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Twix lovers will go nuts for the outrageously decadent Chocolate Caramel Tart! This decadent tart starts with a chocolate crust, then a thick layer of caramel topped with luscious ganache!
Chocolate Caramel Tart slice on a white plate

Chocolate Caramel Tart

When I saw this dreamy tart from Saveur magazine in my in-box, I knew it was only a matter of time before I made it. One of the on-line reviewers called it a gourmet Twix bar…and I tend to agree.

Thank goodness my youngest is as much of a caramel fan as I am, so I made it for his 21st birthday celebration and took it down to campus for an early celebration.

We took Nick and his roomies out for a steak dinner where we all were full to the brim by the end of the meal. We walked back to his apartment and all sampled a bite of this tart despite our sated bellies.

Chocolate Caramel Tart slice on a white plate with a strawberry and fork

Tips for Making the Caramel Filling

Oh, my heavens. This is one of the best desserts I’ve made. A lovely chocolate cookie-like crust, a thick layer of homemade vanilla caramel topped with chocolate ganache. Total bliss.

All seven of us shared one piece…and I restrained myself and didn’t ask for a doggy bag. Good girl.

  • The caramel recipe gave me some trouble. The recipe stated to cook it to 340º. By 320º, my caramel was way past amber and smoking. I was chiseling out that pan the rest of the day.
  • So I started again, this time cooking using my eyes instead of relying solely on my candy thermometer. The mixture turned that perfect caramel amber color between 290 and 300º.
  • I took it off the heat and mixed in the butter, cream, creme fraiche and vanilla. Then, to make certain it wouldn’t ooze out of the tart when cut, I heated the caramel back up to 240º. It was perfect.
  • Make sure you have an accurate candy thermometer before attempting this recipe. And to check, place it in a pan of boiling water and it should read 100º C or 212ºF.

Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes

Here are a few more recipes to honor our mothers. If my children could actually bake, I’d ask them to make this Chocolate Caramel Tart for me on Mother’s Day. It’s just that scrumptious. But if an upscale chocolate Twix tart doesn’t appeal to you, I have a feeling that one of these delicious desserts will tickle your fancy.


Chocolate Caramel Tart

Chocolate Caramel Tart

A decadent pie with a chocolate crust, caramel filling and ganache topping. Adapted from Saveur.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the caramel:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon crème Fraiche
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the ganache:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped


  1. Make the crust: Heat oven to 350º. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. With a handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar until mixture is pale and fluffy, then mix in yolks and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients. Press the dough into the bottom and up sides of a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Prick the bottom and sides of tart with a fork and bake for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature on a rack.
  2. Make the caramel: In a large saucepan, whisk together sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 6 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 240º and is a medium amber. You may swirl the pan briefly to avoid hot spots (if one area is browning before the rest).
  3. Remove pan from heat and whisk in butter, cream, and crème fraîche (the mixture will bubble up) until smooth. Return the pan to the burner and bring the mixture back up to 240º to make sure it solidifies, then removed from heat. Pour caramel into cooled tart shell and let cool slightly, then refrigerate until firm, 4–5 hours (may hurry along by popping into the freezer for a short time).
  4. Make the ganache: Bring cream to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Put chocolate into a medium bowl and pour in hot cream; let sit for a minute or two, then whisk till smooth. Pour ganache over cooled tart and refrigerate until set, 4–5 hours. Slice and serve chilled.


Total time does not include chilling times.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 646Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 2gSugar: 54gProtein: 5g


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68 comments on “Chocolate Caramel Tart”

  1. You had me at Twix! Athough truth be told I’ll take one of your upscale desserts any day of the week. Happy Mother’s Day, Liz. Thank you for so generously hosting on your special day =)

  2. Very pretty! Happy Mother’s Day Liz-enjoy:@)

  3. My first thought on seeing this was how professional it looks, Liz. And then of course how delicious! Seems like a great (if slightly naughty) choice for a special occasion.

  4. A gourmet Twix bar sounds like a pretty perfect description. This looks amazing!

  5. That tart looks divine! I’m sure I couldn’t stop with just one slice 🙂

  6. This looks delicious! And thanks again for hosting the #SundaySupper this week!

  7. Liz!!! oh my goodness!!! this is pure perfection! One of the best desserts you’ve made?!! I can see why! That slice is perfect! love love love this! Happy Mother’s day and see you soon!!! woot woot!! thank you for hosting today!!

  8. I’m not much of a sweet eater but I do have a weakness for caramel and this looks fabulous, Liz! I’ll need a glass of cold milk too, but I would love every bite. Thank you so much for hosting today and Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  9. OMG “A gourmet Twix”?! I must make this. Gorgeous photo too! Thank you for hosting #SundaySupper this week! Happy Mother’s Day!

  10. Oh MYYYY! And if you say it is one of the best desserts you have ever made, it has just jumped the queue and positioned itself at the very top of my to bake list!!!! Happy Mother’s Day Lizzy! <3

  11. Your tart looks delicious and it wouldn’t last long here! Caramel never hurt anything! Thanks for the recipe and Happy Mother’s Day!

  12. Definitely pinning this for later use. I am actually thinking about a dinner party and this would be the crowning glory for dessert. !!!!!!!

  13. It sounds like your children bake like mine. Wow, that is so delectable looking and I am a chocolate caramel kind of girl. Thanks for hosting today.

  14. Absolutely gorgeous, Liz! What a great dessert for a birthday celebration! Thanks for hosting this week!

  15. Liz your tart looks amazing and i mean amazing!!! Happy Mother’s Day to you! Oh and thank you for hosting this week!!

  16. This is to-die-for, Liz! Love it! And Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  17. Holy twix tart!! Ohmegosh! This would be soooo welcome around here. Your son has the best Mom, EVER! Happy Mother’s Day!! xoxoxo

  18. Well this is GORGEOUS!

  19. what a delicious chocolate treat for a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration!

  20. my two favorite dessert flavors!

  21. Baking desserts has never been something I am good at. This tart looks SO gorgeous AND delicious! Happy Mother’s Day!

  22. This is Oh wow, wow!! I am a loss for words looks amazing and soooooo yummy! Thanks for hosting this week on Sunday Supper and HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY!

  23. That is one gorgeous pie! Pure heaven. I’m thinking this is exactly what I’ll make for Father’s Day! Happy Mothers day to you!

  24. Decadent..simply decadent with that thick layer of caramel, then ganache…an amazing treat for the Mother’s Day!

  25. Oh my!This looks every bit divine as you describe it and no surprises that its your favorite!!Love the flavors and wish somebody baked this for me 🙂 Thanks Liz for hosting this wonderful event!

  26. This is the most photogenic tart I’ve ever seen! So beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting.

  27. I so love your mouth-watering photos of decadent desserts. Baking something that turns out beautifully is on my bucket list. Until then, you’re my inspiration. Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for hosting today!

  28. My mom would love this tart. She very kindly doesn’t eat chocolate since I’m highly allergic and she always tells me how much she would like some.

    When I make caramel, I always just use my instincts to cook it, rather then a candy thermometer. If it needs to be cooked again after adding the cream and butter, that’s when the thermometer comes out.

  29. Liz, this sounds like the most amazing dessert ever. I think I may have said this about pretty much every single one of your recipes…just amazing! Thank you so much for hosting.

  30. It sounds truly decadent! Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for hosting, too.

  31. Happy mothers day lovely Liz! Pinned.

  32. Gourmet Twix bar, OMG, I am sold. One after another of your desserts and dishes are magnificent and again this looks amazing!! Happy Mother’s Day and thank you so much for hosting!!

  33. Hoo boy if I made this Mom would never get to see it! Thanks for hosting

  34. Twix bars! I’m a big fan of chocolate and caramel. It sounds like your son had a lovely 21st and a steakhouse is so perfect for boys of that age. But after that, I’m not surprised no one could fit in more of this tart. I love how the tart has chocolate in the crust. And I’ll remember that about the caramel! xx

  35. WHOOOOAAAAA over the top decadence!!!! Just thinking of how yummy this has to be…mmmmm

  36. This tart looks so decadent, two favourite flavours together 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  37. Wish I was celebrating Mother’s Day at your house today – What a beautiful, decadent and delicious dessert for Mother’s Day!

  38. Oh my Liz. You have made some excellent desserts, but this may be the very best yet!

  39. Chocolate and caramel, you can’t beat that combination. This looks so yummy, I would love to have a piece right now.

  40. All 7 of you shared 1 piece!?!?!!? I would be elbowing people out of the way to get the last bite of that tart! It looks amazing! Caramel, ganache, ahhhhh!

  41. And Happy Mother’s Day, Liz!!! I hope you got the special treatment today. Hugs!

  42. OMMMMMY,
    Liz, this tart is PURE SIN)))!!!!!!!

  43. Wow, Liz, this is gorgeous!! The texture of that caramel looks perfect. This twix-bar-in-tart-form is a winner!

  44. A Twix pie to celebrate a 21st is very nifty indeed. I can taste that cool, chocolately carmel goodness when I close my eyes.

  45. Piece of heaven on my plate! You did it again, Liz!
    🙂 ela

  46. What a mouthwatering dessert. This is looking perfect. Love the combination of caramel and chocolate.

  47. I love the double heavy cream in this recipe…the caramel sounds so good.

  48. Chocolate and caramel…drooling as I type this!

  49. I know this is a good one! Happy Mother’s Day, Liz!

  50. Lizzy this tart looks out-of-this-world good. My love for caramel can be dangerous. I would go crazy if this were in front of my right now! Happy belated birthday to your son. What an awesome mama he’s got! 😉

    And of course, I hope you had a truly lovely Mother’s Day. Sending hugs your way~


  51. Thank you so much for hosting this week’s Sunday Supper! My other half would go bonkers for this since he adores anything similar to a Twix and is a chocoholic. This tart is beautiful! I hope your week is off to a good start.

  52. Oh my Liz! I can’t wait to make this, it looks amazing! I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day my sweet friend and Thank You so much for hosting!

  53. Wow Liz this tart does look sinful and amazing. Love the caramel overload and like the chocolate crust too.

  54. What a sensational tart, the layers are perfect!

  55. Liz, my eyes are bugging out of my head right now like an old-school cartoon and I’m saying out loud “hubba hubba!” This is the most elegant, beautiful, perfect “Twix” I’ve ever seen 😉 Twix is one of my favourite chocolate bars so for you to describe it that way makes me want your gorgeous tart even more. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  56. What an amazingly stunning tart, Liz! So decadent! Love it 🙂

  57. I am in awe of this tart, it is way too decadent! It really looks like a tart that will satisfy any sweet tooth! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  58. This is one of the best looking tart I’ve seen in a long time
    It look DELICIOUS, and I have no doubt it tastes heavenly

  59. I would be so happy if this was given to me as a birthday treat, I want to dive into that caramel 😀 Lovely treat I can’t wait to make this.

  60. How on earth did I miss this beauty? It’s perfect!!!

  61. Lizzy,
    I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love this. Pinned. I’m definitely making this soon. Hope you had a Happy Mother’s day.

  62. Hmm.. it sounds like your candy thermometer is acting wonky. Check it with boiling water.

  63. This tart is so perfectly over the top! It is a special occasion favorite at our house!

  64. There wasn’t a single piece of this tart left! Everyone loved it so much!

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