I searched for the easiest dessert recipe I could find, and I came across one for Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark which sounded simply amazing!
I’m not a baker at all.
I swear I even struggle with making brownies out of a box.
But, a few years ago for Father’s Day it was someone’s bright idea to have me bring a dessert.
That’s when I stumbled upon that recipe.
Of course I made a few changes from the original recipe, which called for melted caramel candy.
Trust me…this homemade caramel is well worth the little bit of extra effort!
I’ve made this countless times due to popular demand.
It is now even referred to in my family as Salted Caramel Pretzel CRACK!
Here’s how to make Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark…
First thing you need to do is lay pretzels in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
Do not skip the foil and nonstick spray, it will make your life easier when breaking it apart at the end.
My favorite pretzels to use are Grippo’s because they are very salty, but any pretzel is fine.
I fill in the loops with the broken pieces to make it extra pretzely like this.
Now that you have your pretzels ready to go, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then be prepared to not leave the stove for the next 4-5 minutes.
In a saucepan over medium heat add two sticks of butter and one cup of brown sugar.
Once the butter starts to melt, start whisking slowly for pretty much for the next 4-5 minutes.
You will see it slowly develop into a golden brown caramel sauce.
I took a picture every minute so you can see what to expect.
Pour the caramel mixture on the pretzels.
It will not cover the pretzels completely, but that’s okay because it will bubble up and spread out in the oven.
This is what you’ll see before baking.
Bake for 5 minutes in a 350 degree oven, and this is what you’ll see.
Be so, so careful when removing Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark from the oven!
Sprinkle a bag of chocolate chips over top, put back in oven for 2 minutes so they melt.
Using a rubber spatula spread the chocolate evenly.
Sprinkle with some kosher or sea salt, put in the freezer for a half hour.
After a half hour in the freezer, break the bark into pieces, and keep them in the fridge.
They are best eaten cold in my opinion.
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Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark
Our all time favorite dessert in the history of desserts!
- 1 bag pretzels (enough to cover a baking sheet)
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
- kosher or sea salt
Line a baking sheet with foil, cover with nonstick spray, and lay pretzels in a single layer. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small saucepan over medium heat add butter and brown sugar. Whisk slowly for 4-5 minutes until it’s golden brown and bubbly.
Pour caramel mixture over pretzels and put in oven for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over the bubbling caramel pretzels. Put back in the oven for 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula spread the melty chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with salt.
Put the baking sheet in the freezer for at least a half hour. Break the pretzel bark into bite size pieces. Store in the fridge.