If you love Saltine Cracker Toffee, you won’t want to miss this quick-fix recipe for Toffee Pretzel Bark starring crunchy pretzel rods, a 5-minute toffee topping, melted chocolate and the sprinkles of your choice.
Sweet-meets-salty dessert lovers won’t want to miss this latest creation, which is a culinary cousin of the one and only Saltine Cracker Toffee… an Internet sensation! I’ve swapped out the Saltines for an even crunchier alternative, pretzel rods. The result is a quick-fix dessert that can be made ahead, is great for gifting and easy to customize for any occasion with your choice of sprinkles.
How to Make Toffee-Covered Pretzels
Only six simple ingredients separate you from Toffee Pretzel Bark bliss:
- Pretzel rods
- Unsalted butter
- Brown sugar
- Chocolate chips
- Coconut oil
The toffee component is made with the butter and brown sugar, which is whisked together and boiled for a few quick minutes before being poured atop the pretzels and then popped into the oven.
I contemplated many pretzel shapes and narrowed it down to pretzel rods or pretzel thins. Either pairs well on the flavor front with the toffee and chocolate, but the rods definitely up the visual appeal and maximize the crunch.
How to Store Toffee
Toffee can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place, but to really maximize its shelf life, the fridge or freezer is the best spot. For easy snacking, only store the toffee in the freezer if you’ve broken it into pieces. The sugar layer will freeze solid, which means even your sharpest knife just won’t cut it (literally!).
- 22 pretzel rods (See Kelly's Notes)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (See Kelly's Notes)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a quarter baking sheet or 13×9-inch baking pan with foil.
- Arrange the pretzel rods in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepot set over medium-high heat then whisk in the brown sugar until well-combined. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, undisturbed, for 3 minutes. Pour the caramel atop the pretzels, spreading it into an even layer.
- Bake the pretzel toffee for 5 minutes then remove it from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. While it is cooling, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each increment, until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate atop the caramel then use a spatula to spread it in an even layer. While the chocolate is still wet, top it with sprinkles then let the toffee cool completely, about 30 minutes. (Alternately, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes until the chocolate is set.)
- Break the toffee into pieces and serve.
- Depending on the edges (sloped or straight) of your 13×9-inch baking pan, you may need to use additional pretzel rods.
- The coconut oil helps the chocolate set firm. You can omit it and then pop the bark in the fridge or freezer to speed up the cooling/setting process.
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Both times that I’ve attempted cooking the butter and brown sugar over medium high undisturbed, it has burned :(. Any chance it’s supposed to be medium-low instead? Can you provide a temperature that I cook it to so that I can keep an eye on it with a candy thermometer? Thanks!
Hi Carly! Every burner will vary in heat so one person’s “medium-high” could be another’s “medium” etc.! You can reduce the boil time to just 1 minute to prevent scorching if that’s happening on your stovetop.
How do you keep the foil from sticking?
Hi Elizabeth – You can coat the foil with cooking spray to help prevent it from sticking. :)
These look delicious! Any idea what can I use instead of the coconut oil? Thanks!
You can leave it out! It just helps the chocolate harden but if you omit it, you can just pop the bark in the fridge/freezer to speed up the hardening process.
Instead of the chocolate chips and coconut oil can I substitute with just meltables? Thanks!
This is the best sweet and salty combo! I topped mine with festive holiday sprinkles and brought it to work. My coworkers LOVED it! I’m planning to make more for Christmas to share with family. Thank you for this recipe!
Awesome! I’m so glad you (and your coworkers!) enjoyed the recipe, Naomi.