Last week when I was preparing my chocolate covered pretzels for the bake sale, I opened the bag of pretzels that I had purchased to discover that it had more pieces than entire pretzels. That’s how it always works… If I had needed pieces, there would have been a whole bag of pristine whole pretzels.
I did not want to let the pretzels go to waste, but I’m not a big pretzel eater (unless they are dunked in a ridiculous amount of ranch dressing, which is another story). So, I reached out to the Twitter masses for ideas. Tweeples to the rescue once again! I got lots of great suggestions – make crumbs to bread chicken, pie crusts, cookies, etc. Then, Big Girls, Small Kitchen (@BGSK) suggested their Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels and Toffee, and I was hooked. Fortunately, I pretty much had all of the ingredients on hand (at least enough to make my own version).
The bark was super easy to make, and I squeezed it into my busy schedule while preparing for the bake sale. I love the combination of salty and sweet with the pretzels, chocolate, and toffee. I sold a bunch of it at the bake sale, and I stashed a few of the leftovers in my freezer for a tasty snack in a week or two (if I can wait that long)!
Toffee Pretzel Bark
(adapted from Big Girls, Small Kitchen)
- 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 2 cups broken pretzel pieces
- 1 1/2 cups Heath toffee pieces, divided
- 6 ounces white chocolate chips
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
In a double boiler (or a metal mixing bowl placed over a pot of boiling water), melt the dark chocolate chips, stirring until the chocolate is smooth and velvety. Remove from the heat, add the pretzels and 1 cup of the toffee pieces, and stir to combine.
Spread the chocolate mixture out on the prepared baking sheet, and transfer to the freezer for about 30 minutes.
While the mixture hardens in the freezer, melt the white chocolate chips in the same manner. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer, and spread the white chocolate in a thin layer over the top. Some of the dark chocolate may melt and make swirls in the white chocolate, which I thought was pretty. Sprinkle with the remaining toffee pieces, and return to the freezer for about 1 hour.
Once the chocolate has hardened in the freezer, break into pieces, using a knife if necessary. Package in clear plastic bags for individual servings, or store in an airtight container.