Friday, November 9, 2012

FYI Friday--fantastically delicious treats!

I am in heaven! Recently I discovered the Salted Caramel Mochas at Starbucks. My newest fave warm drink ever! I love them! Then one day last week I discovered the most fantastically delicious treat that you can eat! It's pretty much my fave drink, but it crunches! Soooooo yummy!

I've made something very similar before, except they have graham crackers instead of pretzels. They are yummy too. But this Salted caramel chocolate pretzel crunch is even better. I wanted to call them Salted caramel mocha crunches, because they remind me of my drink, but I guess technically, a mocha has coffee in it and these don't. Anyway, enough about how mouth watering amazing they are. Try them for yourself!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Crunch
You need. . .

12 oz. of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag of mini pretzels
1 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup or 2 sticks of unsalted butter
sea salt

How to make. . .

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then line a cookie sheet with foil. It's good to make sure your foil covers all of the cookie sheet, so you may just want a smidge extra foil to fold over the sides. Next spread out pretzels over the foil. Do your best to have them in a flat layer--though since they won't all fit perfectly some can overlap!

Next melt your butter in a saucepan. (This is where my graham cracker bars differ--if you've ever had those). Once butter is melted, then add the sugar. This makes the caramel. Stir occasionally, actually I stirred frequently. It will bubble and simmer, but don't let it boil. Once the color turns a little brown and more bubbly (about 3-5 minutes), then pour the caramel over the pretzels. You may want to start at one end of the cookie sheet and pour from end to end, back and forth. The caramel may not cover or spread over every pretzel when you pour it on, so take a spatula or spoon and spread it out. It hardens fairly quickly, so just be on top of it! Ideally, every pretzel gets some caramel on it! Then pop it in the oven for 6 or 7 minutes. You can keep an eye on it and you will see it bubbling in the oven.

Once that's in the oven, pour the chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. Wait until the pretzels are almost ready to come out of the oven and then pop the chocolate chips in the microwave for about a minute. You don't want them to be completely melted, but enough so they can be spread out over the pretzels.

Take the pretzels out of the oven and spoon the somewhat melted chocolate chips over the pretzels. Smooth them across the pretzels with a spatula. If the chips are still in full form, they will quickly melt over the pretzels, so no worries! Sprinkle the sea salt over the top and then put them in the fridge and chill for an hour or so (if you can wait that long). When you take them out, the foil should peel right off and you can crumble the mixture into the most delicious bites you will ever pop into your mouth! You're welcome!



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