Caramel Bars

32 caramels
3/4 c. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. cream
1 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. butter
3/4 c. melted butter
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (6 oz.) pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. oatmeal

Melt caramels, cream and 3 Tbsp. butter in double boiler. Mix together flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, soda, 3/4 cup butter and salt. Press 3/4 of this mixture in bottom of 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350°. Pour melted caramel over baked mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and balance of crumb mixture. Bake another 10-15 minutes at 350°, watching closely so caramel won’t cook.

Morrison County Fair Hershey’s Chocolate Recipe Contest, Children’s Division, First Place,Abbey Schultz