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RECIPE: Caramel Bacon Peanut Bark

Caramel BacPeanut Bark is rich blend salty sweet. | Matthew Mead~AP

Caramel Bacon Peanut Bark is a rich blend of salty and sweet. | Matthew Mead~AP

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Updated: January 1, 2012 8:03AM



MAKES 24 SERVINGS

12 ounces maple or brown sugar bacon

2 (12-ounce) packages milk chocolate bits

1

1/2 cups chopped peanuts (salted or not)

1 (10-ounce) bag soft candy caramels

Large flake sea salt

Line baking sheet with waxed paper. Heat large saute pan over medium-high. Working in batches, add bacon and cook until very crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then repeat with remaining bacon. Set aside to cool completely. Once cooled, crumble bacon into small pieces.

Place chocolate bits in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds, or until melted and smooth. Pour chocolate onto prepared baking sheet, then tap on counter to settle chocolate into an even, smooth puddle.

Immediately sprinkle peanuts and bacon evenly over chocolate. Allow chocolate to fully harden, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, place caramels in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds, or until melted and smooth. Drizzle caramel over bark, then sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Allow to cool and harden, then break into pieces.

Nutrition facts per serving:

315 calories, 21 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 70 mg cholesterol, 28 g carbohydrates, 23 g sugars, 6 g protein, 195 mg sodium, 1 g fiber



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