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Caramel Pretzel Puppy Chow

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Caramel Pretzel Puppy Chow - via The Kittchen

Remember Puppy Chow? You probably snacked on it while watching Clueless with your friends back in the 90s. I created my own version – Caramel Pretzel Puppy Chow – that replaces the Chex with caramel dipped pretzels. It’s an addictive sweet and salty snack consisting of chocolate and nutella covered caramel pretzels dusted with powdered sugar.

Caramel Pretzel Puppy Chow - via The Kittchen (from above)

Christmas is next Friday, so I thought that I would share a couple recipes that can be prepared and given as gifts this week – like this Caramel Pretzel Puppy Chow. Pour it into a mason jar and add a bow, or fill up a cookie tin, and you have the perfect gift for coworkers, teachers, or something to bring to a cookie swap.


Tomorrow I will be sharing a savory snack that can be given as a gift.

Caramel Pretzel Puppy Chow

Yields 8-10

30 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 5 cups of Pretzel Snaps (the square pretzels)
  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • about 1 cup Powdered Sugar


  1. Start by making the caramel. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the brown sugar. Once the sugar melts, add the cream and vanilla. Whisk together and bring the caramel to a bubble. Let it bubble steadily and thicken for 10 minutes while stirring frequently. Then remove from the heat.
  2. Lay out some parchment paper on your counter. Then one by one dunk the pretzels in the caramel. Let sit and dry for 15 minutes.
  3. Next melt the chocolate. First combine 1 tablespoon cream and the chocolate chips in a pot over medium low heat. Once melted, add the nutella and stir until just melted. Then add all of the pretzels and stir to coat them in chocolate.
  4. Pour the chocolate covered pretzels in a thin layer over the parchment and let them dry for 5 minutes. Use a spatula to break up any pretzels that are stuck together.
  5. Place the chocolate covered pretzels in a large ziploc bag and pour the powdered sugar in. Shake to evenly coat the pretzels with the sugar.
  6. Pour into a bowl to serve or package up to give as a gift.

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