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Chocolate Pretzel Bark {Easy Pretzel Bark Recipe}

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When you need a fast dessert or appetizer, whip up a batch of this easy Chocolate Pretzel Bark. Just two simple components and you’re on way your to a speedy and shareable snack that everyone will love! Pretzel bark and chocolate bark recipes are easily adaptable to be dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan.

a blue plate with chocolate pretzel bark on a white background with pretzel sticks and chocolate chips

Hey you! Yeah, you! Give me 15 minutes and I’ll give you a super-fast and incredibly tasty dessert! Sweet, salty, and crunchy – everything we all want and need in life.

This chocolate pretzel bark is one of those no-brainer easy dessert recipes. Unlike my Nana’s Almond Roca recipe, this chocolate bark is homemade candy without needing a candy thermometer! It’s perfect for last-minute snacks, parties, and holiday gift baskets.

Or, you know, eating it by the handfuls while you hide from your kids in your closet. We all have a thing.

Ingredients for Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Hold onto your hats – it’s just pretzels and chocolate!

a bag of pretzel sticks and a block of milk chocolate on a wooden board

What kinds of pretzel work best? I used organic pretzel sticks, but you can also use rounds, crisps, or even broken pieces of pretzels. Gluten-free pretzels are perfectly fine in this bark recipe.

I don’t recommend using thicker pretzels as they are much harder to break apart in the bark. And if you have delicate little sensitive teeth like me, thicker pretzels are a beast!

Since the chocolate is the star of the show, use the highest quality you afford. I love the big blocks from Trader Joe’s, but Ghiradelli and Guittard are also great choices. 

Dark, milk, bittersweet, semi-sweet, etc., the choice is yours!

If you need to make this pretzel bark dairy-free or vegan, use dairy-free chocolate chunks like Enjoy Life.

Candy melts are a very convenient choice, but I find their flavor lacks the intensity of pure chocolate.

How to Make Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Let’s walk through this together (holding hands and skipping), but as always, you’ll find a detailed and printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Sprinkle your pretzels on top of the parchment. Pro tip: if you’re adding any toppings, make sure you chop them now.

Add your chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl (this huge glass measuring cup/bowl is one of my favorite kitchen tools and I use it at least once a day) and microwave at 50% less power for 30 seconds. Allow it to rest for 30 seconds, and then microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Repeat this cycle one more time or until the chocolate is mostly melted. Stir gently with a spoon until smooth.

3 photos showing how to temper chocolate in the microwave

Pour the chocolate over the pretzels, moving it around the pan to try to get as much coverage as possible. Use a silicone spatula and bring any orphaned pretzels into the safety of the chocolate goodness. Pro tip: if you’re adding any toppings, do so now.

Allow the bark to fully cool. If your kitchen is warm, you can place the plan in the fridge or freezer for 20-60 minutes.

Break cooled bark into pieces and enjoy!

Pretzel Bark Variations

Don’t just stop with the basics! Get creative and add some “pieces of flair” to your chocolate pretzel bark. Things like:

If you plan to add anything that requires chopping, I highly recommend having everything prepped before you even start melting the chocolate. Once the chocolate and pretzels start to cool on the baking sheet, it will be challenging to get any additional toppings to stick.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • To store, allow the pretzel bark to fully cool. Place pieces in an air-tight container (we love these glass containers because they don’t retain odors of previous foods and they last FOREVER) and keep at room temperature. The bark will be good for up to a week.
  • Don’t rush the melting process as it can cause the chocolate to get grainy when it cools.
  • If you don’t have a microwave, I recommend using a double-boiler in a pot on the stove. No double boiler? Use a glass bowl fitted over a saucepan. Add water to the saucepan but don’t allow it to touch the bottom of the bowl.

a blue plate with pretzel bark on a wooden cutting board

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Chocolate Pretzel Bark {Easy Pretzel Bark Recipe}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Chilling time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Whip up a batch of this Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bark for a fast dessert. Just two simple components and you're on way your to a simple pretzel bark recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Bark Recipes, Pretzel Bark, Pretzel Bark Recipes
Servings: 25
Calories: 118 kcal
Ingredients
  • 16 oz chocolate (chopped) (dark, milk, bittersweet, or semi-sweet)
  • 3 cups pretzel sticks
Instructions
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Sprinkle your pretzels on top of the parchment. Pro tip: if you're adding any toppings, make sure you chop them now.

  2. Add your chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 50% less power for 30 seconds. Allow it to rest for 30 seconds, and then microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Repeat this cycle one more time or until the chocolate is mostly melted. Stir gently with a spoon until smooth.

  3. Pour the chocolate over the pretzels, moving it around the pan to try to get as much coverage as possible. Use a silicone spatula and bring any wayward pretzels towards the chocolate. Pro tip: if you're adding any toppings, do so now.

  4. Allow the bark to fully cool. If your kitchen is warm, you can place the pan in the fridge or freezer for 20-60 minutes.

  5. Break cooled bark into pieces.

Recipe Notes

To store, allow the pretzel bark to fully cool. Place pieces in an air-tight container and keep at room temperature. The bark will be good for up to a week.

 

 

If you don't have a microwave, I recommend using a double-boiler in a pot on the stove. No double boiler? Use a glass bowl fitted over a saucepan. Add water to the saucepan but don't allow it to touch the bottom of the bowl.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Pretzel Bark {Easy Pretzel Bark Recipe}
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cups)
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 comments on “Chocolate Pretzel Bark {Easy Pretzel Bark Recipe}”

  1. Looks yummy (and easy! Right up my alley!) I love pretzels.  I can’t believe I have never thought of something like this before.  I have dipped them in the past, but that is a bit tedious.

    I got a set (1-cup, 2-cup, 4-cup and 8-cup) of Pyrex measuring cups as a bridal shower gift over 27 years ago and use them all the time.  

    **knock on wood**
    All four of them are still fully in tact, too. A little scuffed and a little chipped from nesting them, but they are one of my favourite things.  And they sure stand the test of time!  I don’t know what they cost my parents, but it was absolutely worth every penny.

  2. Yum! Salty and chocolate — my two favorite tastes.
    I tried pretzels in a nut bar recipe this past spring and my family thought it was genius. And pretzels are so much more affordable than nuts. Thanks for sharing.