Gooey Caramel Turtle Bark Recipe (2024)

This Gooey Caramel Turtle Bark is a holiday must have. I even make it for my husband's birthday every year, at his request. It is the perfect combination of chocolate and caramel. You will love this one.

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I think that I have found my new favorite holiday: National Caramel Day.

I had no idea that this day existed every April 5, but I will now be adding it to my calendar and celebrating each year.

This year, I wanted to celebrate by sharing this caramel recipe with you.

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Werther’s knows how to celebrate National Caramel Day.

They set up this huge bowl of caramel at Times Square in New York City and invited people to come scoop some caramels for themselves and their friends. That’s my kind of holiday.

When it comes to caramel, I automatically think of Werther’s – my sisters and I grew up with those delicious hard candies that literally melted in your mouth.

Werther’s has now expanded its brand to include my new caramel favorite: Werther’s Original Soft Caramels, and they aren’t kidding when they say soft.

They are so smooth and delicious, I couldn’t help but sneak a few while I was making this yummy dessert.

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I love that Werther’s caramels are made with real butter and fresh cream and I knew that these soft caramels would melt up nice and gooey.

I also knew that if I drizzled this caramel over a dark chocolate bark, I would have a match made in heaven.

This dessert literally comes together in a matter of minutes and is great when you need a quick dessert that will impress anyone.

Looking for another easy bark recipe? Try our Peanut Butter Cup Bark!

Thank you Werther’s Caramels, for changing the caramel game. This Gooey Turtle Fudge is award winning.

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Serves: 15

Gooey Caramel Turtle Bark Recipe

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I make this caramel turtle bark for my husband's birthday every year, at his request. It is the perfect combination of chocolate and caramel. You will love this delicious bark.

Prep Time 55 minutes mins

Total Time 55 minutes mins


  • 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4.35 ounces Soft Caramels we used Werther's
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  • Line a 15x10x1" cookie sheet with wax paper.

  • Pour chocolate chips into a medium-sized bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, stir, then return to the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted and smooth (you may need to throw it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds- it really just depends on the strength of your microwave). Pour melted chocolate onto prepared sheet.

  • Using a flat spatula, spread chocolate out on wax paper until it's about 1/4" thick.

  • Place unwrapped caramels and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds, then remove and stir. Microwave again for 30 seconds, then stir until caramel is smooth and creamy (you may need to throw it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds so it can be super creamy).

  • Drizzle melted caramel over chocolate, then top with chopped pecans. If desired, drizzle with additional melted chocolate.

  • Place bark in the fridge for 30-45 minutes so that it can set up.

  • When it has hardened, remove from fridge and use a sharp knife to chop into large pieces (or you can use your hands to break it into small pieces).


Calories: 193 kcal · Carbohydrates: 19 g · Protein: 2 g · Fat: 13 g · Saturated Fat: 6 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 4 mg · Sodium: 23 mg · Potassium: 162 mg · Fiber: 2 g · Sugar: 14 g · Vitamin A: 39 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 29 mg · Iron: 2 mg


  • Mixing Bowl

  • Baking Sheet

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

For more information, you can visit their website or on Facebook at Werther’s Original US.

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  1. elizabeth urquhart says:


  2. Gabriela Santiago says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It saved me for Thanksgiving. Tuned out amazing!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Oh no, I just bought everything except the wrong caramels! I bought the chewy ones, do you think it can still work!? Can't wait to try this, it looks delicioussss, thanks!

  4. Cyd says:

    You need the soft caramels which are kind of chewy. Kraft caramels would work too.

  5. Tina says:

    Hi love your blog! I'm definetly a fan! Question does the soft carmels stay soft on the bark when it's completed or does it get hard for making a struggle to chew after? Curious cause kraft carmels have done this in past recipes?

  6. Cyd says:

    The caramel sets up nicely but it is still soft.

  7. Annie Williams says:

    simply delicious, I use the caramel stated in the recipe. I am now making gift for my two BFF.

  8. Elisha says:

    How do you store yours? In the fridge? In a container on the counter?

  9. Cyd says:

    We store it in an airtight container.

  10. Debi says:

    There is cream in the ingredient list, but not in the directions. Does it go with the chocolate? Or the caramels?

  11. Momma Cyd says:

    It's in step #4. It says to add the caramels and the milk to a medium sized bowl. In the ingredients you can use cream or milk. Hope this helps.

  12. Nancy says:

    I want to add this to my Christmas baking list it looks so good. Can it be put in the freezer?

  13. Momma Cyd says:

    Yes, you can freeze it our put it in a air tight container in a cool place.

  14. Alison K says:

    Can a double boiler be used for melting?

  15. Cathy Blatnik says:

    Do these need to be stored in the fridge?

  16. Momma Cyd says:

    Store in an air tight container is all that's needed.

  17. Alba says:

    Made this for Thanksgiving at the last minute and it was a BIG Hit! Everyone loved it. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Samantha says:

    Can you put pretzels on top or bottom instead?

  19. Momma Cyd says:

    You could easily add pretzels to the top.

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