Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Bars

Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Bars

4 reviews, 4.2 star(s). 75% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

another 3 ingredient dessert that will have your tastebuds singing with joy. Sweet, salty, and full of deliciousness.


2 bags chocolate chips
A couple handfuls of pretzels
2 cans sweetened condensed milk

Original recipe makes 16 Servings



1. Melt 1 bag chocolate chips in the microwave (15 seconds, stir, repeat until melted smooth).

2. Spread chocolate in bottom of a 9x9 pan. Layer pretzels to cover the chocolate. Let chocolate harden.

3. Pour 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until it thickens (20-25 minutes). Remove from heat and spread over pretzels and chocolate. Let cool.

4. Melt 1 more bag of chocolate chips. Spread on top of caramel layer. Let chocolate harden.


When sweetened condensed milk is caramelized it is called dulche de leche. The sugar in the sweetened condensed milk provides all the sugar that is necessary to turn it into a caramel. Pure caramel is simply melted sugar. A creamy caramel has some sort of milk added to it like heavy cream. Dulche de leche, then, is simply a Spanish name for creamy caramel.

There are other ways to caramelize sweetened condensed milk. You can do it in a crockpot, a pressure cooker, the oven, other methods in a saucepan, and even the microwave. Check out this article HERE for instructions.

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I made them according to the directions and they stuck to the pan so tightly that they were impossible to get out. Seems like a good combo of flavors but the final result was disappointing.
dawnleeb 1y ago

momomi 1y ago

These are absolutely amazing! Such a delicious combo. I reduced the condensed milk by boiling the cans in a pot of boiling water for 3 hours . Works perfectly. Just keep an eye on the water level and add more as needed. I also crushed more pretzels and put them in the top layer of chocolate for more of that salty sweet goodness. :)
amommy42 2y ago

Taste was good. seriously, what's not to like: chocolate, eagle brand and pretzels. But I failed on the "dulche de leche" lesson. I cooked in pan stirring for 25 minutes on medium. It got thicker, but not dark brown. Maybe I needed more heat. Next time I'll try the method of putting the can of condensed milk in a crock pot covered in water overnight. then let cool til evening, then open.
Sharonesq 2y ago

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