Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark


WARNING:  Highly Addictive!

May cause intense sugar high,

uncontrollable urges to consume more,

sudden weight gain,

and the strong desire to put on elastic waist pants.

Continue reading at your own risk!

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

1/2 bag of Mini Pretzels

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chip

fleur de sel  or sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.

Melt the butter with the brown sugar over low heat.
When the mixture begins to boil continue cooking over low heat about 5 minutes until it thickens and forms a soft caramel.

Pour the caramel evenly over the pretzels and place in the oven to bake for 5 minutes.

 While the pretzels are baking, place the milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small sauce pan.  Cook over very low heat until melted and smooth.

Remove the pretzels from the oven.

Pour the melted chocolate evenly over the pretzels and use a spatula to smooth.

Sprinkle with fleur de sel.
Place in the fridge to chill and harden for about 2 hours.

Break into pieces and try your very best to resist eating the entire pan.

source:  adapted from Mama Say What?! 

S’more Bars in a Jar

Refreshed!!!  That is how I am feeling right now.  I have spent the last four mornings from 9am to noon ALONE, without children!!!  This is a first for me.

Every summer, I volunteer at our church Breakaway camp (VBS).  I love volunteering and being a part of such a fun-filled week for the kids.  However, this year I did it a little different.  I signed my kids up for two different weeks of camp.  The first I volunteered at and then the second camp, happening this week, I didn’t.  Dropping them off that first morning, I literally got a rush.  I had to refrain myself from skipping all the way back to the car.  Three hours all by myself!!!  The possibilities were limitless!!!

In the end, I spent most of my mornings cleaning house, doing laundry, and running errands.  It may sound a bit boring to some of you but let me tell you, I loved every minute of it.  And the best part of all was that at noon, when I picked my three little lovies up, I was ready to be a mom again and enjoy them the rest of the day :)

I made these S’more Bars in a Jar to show my appreciation to the wonderful volunteers who took care of my babies this week.  I now have my sanity back.

S’more Bars in a Jar
1 ½ cups graham crackers, broken into pieces
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar
In a 1 quart mason jar, layer all ingredients:  graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate chips and brown sugar.
Attach a tag with the following directions:  “Preheat oven to 350º F. Butter an 8” square baking dish. Mix contents of the jar with ½ cup melted butter.  Press firmly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.”


source:  adapted from Paula Deen

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