These simple, 4-ingredient Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars will quickly become your new favorite sweet and salty treat!  No bake and no candy thermometer needed.

A close up of a square pretzel bar with a pretzel crust and chocolate and caramel drizzled on top.

Salted chocolate caramel seems like the latest trend, and honestly, I am completely on board!  Chocolate plus caramel with a little sea salt- i’m not sure it gets much easier, or TASTIER.  These Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars are the best homemade candy bar ever!  And the best part is that it’s only FOUR ingredients, and you don’t need a candy thermometer or any special equipment. It’s pretty much fool-proof, and fail-proof.

  How to make chocolate caramel pretzel bars step by step - spreading of chocolate, topping with pretzels and caramel sauce, drizzled chocolate, and the finished cooled final product.

How to make salted chocolate caramel pretzel bars:

First, melt your chocolate. Good quality chocolate chips are a must!  I like the ghiardelli brand of chocolate chips, for melting, or you could even melt a a couple of Hershey’s chocolate bars.  Next, Smooth the melted chocolate onto parchment paper. Throw on some pretzels (they don’t need to be in an even layer).  Then, drizzle the pretzels generously with melted caramel and top the bars with some more melted chocolate and a little sprinkle of sea salt–YUM!

The caramel is what makes everything stick together! I like to use these Kraft Caramel Bits rather than wrapped caramel cubes because you don’t have to unwrap them (thank goodness)!  The melted caramel is also the perfect texture. There’s nothing worse then hard, sticky caramel, right?! ALSO, if you prefer to make the caramel FROM SCRATCH, use this homemade caramel recipe.

An overhead image of four Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars stacked in a tower.

These are the perfect treat for pretty much any occasion. I sent them with my husband for his work cookie exchange during Christmas and his office friends went crazy for them. (Kind of embarrassing considering how EASY they are, but they didn’t need to know that 🙂 )

They’d also be perfect for Valentine’s day. But let’s be honest, you really don’t need any excuse at all–just a sweet tooth and a few minutes of your time.  Enjoy!



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Prep 30 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 35 minutes
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  • 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips , good quality chocolate divided into pieces (I like ghiardelli best for melting)
  • 8 ounces mini pretzel twists , half of a regular 16-ounce bag
  • 11 ounce bags Kraft Caramel Bits , or homemade caramel
  • sea salt for sprinkling


  • Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt 8 ounces of the chocolate chips gently in the microwave (on low heat, stirring every 15 seconds) until smooth. 
  • Spread the chocolate evenly over the parchment. Immediately add the pretzel twists over the top (it's ok if they overlap!) and gently press them into the chocolate. 
  • Add caramel bits to a microwave safe bowl with 2 tablespoons water and melt according to package instructions (on high for 2 minutes). Stir well and drizzle the melted caramel over the top of all of the pretzels.
  • Melt remaining 4 ounces of chocolate and drizzle over the caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Refrigerate until hardened.
  • Cut or tear into pieces, Enjoy!


Next time try quick and easy Caramel Crunch Bars.


Calories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 244mgPotassium: 193mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 2.3mg

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