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Chocolate covered pretzels are the best.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

They’re sweet, salty, and crunchy, the perfect snacky combo for days of sitting inside by the fire, watching Christmas movies, and hangin with the fam. The only thing that could make a chocolate pretzel even better?

CARAMEL, I mean, obviously.

I feel as though these salted caramel chocolate covered pretzels are a no brainer. I don’t know why I only thought of them a week or so ago, once the idea came to mind they sounded SO GOOD. So I chatted with everyone and we decided that these needed to be added to the blog lineup for Christmas week. The family has been spending a lot of time down at my house…probably because I have all the food…and wine…and other things, so a lot of what I’ve been cooking has been inspired by what everyone is craving. Yesterday’s ravioli for example was the result of Lyndsie’s craving for mushrooms and cheese. Today’s pretzels were inspired by Red’s desire for some salty chocolate, and Thursday’s upcoming appetizer? A product of Creighton’s major snack attack…but they are oh so easy and surprisingly, SO GOOD, get excited!

SIDE NOTE: Cait’s new healthy eating trend is going to be inspiring all of this January’s “Healthy January” recipes. The ideas are flowing and I am so pumped…as is Cait, who’s currently nixing all sugar and pasta. The sugar I can do, but the pasta??? Ahh, prolly not going to happen. Just Sayin’.

Anyway, I’m loving having so many people around to inspire new recipe ideas. December was a hard month creativity wise for me, but I’m feeling back to my normal self and excited for all the recipes I have coming up! Plus, I finished the last round of edits for the cookbook and only have a few more writing things to check off my list. The rest of the photos should be done in January, then the book will be done and done! Whooo hoooo! Feeling pretty good about all of this.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Now, these pretzels. If you guys are regulars around here, I’m sure it’s no secret that I love pretzels, salty is totally my thing. Growing up my mom would always buy chocolate covered pretzels around Christmas, so I try to make some every year to keep that tradition alive.

I am pretty pumped about these ramped up chocolate covered pretzels though. If you thought you liked chocolate pretzels before, be prepared to be amazed. Adding caramel is the perfect thing to take the pretzels from good, to addictingly amazing.

Sweet, salty, buttery and crunchy, a combo that honestly cannot be beat. So freaking delish. Everyone has devoured these for the last couple days (I made a double batch since we have a lot of people around). They cannot get enough.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

To keep things really simple and easy, I used store-bought caramels, but if you’re feeling fancy, try using my favorite homemade caramel recipe. I actual made these again, on Sunday using that caramel recipe and it’s truly almost as easy as using store-bought candies, but use whatever you are feeling!

Then just dip in caramel, let that set, dip in chocolate, sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Let that set. Then?

Eat and eat and EAT!

These would also make great last-minute homemade gifts! Pretty sure any chocolate lover would love to receive some of these. YUM!

Speaking of gifts, how are you guys doing on your shopping? I finished mine up yesterday and now have lots of wrapping to do! I think I’ll be doing mine with chocolate caramel pretzels in hand!

Yes, for sure!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories Per Serving: 229 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) bag of caramels unwrapped (or caramel bits)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag of pretzels use your favorite size/shape
  • 12 ounces milk semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted
  • flaky sea salt for topping

Instructions

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the caramels and cream in a saucepan over low heat. Melt stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Dip each pretzel in the caramel and remove with a fork allowing any excess to drip off and back into the pan. Place each pretzel on the prepared baking sheet and let the caramel set, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on 30 second intervals, stirring after each until melted and smooth.
  • Dip each pretzel in chocolate and return to the parchment lined baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining pretzels. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Place the pretzels in the freezer to set for 10 minutes. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Covered Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

That caramel pull though? TOO GOOD.

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    1. Hey Melissa,
      You want to use soft caramel. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  1. Hi,
    I melted caramel bits with heavy cream. I then dipped pretzels into prepared caramel. I placed onto parchment paper and tried to get it to set up. Caramel coated pretzel would not remove from parchment paper. HOT mess. Any suggestions. anything caramel is my son-in-law’s favorite. HELP. Happy holidays

    1. Hi Rose, what do you mean you could not remove the parchment? What was it stuck to? The chocolate? I have never once had an issue with parchment sticking to any food, so I am really not sure what is happening. Can you provide me with some more details? Hope I can help!

  2. Coukd NOT remove from parchment. Incredibly disappointed. I used caramel bits. Measurements were exact. I have made candy for many years and never had trouble HELP

    1. Hi Rose, what do you mean you could not remove the parchment? What was it stuck to? The chocolate? I have never once had an issue with parchment sticking to any food, so I am really not sure what is happening. Can you provide me with some more details? Hope I can help!

  3. Do you think, once I got my caramel melted, that I could put it into my chocolate melting pot to keep it warm? I am not a fast dipper and would like to not have to reheat it multiple times.

    1. HI! That sounds like such a great idea! I am sure it will be awesome! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  4. Hello,
    This recipe looks delicious and perfect for gifts. I was wondering what size pretzels you used as they seem larger than mini pretzels.
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Ally! I used medium sized pretzels and I think those will work great for you. The reason they may look bigger is because it is my little sisters hand in the photo. I hope you love these and let me know if you have further questions!

  5. 5 stars
    I tried making these and what a hot mess lol. Everyone said they were delicious but I really had a lot of trouble getting the pretzels off the parchment after they were dipped in the caramel. Do you have any tips for making this step easier – a lot of the pretzels broke when I tried to scrape them up. I definitely want to try these again.

    Thanks!

    1. HI Kathi!! How much milk did you add to the caramels? it sounds like they need just a little more milk so that the caramel is not so hard and is a little more loose. Please let me know if you have other questions. Glad you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s 🙂

  6. Also going to be a permanent addition to our Christmas cookie list, super good. Your right that caramel adds a whole lot, takes it to the next level. I uh…. ran out of vanilla extract cause all the baking. Didn’t realize, so had coffee extract. That worked.
    But wow!, these are great!
    Me & kids loved, Thank you.

  7. These look incredible! Can they be made in advance and frozen? I like to get my Christmas baking done early. Hope to hear back soon, thanks in advance. ?

    1. Thank you! Yes, you can make them and then freeze. That will be great. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  8. These look so good! But one ounce of pretzels and caramels doesn’t seem like very much. IS that right? What size of pretzels did you use? Thanks!

    1. So sorry about the confusion. Recipe is now fixed. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love the pretzels! 🙂

  9. Hi Halfbakedharvest
    Love this. After the pretzels have been dipped in caramel and chocolate what exactly did u use to drizzle the chocolate back and forth maki g them look so pretty. Ty?

    1. Hi Maria!! I use a small ziplock sandwich bag. Fill the bag with melted chocolate, snip a tiny piece off of one of the corners and then drizzle away! Hope that helps. Let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

  10. Give me a GIANT bag of chocolate covered pretzels and I will empty the whole bag by eating them all! XD I can imagine that these pretzels would taste incredible! How gorgeous!

  11. These look lovely! I will try to make a batch (or two ?) today. My sister and her partner is coming into town and I feel as though they will love these!
    I have store bought carmels but don’t mind making my own.
    Which do you think tastes best?
    Sometimes the store bought carmels seem a bit too sweet vs homemade, but does it matter with these pretzels? Which is best?
    Anyways, I can’t wait to see your new book! (I regularly visit– and love– your site but normally don’t comment).
    Thanks for another perfect recipe!

    1. Hey Kristin! If you have time, I would got the homemade route, nothing beats it! Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love these and Merry Christmas! Have fun with your sis!

  12. This is ridiculous but heck yes I want this so bad! Stuff it as a gift I wouldn’t be able to part with them.

  13. These would make the perfect gift Tieghan!! To myself! I think I’d really have a hard time sharing!

  14. I’m so amazed that you’ve been blogging full time AND writing a cookbook. You are amazing, lady!! <3

  15. I am in constant awe of your talent Tieghan. Seriously, I think this website, your recipes, and you are amazing.
    I have been on a no-refined sugar fast for a few months now, but these pretzels might be a reason to take a minute break 🙂
    Your photos take my breath away.
    Happy holidays!

  16. Why do I always visit your blog when I’m starving!! I would pair this with a good cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk! Can’t wait to make these Tieghan!

  17. So semi-related – if I put chocolate on popcorn and then let it set in the freezer for 10 min will that help that set as well? I never have trouble with chocolate setting on Oreo truffles I make, but this stuff wouldn’t harden at all, even in the fridge. Just normal chocolate. And I was hoping to avoid not-real-chocolate-dipping-stuff.

  18. These look so easy, there’s no excuse not to make them as a last-minute treat. Lovin’ your sparkly nails…too cute.

    PS…..was that your brother that I saw in the Copper Mountain video in the New York Times?

  19. Do you have any left over????? I didn’t think you would. Guess I’ll have to make my own. They look amazing! I’m making sure I pin them for next year. Hey! I just had a great idea! Wouldn’t these make a nice Valentine Day Gift? If you have a chocolate/pretzel lover I think these would be great. Now, some people expect diamonds or a something extravagant. I love gifts from the heart.