Loaded Caramel Dipped Pretzels

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Salty pretzels covered in caramel and topped with your favorite candies. These loaded caramel dipped pretzels are kid-friendly, perfect for gift-giving and bake sales, and satisfy your salty/sweet tooth!

Salty pretzels dipped in homemade caramel and topped with sprinkles, toffee, chocolate chips, nuts, and more! Easy kid-friendly snack recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pretzels are my favorite snack food, how about you? 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 a bag of pretzels is to throw them on top of brownies along with peanut butter frosting. There’s also the homemade caramel, rainbow sprinkle, mini chocolate chip, and crushed Heath bar route which is where I’m taking you today!!

Salty pretzels dipped in homemade caramel and topped with sprinkles, toffee, chocolate chips, nuts, and more! Easy kid-friendly snack recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Loaded Caramel Dipped Pretzels are Easy

This seriously fool-proof recipe is king of the sweet/salty snack food category. Gooey homemade caramel enveloping a super salty, crunchy pretzel rod, and garnished with whatever tiny topping your little heart desires. These loaded caramel dipped pretzels couldn’t be easier and are fun to decorate, especially if you want to get the kids involved in the kitchen. They’ll love coating the pretzels with their favorite goodies like M&Ms, chocolate chips, sprinkles, toffee pieces, and more. Plus, kids love food on sticks! It’s the perfect sweet snack.

And don’t they kind of look gourmet? Wrap them, box them up, and gift them during the holidays. They look so cute displayed in mason jars at parties. They’re also a fun (and quick!) treat for a bake sale and I guarantee they’d be the first to go.

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Salty pretzels dipped in homemade caramel and topped with sprinkles, toffee, chocolate chips, nuts, and more! Easy kid-friendly snack recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Salty pretzels dipped in homemade caramel and topped with sprinkles, toffee, chocolate chips, nuts, and more! Easy kid-friendly snack recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to Make Salted Caramel

Caramel dipped pretzels uses my reader-favorite homemade caramel, a 4 ingredient and 10 minute recipe loved by millions all over the world. It’s the most popular recipe on this website!

There’s no candy thermometer required; simply use your eyes to determine when to add the next ingredient. The caramel itself doesn’t take long to make, only a short 10 minutes. However, you’ll want to to cool down for at least 20 minutes before dunking the pretzels. The caramel thickens as it cools.

Salty pretzels dipped in homemade caramel and topped with sprinkles, toffee, chocolate chips, nuts, and more! Easy kid-friendly snack recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Update: These loaded caramel pretzels are part of my 8 recipe video mini series called Sprinkled. Watch me make them!

Loaded Caramel Dipped Pretzels

Salty pretzels covered in caramel and topped with your favorite candies. These loaded caramel dipped pretzels are kid-friendly, perfect for gift-giving and bake sales, and satisfy your salty/sweet tooth!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup homemade salted caramel (the full recipe)
  • 18 large pretzel rods
  • 2 cups assorted toppings (crushed M&Ms, nuts, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, Heath bar etc)

Directions:

  1. Make the salted caramel and allow it to thicken and cool for 20 minutes.
  2. While cooling, get your toppings ready. Place each into separate bowls.
  3. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  4. Once caramel has cooled, 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. Do this over a 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.
  6. In hot months, store pretzels in the refrigerator. I find they are pretty tasty served cold!

Recipe Notes:

  1. Avoid rolling the caramel pretzels into the toppings. The warm caramel will melt the toppings and create a huge mess. Instead, sprinkle the toppings on the pretzels as shown in the video.
  2. Interested in regular caramel instead of salted caramel? For regular sweet caramel, simply reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon in the salted caramel recipe.

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    1. Yep, they’d be perfect gifts! People love food on sticks. It was crazy how WILD everyone went over these at work yesterday!

  1. There is always one or more bags of pretzels in our cupboards too! I can’t get enough of salty and sweet treats! Food on sticks is just way more fun to eat!!! These caramel pretzels are so much fun with all the tasty goodies you added to them! Want. NOW!!!

    1. Haha thank you Darcy! My coworker called them “darling” too! Too funny. Caramel and pretzels are SO good together.

    1. Haha! Karly, I pretty much eat pretzels dipped into honey mustard on a daily basis. But lately, it’s been caramel. So healthy, right?!

  2. I love honey mustard, too! And pretzels = best food ever. I love going to Target or food courts and getting pretzels–I don’t even need salt or butter; the plain, fluffy, fat pretzel is perfect for me 🙂 but now I think I’ll be demanding caramel with my pretzels and Reese’s and HONEY ROASTED PEANUTS because that’s a flipping smart idea, and also because these are positively gorgeous and so awesome.

    1. Yes, honey roasted peanuts… it sounds incredible, right?! I love Auntie Anne’s pretzels. Those are my favorite. 🙂 Thanks Hayley!

    1. Georgia! Welcome back. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind comments, they always make me smile. These are PERFECT for summer, you are right!

    1. Sweet + salty is my absolute fave! I’m making them again for 4th of July w/ blue + red sprinkles! Thanks Amy 🙂

  3. i was thinking about making this the other day because i had absolutely NOTHING else to bake. i’m in a rut right now. but then my pretzels were honey wheat ones so i didn’t know if it’d turn out ok…but i’m glad that you ended up making these for me haha, so do you deliver? 😉

    1. I’ve tried it with honey wheat pretzels before, Julie! They are SO good dipped in caramel and chocolate. I’ve dipped them in white chocolate before and I think I like the white chocolate the best!

      1. I used the honey wheat ones when I made them; people seemed to like them, and since they were shorter than the pretzel rods, they were a little easier to dip in the caramel.

  4. Thanks to your blog & the incredible recipes, I am helping my daughter start a little business selling sweet treats! We’re brand new at this, and I had a question…what can we use to wrap the pretzel rods? Thank you for the sweet inspiration!

    1. Hi Linda! So glad that I’ve been an inspiration! I would suggest wrapping the pretzel rods up real nice in cellophane paper. 🙂

  5. I made these for a couple 4th of July BBQs yesterday, and they were a hit! I used red and blue M&Ms, Almond Joy round candies, almonds, sprinkles, and crumbled Heath bars. They went super fast, and they were fun to make! When I melted all the caramel, the liquid wasn’t deep enough to fully “dunk” the pretzels, so I poured the melted caramel into a glass measuring cup, and used a spatula to help swirl the caramel onto the pretzels. It seemed to work pretty well; do you have any other tips for getting the caramel all around half the pretzel? It was kind of gooey and when it cooled too much, I just popped it in the microwave to warm it up a bit so it was easier to work with. Such a fun recipe, and it’s easy to adapt for each holiday! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I used a spatula to swirl as well. That seemed to work for me very well! I had to work quickly when the caramel was hot. SO glad you made and enjoyed them Alexis! honey wheat pretzels are my favorite 🙂

  6. Hi Sally – I love your blog and all your great recipes! I have a couple pf quick questions about the caramel dipped pretzels: how long do they keep, i.e. how far in advance can you make them? Also, do you think humidity would effect whether or not the caramel sets up or not? Thank you so much!

    1. they keep very well! up to 1 week. I made these on a Saturday and they were still great on a Wednesday! I’d say make them ahead of time, maybe 3-4 days max. I suggest not making these on a humid day, unless you have the AC going high. Humidity in the air won’t allow the caramel to sufficiently set up, just as you expected. thank you Emily!

  7. I have used and enjoyed many of your recipes. Have you found that the caramel makes the pretzel soggy after a couple of days? It has been years since I made these because of the sogginess. (is that a word?)…. hoping your recipe will make the difference. thanks, sue

  8. How would I make these toffee pretzel rods with homemade caramel?  I’ve been using your caramel popcorn recipe for 2 years now, and baking it is the key!  Everyone loves it. I’d hate to have to go back to bought yukky caramels now. 

  9. Hi Sally,

    I’m new to your blog and love reading each post. I found your recipe for the caramel candy covered pretzel rods…one word…YUM!
    I made them with my six year old niece and she loved them as much I as did…we started a new tradition of cooking together. I look forward to making some more of your recipes.
    Thank you for your hard work…keep posting. Have a good weekend.

  10. Hi Sally,
    I absolutely love Auntie Anne’s pretzels as well.
    I get the cheese sauce dip when I get one.
    These caramel dipped pretzel rods look fun and delicious.

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