Looking for a sweet for your sweetheart? Try this five ingredient, super easy to make recipe. Fair warning, your loved one may go through a variety of mixed emotions that range from love to hate. This bark is so addictive that you will likely eat too much but you can’t stop yourself (that’s the “hate” part). Probably the reason many people refer to it as “pretzel crack.”

You’ll want to start with small pretzels (regular or gluten-free). Break the pretzels into small pieces by roughly massaging the bag before opening it. I have a preference for dark chocolate but milk chocolate will work, too. Be sure to top it of with a good coarse or flaky sea salt such as Maldon sea salt.

This pretzel bark is great for parties or hostess/teacher gifts. You can make it a few days in advance – just be sure to store it under lock and key in the refrigerator or a cool place as it is likely to disappear.

Big thank you to Caitlin M for the inspiration (feel free to blame her for your addiction!).

Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Photo by Betsy Barron Photography

Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bark
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Lots of pieces
  • 1-8 ounce bag of small pretzels (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) good quality dark or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • coarse or flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large cookie sheet (17” by 11”) with slightly high sides with parchment paper.
  2. Break the pretzels into small pieces by roughly massaging the bag before opening it. Cover the pan with a layer of broken pretzel pieces.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. When the mixture starts to gently simmer and bubble, cook for 3 minutes without stirring.
  4. Pour the mixture over the pretzels. It’s okay if it’s no evenly spaced out as it will even out when heating.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes.
  6. Place pan on a cooling rack and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Wait a couple of minutes until the chips start to melt, then spread the chocolate using an offset spatula or rubber spatula evenly over the pretzel-caramel mix.
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Let the bark cool completely and refrigerate for about an hour (or longer if that's more convenient).
  9. Break into uneven pieces.
  10. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or a cool place for a few weeks.
* To make this gluten-free use gluten-free pretzels. I highly recommend Snyder’s of Hanover’s gluten-free pretzels.
* I prefer to use Ghirardelli chocolate. You can use milk-chocolate instead of dark or bittersweet chocolate.



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2017-12-20T18:33:26+00:00 February 8th, 2015|Categories: Desserts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


  1. David February 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I wish I could get Mark to eat pretzels with chocolate! Maybe I should make these for myself?

    • Nicole February 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      David – Oh, Mark just doesn’t realize what he is missing – but clearly you know that already. Yes, you must make this for yourself and maybe share a bit with friends who appreciate that salty-crunchy-chocolately combination. You might even make some new friends!

  2. Sydney December 15, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Made these last night and followed directions to a T. My Carmel mixture never hardened over the pretzels. It got a little harder but was still too soft. Had to throw two large batches away. I looked up other recipes to see how they did their caramel and they said to cook for 7 to 8 mins. Going to retry making this tonight and hope that it works but have to say that 3 mins seems too short.

    • Nicole December 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Sydney – I am so sorry to hear this! I’ve made this recipe many times and know others have, as well. Please let me know if you did make it again and had success – I’ll be happy to add some comments to the recipe.

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