Monday, December 5, 2011

Chocolate Drizzled Salty Pretzel Caramels

This recipe could be explained using lots of superlatives and oh-my-goodness adjectives, but I will let a picture do the talking:

Ready for the easy, microwave recipe for this Christmas treat? Here you go:

Chocolate Drizzle Salty Pretzel Caramels

1/2 cup sweetened, condensed milk
1/2 cup light Karo corn syrup (other brands are sometimes made from high fructose corn syrup--yuck!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup pretzel pieces
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon kosher or rock salt

Combine first five (condensed milk through butter) ingredients in a large glass bowl (note: use one that is at least 2 quarts large--that equals 8 cups):

Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well, repeat 2 times until you have cooked the mixture for a total of 6 minutes. Note: place a piece of waxed paper under the will boil in the microwave and just in case, the waxed paper will catch any drips.

While the caramel is cooking, break up pieces of pretzel and lay on the bottom of a 8x8 or 9x9 pan, that has been lined with GREASED foil, making sure they are only in one layer.

Pour the caramel in the pan (make sure you place the glass bowl in the sink and immediately fill with hot water to soak, it will make clean-up a breeze!):

Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until is firm but still malleable. Bring out and cut into 6x6 or 7x7 cubes:

Pick up each piece of caramel and shape gently with your fingers if desired. Place on tray, Silpat mat or parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, 30 seconds on high. Stir, repeat until the chocolate is fully melted. Use a fork or spoon and drizzle chocolate on top of caramels:

Sprinkle with kosher or rock salt:

Let cool and then they're ready to eat!

Want another look?:


Life is sweet!

PS--if you want to do just plain caramels, here is the original recipe I used as a launching point for this recipe.


Deep in the Heart said...

Can't believe this is a microwave recipe! And a great use for broken pretzels at the bottom of the bag. Where do you get your paper liners?

Anastasia Fischer said...

oh my goodness. Going on the Christmas dessert list.

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe last night and the caramels would not harden- I ended up with soft blobs, which I scooped out onto a tray. I tried putting them in the freezer for short time, but they still went back to soft the instant they warmed up. They were still insanely good, but too difficult to work with. Any thoughts? Maybe more than 6 minutes in the microwave? -Sarah

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Deep--I got the liners at Target!

Sarah--I would keep them in the freezer a bit longer next time. It is a bit of a balancing act to get the consistency just right. Sorry they were difficult!! :(

Deep in the Heart said...

One more question: how far in advance can I make these?

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Jenn, Our didn't last but 4 days, and they were great. My only concern would be the pretzel getting soggy.

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Vicki said...

Why thank you, thank you very much. I have gluten free cookie party to attend next week and this is what I'm making using GF pretzels.