounce bag of Kraft Caramel Bits

2 tablespoons of milk

6 ounces of pretzel twists (about 1/3 of 16 oz bag or so)

1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt two-thirds of the bag of chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each. Continue as needed until chocolate will stir smooth.

Spread the melted chocolate evenly over parchment paper.

Immediately sprinkle pecans and pretzels over chocolate and press them gently into the chocolate.

Add caramel bits to microwave safe bowl with milk. Melt according to package directions.  Stir until smooth and drizzle over pecans and pretzels. If desired, sprinkle lightly with salt.

Melt remaining chocolate chips and drizzle over the caramel. (Once melted, I poured it into a zip top bag and cut the corner off to make a quick pastry bag to make this step easier.)

Place in the refrigerator to harden.

Once set, break or cut into pieces.

Recipe adapted from http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/

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