These chocolate caramel pretzel rods are the best sweet and salty treat, with an easy homemade caramel, and smooth chocolate on top of salty pretzels.
I love chocolate covered pretzels, but adding caramel to the mix takes these delicious chocolate caramel pretzel rods to the next level. They’re the perfect sweet and salty combo – with the salted pretzels, covered in the smooth homemade caramel, and creamy chocolate. It’s a match made in heaven.
Last Christmas one of our neighbors made a bunch of these chocolate caramel pretzel rods to deliver to all the neighbors. I loved them so much I pretty much hid the little bag of them that she brought us and ate them all for myself without sharing any of them with my family ;). These chocolate caramel pretzels are so tasty that you won’t want to share any either.
Thankfully the recipe makes a big batch, so you’ll have enough to share some of these at a holiday party, or wrapped up to deliver some of them to your neighbors. These pretzel treats are perfect for Christmas, but you can also decorate them all over with different sprinkles or candy melts to make them perfect for other holidays too. They would be so cute for a baby shower with pink or blue sprinkles, or some pumpkin sprinkles for Halloween, red white and blue sprinkles for fourth of July (like our pretzel sparklers) etc.
They can also be topped with heath bits (or homemade toffee), crushed up candy bar pieces (butterfinger, reeses cups, mini m&ms), chopped peanuts or other nuts, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, sprinkles, etc.
How to make Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Rods?
These pretzel rods are first coated in the easiest homemade caramel that is only 6 ingredients and made in the microwave. After dipping them in caramel and allowing that to set on the pretzels, you will dip them into melted chocolate to cover the caramel. Allow that to set as well then the pretzels are able to be enjoyed, or stored for later.
For the caramel you will need brown sugar, white sugar, butter, corn syrup, and condensed milk. You will add them all to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Pour the melted caramel into a tall glass to make it easier to dip the pretzels evenly. Allow excess caramel to drip off then place the pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Allow the caramel to set. You can rotate the rods as needed to prevent caramel from pooling, or shape the caramel with your hands as it starts to set.
Add your chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds till its smooth and creamy. Like the caramel, pour the chocolate into a tall glass for easier dipping. Then dip the caramel pretzels into the chocolate. Place back on the parchment lined baking pan.
If you want to cover them with additional toppers, sprinkle those over the top now.
Allow chocolate to set completely then pretzels can be bundled up to deliver to friends and family, stored till later, or enjoyed to your hearts content.
Tips and Tricks:
- Instead of melting the chocolate, in the microwave you can melt it over a double boiler on the stove top. Stir often, and cook until melted and creamy.
- You can also melt the creamy caramel on the stove, check the temperature and cook it until its 340 F.
- You can use your choice of chocolate chips; milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or white chocolate – depending on your preferences.
- Make these up for any special occasion or holiday. They’d be so fun for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Etc. They’d also be fun for baby showers, bridal showers, or birthday parties.
Can chocolate caramel pretzel rods be made in advanced?
In case you get super busy during the holidays, who doesn’t?? the pretzels will continue to look and taste their best for about 1 week. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
These chocolate caramel pretzels are such a delicious salty sweet treat. Crunchy pretzels, chewy caramel, smooth chocolate.
They’re a great option for your sweet tooth during the holiday season, or any time of year. They’re delicious, and will become one of your favorite treats of all!
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Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Rods
For the Caramel:
- 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
For the Pretzels:
- 20 pretzel rods
- 16 oz chocolate
- Combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, condensed milk and corn syrup in a large microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
- Pour the caramel into a tall thin glass.
- Dip each pretzel rod into the caramel, covering about 2/3 of the way. Allow excess caramel to drip off.
- Place the pretzel rods on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Roll the pretzels, or use your fingers, to smooth the caramel that has pooled around the pretzels more evenly.
- Melt chocolate in the microwave at half power, stirring every 30 seconds till smooth.
- Scoop the chocolate into a tall thin glass.
- Dip the pretzels into the chocolate and place back onto the parchment paper.
- Spread sprinkles evenly over the chocolate.
- Allow chocolate to set completely.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
debra thesing says
could you put caramel in a pan to cool and cut in strips to wrap around the pretzels and then dip them in chocolate and sprinkle with candies?
I haven’t tried it this way, are you wanting to make a design (wands or something?) with the caramel? I think it may work, but not sure how well it would hold on.
I have wasted so much money buying these from QVC. These are so much better and budget-friendly. Thank you so much for sharing!
I’ve made these on the stove and they’re amazing! Are there any high altitude adjustments for the microwave?
It shouldn’t need to be adjusted.
Karen Carr says
Such a yummy & easy treat to make & no one realizes that! Love all the different varieties you can make-great to bring to a party or wrap up as gifts.
We made these for Thanksgiving and they were a HUGE hit! We are planning to make them with Youth Group for a church project, and my question is can the caramel be made in advance and reheated a couple days later?
I’m so glad you loved them! I haven’t tried reheating the caramel, I’m not sure if the extra heating would dry it out a bit, so you might need a couple Tablespoons heavy cream or more corn syrup to add that back in? I think if you do it over low heat on the stove top it’ll be easier to watch.
Can I make the caramel on the stove instead of a microwave. I don’t have one.
Yes! Just melt it until it’s nice and creamy!
Ok thank you
Theresa Murcko says
I was just wondering if they could be bagged and then put in freezer containers to freeze for later?
I think it should work, just make sure they are in a tight container where there will be no condensation!
Thank you. We’re giving these a try today. We had some at a wedding recently and my son ate like 6 of them…so we’re making them for his HS graduation party. Hoping we get them right the first try!!
Hope they turn out for you!
What kind of chocolate do you use?
I usually just use chocolate chips.