January 26, 2022| By

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart with Candied Peanuts

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
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This salted caramel chocolate tart is one for the record books. It has a crumbly graham cracker crust, layered with a salted caramel stuffed with peanuts and chocolate ganache and topped with candied peanuts. It gets no better than this.

I love a good tart, just try this apricot cream tart and this everything but the bagel sun tart - they're both show stopping treats, perfect for any occasion!

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Bliss on a plate

This Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart is insanely delicious. I came up with this recipe for the Eat The Culture's Black History Month Virtual Potluck! The theme this year is Afrofuturism and I could not be more excited to participate in this project with over 30 Black food bloggers.

This recipe has influences from West Africa, the chocolate and coffee notes - and then peanuts. Both candied peanut on top and the caramel layer that has peanuts added for a nice crunch. It's truly blissful. I cannot get over this creation, so much that I made it three times. For my neighbor, for my parents, and for myself. Let's talk about it!

afrofurturism - merging the past, present, and future

I’m proud to collaborate with more than 30 Black recipe developers as we celebrate Black History Month 2022. This Virtual Potluck explores Black food through the lens of Afrofuturism. Our collaboration of recipes explores the intersection of the Black diaspora via culture, future, geopolitics, imagination, liberation, culture, and technology.
Cook and share the inspiring recipes by checking out the list of participants below. Follow each participant and continue the discussion with us on social media using the hashtag #BHMVP2022!

As I mentioned above, the theme of this years Black History Month collaboration is Afrofurturism. I love this term because it is subjective and you define what it means to you.

For me, it means integrating the foods that my grandparents and great grandparents ate with recipes that my mom taught me and putting my own spin on it. Furthermore, it's the food that my children will make for their families and so own and so forth.

This term hit a little different this year. While making this salted caramel chocolate tart, I really thought about my baby boy and what I would want him to cook for his family one day. It was such a beautiful thought - him taking my recipes and adding to it (or taking away) certain ingredients to fit his tastebuds.

Check out the recipe from last year's collab - my peanut curry braised ribs!

salted caramel chocolate tart:

west african influence meets american decadence

This salted caramel chocolate tart is nothing short of decadent. I mean you've got a buttery graham cracker crust, a sweet caramel layer with peanuts, then chocolate ganache, then meringue and chopped candied peanuts for garnish. If you're a chocolate lover, this tart is for you.

Peanuts are used in so many different cultures in Africa. From currys to desserts, it's truly a staple ingredient. In addition, The cacao bean, which is the basis of chocolate, is grown in West Africa. I wanted to tie these ingredients into this salted caramel chocolate tart and also merge in some of my favorite things to make that I grew up eating.

sliced tart on a cutting board

what do i need to make salted caramel chocolate tart?

This salted caramel chocolate tart requires some pretty basic ingredients. See below:

for the crust

two slices pulling away from each other with caramel oozing out

for the caramel layer

  • sugar
  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • peanuts
  • salt

for the chocolate layer

  • dark chocolate chips
  • heavy cream
salted caramel chocolate tart on a serving board with a bowl of peanuts

I did make a quick meringue to go on top, which is technically the icing on the cake. But totally not required. If you'd like to make meringue, you simply need egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar or white vinegar. (don't worry, you can't taste the vinegar) I'll include exact quantities below in the recipe card.

I also used a deep tart pan for this recipe. Of note, this salted caramel chocolate tart does not require any baking. So, this is technically a no bake recipe, which I love.

a slice of chocolate tart with a butter knife

so, how do you make this salted caramel chocolate tart?

  1. Start by making the crust. Add graham crackers and sugar to a food processor and pulse until crumbly and uniform. Slowly pour in butter, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Add the crumbles to a tart pan and press against the pan to form the crust. Add to the freezer.
  2. Then make the caramel layer for this salted caramel chocolate tart. A lot of people are nervous to make caramel (and rightfully so), but don't fret. This caramel layer is so simple to make. Simply add sugar to a deep sauce pan over medium low heat. Stir occasionally until all sugar is melted and brown.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add butter. Once completely melted, add heavy cream, whisking continuously. The caramel will break apart, but don't fret, it will come back together. Turn the heat up to medium low and whisk until it all comes back together. Remove from the heat and fold in the peanuts. Allow it to cool for about 10-15 minutes then pour into the crust. Add back into the freezer.
  4. Next - we'll make the chocolate ganache layer. Simply add heavy cream to a deep sauce pan over low heat. Do not boil, just warm slightly. Then add the chocolate and whisk continuously until chocolate is melted and mixture thickens slightly. Pour this on top of the caramel layer and add to the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours while everything sets.
  5. If making the meringue, again this is optional. All you have to do is whip egg whites until they're bubbly/frothy, and slowly add sugar and then add vinegar or cream of tartar to make the meringue stable and glossy. Pipe that on top and call it a day! (I used the 4b piping tip from Wilton)
sliced chocolate tart on a serving board with slices on a plate

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart with Candied Peanuts

This salted caramel chocolate tart has a graham cracker crust, layered with a salted caramel, peanuts, chocolate ganache and candied peanuts.
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 642kcal


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 20 sheets graham cracker crust
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 12 tbsps salted butter, melted
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract

Caramel Layer

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsps butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup peanuts

Chocolate Ganache

  • 10 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Meringue, optional

  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ - ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar or ½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Candied Peanuts

  • ½ cup Candied Peanuts, chopped (I used )


  • Add graham crackers, sugar, and pinch of salt to a food processors and pulse until crumbly. Slowly add butter and vanilla extract and continue to pulse until texture resembles wet sand. Add to a tart pan and press against the sides and bottom, ensuring crust is evenly distributed throughout the pan. Place in the freezer.
  • Add sugar to a large sauce pan over medium low heat. Stir occasionally until sugar has melted. Reduce heat to low and add butter. Stir until melted and then add heavy cream. Caramel will break apart but whisk continuously. If needed, increase heat to medium until mixture comes back together and is smooth then remove from heat.
  • Add salt and peanuts and fold together. Allow caramel to cool for about 10-15 minutes then pour on top of graham cracker crust and place back into the freezer.
  • Make the chocolate ganache layer by adding heavy cream to a sauce pan over low heat. Do not boil. Warm for about 2-3 minutes, then add dark chocolate chips. Whisk together until chocolate has melted and remove from the heat. Pour on top of the caramel layer and place into the refrigerator. Allow tart to set for 2-3 hours.
  • Optional step: To make the meringue, use a hand mixer or stand mixer with the whisk attachment and add egg whites. Beat on medium until eggs become frothy/bubbly, then add sugar very very slowly until stiff peaks form. Continue whisking and add vanilla extract and cream of tartar or white vinegar. Place into a piping bag and pipe on top of tart.
  • Chop up peanuts and garnish on top of the tart.


Calories: 642kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    This is GORGEOUS. I cannot stop looking at the pictures, Britney. I found you on Food52. Can't wait to try the recipe. And your blog has enticed me. Thank you!

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