December 10, 2012

Pretzel Bark

Oh man...pretzel bark is the best thing ever.  Salt and chocolate...the ultimate combination.  You've seen all the different variations I am sure.  I love the salty & sweet's the ultimate treat for me.  Give me sweet and savory, and I am in heaven. 

Here is my take on it.  Pretzels provide the salt, the caramel layer provides the sweet, and the combination of the chocolate and the butterscotch chips provide the ultimate combination of the two, sending this dessert over the top.  Whether you are looking for something different to serve when you have company this holiday season or you are looking for something different to include in those holiday gift baskets, this is the treat that will steal the show.  Make it, eat it, love it!

Pretzel Bark

Waffle shaped Pretzels (you can use any pretzel shape you have, even pretzel sticks, you just want to make sure they are lined up nice and snug)
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
Sea Salt

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray then line it with the pretzel waffles evenly.  In a medium saucepan medium high heat, stir the butter and the brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Let it boil gently just until it starts to form a smooth caramel, then let it bubble a little and get really thick.  Remove from heat and pour over the pretzels, spreading it out as evenly as you can. Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for five minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool for about 15 minutes then place in the freezer for about an hour to set.

Meanwhile, over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips, stirring to combine until smooth.  After the bark has been in the freezer for an hour, remove it then spread the melted chocolate mixture evenly over top, and sprinkle with sea salt.  Place back in the freezer for two more hours to set.   Take it out of the freezer, and break it up into uneven chunks with your hands and serve.  If you are planning to use at a later date, just place in a freezer bag until ready to use.