Gourmet Pretzel Rods

Gourmet Pretzel Rods


"They're CRUNCHY and CHEWY and SWEET and SALTY and have a touch of CHOCOLATE... the ultimate snack! I get the peanuts and caramels in the bulk food section of the grocery store. It took me a couple of tries to get the caramel right (if you use 2 tablespoons water like some recipes for caramel apples call for, it stays too gooey; if you don't use any water, the caramel gets hard as a rock!)"


15 m servings 287 cals
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Original recipe yields 15 servings



  • Calories:
  • 287 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 12.5 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 40g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 276 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a microwave safe dish, combine caramels and water. Microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring after each minute.
  2. Dip a pretzel rod into melted caramel. Reserve about an inch at the end to use as a handle, and spread smooth with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Attach 12 chocolate pieces, then roll in chopped peanuts. Place on wax paper until set.


  • Note
  • If caramel becomes difficult to work with about halfway through dipping, you can add 1/2 teaspoon water, and microwave for another 30 seconds; but don't keep microwaving or the caramel gets ruined.
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  1. 59 Ratings


These are much better if you dip them in chocolate AFTER you dip them in caramel. I usually dip them in the caramel,let that sit for a moment, then dip them in melted milk chocolate and drizzle...

I dipped each rod (I used jumbo 8" rods) in the caramel (leaving about a 2 1/2 inch "handle") put them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (next time I think I will try to get them supported...

Great recipe! I cut the pretzel rods in half (to better fit on the goodie tray) and dipped in caramel and chocolate. Let the caramel set and then dip in chocolate. If the caramel "pools" on o...

I opted for this recipe because it seemed so easy. My two friends and I made them together, one dipped them in caramel, I did the chocolate, and one topped them with nuts. We poured and smoothed...

I thought that these were amazing! I changed the recipe a little. I dipped them in caramel like the recipe called for then I rolled them in a mixture of mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips...

Yummy! Made these the other night for our departmental bake sale...they almost didn't make it to work. I found that the caramel did a little better when it hardened up just a little - after melt...

I made these at Christmas time and gave away to neighbors and friends with homemade cookies. The favorite was the one with chocolate and rolled in crushed butterfinger candy. Just freeze the c...

I found this recipe to be a bit more time consuming than I had expected. However, it was very good. I found it helpful to have my "assembly line" of toppings ready to go. If you like peanut b...

These things are awesome! I let the caramel cool slightly then spread on the pretzels first, then pressed mini M&M's into the caramel. Placed on parchment and popped in the refrigerator for ju...