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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

Salt? Chocolate? Caramel? Pretzels? Put them all together and you have one simply amazing, great tasting candy bark. Of course I love anything that combines salty and sweet. Why not tantalize all your taste buds at once? ;)

Before it was broken into bark
After the bark was broken up and ready to take to work   

2 cubes butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 bag mini pretzels
12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips
Sea Salt

* NOTE- I did this on a fairly large cookie sheet. I think next time I will use a smaller one so the bark will actually come out thicker.

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spray with Pam. Lay out a single layer of pretzels on the foil. Set aside. On the stovetop, melt 2 cubes of butter. After it's melted, stir in 1 cup of brown sugar.  Continue to stir, breaking up the brown sugar clumps. Bring this mixture to a slow gentle, simmer. You do NOT want this to be at a rolling boil. Simmer this for approx. 3 minutes. It should be a golden brown color now.  Pour over the pretzels as evenly as you possibly can. You can spread it if you have to, but this is hard work, as the pretzels begin to move, and I wouldn't sweat it because it melts together in the oven. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the mixture for 6 minutes. While this is baking, melt your chocolate chips either in the microwave (be careful it's easy to burn them) or in a double boiler. Pour the melted chips (by going up and down the bark) as evenly as you can (again, it's very hard to spread). Sprinkle sea salt all over the top.  Put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator (you might want to wait just a few min for it to cool down a bit) for approx. 1 hour until the bark is hardened and ready to break apart.

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