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This peanut butter cup chocolate pretzel bark is super delicious and would make a great gift, if you can stand to part with it! I really enjoy sweet/salty combinations, and the pretzels in this chocolate bark give it just the right amount of crunch. Plus, the recipe contains a little trick to help you keep chunks of peanut butter cup intact instead of having them melt completely into the mix.
This bark is very easy to make – the only difficult part is waiting for it to cool! In my experience, this can take up to overnight, depending on how warm your house is. Sad, I know. You can put it in the fridge for half an hour or so to help the process along, but if you leave it in the fridge permanently the chocolate will separated. It will still taste delicious, it will just look funny and you might be forced to eat it all yourself because it will no longer be gift-worthy. A real burden, I know.
I recommend measuring out a cup of mini pretzels and then breaking them into pieces. This will produce slightly less than a cup of broken bits, which I think is just right. When you measure the cup after breaking the pretzels, it makes it a little harder for the bark to stick together!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Bark Recipe
Taking the extra time to slightly freeze the peanut butter cups while waiting for the chocolate to cool a little bit is really important. Don’t worry – the chocolate takes a really long time to harden back up, so you won’t have to reheat it if it sits for a few minutes. Freezing the candies makes them way easier to cut, and it also keeps them from melting into oblivion. See the visible chunks of peanut butter cup in the bark above? That simply wouldn’t be possible if you tossed room-temperature peanut butter cups into just-melted chocolate.
If you’re looking for more holiday dessert ideas, I hope you check out this candy cane fudge recipe! It’s incredibly easy and super delicious.
What’s your favorite type of candy to make at home?