Dark Chocolate & Caramel Pretzel Clusters

 

DSC_0098These pretzel clusters are soooo addictive. I love sweet and salty foods so they are right up my alley. The bitterness of the dark chocolate is balanced by the sweetness of caramel, which is countered by the salt and crunch of the pretzels. They make a nice gift if you want to give friends, family, or your co workers something small and thoughtful. They would also be really nice to have as a festive appetizer at a holiday party.

Recipe:

  • 10 oz bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 11 oz bag of caramel squares
  • 1/4 cup milk (to add to the chocolate chips)
  • 2 tablespoons water (to melt the caramel squares with)
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt (for sprinkling)
  • parchment paper

Melt your caramel squares by unwrapping all of the squares, dropping them into a pan and adding two tablespoons of water to the caramels. Stir them constantly over medium/low heat until the caramel is smooth. Once it is ready do not leave it on theΒ  heat or in the hot pan, it can burn easily. Put your caramel in a heat safe bowl and set it aside. DSC_0058Melt your chocolate. I melted mine using a double boiler. I added three cups of water come to a boil and then put a steel bowl on top of the boiling water. Dump your chocolate chips into the bowl, add your milk, and stir the mixture until it is shiny and smooth.DSC_0059

You assemble the clusters by dolloping some of the melted chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper and then place a few pretzels on top of the chocolate. Don’t use all of the chocolate, you’ll need a bit for drizzling at the end.

When you have finished adding the chocolate and pretzel layers to all the clusters go in with the caramel layer. The caramel spreads so make sure you don’t add too much. Finally, finish with drizzling the clusters with chocolate and sprinkle salt on top of them. pretzel bitesThat’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!DSC_0070DSC_0072DSC_0087

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