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CHRISTMAS BARK AKA CHRISTMAS CRACK

Chocolate, caramel and pretzels combine to make this easy, deliciously crunchy & addictive snack. Great for holiday gifts too!
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. mini pretzels
  • 1 cup butter, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or I used a combination of semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips)
  • Colored sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet, with sides, with nonstick cooking spray. Make sure it covers every nook & cranny.
  2. Break up the pretzels and spread in an even layer on the bottom of the cookie sheet.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat butter and sugar to boiling, stirring to combine. Once it starts a rolling boil, stop stirring, and let it cook for 3-5 minutes. It will start to foam up as it reaches the correct temperature.
    Christmas Bark caramel
  4. Pour the caramel (butter-sugar mixture) evenly over the pretzels. Don't worry if there are little spots it didn't cover as it will spread in the oven.
    Christmas Bark step 2
  5. Place cookie sheet in oven for 5 minutes. Remove and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit 3-5 minutes to soften the chocolate then spread evenly over the top with a silicone spatula. Immediately sprinkle with colored sprinkles if you like.
    Christmas Bark final step|2CookinMamas
  6. Place in refrigerator to help it set faster. Once it hardens, take out and crack into pieces. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.