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Salted Vanilla Caramel Pretzels

 

Here come the holidays!! Doesn’t it seem like we just did this, the holidays that is? How does time move SO fast some times….At any rate, here is a recipe that is easy and fun to make, can be personalized according to your own add-in preferences and also happens to make the perfect little give away treat. Watch out (!) it is just a bit addictive, but in a totally holiday good way :-) At least that’s what I’m telling myself…..

 

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Salted Vanilla Caramel Pretzels

 

Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.

1 bag (16 oz) regular shaped salted pretzels
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons butter flavor

Divide pretzels in half and put in two baking sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Over low heat place corn syrup, sugars, salt, vanilla and butter mixing well. When mixture is melted and starts to bubble lightly place lid on pan for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds remove lid and stir with clean spoon. This action helps prevent the sugar or salt crystals from getting back into syrup mixture. Turn temperature down and let boil gently for 5 minutes, stirring often. When the mixture has cooked for five minutes remove from heat and add baking soda stirring well. This is where you need to make sure all the baking soda has been mixed through and through…..the sugar will foam, which is completely normal. Add butter flavoring, stir well. Pour 1/2 of the hot caramel mixture over one sheet of pretzels, then the other. Stir, making sure all the pretzels are coated. I would suggest doing one tray at a time since the hot caramel starts immediately to firm up causing the pretzels to clump together (and if you’re not on top of it you’ll have one big stuck together pretzel!) Place trays of pretzels in the preheated oven. Give the pretzels a stir every 15 minutes to coat with the caramel mixture. Bake 1 hour. When you’ve finished baking, remove from oven and pour onto a non stick surface. Foil, plastic wrap, parchment or wax paper (well, you get the point!) works well and leaves you with little to clean up. Bonus!!

 

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