These chocolate caramel pretzel bars are soooo good. And you only need 4 ingredients — so they’re really easy to make! The sweet chocolate and caramel goes so perfectly with the salty crunch of the pretzels. Yum!
Have you heard of Christmas crack? It’s a super popular recipe that tends to fly around Facebook at Christmas time. And it’s pretty much exactly what we’ve made here, except I used pretzels instead. And it tastes SO GOOD. I made the original recipe a few years ago for Valentine’s Day using saltine crackers and it was amazing. I’ve also seen it made with Ritz crackers.
Any time you mix together butter and sugar, you really can’t go wrong. I’m not sure if we can officially call the mixture caramel, but whatever it is it’s DELICIOUS! You simmer it for a few minutes into this golden, bubbly caramel (caramel can’t be this easy??), then you drizzle it over top of your pretzels. So. Good.
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This is such a quick, easy and yummy treat! I know it’s technically Christmas crack made with pretzels, but there’s nothing Christmas-y about this recipe, so you can go ahead and make them any time of year. With the perfect balance of sweet and salty, they’re a super addictive dessert.
Oh! And I finally figured out why they call it Christmas crack! It’s because when you’re done, you can “crack” it into pieces! I feel silly for not realizing that sooner!? I’m sure it also has something to do with them being so addictive…
Check out our video for how to make Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars:
If you’re looking for even more sweet treat recipes, here’s a few of our favourites:
Chocolate Saltine Cracker Toffee
Perfect Sugar Cookies
Christmas Magic Cookie Bars
The Best Gingerbread Cookies
How to Make Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars:
The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:
- Mini Pretzels (twisted)
- Brown Sugar
- Chocolate Chips
You only need 4 simple ingredients – I love how simple this recipe is! I used semi sweet chocolate chips but you could definitely use milk chocolate if you prefer.
You can use any brand of pretzels. I got mine at the dollar store… don’t get me wrong – I usually don’t like dollar store food. But I feel like pretzels are pretzels? And they were way cheaper than the ones they sell at the grocery store.
Cover your baking sheet with a single layer of mini pretzels. Get as many on there as you can without overlapping them.
If your pretzles are overlapping, your bars will end up being uneven. Which will make it hard to spread the melted chocolate later on. I mean, it’s not the end of the world, but I think it’s worth the effort to keep them in a single layer so you end up with consistent, thin chocolate caramel pretzel bars at the end.
See what I mean about that creamy butter and brown sugar mixture?! Yum!
When you’re simmering the caramel, make sure you let it boil rapidly (over medium-low heat) for 3 minutes. Once your caramel is ready, you can pour it over your pretzels!
Try to pour it over the entire baking sheet as best you can.
It’s okay if you miss a few spots like I did in the photo below. It will even itself out when you pop it in the oven.