Loaded Caramel Dipped Pretzel Rods

Salty pretzels covered in caramel and topped with your favorite candies. These pretzels are perfect for gift-giving or satisfying your salty/sweet tooth!

What you see here are pretzels dipped into a pool of semi-homemade caramel sauce and sprinkled with all sorts of divine yumminess.

Pretzels are my favorite snack food.  It may be because I have a HUGE love for honey mustard… and pretzels & mustard go together like PB&J, but I seriously LOVE snacking on pretzels.  Pretzel rods, honey wheat pretzels, pretzel sticks, and so on.  I have oodles of half eaten bags of pretzels in my pantry.   Hence, my Bite-Size Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Cookies.

Another way to use up some pretzels would be to cover them in chocolate and throw them in brownies.  I mean, why not?  Everything is better with chocolate. And/or caramel.  And/or Reese’s Pieces.  And/or Heath bar toffee.  And/or sprinkles…!?  Oh yes.

This seriously fool-proof recipe is like the god of the sweet/salty snack realm.  Gooey caramel enveloping a super salty, crunchy pretzel rod, and garnished with whatever tiny topping your little heart desires.  I chose crushed up Reese’s Pieces (love!), Heath bar toffee bits, mini chocolate  chips, and obviously… sprinkles.

And don’t they kind of look gourmet?  Wrap them, box them up, and give them to the peeps you love.  They are such a fun treat for a bake sale too!  They would definitely be the first to go.  People love food on sticks, especially kids!  I brought them into work and my coworkers went nuts over them like they were gold or something.  Of course, I didn’t admit these babies took me a mere 20 minutes to whip up.  Ha! A girl’s gotta keep some secrets. 😉

These jacked-up fancy schmancy pretzels are cheap, quick, and completely adaptable.


Loaded Caramel Dipped Pretzel Rods

Salty pretzels covered in caramel and topped with your favorite candies. These pretzels are perfect for gift-giving or satisfying your salty/sweet tooth!


  • 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)


  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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