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Chocolate Pretzel Bark Recipe 

Chocolate Pretzel Bark Recipe 

If you’re looking for an easy, fun and delicious treat to make that everyone will love, look no further than this chocolate pretzel bark recipe

Love pretzels? Love chocolate? Love the perfect combination of sweet and salty together? Then this chocolate pretzel bark recipe is for you!

chocolate pretzel bark

This tried-and-true recipe is so simple to make and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Best of all, the mix of the salty pretzels with the buttery caramel is guaranteed to be a hit with family and friends alike. 

Plus, this tasty treat for Candy Bark is the perfect easy treat to take to a party or potluck during the holiday season. Pretzel Bark is also known as “Christmas Crack” or Pretzel Toffee.

These delicious treats will be your go-to for holiday desserts! You can easily double or triple the batch to have plenty on hand for bake sales. Homemade candy is perfect for edible gift giving. With a layer of rich chocolate and a topping of crunchy pretzels, this great recipe is sure to be a hit at any gathering. 

chocolate pretzel bark

​​How to Make Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

*Scroll down for the printable recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 1 ½ cups Mini Pretzels
  • ½ C M&M’s
  • ½ C Peanuts, chopped

Homemade Salted Caramel:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
chocolate pretzel bark

INSTRUCTIONS

Begin with a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper and place your pretzels in an even layer.

chocolate pretzel bark

To melt chocolate, add to a microwave-safe bowl. Place the chocolate and cook in 30-second intervals, stirring well after each increment, until completely melted and smooth.

Pour the melted chocolate on top of the pretzels, place M&M’s and peanuts in an even layer on top of the chocolate.

chocolate pretzel bark

To make the homemade caramel, heat sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. The sugar will begin to form clumps and will turn into a light amber color. Continue stirring as the sugar can easily burn.

chocolate pretzel bark

Once the sugar is completely melted, add the butter. The butter will bubble so be careful when adding the butter.

chocolate pretzel bark

Stir the butter into the sugar until it is completely melted. Use a whisk to stir the sugar and butter. Drizzle the heavy cream into the mixture and stir.

Let it boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt, allowing the caramel to set up. Once the caramel is done, pour over the pretzels. You may not use all of the caramel. 

chocolate pretzel bark

Cover the salted caramel pretzel bark and place in the refrigerator to chill for several hours. If you want to speed up the process, it can be placed in the freezer.

chocolate pretzel bark

Cut the end result into squares or small pieces and serve.

chocolate pretzel bark

What Toppings Can I Add to Pretzel Bark?

Pretzel Bark is delicious all on its own, but the fun part is that it can be dressed up with a variety of toppings to make it even more special. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Sprinkles or other colorful candy such as M&M’s 
  • Chocolate chips or chunks
  • Chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts 
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coconut flakes
  • Toffee Bits
  • Candy Canes
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, cherries, etc.)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed Oreos or graham crackers
chocolate pretzel bark

You can also make milk chocolate, rich dark chocolate bark or white chocolate bark. White Chocolate Oreo Pretzel Bark and White Chocolate Cranberry Pretzel Bark are two of our favorite things to make this time of year.

chocolate pretzel bark

Storing & Freezing Pretzel Bark 

Store your bark in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Alternatively, you can freeze the bark in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve, allow your bark to thaw at room temperature for about an hour beforehand. 

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chocolate pretzel bark
chocolate pretzel bark

Chocolate Pretzel Bark Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 7 minutes
If you're looking for an easy, fun and delicious treat to make that everyone will love, look no further than this chocolate pretzel bark recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 1 ½ cups Mini Salted Pretzels
  • ½ C M&M’s
  • ½ C Peanuts, chopped
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions

Begin with a parchment lined baking sheet and place your pretzels in an even layer.

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate. 

Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and cook in 30-second increments, stirring well after each increment, until completely melted and smooth.

Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzels, place M&M’s and peanuts in an even layer on top of the chocolate.

In a medium saucepan, heat sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. The sugar will begin to form clumps and will turn into a light amber color. Continue stirring as the sugar can easily burn.

Once the sugar is completely melted, add the butter. The butter will bubble so be careful when adding the butter.

Stir the butter into the sugar until it is completely melted. Use a whisk to stir the sugar and butter. Drizzle the heavy cream into the mixture and stir.

Let it boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt, allowing the caramel to set up.  Once the caramel is done, pour over the pretzels. You may not use all of the caramel. 

Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for several hours. If you want to speed up the process, it can be placed in the freezer.

Cut into squares and serve.

Notes

What Toppings Can I Add to Pretzel Bark?

Pretzel Bark is delicious all on its own, but the fun part is that it can be dressed up with a variety of toppings to make it even more special. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Sprinkles or other colorful candy such as M&M’s 
  • Chocolate chips or chunks
  • Chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts 
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coconut flakes
  • Toffee Bits
  • Candy Canes
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, cherries, etc.)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed Oreos or graham crackers

You can also make milk chocolate, rich dark chocolate bark or white chocolate bark. White Chocolate Oreo Pretzel Bark and White Chocolate Cranberry Pretzel Bark are two of our favorite things to make this time of year.

Storing & Freezing Pretzel Bark 

Store your bark in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Alternatively, you can freeze the bark in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve, allow your bark to thaw at room temperature for about an hour beforehand. 

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