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Caramel Pretzel Bites Recipe
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Caramel Pretzel Bites Recipe

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I created this recipe wanting to make my own version of a pretzel log dipped in caramel, chocolate and nuts from a popular candy store. These are smothered with homemade caramel. —Michilene Klaver, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 4 cups pretzel sticks
  • 2-1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon shortening, divided
  • 1/3 cup white baking chips

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 146 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; grease foil with softened butter. Spread pretzels and pecans on bottom of prepared pan.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, cubed butter, corn syrup, milk and salt; cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240°(soft-ball stage). Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour over pretzel mixture.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over caramel layer. In microwave, melt baking chips and remaining shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over top. Let stand until set.
  4. Using foil, lift candy out of pan; remove foil. Using a buttered knife, cut candy into bite-size pieces. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Pretzel Bites in Taste of Home February/March 2014

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 146 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"Just awesome and very simple. I loved it. I not a great fan of the pretzels but next time I could do without."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"Wonderful - Easy to make and a hit with the crowd - I always experiment with the family first they were a hit - took some to work - also a hit - definitely a keeper"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Oh my this sounds wonderful and not to difficult. Just need to buy a candy thermometer!! Cant wait to try this recipe!"

Reviewed May. 22, 2014


Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"Delicious recipe but makes a huge amount. Had to put in refrigerator to get topping of melted chips to set for cutting. After removing from frig., VERY difficult to cut so let it get to room temp before trying. Next time will not add shortening to chips while melting since topping should set up more easily. Only raves received from friends and family."

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