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Pretzel Crack is rich, decadent, crunchy, and makes a great gift. This sweet and salty treat is an undeniable staple during the holiday season.


Pretzel Crack is rich, decadent, crunchy, and makes a great gift. This sweet and salty treat is an undeniable staple during the holiday season.

I started making this recipe years ago after I saw it in a magazine or newspaper (I can’t remember which one.) That recipe called for using Saltine crackers instead of pretzels for the base. I have long since lost that original recipe. The ingredients were Saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and I can’t remember if it called for nuts on top. Either way pecans, walnuts, or pistachios would be great on top.

pretzel toffee candy


For my Pretzel Crack, I simply replaced the crackers with pretzels. In actuality, you can use any cracker or pretzel for the base. You can change it up and use

  1. Matzo
  2. Saltine crackers
  3. Butter crackers like Ritz or Toll House
  4. Oyster crackers
  5. Graham crackers
  6. Pretzels, any shape

As well, you can exchange semi-sweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate. I prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate with very rich toffee. Those flavors really complement each other nicely.

sweet salty pretzel crack candy


My one tip for this recipe is: after the butter melts, add the brown sugar to the butter and whisk to combine. After this mixture begins to bubble, start the timer. Boil it on medium-low heat for 3 MINUTES. Next, you’ll pour this mixture over the pretzels and bake. (Complete instructions below in the printable recipe card.)


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chocolate candy


  1. Pretzels
  2. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  3. Half Sheet Pan
  4. Parchment paper

Finally, please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on the products used.

Pretzel Crack is rich, decadent, crunchy, and makes a great gift. This sweet and salty treat is an undeniable staple during the holiday season.


Pretzel Crack is rich, decadent, crunchy, and makes a great gift.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 30 servings
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  • 5-6 ounces *mini pretzels
  • 1 cup butter no substitutes
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 18 ounces chocolate chips this is 1 and ½ bags
  • chopped nuts or course-ground salt optional


  • Heat the oven to 325°F. Line your rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • *I'm not sure how many cups it takes for the pretzels. Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a rimmed half sheet pan (13x18x1-inch). The pretzels should touch each other in one single layer.
  • Cook the butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan (The mixture will bubble some so the sides of your pan needs to be at least 3-inches deep.) over medium-low heat until the sugar is melted and smooth. Stirring with a whisk slowly. When it begins to bubble, cook for 3 minutes while stirring.
  • After the 3-minutes is up, pour the mixture slowly and evenly over the pretzels. Make sure all of the pretzels are covered in the sugar mixture.
  • Place the toffee-covered pretzels in the oven and bake at 325°F for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle chocolate morsels evenly over the top. Return to the oven until the chips begin to melt and lose their shape, about 1 minute. Remove and use an offset spatula, spread the melted chocolate evenly over the surface.
  • Sprinkle nuts or salt over the chocolate before it hardens, if desired.
  • Let stand until nearly set and firm. This time will depend on the temperature and humidity. You can refrigerate to speed the process.
  • Break or cut into pieces. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These are seriously addictive. Quick to prepare, easy to make, and my kids can’t stop eating them. I had to hide the jar!

  2. 5 stars
    Reminds me of a sweet snack we have here in our country. I used pretzels in this recipe. Made a bunch for gifts and put them in jars, of course I kept some extra for myself.

  3. 5 stars
    I took this to a cookie exchange last night and got rave reviews. I love the pretzel base as opposed to crackers and its the perfect sweet-salty combo. It held up so well and made it really easy to break into bite-size pieces.

  4. 5 stars
    Used Saltine crackers as a base and followed the recipe to a T. My kids can’t stop munching on these.

  5. 5 stars
    I have become a convert. I have made this type of recipe with saltine crackers, which is totally delicious, but I tried your recipe with pretzels, and it is way better. I think I like the saltiness with the sweet. I wrapped some up for Christmas gifts for the neighbors.

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing pretzel crack recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  7. 5 stars
    Such a classic recipe and so difficult to resist! There’s just enough time to whip up a batch or two before Christmas. One to keep and one to give away.

  8. 5 stars
    These are great! Everyone always loves these when I bring them to parties! Such a great recipe!

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