4-Layer TWIX Dessert Bars

I’ve partnered with MARS and Collective Bias to create these 4-Layer TWIX Dessert Bars.  They’re loaded with chocolate, caramel and of course TWIX Bites…the perfect combination for a fun summer dessert!
#EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias

4 Layer Twix Dessert Bars: These bars are chocolatey, caramely and perfect for summer!There were always a few things I could count on when I was a kid growing up in Charleston, SC.  For starters, my sister’s troll doll collection.  I could always count on her to be carrying that collection somewhere.  And I could count on the fact that I was not allowed to touch or even look at them…unless I paid her 25¢.  Bummer.  I could also always count on my Mom keeping a stash of TWIX mini-candy bars hidden somewhere in the kitchen.  TWIX is one of her favorite candy bars, so I knew we always had some stashed away somewhere.  Even when she started hiding them, I would still find ’em.  Kids are sneaky (or perhaps stubborn?) like that!  To this day, TWIX remain one of my favorite candy bars, and I often keep a stash hidden somewhere in the house.  I guess we really do turn into our parents as we grow up.  (Yikes!)

4 Layer Twix Dessert Bars: These bars are chocolatey, caramely and perfect for summer!I had an amazing idea just the other day.  I had a bag of TWIX® Bites sitting on the counter, and I also happened to have some leftover caramels laying nearby.   The wheels up top started turning.  What if I create a dessert bar using said TWIX and said caramels…and put a nice graham cracker crust on the bottom…and top the whole thing with melted chocolate.  Yes.  Just yes.  These 4-Layer TWIX Dessert Bars needed to happen!

4 Layer Twix Dessert Bars: These bars are chocolatey, caramely and perfect for summer!Of course, when it came time to make these bars, I was almost out of TWIX Bites.  (I told you they were one of my favorite candy bars!)  So I ran out to Walmart and picked up a couple more bags.  To be fair, I only needed one bag to make these 4-Layer TWIX Dessert Bars, but I needed another bag to uh help…umm…inspire me while I was making the bars.  Yes, inspire…that’s it!  So there I was in the kitchen…melting chocolate with one hand and munching on TWIX Bites with the other.  It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

4 Layer Twix Dessert Bars: These bars are chocolatey, caramely and perfect for summer!Can I just take a moment to say how much I love all of the new Bites that Mars has come out with?  For me, they’re the perfect after-lunch snack when I’m craving something sweet.  (And there’s no wrappers to deal with!)  But more importantly, they’re really fun to use in recipes!  On top of cakes, inside bars, the possibilities here are endless…if you can keep from eating them all first!  (Or you could be like me and buy an extra bag from the start…you know, just for inspiration.)

4 Layer Twix Dessert Bars: These bars are chocolatey, caramely and perfect for summer!

4 Layer Twix Dessert Bars: These bars are chocolatey, caramely and perfect for summer!

4-Layer TWIX® Dessert Bars

4 Layer Twix Dessert Bars: These bars are chocolatey, caramely and perfect for summer!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 435kcal

Ingredients

  • 13 full-size graham crackers
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 15 oz. soft caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 2 Tbsp evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 7-oz bag Twix bites, unwrapped
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare an 8”x8” brownie pan by lining it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (Tip: Make the parchment or foil sheets extra long so that they extend over edges of the pan. This will make it easy to lift the brownies out later!)

For the Graham Cracker Crust

  • Using a food processor or mini-chopper, pulse the graham crackers until finely ground.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and 1 stick (8 Tbsp) of melted butter. Stir until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of brownie pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Set aside to let crust cool before adding the Caramel Layer.

For the Caramel Layer

  • Place the unwrapped caramels, evaporated milk and water in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. (Note: It took me 5 rounds before mixture was fully melted and smooth.)
  • Spread Caramel Layer evenly on top of the Graham Cracker Crust, and use an offset spatula to push caramel mixture to the edges of the pan.

For the Twix Layer

  • Coarsely chop the Twix bites, leaving a couple to use as garnish later.
  • Sprinkle the chopped Twix bites evenly across the top of the Caramel Layer.

For the Chocolate Layer

  • Using a small saucepan, add the semi-sweet chocolate, remaining 1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) of unsalted butter and heavy cream. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until chocolate and butter have melted and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture on top of the Twix Layer, and use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate evenly across the top. Place the remaining Twix Bites on top of the Chocolate Layer.
  • Cover pan and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 2”x2” squares.

 

For another fun idea using Mars Bites, check out this Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake!

Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake #EatMoreBites #shop

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16 Comments

  1. David – these bars are fantastic – a chocolate and twix bar lovers dream come true 😉
    I have a stash of Chocoley chocolate I keep hiding from my daughter and every evening she “stumbles” on it – It’s like she can sniff it out or something…GAH!!!

    1. Haha…I totally understand the secret chocolate stash, Shashi! My wife find my hiding place recently, so now I have resorted to hiding it in the closet in my office. You know…for when I’m hard at work and need a little treat. 🙂

  2. So this is not the dessert to stumble upon when you know swimsuit season is just around the corner!! I tend to stash Butterfingers. Although my kids always find them. This is fabulous David! Who needs to swim anyway?

    1. Hahaha, Tanya! Maybe if you hide the Butterfingers way up to the top of the stairs, then that will make sure you’re still ready for swimsuit season?? I totally hear ya, though! 🙂

  3. Man, I’ve just posted today a recipe for (paleo) caramel…now I just need to find a way to make paleo graham crackers and then I can come up with a paleofied version of these awesome bars (and, of course, if I do, I’m totally giving you credit for the inspiration!)
    As usual, great pictures my friend!

    1. Thanks, Mike…you rock! Hey, I bet you could use crumbled vanilla wafers as the base layer instead of graham cracker crumbs! I remember seeing your awesome post for the wafers not that long ago.

    1. Me, too, Pamela…I can’t stop popping these Twix Bites. So far, I’ve resisted eating them with my morning coffee…but the day is coming. I sense it. 🙂

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