How to Make Chocolate Pretzel Haystacks

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Chocolate pretzel haystacks combine two distinctly different flavors that many people enjoy together--sweet and salty. The no-bake recipe combines the crunch of pretzel sticks with the creaminess of chocolate, and makes 3 dozen treats in very little time.

How to Make Chocolate Pretzel Haystacks
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Things You'll Need

  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • 12 ounces chocolate
  • Saucepan or microwaveable bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1 cup thin pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
Step 1

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper to prevent the haystacks from sticking to the pan.

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Step 2

Melt chocolate in a saucepan over a low burner or a microwaveable bowl. Use your favorite flavor (milk, dark, semi-sweet or white) of chocolate chips or chocolate bars. If you are using a microwave, stir the chocolate every 30 seconds or so to avoid burning it.

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Step 3

Add pretzel sticks to the chocolate, stirring them until they are completely covered. You may need to add another handful of pretzels, depending on how thick the chocolate-pretzel mixture is.

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Step 4

Stir in nuts and raisins, or other dried fruit such as cranberries, if desired. Chocolate pretzel haystacks for nut-lovers are traditionally made with peanuts.

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Step 5

Scoop the pretzel mixture by the teaspoonful onto the wax paper. Space the haystacks 2 to 3 inches apart from each other to prevent them from sticking together.

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Step 6

Put the chocolate pretzel haystacks in the refrigerator for an hour to allow them to set and cool. Serve the treats chilled or bring them to room temperature.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Make your chocolate haystacks colorful by adding candy-coated chocolate pieces to the pot with the pretzels. A shake of seasonal sprinkles on top of the haystacks makes the treats attractive for holidays or other special occasions.
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