Game Day Pretzel Bark
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Recipe type: Snack/Dessert
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Serves: 30-36
 
Chocolate, caramel, pretzels, and peanut M&M’s…all layered together in one crunchy bark! Perfect for your Game Day parties….or anytime!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) Dark or Milk Chocolate broken or cut into pieces (I love to use Trader Joe's Pound Plus Dark Chocolate bar for this--just yum!)
  • 2 cups Pretzel Twists (Choose a gluten free variety if needed)
  • 1 ½ cup Peanut M&Ms
  • 5 ounces (142 grams) Caramel Bits or unwrapped Caramel pieces (measure with a food scale)
Instructions
  1. Prepare by lining a large baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Measure out pretzels and Peanut M&M’s and set them aside so that they are ready to use.
  2. Place chocolate pieces into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power for 3-4 minutes, pausing the microwave to stir chocolate every 30 seconds. (The pausing and stirring will ensure that chocolate is melted evenly and does not get overcooked or scorched.)
  3. Once the chocolate is completely smooth and melted, pour the hot chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly with a knife.
  4. Working quickly while the chocolate is still hot, stick the pretzels and peanut M&Ms into the top of the chocolate.
  5. Allow the bark to completely harden at room temperature, about 1 hour (or about 35-40 minutes in the refrigerator).
  6. Once the bark has hardened, place the caramel bits or pieces in a heat-safe microwave bowl (For ease in drizzling, I like to use a glass Pyrex measuring cup with a pour spout for this part). Microwave on 50% power for about 2-3 minutes, stopping the microwave to stir every 30 seconds. Stay close and watch the caramel, especially towards the end of the cooking time, to ensure that it does not boil over!
  7. Stir hot melted caramel well, and drizzle over the bark.
  8. Allow to completely harden at room temperature, about 30 minutes, or about 15-20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  9. Break or cut (with a large, flat-edge, heavy-duty knife) bark into pieces.
  10. Store tightly covered at room temperature, or in the refrigerator.
  11. Makes 30-36 pieces.
Recipe by SunnySideUps | Living Life Sunny Side Ups at http://sunnysideups.org/game-day-pretzel-bark/