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
Featured In: Top 10 Caramel Recipes
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: 146 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g 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

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mumsay User ID: 7742579 258570
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"Excellent recipe! I love the sweet and salty combination. I broke the pretzel sticks in half. I used parchment paper because the 1st time I made them they stuck to the foil. This is my 3rd year making these addictive goodies!"

cookiereun User ID: 1191442 257546
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"These are delicious, but I would have either used fewer pretzels or none at all. Love caramel and pecans. Thank you for the recipe."

Csowat User ID: 8818766 246098
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"You have to use an inside dimension of 10 x 15" cookie sheet & this recipe worked great! Use a candy thermomitor."

jdogg22 User ID: 8421733 239780
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"I made these today and I followed the recipe. I used a candy thermometer until the caramel reached 240 deg. I do find the caramel stays sticky. I put them in the freezer now to see if that helps. I used parchment paper as carolsusan suggested. The caramel did stick to that so that's why they are in the freezer so I can cut them better. I let them set in the fridge prior. I did break my pretzel sticks in half and I would break them a little more next time. I also think I will cut back a little on the pretzels. Other than the caramel not being as firm as I would like ( a little gooey) these are very good and I will make them again. Oh and I melted the MILK chocolate chips. I never ever have good luck melting those for some reason and it was a sticky stiff mess that I threw out. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead. Semi-sweet chips melt better for me. Thank you for sharing this recipe."

mugsymom2010 User ID: 8296594 239000
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"These are fantastic. The only thing I would do different is chop the pretzels up a bit. The caramel was good but tends to get sticky when left out so I have refrigerated them and take them out to let the warm up a bit before eating. Maybe putting them in a bit bigger pan or on a cookie sheet will make them thinner and the caramel not so thick. But they were delicious!!"

kittykatt1127 User ID: 8143931 229690
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"These are awesome! Never made candy before so it takes a while to get the caramel to the right consistency. Would definitely make these again. I ended up freezing half for another time."

carolsusan User ID: 5284646 228886
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015 Edited Aug. 18, 2015

"Excellent tasting bites! However, they do take quite a while to make. Suggestion: The first time I made them I used the foil..the second time I used parchment paper...much much better!! They did not stick at all! Also, I had to add about 2 T half n half (instead of the butter) to the chocolate morsels to get them smooth enough to spread over the caramel. They are definitely a hit with friends!!! (me too!)"

dar206 User ID: 3775351 228092
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Excellent recipe!!! I receive a lot of requests for these, as well as the recipe. Love the combination of flavors from the pecans, caramel and pretzels. Very easy to make. Just be sure not to scorch the caramel when you use a higher heat. Very addicting!"

eep2750 User ID: 8271682 226698
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"These are amazing!!"

toothwarriorprincess User ID: 5187964 221118
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."

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