Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars

Indulge in the perfect blend of sweet and salty with these delicious Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars. A mouth-watering combination of crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel, and rich chocolate, these bars are a heavenly treat for any occasion. Ideal for dessert, a snack, or a special gathering, they’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your guests.

Ingredients:

  • For the Pretzel Base:
    • 2 cups crushed pretzels
    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • For the Caramel Layer:
    • 1 cup caramel bits or soft caramel candies
    • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • For the Chocolate Layer:
    • 1 1/2 cups milk or dark chocolate chips
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, allowing some overhang for easy removal.
  2. Make the Pretzel Base: Mix the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then cool slightly.
  3. Prepare the Caramel Layer: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine caramel bits and heavy cream. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and well combined. Pour over the cooled pretzel base and spread evenly.
  4. Add the Chocolate Layer: Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl, using 30-second intervals and stirring until smooth. Pour over the caramel layer and spread evenly.
  5. Chill and Serve: Refrigerate the bars for at least 2 hours or until set. Lift them out of the dish using the parchment paper overhang, slice into bars, and serve.

Tips:

  • Crushing Pretzels: For a finer base, use a food processor to crush the pretzels. For a chunkier texture, place them in a zip-lock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  • Customizing: Add a sprinkle of sea salt on top of the chocolate layer for an extra salty kick, or mix in some chopped nuts with the pretzel base for added crunch.
  • Storing: Keep the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For a softer texture, let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

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