Ooey gooey chocolate caramel rolo bars

Homemade Oreo crust, Rolo candies, caramel and chocolate ganache –these ooey gooey rolo bars are a chocolate caramel heavenly delight

Homemade Oreo crust, Rolo candies, caramel and chocolate ganache –these ooey gooey rolo bars are a chocolate caramel heavenly delight

I’m having a hard time writing today’s post.

All I want is to get up and make myself a new batch of these homemade Rolo bars.

I was just thinking one day, how awesome would be to have a ginormous Rolo candy, with lots and lots of caramel filling.

What it seems like a silly thing started to haunt my mind. Why not?

I saw lots of recipes for homemade peanut butter cups, why can’t I make homemade rolo candy.

It can’t be that hard!

Ooey gooey chocolate caramel rolo bars

I have to be honest and say I didn’t even try to make rolo candy.

The idea vanished being replaced by the image of these rolo bars.

An image I could not get rid of.

So I tried to turn it into reality.

Twice.

And I’m about to make them again.

Ooey gooey chocolate caramel rolo bars recipe from Roxanashomebaking.com

I don’t think there are words I know of to describe how insanely good are these bars.

The bottom layer is very much alike Oreo cookies giving the bars just a slight crunchy bite.

Then you have a layer of chewy chopped Rolo candies, homemade caramel, more Rolo candies all topped with melted chocolate.

I’m telling you, do yourself a favor, go to the store buy the ingredients and make these Rolo bars.

You’ll have everyone at your feet ;)

Ooey gooey chocolate caramel rolo bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: one 8X8 baking pan

Ooey gooey chocolate caramel rolo bars

Homemade Oreo crust, Rolo candies, caramel and chocolate ganache – it’s a chocolate caramel heavenly delight

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 6 tbsp (85 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup (80 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (20 grams) cocoa powder (I used special dark cocoa powder)
  • Filling
  • 30-40 Rolo candies halved
  • 8 tbsp (113 grams) salted butter ( I highly advice to use store-bought salted butter and not replace it with unsalted butter and a pinch of salt)
  • 1 X 14 oz can (397 grams) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
  • Chocolate topping
  • 4 oz chocolate chunks
  • 1 tbsp milk or heavy cream (I used milk)

Instructions

    To make the crust
  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line an 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor place the butter, sugar, flour and cocoa powder. Pulse a couple of times until it forms a soft ball.
  3. Take the dough out and press it evenly in the prepared baking pan.
  4. With a fork, prick the crust several times and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. When cooled spread half of the Rolo candies over it.
  7. To make the filling
  8. In a medium size saucepan melt the salted butter over low heat.
  9. Add the sugar and the condensed milk.
  10. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly (making sure it doesn't burn or you have to start all over again) and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes until the mixtures thickens and changes color.
  11. If you want a darker color, a toffee color, keep cooking it for 3-4 more minutes (I did it the first time, but preferred the light color in contrast with the caramel color in the Rolo candies)
  12. While still hot, pour half over the crust and Rolo candies, add the rest of the Rolo candies and cover with the remaining caramel.
  13. Leave to cool completely at room temperature.
  14. To make the chocolate topping
  15. Melt the chocolate chunks in a microwave safe bowl. Add the milk or heavy cream and mix well. Pout over the cold caramel and leave to set before cutting the bars.
  16. Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. RavieNomNoms says

    Rolos were one of my most favorite candies growing up! SO good! I have a feeling that these wouldn’t last so long if they were anywhere near me! haha

  2. Sandra (@SECooking) says

    You are making me drool over these..oh wow…not only that your bars look beautiful just like from the magazine cover but soooo delicious too! Well done…

  3. Lisa says

    These bars are like every holiday and a birthday all rolled into one. Amazing, Roxana! (I can eat a tube of Rolo’s in less than 10 minutes lol)

  4. Debbi's Pantry says

    Love the sound of these. I live in UK so only have one size of Rolo so I assume they are the large size you are using normal size to us Brits as the only do them in tubes of about 8.I keep some in the fidge so you get the crunch of the chocolate first then the caramel melts in your mouth

    • says

      Hi Debbi,
      We have regular size Rolo, the ones I use, and mini Rolos but I haven’t seen them anywhere. If you thinking yours are bigger, you can cut them in 4.
      I keep mine in the fridge as well, mmm, so good!

  5. says

    Roxanna, this is so over the top! I love Rolos and to put them in a bar where I can eat, and then go back for another and then maybe a third one? My waist line may not be able to forgive you! It’s ok, I know my taste buds will be in heaven. Can’t wait to make these, but I’m going to wait until the kids are back in school so I can hide all the evidence just in case I eat them all myself!

  6. Suzanne Platt (@YouMadeThatblog) says

    Wow, wow, wow…I want to make these or better yet come over and eat them with you! You did a fabulous job on these little babies thanks for sharing them with us!

  7. says

    So decadent! I don’t know how you can bake so many good things! That can’t be legal, heehee! Oh my goodness, these bars are wicked – have to try them before I die! This recipe is going to my foodie bucket list for sure.

  8. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious) says

    i swear I am not just saying this- rolos were and have always been my favorite chocolate candy- ever! I mean I could eat the whole roll in a matter of minutes. These bars are to die for!

  9. says

    I can’t remember the last time I bought a roll of Rolo candies, probably for the movies! I’m sure these are delicious but they’re also beautiful sliced to show off the chocolate base and tops filled with the candy-beautiful job on these bar cookies;-)

  10. says

    You’re killin’ me with this dessert, and I know if I make this (and I will make this), I’ll eat the entire pan by myself. This is the type of dessert that will haunt my dreams, forcing me to get up in the middle of the night for a nibble.

    They look amazing, and I will be making these.

  11. says

    I agree with Jen that these bars are wicked;)I love caramel and well, chocolate and caramel is dangerous territory. How can you eat the next batch alone? I am the friend that can help you out;)xx

  12. says

    OH MY! I am having a tough time leaving your page! How did you manage to take pictures and write a post! If you left these with me they would be over before I typed in a title!

  13. Lisa says

    I’ve been searching for a recipe for these. Haven’t tried yours yet, but by far the photo of yours is absolutely the most wonderful of all. Love the addition of the chocolate crust. I’m going out to buy ingredients right now….thanks so much for sharing. I know they’ll be great

  14. Laura says

    Dear Roxana
    First of all, many thanks to share with us your delicious recipies.
    I want to try to do Homemade Rolo Bars, but I don’t know the weight more or less about “rolo” because I’m my country I don’t have this “Rolo”. Could you tell me more or less the weight in grams that I have to use of “Rolo”?
    Thanks in advance.

    • says

      Hi Laura,
      If you don’t have Rolo you can use any other caramel chocolate candies. Rolo are chocolate covered caramels but I don’t know for sure how much they weight. They are not too big, not too small, maybe the size of a raspberry or a little smaller.

      Roxana

  15. Anahi says

    I made these and left them over night and then a while in the fridge and the condensed milk never set :/ it was all gooey and a mess to cut into squares :( but very delicious btw :)

    • says

      Hi Anahi,
      So sorry to hear about that. You should have cooked the milk a little longer until it thickens and changes color otherwise, it stay runny like it happened to you.
      Glad to hear you liked them anyhow.

      Roxana

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