A few years ago a neighbor brought over chocolate and caramel covered pretzel rods. They were delicious! I’ve been disappointed over every chocolate covered pretzel I’ve had since that day.
That is until last week.
I got together with some friends and we made Christmas treats. One of my friends had a great recipe for caramel and I had chocolate candy coating I’d bought on sale, certain I would have an opportunity to try out.
Paula’s Microwave Caramels
1c. Brown Sugar
1c. Corn Syrup
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Melt butter in a large glass bowl. Add all ingredients except milk. Stir well. Add milk. Stir well again. Microwave on high 13 min. Stir again. Pour into buttered pan. Cool then cut.
* I use a large glass bowl (as big as will fit into your microwave: I have a 2.5 qt). They do bubble a little, so make sure you have some boil room after you have all the ingredients in the bowl. I use a 9×13-buttered pan to pour them into. Wax paper works better than plastic wrap for the packaging.
Additional ingredients needed:
Pretzel Rods (We used two bags)
Candy Coating Chocolate (16oz package)
1-2 cups White Chocolate Chips
You can easily adjust the caramel recipe for the rods by pouring out half in an 8×8 and using the other half to dip pretzels in or using it all to roll the rods in. For a typical chewy caramel you would cook it to 245° on the candy thermometer I believe. I think ours were on the softer side which worked great for molding them on the rods. If your caramel starts to harden or set while you are dipping you can gently warm it either on the stove top or microwave but you need to be careful not to bring it back to a boil to raise the temperature above the 245 mark or you risk having hard not chewy caramel.
We dipped the pretzels in the caramel and then placed them on wax paper that had been sprayed with Pam. Once the caramel had set up we rolled the rods between our hands to form the caramel around the pretzel. We then followed the directions on the back of the candy coating chocolate to melt it. Once melted we dipped the pretzels in the chocolate. Placed the rods on wax paper—once again sprayed with Pam. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Drizzle over finished rods or use whatever toppings you have chosen.
This is a great recipe to play with. I was thinking you could dye the white chocolate holiday colors or you could cover the chocolate with sprinkles, nuts, coconut, etc.
Wrap up a few rods add some ribbon and a note and this makes a great gift for neighbors, friends, family, or teachers.
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