I had a bag of pretzels… it sounds like the beginning of a good joke, doesn’t it? It was the beginning of a good snack. I was cruising Pinterest (where good things often start) and there it was, in color and calling for attention. Chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, Reese’s Pieces- I had the ingredients, I just needed to get to making it!
It was weird that I happened to have all these things on hand. I rarely have Reese’s Pieces but I’d bought them to make a Halloween treat several months ago. My son’s family got Covid and I lost interest in baking. My P.S. and I didn’t catch it but we didn’t need to eat a whole batch of cookies right then. We both had been working on our figures at the time, trying to stay in shape and chocolate is too tempting.
I melted 8 oz of the chocolate chips in the microwave then spread it on the parchment paper I’d laid on a sheet pan. It was about a 9×13-in rectangle.
Quickly I laid pretzel twists and Reese’s Pieces over the chocolate and pressed them in.
In a saucepan I combined the honey and sugar and stirred over medium heat. I let them come to a boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly.
I took the pan off the heat and stirred in the peanut butter then the vanilla, until smooth.
I poured the peanut butter sauce over the pretzel layer. I needed to use my small spatula to get it over to a few missed areas.
Finally I melted the remaining chips in the microwave and drizzled it over the top.
I let the candy sit at room temperature until it hardened. I cut the candy into pieces and put it into a container between sheets of waxed paper.
The candy was delicious; so much going on and all of it tasty! It was a combination of so many favorites in each bite. And it wasn’t difficult to make! A hit!
The directions said to refrigerate but I think it could also be stored on the counter, like fudge.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
Layers of chocolate, pretzels, peanut butter candies and peanut butter.
- 12 ounces Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 ounces mini pretzel twists , half of a regular 16-ounce bag
- 4 ounce box Reese’s Pieces candies (1/2 cup)
Peanut Butter Sauce:
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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 and Reese’s Pieces over the top (it’s ok if they overlap a little) and gently press them into the chocolate.
For the peanut butter sauce:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat add honey and sugar and stir well to combine.
Bring to a boil and boil for 1 full minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
Stir in vanilla. Drizzle the peanut butter sauce over the top of the pretzels and candy. Use an offset spatula if necessary.
Melt remaining 4 ounces of chocolate and drizzle on top. You may need to use a small offset spatula again to help with spreading.
Refrigerate until hardened.
Cut or tear into pieces. Store in the fridge.
Adapted from Tastes Better From Scratch