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Caramel Pretzel Bites

 Caramel Pretzel Bites
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
72 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + cooling

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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon shortening, divided
  • 1/3 cup white baking chips

Directions

  • Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; grease foil with softened butter.
  • Spread pretzels and pecans on bottom of prepared pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan; remove foil. Using a buttered

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Caramel Pretzel Bites (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • knife, cut candy into bite-size pieces. Yield: 6 dozen.
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.