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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line an 11x17-inch baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

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  • Spread pretzels onto the prepared baking sheet.

  • Combine butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Pour mixture over pretzels.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over pretzel mixture. Bake for 1 minute more. Stir mixture to evenly spread chocolate over pretzels. Lightly sprinkle salt over pretzels. Cool until set, 2 to 3 hours. Break into pieces.

Cook's Note:

Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be used in place of milk chocolate chips, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

465.2 calories; 3.7 g protein; 53.4 g carbohydrates; 48.8 mg cholesterol; 559.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2017
We've made this a couple years in a row, and have learned a few things along the way. If you want really crunchy caramel/toffee, then let the butter sugar mixture cook closer to 8 min. If you want a more crumbly texture cook it closer to 5 min. We like it both ways. Apparently, our coworkers wait all year for this stuff. They've dubbed it "Christmas Crack" Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2015
I debated about using a candy thermometer when I made this because 5-8 minutes didn't seem long enough to get to a hard crack temp, but decided to just follow the directions. So, it didn't end up like toffee, but ended up like caramel. I let it set overnight and it was just a soft, sticky mess. I was able to break it apart into individual pretzels - and it still tastes good, it's just a mess. If I made it again, I'd use a candy thermometer so that the caramel hardens into toffee. Otherwise, it was good! Read More
(15)
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2017
We've made this a couple years in a row, and have learned a few things along the way. If you want really crunchy caramel/toffee, then let the butter sugar mixture cook closer to 8 min. If you want a more crumbly texture cook it closer to 5 min. We like it both ways. Apparently, our coworkers wait all year for this stuff. They've dubbed it "Christmas Crack" Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2017
We've made this a couple years in a row, and have learned a few things along the way. If you want really crunchy caramel/toffee, then let the butter sugar mixture cook closer to 8 min. If you want a more crumbly texture cook it closer to 5 min. We like it both ways. Apparently, our coworkers wait all year for this stuff. They've dubbed it "Christmas Crack" Read More
(19)
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2015
I debated about using a candy thermometer when I made this because 5-8 minutes didn't seem long enough to get to a hard crack temp, but decided to just follow the directions. So, it didn't end up like toffee, but ended up like caramel. I let it set overnight and it was just a soft, sticky mess. I was able to break it apart into individual pretzels - and it still tastes good, it's just a mess. If I made it again, I'd use a candy thermometer so that the caramel hardens into toffee. Otherwise, it was good! Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2016
Yummy and so easy! I let my butter and sugar mixture boil on medium heat for 8 minutes. After pouring it over the pretzels, I found putting it in the oven for 5 minutes sort of allowed the mixture to spread itself evenly over the pretzel, filling in the gaps! After sprinkling semi-sweet chocolate chips and returning them to the oven as directed, I took a knife and gently spread them on top of the rest. I Let them cool off in the fridge for an hour as instructed and they were the perfect hardness to break them into portions! The don't last very long around here Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2014
I made this for Christmas gifts this year. Easy to make and very well received. I used semi-sweet chips as I had a bag open. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2015
I used stale pretzels I was actually going to throw out. So glad I didn't because this is super yummy! I didn't have quite the full 2 cups of chocolate chips (I was using semi sweet) so I did use a handful of milk chocolate chips to make up the difference. Seriously easy AND tasty?? I'm making this one over and over! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2018
OMG! This was LOVE at first bite! I cooked the caramel the full 8 minutes stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Poured over the pretzels thr best I could and like others ssid it will spread on its own. Baked 5 minutes sprinkled chocolate chips popped back in the oven for one minute then lightly spread the melted chips. I used my sea salt grinder snd lightly salted the muxture. I put the still hot cookie sheet on a towel in the fridge for an hour but the chocolate was still soft so I put it in the freezer for an hour. Absolutely delucious. Thank you for the grest recipe. Note: Use non-stick aluminum foil for essy removal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2016
I made this recipe last night. I had regular sized pretzels so I crumbled them up enough to cover the cookie sheet without crushing them to crumbs. I cooked the caramel for 3 minutes (from a different recipe). The caramel is still a little gooey so I will definitely cook longer next time. I tried to spread the caramel before baking but after taking them out of the oven realized that was a waste because it bubbles up and spreads on its own. I used semi-sweet chocolate and spread with silicone spatula after removing from oven after 1 minute. Then I forgot the sea salt but didn't really miss it. The taste is amazing. Three of my favorites in one treat!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2014
This was delicious quick and easy. I was looking for a good "bark" recipe. I followed the directions to the letter and wow! Delicious! It takes minutes to make and is a fantastic easy and inexpensive gift to give to family and friends. This will be added to my list of desserts for the holidays. I found this recipe (same ingredients) on another site followed the directions and it came out gooey and horrible. I ended up throwing the whole thing away. I then searched on All Recipes (my go-to recipe site) and found this recipe with completely different directions. I decided to give it one more try and I'm so happy I did. It tastes more like toffee than caramel and go easy on the salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2016
Followed the recipe exactly and the candy turned out perfectly. I used flavored salt (almond cardamom and a pink peppercorn and chile salt). Yum! Easy and inexpensive Christmas gift for neighbors and coworkers. Making a third batch tomorrow. Read More
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