Holiday Pretzel Bark

            The Holidays, a time to celebrate your beliefs, a time to gather with family and friends and a time to indulge in some of the best tasting treats there are.

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This Pretzel Bark is one of my favorites during the Holidays. There could be so many variations used or make it up just as the recipe states.

This Holiday Pretzel Bark is one that you would expect to have to search out at Bakeries or Specialty shops. No more running all over town looking for the great taste of Holiday Pretzel Bark.

You can now make it at home, anytime you want it, no need to wait for the Holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions:

            Is the Holiday Pretzel Bark difficult to make?

Absolutely not! It will only take a few ingredients and roughly 20 minutes of your time to create this Holiday favorite treat.

            Can I make this in advance?

You can make it in advance, up to 2 days ahead of time. Just be sure to store it properly in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. You can cut the Holiday Pretzel Bark into pieces and place into an airtight container, or you can cover the baking sheet tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator until ready to slice and serve.

            Do I have to top it with the Christmas Sprinkles?

Actually, if you would prefer, you could chop up Candy Canes and use that to top the Holiday Pretzel Bark with. Since I do not always wait for the Holidays, I leave the sprinkles off at other times, altogether.

            What is the best type of pretzel to use?

I like using a thicker variety of pretzels. The thicker will tend to hold the caramel and chocolate much better than the thin variety does. In other words, use the thickest pretzels you would prefer.

What do you need to make Holiday Pretzel Bark

            15 to 16 ounces of high quality Pretzels

            1 cup Butter, unsalted

            1 cup Brown Sugar, packed

            1 tsp Vanilla extract

            ¼ tsp Salt

            20 ounces Dark Chocolate, chopped fine

            Holiday Sprinkles, or Candy Canes chopped for topping

How to make Holiday Pretzel Bark

FIRST STEP:

Preheat the oven to 400*, Line a baking tray with parchment paper

Lay out the pretzels or pretzel sticks on the parchment covered baking tray. Be sure to have an even layer, it does not have to cover the entire sheet as you want some of the brown sugar bark in between the pretzel pieces

In a pan over medium high heat, combine the brown sugar, salt and butter and melt together. Bring to a boil and boil for 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir constantly, the mix will thicken as it cooks. Once the mix is entirely melted, remove from the heat after the boiling cycle and stir in the vanilla

SECOND STEP:

Pour this caramel mixture over the top of the pretzels that have been arranged on the tray

Place the tray into the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes

While the tray is in the oven, place the chopped dark chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and heat on 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted and smooth after stirring between cycles

Remove the tray from the oven and set aside to cool for 1 to 2 minutes

Carefully pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and pretzels, ensuring an even layer by carefully spreading the chocolate with an offset knife

While the chocolate is still wet, top with desired sprinkles or candy pieces

THIRD STEP:

Place the tray into the refrigerator to set and cool for at least 4 hours or overnight

When ready to serve, cut into squares and place on a decorative dish

Enjoy!

Holiday Pretzel Bark

Holiday Pretzel Bark

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  •             15 to 16 ounces of high quality Pretzels
  •             1 cup Butter, unsalted
  •             1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  •             1 tsp Vanilla extract
  •             ¼ tsp Salt
  •             20 ounces Dark Chocolate, chopped fine
  •             Holiday Sprinkles, or Candy Canes chopped for topping

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Preheat the oven to 400*, Line a baking tray with parchment paper

Lay out the pretzels or pretzel sticks on the parchment covered baking tray. Be sure to have an even layer, it does not have to cover the entire sheet as you want some of the brown sugar bark in between the pretzel pieces

In a pan over medium high heat, combine the brown sugar, salt and butter and melt together. Bring to a boil and boil for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir constantly, the mix will thicken as it cooks

Once the mix is entirely melted, remove from the heat after the boiling cycle and stir in the vanilla

SECOND STEP:

Pour this caramel mixture over the top of the pretzels that have been arranged on the tray

Place the tray into the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes

While the tray is in the oven, place the chopped dark chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and heat on 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted and smooth after stirring between cycles

Remove the tray from the oven and set aside to cool for 1 to 2 minutes

Carefully pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and pretzels, ensuring an even layer by carefully spreading the chocolate with an offset knife

While the chocolate is still wet, top with desired sprinkles or candy pieces

THIRD STEP:

Place the tray into the refrigerator to set and cool for at least 4 hours or overnight

When ready to serve, cut into squares and place on a decorative dish

Enjoy!