Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars

Dive into a delightful blend of textures and flavors with these Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars. This recipe is a dream come true for those who love the heavenly combination of sweet and salty. Imagine a crunchy pretzel base, topped with a rich layer of smooth caramel, and finished with a glossy chocolate coating, all sprinkled with a dash of sea salt. These bars are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings and are sure to be a hit at any gathering.

Ingredients

  • For the Pretzel Base:
    • 2 cups pretzels, crushed into small pieces
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • For the Caramel Layer:
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Chocolate Layer:
    • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
  • Additional:
    • Sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Base:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of a lined 9×13 inch baking pan.
    • Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. Make the Caramel Layer:
    • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, heavy cream, butter, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
    • Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
    • Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, and pour over the cooled pretzel base. Let it set.
  3. Prepare the Chocolate Layer:
    • Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil (or butter) in a microwave-safe bowl or over a double boiler, stirring until smooth.
    • Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel layer, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
  4. Add the Finishing Touches:
    • Sprinkle sea salt over the chocolate layer while it’s still warm.
    • Let the bars cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set.
  5. Slice and Serve:
    • Once set, lift the bars out of the pan using the lining. Cut into squares or bars.
    • Serve and enjoy the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, salty, and chocolatey in every bite!

These Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars are not just a treat for your taste buds but also a visually appealing dessert that’s bound to impress. Whether for a party, a family gathering, or just as a special treat, these bars are the ideal choice for a decadent snack.

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