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I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. These dairy free salted caramel buster bars were so fun to make, and easy, too. Initially, I was planning on making a dairy free hot fudge sauce to layer in the treats, but I changed my mind because So Delicious Dairy Free® Cashew Milk Salted Caramel Cluster frozen dessert that I used already has a swirl of caramel sauce built in. So I just added some chopped peanuts and cashews to amp things up a bit.
I know they might look intimidating, but the process is fairly simple. You soften the frozen dessert for a little bit – enough to work with it, but not so much that it’s completely melted. Then you layer it with chopped nuts in a waxed paper cup, and top with some extra nuts. Stick a popsicle stick into the cup and freeze them until you’re ready to dip.
To make the chocolate shell, you heat coconut oil and chocolate chips in a saucepan until melted. Then let it cool to room temperature. This is where the magic happens. Those two solid products don’t go back to their solid state, and it completely blows my mind. It only turns solid when the frozen treats are dipped.
You return them to the freezer right away to make sure the coating gets nice and hard. You can dip them twice if you want a extra thick layer, or you can leave as is. It’s up to you.
Did you know that magic shell is naturally dairy free? That is, if you use chocolate chips that are make of real chocolate. I know. Most commercial chocolate chips are actually chocolate “flavored” chips, which is pretty depressing, but it’s what makes them so cheap. Since going dairy free, we swapped them out with a local brand of chocolate chips that only contain traces on milk – meaning they were made on equipment that touches milk, but there’s no actual milk in them (which is fine for us, but NOT for people with actual allergies to milk). So if you’re concerned about allergies, make sure you buy a brand that you know and trust.
Have you tried dairy free frozen treats before? We had yet to try it, even though we don’t really eat dairy in our house. I can’t believe we waited so long. As I was eating this treat last night, I was amazed by how rich and creamy it is thanks to the cashew milk. We found ours at Walmart, in the ice cream aisle, along with some creamy coconut milk strawberry frozen dessert, too. So pick some up the next time you’re there. You won’t believe how amazing this stuff is.
These frozen dessert have what all the So Delicious Dairy Free® products offer – allergy friendly, dairy free, and vegan – and they also don’t have any of that extra junk in there. No artificial flavors or dyes. No high fructose corn syrup. None of it. So I feel much better about making a decadent treat like this for my family.
P.S. You can make this recipe with any flavor of frozen dessert. I think layering strawberry and vanilla would make a great neapolitan buster bar. But, really any flavor would work.
Dairy Free Salted Caramel Buster Bars
For the frozen treats:
- 2 1-pint containers So Delicious Dairy Free® Cashew Milk Salted Caramel Cluster
- 1/3 cup roasted, salted peanuts, chopped
- 1/3 cup roasted, salted cashews, chopped
For the magic shell:
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- 8 popsicle sticks
- 8 waxed paper cups
- Waxed or parchment paper
To make the frozen treats:
- Allow So Delicious Cashew Milk Salted Caramel Cluster frozen desesrt to soften for 5 - 10 minutes. Layer 1/4 cup frozen dessert, top with chopped nuts, another 1/4 cup layer of frozen dessert. Repeat until all 8 cups are full. Top cups with remaining nuts.
- Cover cups with plastic wrap, piercing a hole in the center. Press popsicle sticks through the holes and into the frozen treats. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
To make the magic shell:
- In a medium saucepan, heat chocolate chips and coconut oil over low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Allow shell to come to room temperature.
To coat frozen treats:
- Dip each treat in the magic shell until fully coated. Allow excess shell to drip off of the treat. Transfer to a wax paper or parchment lined baking sheet and return to freezer. Repeat for each treat.
Don’t forget to check out these other frozen treats, too. They’re so many amazing things you can make.