Can't-Leave-Alone Bars


These bars made with cake mix and sweetened condensed milk truly live up to their name. Every time I bring them to a gathering, they are the first to go, and I am always asked for the recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
16 bars


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package white cake mix

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

  • ½ cup butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Mix together cake mix, oil, and eggs in a large bowl using a fork until just blended. Set aside.

  3. Combine condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until melted and smooth, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Press 1/2 of the cake mixture into a 9x13-inch dish; pour chocolate mixture over cake mixture. Take a small handful of remaining cake mixture and flatten between your hands; lay atop chocolate layer. Repeat with remaining cake mixture.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.


For a chocolate version, use a chocolate cake mix and butterscotch chips in place of the white cake mix and milk chocolate chips.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

279 Calories
20g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 279
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 83mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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