Loaded Caramel Dipped Pretzel Rods

Ingredients:

  • 1 14-ounce package Kraft caramels (about 40-50), unwrapped
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 18 large pretzel rods
  • 1 and 1/2 cups assorted toppings (crushed Reese's Pieces, M&Ms, nuts, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc)

Directions:

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir caramels and whipping cream over medium-low heat just until caramels are melted. Remove from heat and allow the caramel to cool and thicken up for about 6-7 minutes.
  3. While cooling, get your toppings ready to go. I put my 4 different toppings into 4 separate bowls.
  4. Once caramel is relatively cool, hold each pretzel rod by one end and dip the pretzel into the caramel, swirling it around to get it coated well. Shake of any excess caramel. Immediately sprinkle toppings onto pretzel, twirling the pretzel to get all sides covered. I did this over a paper plate to catch any extras.
  5. Place pretzels onto prepared baking sheet to allow the caramel to set - about 15 minutes. I rotated them every 2 minutes so they didn't end up with a completely flat side.
    In hot months, store in refrigerator. I find they are pretty tasty served cold!

Recipe Notes:

*Avoid rolling the caramel pretzels into the toppings. The warm caramel will melt the toppings and create a huge mess. It is much easier to sprinkle the toppings on the pretzels.

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