Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars

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The next time you're in the mood for a chocolate treat, try this dessert recipe for Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars. These dessert bars have all of the flavours of a Twix chocolate bar, but since you're making them at home, you can make them healthier than a Twix chocolate bar, and you'll know exactly what ingredients are in them. That's the thing about most popular chocolate bars you find in stores; they are filled with many unhealthy ingredients and chemicals to keep them fresher longer. When you make your own chocolate treats at home, you don't have to worry about incorporating many of the additives that are in packaged foods. Your homemade dessert recipes will also maybe end up turning out better than the real deal too. This chocolate caramel shortbread dessert has all of the yummy layers of a Twix bar which will create the perfect rich chocolate layer, a creamy caramel layer and a buttery shortbread crust on the bottom. Shelly from Cookies and Cups has created some well-known and well-loved dessert recipes including her salted caramel butter bars which was the first recipe that got her widely noticed on the internet. So there chocolate caramel bars are sure to be a hit too. Shelly also tops these bars off with some coarse sea salt for that extra hit of flavour that goes so well with chocolate and caramel. This would be a great recipe to make any time, either when you're making a special dessert to share with others, or you just need something nice and sweet.

The recipe includes ingredients like salted butter, sugar, salt, flour, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, milk chocolate and more sea salt for the topping. Using sea salt in your home is a great choice since there are more trace minerals in sea salt or pink Himalayan salt than there is in Iodized table salt. Table salt is heavily processed, and when it's heated a lot of those minerals you get in other salts are removed. Also, when you use either sea salt or Himalayan salt in meals, it helps you stay hydrated and can balance fluid levels in your body. They both also help keep your blood sugar in balance, can prevent muscle cramps and helps to balance your pH levels which will keep your body alkaline instead of acidic. So if you haven't tried sea salt or Himalayan salt, you should give it a try and see how you enjoy the taste and the way it makes you feel.

Another thing you could use to make this recipe a bit healthier is raw cacao powder to make your own homemade chocolate for the topping. Or you could use raw chocolate with a high cacao content. Milk chocolate tends to contain a lot of sugar and dairy in it which can make less healthy and also not good for people with lactose intolerance. You can buy cacao nibs or a good dark chocolate bar with a high cacao content. Usually, 50% or more is desirable. Cacao is actually quite healthy for us, and it's been shown to contain a lot of magnesium which our bodies need to feel relaxed and to deal with stress better. It also contains antioxidants and zinc, which help to keep our immune systems functioning optimally. You can find raw cacao products at health food stores, in some grocery stores and online. Just be sure you find products with raw cacao instead of cocoa which is the processed form of the cacao plant. Enjoy this recipe, other great dessert recipes and more from Cookies and Cups.***

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