In top of double boiler over boiling water, stir caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Keep warm over hot water. Or, place caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium for 6-7 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes and then after each 1 minute, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. In large bowl, using mixer at medium speed, beat cake mix, melted butter, and remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk, 2 minutes.
Spread half the batter in greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 8 minutes. Cool on rack 2 minutes. Pour caramel mixture evenly over baked layer; tilt pan to cover completely. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Stir 1/2 cup walnuts into remaining batter, if desired. Drop by spoonfuls evenly over chocolate chip layer. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup walnuts, if desired. Bake in (preheated) 350 degree F oven 20 minutes. Cool on rack. If necessary, chill before cutting into bars. Makes about 48.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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