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This holiday season, legit homemade gifts like this Chocolate, Marshmallow, Caramel, and Candied Bacon Bark can help save you money and still impress your family and friends!
If only opening your wallet and handing over vasts amount of money was considered an actual legit workout… I’d be in good shape. Sadly, all it leaves me is a little bit lighter in the bank account.
I totally love the holiday season, but let’s be honest. Money flows pretty darn easily in the outward direction this time of year. Giving gifts is one of my favorite things to do, but I also enjoy a credit card and debt-free life (what, no credit cards?! Yup, that’s how this household rolls).
Solution? Getting all DIY in your kitchen. Giving homemade gifts is not only super thoughtful (and tasty), it can help you save money this Christmas. Homemade gifts like…. oh hey Chocolate, Marshmallow, Caramel, and Candied Bacon Bark!
Oooo, and it’s topped with crushed pretzels as well. I didn’t want to put that in the title though, because it seemed long enough already 😉
Tell me you wouldn’t love getting a basket full of homemade deliciousness from a neighbor, co-worker, or friend? Especially if it includes… okay, let’s break this down:
- ooey-gooey marshmallow
- chewy caramel
- candied bacon
- more chocolate
- crushed pretzels
Yea, this creative chocolate bark is legit. It’s sweet, salty, chewy, and ooey-gooey… all at the same time.
And with Kraft caramels and Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows, this Chocolate, Marshmallow, Caramel, and Candied Bacon Bark is also ridiculously easy to put together. It requires no baking (except for cooking the bacon) and minimal effort. And it’s totally something your kids can help you make.
Now all you have to figure out is… who are you going to give it to?
Chocolate, Marshmallow, Caramel, and Candied Bacon Bark
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: About 15 Pieces of Bark 1x
- 2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups Kraft Jet-Puffed mini marshmallows
- 1 scant tablespoon butter
- 25 – 30 Kraft caramels, unwrapped
- 4 to 5 strips bacon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3/4 cup mini pretzels, lightly crushed
- Line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray generously with non-stick cooking spray. Let edges of parchment/foil overhang pan for easy removal.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Place bacon in single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar and rub in lightly. Cook until golden brown and crispy, about 18-22 minutes. Remove to plate and allow to cool. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. Do not overheat, or chocolate will burn.
- Pour a thin, even layer of melted chocolate into pan and smooth with spatula. Place in freezer to harden, about 10 minutes.
- Place marshmallows and butter into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 30-45 seconds. Marshmallows will expand when heated, so make sure to use a large bowl and keep an eye on it. Stir marshmallows. It should be smooth and elastic. Heat for an additional 15-30 seconds if needed. Spray spatula with nonstick spray and spread marshmallow into a thin, even layer very quickly on the hardened chocolate. Return to freezer 10-15 minutes.
- Pour another thin, even layer of chocolate over marshmallow layer and return to freezer to harden. Place unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Drizzle very quickly in a thin layer. It’s going to harden very fast, so it’s best to try to drizzle it evenly over the chocolate layer. If it doesn’t cooperate into a perfect thin layer, it’s okay. Just do your best.
- Scatter chopped candied bacon over caramel, pressing down slightly. Return to freezer to allow to harden. If remaining chocolate has hardened, microwave until melted and pour over candied bacon into an even layer. Sprinkle pretzels on top and press in slightly with spatula. Return to freezer and let harden.
- When ready to cut, remove bark from pan and cut into pieces with a sharp knife. Keep refrigerated.
I went to Walmart to snag my Kraft Caramels and Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows. Look for them in the baking and/or candy aisles. And if you need more inspiration this holiday season, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!