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.

Close up picture of M&Ms candy 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

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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58 Comments

  1. Hey Sally! Quick question for you- I’ve been using the caramel recipe in your cookbook to dip Bavarian pretzels and Oreos in but once it cools it’s extremely tough and kind of hard- would this be a better recipe to use for those items you think?

    1. Hi Maria! Caramel sets at room temperature or when it’s cool (both the cookbook recipe and this one!). Warm it up again so it’s easy to use for dipping. Both recipes are great for dipping!

  2. I made your recipe for loaded caramel pretzel sticks last night. I am wondering what I did wrong, because my caramel never really hardened up. It was very liquidy even after waiting for it to cool after 20 minutes. Even this morning the caramel is just slipping off when I lift them off of the parchment paper. I would love to make these for my sons Graduation party. Please help with suggestions so I can perfect them next time. Thanks so much.

    1. If the caramel was too thin after cooking you might need to cook it for just a minute longer. Take a look at the video so you can get a good visual of what the consistency should look like!

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