I seriously cannot believe that Christmas is THIS week! That’s insane to me. Every year it comes quicker and quicker… which means I’m getting older? No. Never. Anyway, more important than my age is this Salted Caramel Nut Bark. It is unbelievably good. I didn’t even think I was a nut bark kind of person – but, turns out, I am. I feel like I was literally addicted to this stuff. I had a lot of “crumbs” leftover after cutting it into pieces and let’s just say they didn’t last very long.
The idea for this Salted Caramel Nut Bark started when Bob brought home some “gourmet” chocolate dipped peanut clusters from the market. They were good – but not that good. I kept eating them, nonetheless, hoping with each bite that they would get better – but they never did. Then I saw Ina’s Salted Caramel Nuts pop up on my Facebook Feed and they looked SO GOOD. So, I thought about combining the two. Her Salted Caramel Nuts don’t use peanuts which I like because the nuts she does use are just mild and buttery: cashews, pecans, walnuts and almonds.
So I attempt to make the first batch of my Salted Caramel Nut Bark. Total fail. Turns out, it doesn’t look as easy as Ina makes it to make caramel. I stirred it because it was getting too dry and that in turn made it crystallize which just make me want to stir and smash it some more. Big mistake. Of course, I impulsively poured in the nuts anyway because I had a baking sheet of semi-hard melted chocolate waiting for me. The result was not perfect looking but it did taste delicious. I had to make it again.
This time around, I did what any failed home cook does – I went to Google and typed in, “Why did my caramel crystallize?” I then watched a few You Tube videos, adjusted the recipe and voila! Perfect Salted Caramel Nut Bark. I thought I had made enough to last until Christmas but it’s already gone. If I have time later this week another batch is in my future – it may or may not make it to the cookie platter.
Of the 3 new Christmas treats I made this year, this Salted Caramel Nut Bark is by FAR my favorite – although, not the most kid friendly. I’m pretty sure I won’t be waiting until Christmas to make it again. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and hope that Santa is good to everyone! Merry Merry! 🙂
Yield: 1 Standard Baking Tray
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten.