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Mother Lode Pretzels

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
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • zharriett
    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
    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
    Sep 20, 2014

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

  • Banana_Babe106
    Sep 6, 2014

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

  • mimamema
    Jun 15, 2013

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  • nblibrary
    Dec 16, 2012

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    Dec 13, 2012

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  • jadedraven
    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
    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
    Oct 5, 2011

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