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Gluten-Free Toasted Sesame Caramel Chocolate Bars

For the most part, we don’t eat a lot of sweets in our family. But there are exceptions, like birthdays and holidays when we love to bake and make special treats. For those occasions, this recipe will now be one of our favourites.

At the beginning of the month, I received July’s PC Black Box which contained two products to try out: PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce and PC Black Label White Peach Condiment. While both are super scrumptious, the caramel sauce caught my attention and I wanted to create something sweet just in time for Father’s Day.


The PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce has a decadent caramel flavour with hints of nutty taste from the toasted white and black sesame seeds. It’s truly a unique and indulgent sauce that really wows the palette.

With the caramel dessert sauce in hand, I decided to try my hand at a sensational dessert. The kind that leaves you completely satisfied with just one square, because it’s so exceptionally decadent. These dessert bars are first filled with chocolate, caramel, and pecans, then covered with a sweet buttery layer. All together, they make an irresistible filling!

The piece de resistance is really the creamy caramel and nutty flavour of the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce. It adds a hint of welcome complexity to the taste and leaves you wondering, “What is the secret ingredient!”


I surprised my husband with these Gluten-Free Toasted Sesame Caramel Chocolate Bars and he was over the moon. He said they were hands down one of the best desserts he’s ever had. My kids were fans too! And as it happens, so was I. I ended up cutting them in bite size squares and freezing them, so we wouldn’t over-indulge. Instead, we pulled a few squares out every other evening for a luxurious dessert.

For all of my caramel and chocolate lovers out there, this one is for you! There aren’t too many pecans in this recipe, just enough to add some texture and flavour, however if you aren’t a fan, you can leave them out. Friends, I’m telling you these bars are crazy yummy and if you’re looking to make a show-stopping, over the top, melt-in-your-mouth dessert, then this is it.

Here’s the recipe just for you. Before you run off and make these, keep scrolling – I’ve got a giveaway to share with you!

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Gluten-Free Toasted Sesame Caramel Chocolate Bars


  • Author: Emily Smith
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Description

Decadent dessert bars packed with PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Sauce, chocolate and sweet buttery filling.


Ingredients

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For the base

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup PC Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Filling

  • 1 cup President’s Choice Decadent Chocolate Chunks
  • 1/2 cup pecans, pieced
  • 4 tablespoons PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch slightly greased baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the base and using your hands, cut butter into dry ingredients until small lumps and wet sand like texture forms.
  3. Pack down the mixture into prepared pan, firmly with a cold (wet) spoon and hands until an even base is reached.
  4. Evenly sprinkle with the chocolate chunks, pecans and drizzle the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce on top.
  5. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, whipping cream, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
  6. Remove bowl from microwave, and whisk until mixture is smooth.
  7. Return bowl to microwave for another minute on high. Then stir again and add in vanilla and salt.
  8. Slowly and evenly pour the caramel sauce over the chocolate chunks, pecan and caramel sauce.
  9. Place pan on a cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, or until caramel is clearly bubbling around edges.
  10. Allow bars to cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 3 hours, or covered overnight, before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • Makes 9 very large bars. You can cut them smaller to make more servings. These taste great refrigerated too!
  • Cook Time: 30

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 9


This recipe has been created in partnership with President’s Choice and the PC Black Label Collection. I am proud to be a #PlayWithYourFood partner! As always, all opinions are personal.

Emily Smith

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105 Comments

  1. I love your recipe! I can’t wait to try making it. I think I would make some amazing dessert sundaes with the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce.

  2. I love your recipe and I would make that one for sure. I might try swirling the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce into my basic brownie recipe. Or maybe try mixing it into homemade chocolate ice cream. I love the PC Black Label products. Thanks for sharing and of course the giveaway .

  3. I don’t have a specific recipe in mind, but I’m sure it would be wonderful over ice cream or in a milkshake.

  4. Would it be wrong to say that I’d just eat straight out of the jar with a spoon?! Or how about drizzled on a warm brownie straight from the oven, covered with whipped cream, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chunks?! Ahhhh, yes please!

  5. I think I would make exactly this with PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce, It looks incredible. and I have to eat gluten free

  6. I would use the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce over dessert waffles and add some ice cream and whip cream

  7. There are so many choices but I would use it as a topping for ice cream or brownies , delicious.

  8. I think that I would use it to top vanilla ice cream or over brownies or as part of a shortbread type bar.

  9. I’d make your recipe and add some coconut! These look so good – not sure I could wait for them to cool before trying them, though!! Yum.

  10. I got some new silicone cupcake liners that I hve yet to use and I would make bite sized cheese cakes and drizzle this on top.. .I also woujld try your recipe

  11. Oh boy, the bars you made look scrumptious! I would use the The PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce to make a banana split, in milk shakes, on brownies and in smoothies.

  12. I like the combination of apples and caramel, so I think I would incorporate this into an apple cobbler, or possibly a monkey bread.

  13. I would surely use this on Angel Food Cake and fresh fruit, or put it on ice cream lol so many options!

  14. Oh I’d love to make a chocolate brownie version with the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce!

  15. I think we will try this recipe for the time being, as it sounds really good. Once we get that done then we will go and try something different.

  16. I believe that I would have to try out their Sesame Caramel Hazelnut Butter Tarts! They just look so decadent and my mouth is watering!

  17. I would make ice cream sundaes with the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce, sounds perfect for Summer!

  18. This dessert looks and sounds amazing. I think one way I would try the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce is over ice cream but I would stop there. I would try so many different deserts with it.

  19. I would love to use it on ice cream as a topping. It would also be great as a drizzle on coffee cake.

  20. Ohh,for the PC Black Label Toasted Sesame Caramel Dessert Sauce,,which sounds ahhhmazing…I would use it to put on top of french toast! I bet that would be so tasty!

  21. I Would probably put it on ice cream, or maybe brownies. I also think it would be a great dipping sauce for angel food cake and apple slices.

  22. I think this topping would be great between the layers of a cake or even drizzled over pudding. Your recipe looks like one I would like to make too.

  23. I make these wafer cookies called Stroopwaffles. I’d put this inside them. They would be so good!

  24. I would use it for a topping on my home-made brownies! I think it’d really be nice on brownies….I also would try using it as an ingredient in my brownies – it would add a nice flavour, and make the brownies nice and moist and rich. Thank you for the chance!

  25. There’s a fairly high level of probability that I’d just eat this straight out of the bottle :0 But I’d probably be aiming to serve it warm, over ice cream.

  26. I’m going to be simple with an ice cream parfait, rich vanilla ice cream, nuts and this caramel dessert sauce poured over.

  27. Oh my….so many possibilities! I would definitely try it in brownies…oh and on ice cream…oh and maybe in a cappuccino…oh and it would be yummy drizzled over homemade butter tarts!

  28. I would use the #PCblacklabel caramel to make my fruit dip, tart green apples would be delicious with this. I also am going to use your recipe at my next potluck lunch at work #playitforward

  29. I think it would taste delicious with hot Apple Crisp! Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  30. I think it would be great to use as a topping on top of a brownie pie I make. A scoop of ice cream on top of the pie, drizzled with this sauce would be yummy!

  31. I would use it on ice cream if I could get the spoon from the jar all the way to the bowl….I think I’d eat it right off the spoon.

  32. Yay! Thank you! I”m going to do my best to actually make the squares, and not just eat the caramel sauce from the jar with a spoon :0

  33. I received my prize box today: Bacon Marmalade, and Jalapeno Aioli. Both look AWESOME. Can’t wait to try them out. And the $50 PC gc is going to come in handy once I’ve polished these off and need more. Thanks again.

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