Treat yourself on National Chocolate Caramel Day or any other day with these super delicious Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pretzel Bites. 😛
It’s a beautiful world we live in when there’s a whole day to celebrate the magical combination of chocolate and caramel. And have I ever got a doozy for you! My husband and I made these last Christmas (sort of by accident), and they were a huge hit. These little bites are the perfect combo of sweet and salty, and the fact that they’re bite-sized makes them kind of impossible to resist.
Now don’t be shy! If you haven’t made caramel from scratch before, never fear—it’s easier than it looks. Just make sure you’ve got a trusty candy thermometer and you’re all set. Whip up a batch of these or share the recipe with a neighbor and they’ll love you forever. Happy Chocolate Caramel Day!
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 stick salted butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
sea salt for sprinkling
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 bag mini pretzels
Start by making the caramel: Grease a 9×12 baking dish and set aside. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until melted.
When butter is melted, stir in the condensed milk and submerge the candy thermometer into the mixture. Stir occasionally until the thermometer reaches between 230 and 240 (soft ball stage).
Quickly whisk in the vanilla and remove from heat. Pour into baking dish and sprinkle with sea salt to your liking. Allow to cool for 45 minutes in the refrigerator.
When caramel is cooled, lay out strips of parchment paper and line them with rows of pretzels. Heat chocolate chips in a bowl until melted and mixed well.
Break off a small ball of caramel and press it onto 2/3 of each pretzel. Dip the caramel into the melted chocolate and set the pretzel back on the parchment to cool and harden.