Pretzel Bark

from Mama Say What

Makes 1 cookie sheet full

Prep time: 10 minutes

Chill time: at least an hour

Cost: $4.25

pretzels: .90, butter: 1.00, chocolate chips: 2.00, sugar: .35 

1/2 bag of pretzels

1 C (2 sticks) butter

1 C brown sugar

1 bag chocolate chips

salt, colored sugar, or whatever for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil (do it; this stuff gets sticky). Arrange your pretzels thereon. My brother used those waffle pretzels, which lined up beautifully. However, they cost more than twice as much so I went traditional with mine. 

In a saucepan, melt your butter, then add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring to a gentle boil and let it boil for just a minute (it should thicken just a bit and the bubbles should get a bit bigger). 

Drizzle this over your pretzels and put it in the oven (be careful because your pan will already by a bit hot from the hot caramel). Bake at 350 for 5 minutes. 

Take out and put the chocolate chips on top. Let them melt (you can throw them back in the oven for a minute--only a minute--or you can just let them melt on the hot caramel). Gently spread the chocolate around. 

Sprinkle on salt if using, or sprinkles or decorative colorful melting chocolate. 

Let cool, then put in the freezer until hard--about an hour. 

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