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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6 dozen

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

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 white 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 knife, cut candy into bite-sized pieces.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 146 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • karen
    Jun 9, 2020

    A 9x13 pan cut into 72 servings !!!!!! Come on ! Ridiculous.

  • Jdclerk1
    Dec 22, 2019

    Loved this recipe - it was a great hit!!! the written method needs updating - it doesn’t state when to use the condensed milk ( I figured it out ok but needs to be in there).

  • cefranzel
    Dec 6, 2018

    I make these every year, but use semisweet chocolate instead. Love, love, love this recipe :)

  • bumpschuch8
    Sep 28, 2017

    Huge hit at 3 different parties!

  • mumsay
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.