Caramel Pretzel Bites have a sweet, chewy caramel sandwiched between salty, crunchy pretzels dipped in smooth vanilla almond bark.
These festive little caramel pretzel bites are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and chewy. They are so easy to make and you don’t even need to turn the oven on.
Sandwich soft, chewy caramels between square pretzels (known as snaps). You may need to soften the caramels by warming them briefly in the microwave.
Can I use store bought caramels?
We love making these treats using my homemade caramel candy (find the recipe here) but if you prefer you can use store-bought caramels instead. You’ll want to choose soft, chewy caramels that will be able to sandwich between the pretzels.
Would pretzel twists work instead of the snaps?
Yes, you can use pretzel twists or any of the other pretzel shapes as long as you can sandwich the caramels between them. For Christmas, it would be fun to use holiday shaped pretzels. The mini pretzel twists look like hearts to they would be cute for Valentine’s Day.
Put the vanilla almond bark and shortening in a small bowl and microwave for 60 seconds.
Could I dip these caramel pretzel bites in chocolate instead?
Yes, they are delicious when dipped in melted chocolate as well! Another idea is to dip them in colorful candy melts depending on the occasion. You can also use white chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Remove from the microwave and stir well.
Continue heating in the microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring each time, until smooth.
Dip the pretzel caramel bites in the melted vanilla almond bark.
Would it work to coat the entire pretzel caramel bites?
Yes, it would work to dip the whole caramel pretzel sandwich. I opted to make these as quick and as easy as possible. Dipping just one side is a timesaver.
Place them on a piece of parchment and top with sprinkles.
How else could I decorate them?
There are endless sprinkles options available so be creative and choose the ones that fit the holiday or occasion. Or if you prefer, you can skip the sprinkles. These caramel pretzel bites would also look good with drizzled candy melts or chocolate on top of the white almond bark.
Store them in an airtight container. If you used homemade caramels, you may need to store them in the refrigerator as you would your caramels.
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Caramel Pretzel Bites
- Sandwich the caramels between the pretzels. Soften the caramel slightly in the microwave, if necessary.
- Put the vanilla almond bark and shortening in a small bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds and then stir well. Continue heating in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth.
- Dip the pretzel caramels into the melted almond bark and place on a piece of parchment paper. Top with sprinkles.
- Allow the almond bark to harden and then store in an airtight container.
- Recipe works with both store-bought and homemade caramels.
- Can also be dipped into chocolate almond bark.