Shortbread crust, sweetened coconut, caramel, chopped pecans, & rich chocolate…all wrapped up into one cute little bar…so darned good!
I have never been much of a coconut lover – was never a hater, just never really went nuts for it. And I always traded my Almond Joy bars when I would get them trick-or-treating. Actually, nobody wanted to trade anything for Almond Joys when we were kids, so my dad would just eat them for me. But when I saw this recipe from one of my favorite recipe bloggers, The Brown-Eyed Baker, her picture looked so good, that I decided to give them a try. My brother, who won’t touch anything with coconut in it, texted me on Thursday and said, “Those magic things are a hit… people are eating them and liking them”. There you have it. Oh, and there are several versions of this “Magic” bar out there. Many of which call for butterscotch chips, and honestly, those recipes are nowhere near as good as this one! So, stop making those butterscotch ones and give this one a try… you will like it, I promise!
I’m keeping this post short and sweet because, it’s a little late, and we are already into week 15. By the way, this upcoming week 15 is a big one in Chicago as far as Bears fans are concerned… we have our last home game of the season at Soldier Field on Sunday, and it’s against the Green Bay Packers. I’ve decided I need to be in the stadium on Sunday when we win. I’ll be posting this upcoming treat day recipes on Friday. As well as all of my Christmas and Holiday treat recipes on Wednesday, which I’ll be talking about this Wednesday morning on the Bill Leff & Wendy Snyder WGN Radio show.
Ok, here are the few notes I have for you on this recipe:
- Be sure to use SWEETENED coconut. There is unsweetened available, but that will not taste as good and will be much drier than the sweetened version
- For the caramel part, I used the already prepared SMUCKER’s caramel in the glass jar. This is the one recipe that I don’t use the Kraft individual wrapped caramels. And I only used the special “Simple Delight” version because I already had some in my fridge. But the regular kind is terrific for this recipe too!
- I use Ghiradelli semi-sweet milk chocolate chips – and for those of you that live near Mariano’s, they usually have the best price around town for this brand.
That’s it! I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.
Here is the link Ultimate Magic Bars
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