Pretzel Crack

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This Pretzel Crack is the ultimate treat for any occasion, especially during the holiday season or for DIY gifts. It’s a delightful mix of pretzels, homemade caramel, and dark chocolate chips topped with shredded coconut, creating a rich and crunchy indulgence.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Whip up this Pretzel Crack in just about 30 minutes!
  • You only need 4 simple ingredients.
  • It can easily be made vegan, dairy-free, plant-based, and gluten-free.
  • Enjoy the satisfying crunch and perfect sweetness.
  • Indulge in the toffee-like texture and flavor that’s simply irresistible.
  • The combination of sweet chocolate and caramel with salty pretzels is a match made in heaven.
  • You can also use graham crackers or Ritz crackers instead of pretzels for variety.
  • This recipe is foolproof, ensuring delicious results every time.
  • Perfect for the holidays or as thoughtful DIY gifts.

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

  • Cube the butter for quicker and smoother melting.
  • Pack the brown sugar for the best caramel consistency.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and coat it with non-stick spray to prevent sticking.
  • Pour the caramel over the pretzels while it’s still hot and bubbly to ensure easy spreading.
  • Stir the caramel sauce constantly while cooking to avoid burning.
  • If the caramel hardens, simply spread it as evenly as possible and return it to the oven to soften before adding chocolate chips.
  • Allow the bark to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying to avoid any tooth-cracking surprises.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I make this recipe vegan and/or gluten-free?
    Absolutely! Just use vegan/gluten-free pretzels, butter, and chocolate.
  • What type of pretzels work best for this recipe?
    Any shape of pretzels will work as long as they cover the bottom of the parchment paper. Salted pretzels are preferred for that perfect sweet and salty balance.
  • What can I use instead of pretzels?
    Ritz crackers, saltine crackers, or graham crackers make excellent substitutes!

Pretzel Crack

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • 4 cups salted pretzels any shape works, but square is preferred
  • 1 cup grass-fed butter or dairy-free butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Topping: shredded coconut


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a small 13×9.5-inch baking sheet with parchment paper, coating it with non-stick spray.
  • Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  • In a saucepan over medium/low heat, combine the sugars and butter, stirring constantly until melted and bubbly.
  • Pour the caramel over the pretzels, spreading it evenly with a spatula, then bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the caramel, and return to the oven for 2-3 minutes.
  • Spread the melted chocolate evenly, then add desired toppings.
  • Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.
  • Break apart or cut into squares and enjoy!

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