Texas Sweet Heat - Caramel Pretzles

By • February 10, 2010 • 18 Comments



Author Notes: I really love caramel corn - I mean REALLY love it in the "eat it until you feel sick, then drink some tea, think - oh I feel better - then eat some more, rinse, repeat" sense. So I decided to apply my caramel corn love to pretzles, throw in some heat and some nuts and WALLA! A new treat to eat myself sick on! I used Texas shaped pretzles because, well, they're cute, but twists or those waffle cut ones would be just fine. Or if you have ones representative of your home state. And I used pecans because that's what we grow around here, but you can use whichever nut you love best.aargersi

Serves me. or me and my husband if i am sharing nicely.

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (plus some for buttering the cookie sheet)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups pretzles
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  1. Preheat the oven to 200. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and butter it. Spread the nuts and pretzles on to the sheet.
  2. Bring the butter, sugar, salt, corn syrup and spices to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally - I recommend a non-stick saucepan for this. Turn OFF the heat, and stir in the baking soda.
  3. Pour the sugar over the nuts and pretzles and stir - get it evenly distributed and spread over the cookie sheet.
  4. Put the sheet in the oven and bake for an hour, stirring and re-spreading 3-4 times while they bake.
  5. Remove from the oven and spread out on parchment paper to dry. Try to keep your hands OFF them (good luck!) for a few hours until they have dried and are nice and crunchy.
  6. Movie time!!!!!!
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9 months ago Snafu06

I made this to accompany football. I only had pretzels, cashews, and almonds on hand, but it was a big hit. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I'm a terrible person and don't really like caramel corn that much, but spicy caramel pretzels?? YES PLEASE!!!

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about 1 year ago Midge

Oh I don't think I could ever stop eating this ever. Perfect for a road trip.

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over 2 years ago Niknud

Yikes, between you and drbab's entry this week I am in serious trouble! My munchy tic is starting to act up again....this week's theme is definitely BIG trouble. Sigh. I wished I like to jog as much as I like to cook!

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almost 3 years ago WCmom

To die for! Tried this out for an upcoming cocktail party, these are definitely on the list! Thanks for sharing!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh good I am so glad you like them! Maybe I should make them for the potluck ... hmmmm

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almost 3 years ago deedeebear

I made these the other day but didn't have the Chinese 5 spice. I will make them again now that I've purchased some. Everyone at work loved these treats and the unexpected heat at the end.

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almost 3 years ago arielleclementine

Abbie! Please let's have a meet up where we only eat snacks! Would love to gorge myself on this delight + fistfuls of your jams!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I just saw this! OK! SNACK ATTACK!!!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm with you on the caramel corn, I could eat a tub of it. Your pretzels sound even better.

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I seriously have to go hand them out around the neighborhood when I make them or I will eat myself sick on them. It's pathertic :-)

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over 3 years ago BigMama

Fantastic! Just made this for the first time, and it won't be the last. Perfect balance of sweet and spicy!

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almost 4 years ago austin5

I just made this today. Seriously delicious even though I left out the baking soda by mistake. I'm going to make this for my nephew who is away at college. I'm sure he'll devour it! Good blend of sweet and savory. Just the right level of heat.

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over 4 years ago mariaraynal

Who wouldn't need intervention on these?

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over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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oh my lord, those look devilishly good.

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over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks! Seriouly, I need intervention on stuff like this - I am giving most away today - meeting an unsuspecting friend for lunch :-)

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over 4 years ago Timnaustin

You are making me hungry ...AGAIN

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over 4 years ago bethy

Sounds delicious! We'll have to try those out next time we see you!