Sunday, December 20, 2009

Crack Pretzels - The Recipe

When I created this recipe, I called it Toffee Pretzels, but friends Maggie & John got a taste and promptly renamed them Crack Pretzels, because they are just that addictive.

It's one of my favorite holiday recipes, ok honestly, I make it whenever I have an excuse during the winter. And unless you live in an arid location, I recommend that it remain a winter tradition as humidity turns it into a sticky mess. I based the recipe on my Grandma Henderson's Butter Toffee recipe and just went from there. I don't think she'd mind, though I wish I could have shared them with her.

Its a simple recipe, but you do want to have your ingredients measured ahead of time and ready to go. Also, a reliable candy thermometer is a must.

Crack Pretzels
1/2 bag small pretzel twists (traditional pretzel shape, the small ones) (2010 update, use the square ones!)
1 cup butter (use the real stuff)
1 cup sugar
3 TBS water
1 TBS corn syrup
6 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli for this)

Place pretzels in a single, solid layer on a jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides), put aside.

Melt butter in a heavy sauce pan.
Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
Add water and corn syrup, stirring to combine.

Heat to 290°, stirring frequently. Watch closely after 280°, it goes fast.
As soon as temperature reaches 290°, remove from heat and pour quickly over pretzels, covering as many pretzels as possible.

Allow toffee to cool slightly (a couple of minutes), then sprinkle surface with chocolate chips. Allow chocolate to heat through (it will become glossy) then spread over surface of toffee.

Allow to cool completely, then break into bite sized (pretzel-sized) pieces.
Store in a cool location and try not to eat them all at once!

Hint: Don't discard the little bits that remain in the pan after removing the toffee pretzels, those bits make a killer salty/sweet ice cream topping!

12/21/09 Update: I tried the recipe with Butter Twist pretzels today and they are very tasty. More density of pretzel flavor and saltiness (but also more expensive). Either way, its a decadent recipe that makes a great little gift, stocking stuffer or bribe : )


girlwithasword said...

but seriously...isn't there crack in there?!

these things are AMAZING! yummmm!!!

Lisa Brawner said...

they sound so yummy......

BlueGate said...

They are pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. Think I will try one more batch today made with butter twist pretzels. They tend to be a little saltier, and might provide an even better flavor balance. Review to follow...

bluemom said...

Stocking stuffers??????? Hmmmmmm...
Blue Gate Mom

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

Wow...those look seriously naughty! ;-)

Headfam said...

Yeah. We're going to have to bring a little BGF into the house this season and find a non-humid day to make these. Thank you for the detailed instructions!

Miss Effie said...

YUM!!! I forgot about those!!! I think I need to get a bag of pretzels.

Headfam said...

(Kayleigh) Those are awesome! Mom made them and they rock!!!!

BlueGate said...

LOL! Thanks Kayleigh, I'm so glad you are enjoying them. Maybe they will become a christmas tradition at your house too : )

Claire MW said...

Made these to take to spinning party tonight. Made with the round pretzels with the criss-cross middles. Butter ones. Num. :) Oh, plus I one-and-a-halved the recipe. Still worked!