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How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark [video]

Updated on March 15, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark Inspiration

The inspiration for this dessert came when I was making teacher gifts for Christmas this year for my children's teachers. I found a great idea for peanut butter pretzel sandwiches that were dipped in chocolate. YUMMY was my first thought. So as I read through the recipe I thought, easy enough and on the list it went. Well I guess I wasn't thinking too well about the labor involved in actually putting together the sandwiches and then dipping each one into the chocolate. As great as they tasted, they were simply too much work for me to make again,at least during the holidays. So off the list it went for my co-workers.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark Recipe

The problem was that I love the sweet and salty taste combination of chocolate and pretzels. And then add peanut butter to it, what's not to love? So as I continued to think about how I could still enjoy the flavor combinations only on a much easier scale, this recipe was born. With three ingredients and less than 10 minutes of labor, this will be a hit for your next holiday gathering.

Ingredients
Ingredients | Source
Blend the chips and melt until they are just starting to glisten.
Blend the chips and melt until they are just starting to glisten. | Source

Ingredients

1 cup of broken pretzel pieces

1 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips

1 12 oz. bag of peanut butter chips

*Directions

  1. Turn on oven to 325 degrees and spread a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  2. Spread out the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips on the parchment paper so that they are close together and mixed.
  3. Place in heated oven for about 3 minutes. Watch this closely because you do not want it to burn. You know that they are done when they just start to get a shine to them.
  4. Remove them from the oven and place on a hot plate. Take a knife and swirl the melted chips together so that there is a design created in the chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  5. Sprinkle the pretzel pieces over the top of the chips. Hold the cookie sheet several inches off of the table and drop. Repeat two or three times or until the chocolate and peanut butter chips blend together with the pretzel pieces.
  6. Refrigerate for about an hour. After the cooling and hardening is complete, remove and break the chocolate peanut butter pretzel bark into bite sized pieces. Be sure to keep the bark refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to be served. If it is left out it will melt.

*The video provided will show you step by step directions on making this fantastic and easy treat!



The Finished Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

Serve in a decorative bowl.
Serve in a decorative bowl. | Source
Present in a gift bag for a gift.
Present in a gift bag for a gift. | Source

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great livingpah2004, I hope you enjoy it!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      I always wanted to make peanut butter pretzel bar. Thanks for sharing it. Now I have great recipe and instructions. Bookmarked and voted up!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks RedElf, can't wait to see what you come up with! ;)

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful gift idea! Yummy treat, yummy video! Well done!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks K9, not too much of a challenge though, just the way I like it! :) Hope you have a chance to try it. Thanks for your comments.

      Leah, it was posted around Christmas so I'm sure that you were very busy! A candy thermometer doesn't even exist in my house! Simple is best for me! :)

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      How did I miss this one? It is a great idea, and looks easy to make, too! Great video and I love the easy step-by-step method to make the candy. Any candy that doesn't require a candy thermometer is HUGE in my book!

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      I really like the video, and the technique you use for easily swirling the recipe together rocks. This looks like another fun kitchen challenge!

      HubHugs~

      K9

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I'm so glad that it was a hit. I was wondering how it went for you guys. What a great idea to make it gluten free. We don't have that issue around here so I wouldn't have thought of that. Thanks for sharing your results and that alternative. Happy New Year to all of you as well!

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      We made your recipe over the holidays and it was a HUGE hit! So easy to make and I used gluten free pretzels, so the dessert was gluten free. Thanks for the great video and instructions; I will definitely make it again! Hope you had a fantastic holiday and happy new year!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for your comment.

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      BriannaMae 5 years ago

      This is such a creative idea, and a yummy one at that!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great Mary, hope you get a chance to make it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow! This looks really good, and simple to make, too. I've bookmarked it. Thanks.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I think with three ingredients and 5 minutes, we can make it when you get here!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You definately get that sweet/salty craving from the Handlon side of the family! LOL YUM! I won't have time to make this easy looking recipe, but will take your word for it. Looks scrumptious and maybe there will be a piece leftover at your house when I visit? Hint, Hint... Rated it up and shared.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I know and with three ingredients, how can you beat that!

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Paul just went to the store to get the ingredients, all three of them! The girls and I will make it together; it's a perfect recipe for kids to help with!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Robin, it was great and I bet the girls would love to sprinkle those pretzel on the top. I hope that it turns out great as well and have fun tonight!

      Let me know how it turns out Amy and thanks for the comment. Glad I could get the recipe to you! LOL

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      amy Blades 5 years ago

      Looks good Cara and easy:) I'm going to try it today:)

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is awesome and so easy to make! I'm going to make it tonight for a party we are going to with kids. Hope it turns out like yours. Thanks!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Aww Lindsey, I'm so touched that you took the time to comment. I think of you often as well in that warm climate! I'm glad to hear that you enjoy my hubs. Hope all is going well with you, take care! And enjoy the dessert!

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      Lindsey Huston 5 years ago

      Cara, this looks delicious and is so quick and easy to make (my kind of recipe!). Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoy reading your hubs and think of you often :) I know exactly what I'll be serving as a dessert for our guests this holiday!!!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Aunt Danette, I just may try it with nuts next time.

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Great video Cara, enjoyed watching you make this. I think I would opt for the nuts. Voted up and awesome!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Yes Debby, peanuts would be a fantastic addition. My kids are great helpers and LOVE to cook. However, for the sake of hearing the instructions in the video, I opted to do this one on my own! :) Thanks so much for adding to the hub.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      These video instructions are wonderful. I can imagine sprinkling in peanuts too. Awesome and easy to make. The kids would love putting the chips in the pan, and get a few in their mouths, too.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I think that my middle name should have been sweet tooth livelonger! The longest part is waiting for it to harden. The chips don't change shape from the melting in the oven which is about 3 minutes (or less). The "melt" when you swirl then "drop" the pan. One of the easiest treats I've ever made. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      That looks *really* delicious...and I can hear my stomach rumbling. How long does it take for chocolate chips to melt?! Hahaha... great job with the video. Clear instructions, perfectly illustrates how to make a terrific holiday gift for friends and family with a sweet tooth!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      It was fun and one of the easiest things I've ever made. I'm too busy to make things complicated so this was a perfect solution. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This looks like a LOT of fun to make... and it's so easy!!! Love the video. And... I'm really hungry now. I imagine the saltiness of the pretzels really DOES do wonders to the chocolatey mixture. Guess I need to go out and buy some chocolate chips!!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I love chocolate too Flora. I'm glad that you have never heard of these before because I made the recipe up (or at least I think I did) earlier this week. They were delicious! Thanks for your comment. Let me know if you try them.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I love chocolate. I haven't heard of these before.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks alcosin, I agree peanut butter is great, especially with chocolate. Hope you get a chance to try it.

      Glad to hear that video is helpful Tina. I hope that you are able to find some sort of chocolate pieces in Sweden. Even if you can't just break up a chocolate bar into pieces. It would be very similar.

      I brought some in to work this morning for our teachers and there wasn't any left by lunch time. Glad you liked the video randomcreative and thanks for commenting.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What an awesome combination of ingredients! This sounds amazing and would definitely make a perfect teacher gift. Thanks for the video!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This looks delicious and I like that it seems easy to do also! You have done a great job creating a video and all. The video makes it easy to follow! I hope I can find something similar to chocolate chips in Sweden

      Thanks for sharing this recipe, voted up and useful!

      Tina

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You have some great recipes. I just love anything made with peanut butter. Voting this Up and Useful.