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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

Ingredients

  • 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.

Directions

  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

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.

Reviews for Caramel Pretzel Bites(18)

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Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

Delicious! These were a hit with my family. I'm making them for the dessert tray for my son's graduation reception.

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Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

These were a huge hit. Every one loved these !!!!

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

AWESOME! It was outstanding

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Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

Very good but hard to get off the foil

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

Excellent! It makes SO much...will definitely be a new Christmas gift from me to everyone I love! I will say the recipe might need to be a bit clearer when it comes to cooking the caramel. It says to cook it over medium heat until it's at the softball stage or 240. This is almost impossible over medium heat...I definitely had to turn it to high heat to reach this point; this is why Ms. Ferengul's were too gooey I would guess. I've worked with lots of candies and knew this ahead of time, so I know that helped me! The caramel MUST be cooked to this temperature in order to set. Other than this, the recipe is great and I will be making them/delivering them a LOT!

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