If you are needing some Christmas food gift inspiration, these Caramel and Chocolate Pretzel Rods will be perfect for gifting this holiday season. Simple to make, no need to buy gourmet.
Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods
During the holiday season, we love to make food gifts for friends and family. Gifts that are homemade can be so much better than store bought items. Making gifts is usually inexpensive and much more personal.
You can purchase gourmet versions of these Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods. I will warn you though… They can be very expensive. No need to buy from some fancy store, you can make them at home with just a few ingredients and a bit of time.
I made a batch of these yummy caramel and chocolate dipped pretzels today to be sure they would fit and look great in the tin boxes I bought. I found these boxes at my Dollar Tree store and they worked perfect. The price was right and the pretzel rods fit perfectly. I plan to make a few batches of these to gift for family and friends during the holidays. I figure I can make a couple different variations with all the different holiday sprinkles I have on hand.
To make your own homemade Caramel Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, you will need your favorite caramel recipe or I used my Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe. You will also need some melting chocolates, pretzel rods, and some candies for decorating. I used some of the mini m&m baking chips and I thought they were perfect.
Makes 15 Rods
I used my Homemade Caramel Sauce you can see how I made it here.
1/2 cup light Corn syrup
1/2 cup Sugar
3 tbsp Butter
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
15 Pretzel Rods
8 oz Melting Chocolate
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Place corn syrup in a medium pan and heat over medium heat.
When corn syrup is heated (starting to bubble) add sugar and stir until well mixed.
Let syrup cook without stirring until it turns a golden color.
Remove from heat add butter and stir until blended.
Slowly add cream while stirring constantly to blend.
Transfer caramel to tall cup for dipping.
Dip each pretzel rod in caramel and place on prepared tray.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow caramel to set.
Heat chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted and smooth.
Transfer to tall cup for dipping.
Dip each caramel coated pretzel in chocolate to coat and return to tray.
Sprinkle with decorations while still warm.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow chocolate to set.
Do you have a favorite food you gift during the holidays?
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