Salty & sweet perfectly describes the tastes in our household. Hubs craves all things salty and I love me some sweets, especially chocolate. When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I knew had to “pin it” to make sometime in the future.
Mine did not come out nearly as pretty but the taste definitely made up for it… so salty and sweet that even hubby loved it. He is not a sweets guy by any means but when he bit into one of these he said “mmm… salty!”. Go figure.
Here is what it looked like after baking the “caramel” and pretzels (I used straight pretzels and tried to break them up before pouring caramel over it, so that way these would cut easier).
I think I put a little extra chocolate than neccessary… oh well
Here it is after cooling in the fridge for a few hours:
The finished product!
Here’s how they rank:
Overall Rating: 9
Cost: $ (scale: $-$$$)
Difficulty Level: Moderate (scale: beginner, moderate, intermediate, advanced)
Ok so these tasted AWESOME but they did not come out perfectly. In the recipe, it says to let the sugar-butter mixture “brown” for about 3 minutes. I’m not sure 3 minutes is long enough for it to thicken. This is why:
You see, the caramel didn’t seem to adhere very well to the chocolate layer, even after cooling for a few hours in the fridge. Some pieces had barely any pretzel/caramel mixture on them. After reading through some of the comments on the recipe site, it seems as though many people suggested to let the caramel “browning” process take a little longer. I would also next time attempt to just melt pre-wrapped caramels and pour over the pretzels instead. I think this may help things stay together a bit better and also enhance the caramel flavor.
In any case, and in order not to waste anything, I saved all the pretzel/caramel remnants and put them in a plastic bag to use for a future recipe… which will be posted very soon!
For a creative idea, consider using your extra bark as a cheesecake crust: