This recipe from the chef blog Ideas in Food is the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy, chocolaty goodness. It’s the sort of snack that you want to curl up with on a rainy day, take home to meet the parents, hold in your hands on a long walk down the beach… yeah, it’s pretty good.
A bag of this will be a most welcome gift for any occasion, plus it really is a snap to make. All it requires is a moment of constant stirring and the patience to let it cool for 10 minutes.
Here’s the link to basic Pretzel Praline Recipe at Ideas in Food. It’s one of those processes that don’t need a recipe after you’ve tried it once or twice. You add pretzels to a pan with sugar, stir till the sugar browns, stir in butter, and then spread to cool. The candy finish will be snappy and crunchy when cool, so make sure to spread your hot pretzel pieces out when they are cooling so that they will be in smaller chunks.
Pretzel Praline Recipe Variations
For these variations, I added the Flavors in the butter step, after the sugar has browned.
- Zesty: Sweets gave me the driving inspiration for this variety. “Make it taste good like Chex Mix,” he said.
Use the short stubby type of pretzels, broken into pieces.
Flavors: add 2 shots of Worcestershire sauce, a sprinkle of cayenne or chipotle pepper and a generous grinding of black pepper. Trust me, Worcestershire is perfect in this crunchy candy caramel.
- Fruit and Nut: do you know the love that are the Sahale Snack blends? If so, you will understand this flavor inspiration, if you are new to Sahale’s flavors: please join us!
Flavors: add chopped candied orange peel, toasted walnuts, one shot of Worcestershire sauce, and plenty of salt and pepper. Check out Sahale’s flavor combinations for more creative inspirations.
- Snowed in Pretzels: Mom and I made these Christmas Eve to show how darn quick and easy the pretzel pralines are to make, and to appease the white chocolate nibbling mice (that’s us!) in her house.
Use the small typical knot shape pretzels.
Flavors: add a dash of vanilla and drizzle with melted white chocolate when cool.
- Chocolate Laced Salty Peanut Butter Pillows: This flavor combination is in a tie with chocolate-mint. One of these days we’ll have to have them arm wrestle to find the winner. I’ll help judge!
Use peanut butter filled pretzels.
Flavors: add a dash of vanilla and drizzle with tempered chocolate when cool.
I have a feeling this recipe will extend itself to itself to include the candying of many more ingredients. I’m just waiting for an excuse to add bacon. Quick, before New Year Resolutions strike!