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Mother Lode Pretzels Recipe

Mother Lode Pretzels Recipe

I brought these savory-sweet pretzels to a family gathering, and they disappeared from the dessert tray before dessert was even served! My family raves about how awesome they are. —Carrie Bennett, Madison, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + standing YIELD:54 servings


  • 1 package (10 ounces) pretzel rods
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
  • 1-1/4 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butterscotch chips
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate toffee bits
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  • 1. With a sharp knife, cut pretzel rods in half; set aside. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with milk. In a large shallow bowl, combine the chips, toffee bits and walnuts.
  • 2. Pour caramel mixture into a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Dip the cut end of each pretzel piece two-thirds of the way into caramel mixture (reheat in microwave if mixture becomes too thick for dipping). Allow excess caramel to drip off, then roll pretzels in the chip mixture. Place on waxed paper until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 114 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Mother Lode Pretzels

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zharriett User ID: 5539981 227629
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"I made these and took them to a party. Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. They are so easy to make."

DrLeeVMD User ID: 626318 145419
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"These are great! As previous people commented, you can make with various goodies. However, one word of caution. I made them for tailgate at the Penn State game today. Temp was only in the 30s. When we tried to bite into them, the caramel was hard enough to nearly break a tooth! It never dawned on me to consider that! We ate them when we came home and had them in the warm kitchen for a while. Then everyone loved them!"

cookinama User ID: 5947968 161107
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"These were great, I made them as part of the favors for a bridal shower Everyone loved them. !"

Banana_Babe106 User ID: 7974245 144349
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"This recipe was amazing! I made these as a tailgating party dessert and people gobbled them up."

jadedraven User ID: 2665649 65862
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"This is a holiday staple in my home ever since I tried the recipe a few years back. I like to use mini-choc chips, cinnamon chips, and toffee bits and I usually omit the nuts and literally everyone raves about them, they are one of the staples of my holiday treat bags"

scott5625 User ID: 2515987 145404
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"I started making this 2 years ago; for the holidays. Now when I dont bring them,the family is left empty. Its just so much to make and takes time due to caramel thickening up. But when there's a family of 74 its a lot to make. I admit there excellent."

jagarrett User ID: 3714798 166273
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Made for after the church Christmas program. Was super easy and fast. Got lots of compliments and it tasted great!"

cottoncandyhigh User ID: 6126230 113844
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"Great sweet and salty snack. Made these for my sister's birthday- halloween and everybody loved them!!!"

crazy4sushi User ID: 5824124 92892
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"These were so good. Love the salty/sweet of the pretzel and carmel. The carmel is alot more forgiving that working with just plain chocoalte. And it adds great chewiness. The topping possibilities are endless. I added Christmas spinkles and a drizzle of white chocolate. I made these for second grade Christmas take-home gifts. But the kids ate them right up, before even taking them home. Not sure if I would go through the hassle of making them for kids again. I don't think they appreciated the time and effort that went into them!! I found little pretzel bags at JoAnn's in the cake section. They turned out really cute. I think I will make them for my bunco girls."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 65841
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Yummo- who doesnt like covered pretzels. I threw some M and Ms in mine. So festive!"

DAFox User ID: 3210279 208260
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Everyone who tried these loved them! I used the Honey Twist Pretzels (Walmart brand) no cutting needed. I also substituted peanut butter chips for the butterscotch and instead of walnuts, I finely chopped honey roasted peanuts! I used whipping cream in place of the evaporated milk so I wouldn't need to open a can for such a small amount. Delicious!"

momaspanky User ID: 5411194 208259
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"So easy! I found some old fashion dipping pretzels that were half the size of the rods, so no need for breaking in half. All the topping stuck wonderfully. Much easier and less stressful than my usual chocolate dipped with sprinkles."

OKSchultzie User ID: 2744743 145396
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"When I took these to our faculty Christmas snack party people were grabbing them before I had a chance to put them on the table!!! Everyone loved the combinabion of sweet and salty. I used caramel apple dip instead of packaged caramels and it saved a lot of time!"

lmalaine User ID: 1242457 208258
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"Much to sweet and very very messy to make. It did not make as many as it said it would. About one and a half dozen less"

abbyeh User ID: 4009471 113843
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"You can really switch any of the candy chips or nuts out for a different kind - I put in peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch because that's what I had, for example. They are awesome."

sweetangelkisses User ID: 3559989 144074
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"These are TO DIE for!!!!!! Absolutely LOOOVVEEED em as well as everyone at the party! I hunted down the person who made em cuz I had to make em for Christmas goodie plates! MMMMMM!!!!!!"

mrr1128 User ID: 5322878 208257
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"I've made these several times (without walnuts) and everyone raves. A must for a quick and easy treat to bring somewhere! :)"

lisawagner User ID: 4234790 144348
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"Plan on making a double batch, they won't last long. I like to give them as a gift with a recipe card attached. The only change I make to the recipe is that I leave the pretzels the full length & sometimes I substitue peanut butter chips for the butterscotch."

cnymom User ID: 4478712 144346
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"Sweet & salty, a perfect combination! I found that people really liked them with mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans & a few regular size chocolate chips-like a turtle candy on a pretzel."

eleyana User ID: 1142513 73304
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"I have made these multiple times for parties, gatherings and fundraisers. There is never anything but crumbs leftover in a very short time. These things are addictive!"

aloha2 User ID: 2653349 65706
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"Fab-u-lous!!! I took these to my MOPS group and the ladies loved them. My family asks for more, and I usually end up making a double batch. The kids can help, too. Wonderful combination!"

schreiber User ID: 1569307 113796
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"A mini crockpot works well to keep the Caramel the right temperature. This recipe is a keeper!"

Steph5098 User ID: 3153738 92890
Reviewed May. 17, 2009

"Echoing a previous comment, I brought these to a Memorial Day BBQ and they disappeared before the desserts were "officially" served. People were asking who brought these so they could get the recipe."

jadedraven User ID: 2665649 93490
Reviewed May. 3, 2009 Edited Dec. 17, 2011

"this is a great recipe...really easy and fun. I've made it with dark and white choc, also with cinnamon and peanut butter chips in addition to the toffee and mini choc chips. People always ask for the recipe and beg me to bring a batch to the next gathering :-)"

megans User ID: 5927418 98398
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2008

"I made these for a Super Bowl get together and they were a big hit! Everybody loved them and a couple of people asked for the recipe! A great party item. Yummo!"

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