Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Salted Caramel Pretzel Crack

This is by far one of mine and my husband's favorite sweet snacks. They are so rich and yummy that they are quite dangerous. My mother-in-law was here this weekend and took one bite and was hooked! They are pretty easy to make as well.

Ingredients:

  • Waffle Pretzels (you can use any pretzels, I just like the waffle ones for this treat)
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

First arrange the pretzels on a baking sheet and pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.






Now start on the caramel. In a medium size pan, melt the 2 sticks of butter then add the brown sugar. Stir continuously and heat over med/high heat. You want the caramel mixture to get very bubbly and hot. You will need to stir continuously. If you have a gas stove, you may need to lower the heat so you don't burn the caramel mixture, but you want to keep it bubbling. If you have a candy thermometer, you will want to use it. You want the caramel to be about at a "soft crack." But don't worry, I've  made this without using my candy thermometer. You'll want to cook it about 10 minutes, but stirring constantly.

Pour the caramel over the pretzels and spread across the entire baking sheet. Stick the caramel covered pretzels in the oven for 5 minutes.





Pull out of the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the surface. Stick back in the oven for like a minute, just long enough that you can tell the chips are getting soft and melty. Do not leave them in there longer than a minute or the chocolate will burn.





Using a spatula or wooden spoon, spread the melted chips. I let it cool on the stovetop then stick in the fridge for several hours. You need to wait until the chocolate is pretty hard, or else this becomes a sticky mess on your hands when you try to eat it.

Once cooled, just break into pieces and enjoy! Be sure to store in a covered container in the fridge.