Saturday, November 17, 2012

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Fall is in full swing, which means Thanksgiving is only a skip, hop and turkey trot away. For most American's, that means getting your yoga pants on and stuffing yourself full with the most delicious comfort food you can imagine to make up for all the nights you settled for Ramen and Easy-Mac.
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving also means being invited to parties and potlucks where what you bring is of the utmost importance. And not all of us can whip up a masterpiece in a split second.
So, if you're short on time and aiming to dazzle, direct your attention to the photograph below:

Sweet, salty, chewy and crunchy all in one. This bark is a super-easy no-bake recipe that has the power to silence a room (because everyone's too busy chewing it).

To whip this up, grab the following ingredients:

1 bag pretzels
1 bag dark chocolate chips
1 bag semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons oil
1 bag caramels
coarse sea salt

To start the layering process, line a baking sheet with some parchment paper. Add a layer of pretzels, eating the broken ones as you go. Aesthetics are everything.

Next, combine your chocolate, Nutella and oil into a large glass bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir, then another 1-2 minutes until creamy.

Unwrap your caramels and put them in another glass bowl. Melt in the microwave for 1 minute, stir, then another 1-2 minutes until creamy. Sprinkle a large pinch of sea salt into your caramel and stir to combine.

Working quickly so your caramel doesn't harden, pour your caramel into the chocolate mixture and fold to combine.

Pour your chocolate-caramel mixture over your pretzels, using a spoon to spread it evenly over your tray. Press more pretzels into the top of the chocolate.

Finally, liberally sprinkle coarse sea salt over your bark. Trust me, it'll all taste good in the end.

Let your bark harden overnight, then use a sharp knife to slice it up into squares the next day. A simple, quick and absolutely delicious fall treat.

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