Oh I have been so excited to share these!  A couple of weeks ago I got the magazine, Where Women Cook, and stumbled upon this recipe. I instantly knew it would be one my family would love.  Chocolate, caramel, salty and sweet…the perfect combination.

I made a few changes to it, replacing the saltine crackers with pretzel bites and making them in a mini-muffin pan so they would be perfectly bite sized.

Pretzel Caramel Bites

(yields 24 bite size treats)

24 mini pretzel thin crackers

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate chips

Pecans, chopped for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place a pretzel cracker in each muffin cup, salted side up.

For caramel mixture, boil brown sugar and butter for 5 minutes on stove top (soft ball stage), stirring constantly.  (Tip:  Once mixture is boiling turn the heat down and continue to stir bubbling mixture for 5 minutes.)

*Do not chicken out and boil for less than 5 minutes.  The first time I made these I thought 5 minutes seemed too long and the result was less than spectacular.  Trust me, boil it the full 5 minutes.*

Pour caramel mixture over each cracker until it is all used up.

Bake for 5 minutes or until mixture is very bubbly.

Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over each muffin cup.  Let sit for a few minutes, then spread the melted chocolate out smoothly and top with pecan pieces.

Cool in fridge at least one hour.  When you cut around the edges, each bite should just pop out.  Store in fridge.

These started disappearing as soon as I started popping them out of the pan.  I actually had to set a few back just to get pictures of them.  I’d call that a successful afternoon of baking.

Have a wonderful weekend!  We are looking forward to time with friends, family, Saturday morning pancakes and hopefully a little ice skating too!

Alison

15 Responses to Sweet Bites

  1. Amber says:

    These look so yummy! I will definitely be trying them. Love sweet and salty together!

  2. bentley says:

    those are adorable!

  3. Peggy says:

    These look like the yummiest treat ever!

  4. These look like a homemade version of my all time favourite treat, Sweet Georgia Browns. I am going to have to try them – using a muffin tin is such a great idea!

  5. these look amazing !! i want one !!

  6. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait to make these. Heading to a big homeschool outing at the Columbus Zoo on Friday and I think these will be a big hit with the Moms and (if we decide to share) the kids! Thanks so much for posting!

  7. WOW! Those look AMAZING. Love love love that combo. Sweet and salty, you can not go wrong! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Rita says:

    Absolutely love these!! I made them without the pecans…for Johnny.. and they are delicious!!! The boys are reluctant to stepping outside of their box, but, I’m sure Jim and I will have no problems eating them :). Thank you for posting and for all the other post. Love reading them and trying new things.

  9. Alison says:

    Thanks Rita! I’m so glad that you are enjoying them. :)

  10. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    I also run a food blog and will be featuring your recipe this afternoon (Feb 25).

  11. These look so fun! The perfect little sweet bite. They would make great wedding favors packed in a box of two. :o)

  12. Brenda says:

    Brilliant…looking forward to giving neat containers full for Christmas!

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