White Chocolate Toffee Pretzels
What is your go-to holiday treat? I feel like everyone has one.
For some its Christmas cookies (like me), for my mom it’s her famous white chocolate pretzel clusters she calls “white death” (very Christmas-y), for others it’s homemade Chex Mix, buckeye balls, or peanut brittle.
If you do not have your own traditional holiday treat, let me introduce the white chocolate toffee pretzels and convince you why these should be your new go-to treat!
First, and most importantly, they are delicious! I mean, it’s basically salted caramel covered pretzels drizzled in white chocolate. How can it be bad?
Second, it’s easy to make, takes less than 30 minutes to make, and only requires a few ingredients.
Okay, that was like three reasons in one, but you get the idea!
How to Make Them
First lay out a layer of pretzels on a lined baking sheet. If you are making several batches, you could just line your counter top with parchment paper so you have more room to spread out the pretzels.
Then, make your toffee.
You can read more about how to make toffee in this post, but it’s actually very simple.
You just combine butter, sugar, water, and salt in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let it continue to boil until it reaches about 300 degrees. Take it off the heat then add in the vanilla.
But instead of pouring the liquid toffee into a baking sheet, you are going to pour the toffee over the pretzels.
As best you can, lightly drizzle the pretzels so that each one gets a little bit off toffee. Then, while the toffee is still warm (but not too hot otherwise you will burn your hands) and gooey, give the pretzels a good toss to get all of them nicely coated.
While the toffee is cooling, melt white chocolate chips (either in the microwave or in the double boiler) and drizzle it over the pretzels.
I have found that using a fork to drizzle the chocolate is perfect because it spins very thin strands of white chocolate over the pretzels so that there aren’t huge clumps of white choclate (in most cases).
Finally, let the white chocolate cool and harden, which only takes about 15 minutes on the counter. But if you are in a hurry, you can pop the tray in the fridge to expedite the process.
Once the chocolate has cooled, you can portion out the pretzels into individual containers if you are giving as a gift, or just store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Now I hope you have everything you need to make your own holiday treat.
I have a feeling these white chocolate toffee pretzels will become my new holiday tradition!
White Chocolate Toffee Pretzels
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes about 4 cups
16 oz pretzels (I used Snyders mini pretzels)
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups white chocolate, melted
Spread out pretzels on a baking sheet(s) lined with parchment paper.
Add the butter, sugar, water, and salt to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Once the butter has melted and mixture starts boiling, add a candy thermometer. Continue to boil until mixture reaches 290 to 300 degrees.
Pour the toffee over the pretzels so that they are evenly coated. Wait 1-2 minutes, then toss the pretzels to further coat in toffee.
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the pretzels then allow to cool completely before serving or storing.