Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Apples

These Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Apples are a delicious variation on the traditional caramel apple that includes dark chocolate and crushed pretzel pieces.

One of my favorite parts of the fall is caramel apples.  I love going to different fall festivals and getting caramel apples.  Every year we go to an Apple Harvest Festival where they have everything apple and they always have great caramel and candy apples. I always pick caramel apples because I love the ooey gooeyness of the caramel with the freshness and tartness of the apples.  Green apples are my favorite, yellow delicious, granny smith, it just has to be a green apple.
Year after year of looking forward to going to fall festivals and getting caramel apples, I have never actually made them myself.  I was was afraid of melting the caramel and thought I would create a big mess.   This year I decided to concur my fear and make caramel apples.   I think I never need to buy caramel apples again because I realized that making them is super easy.
Lately I have been on a big salted caramel and chocolate kick.  I really like the sweetness of the caramel with the chocolate and the salty flavor just gives it great contrast.  I thought that this would be a great flavor for a caramel apple.  I decided to use pretzels to add saltiness to the caramel apple.
These Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Apples are fantastic.  I think it is one of the best caramel apples I have had and that is saying a lot.  I really love the flavor of the apples with the gooeyness and sweetness of the caramel, paired with the dark chocolate and the crunchiness and saltiness of the pretzel crumbs.  Yum!  Plus making the caramel apple wasn’t bad at all and I thought it was actually quite easy, just dip the apple in melted caramel, let it dry, then dip in melted dark chocolate, cover in pretzel crumbs, let it harden, and then enjoy.  This is a fantastic caramel apple and the perfect treat for fall.  You should definitely make these, you won’t regret it!




Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Apples

Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Apples


  • 3-5 apples (depending on size), washed and dried
  • 3-5 sticks
  • 1 bag (11 ounces) caramels, unwrapped and melted
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels


  1. Insert a popsicle stick into the stem end of each apple.
  2. Cover a large plate or a cookie sheet with wax paper. Spray the wax paper with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Melt the caramels according to the directions on the package. Then dip the apples into the melted caramel until they are evenly coated. Spoon caramel over the top to cover the top of the apples. Then place the apples on the plate. Refrigerate the apples for an hour or until the caramel is dried.
  4. Once the caramel is hardened on the apple, put the crushed pretzels in a small bowl. Then melt the dark chocolate chips according to the package directions. Dip the caramel apple in the melted dark chocolate. Then move the apple over to the bowl with the crush pretzels and cover the chocolate with the crushed pretzels. Put back on the plate and refrigerate until the chocolate is hardened.


The amount of apples depends on the size of the apples. I used very large apples and only were able to do 3. If you use medium apples you could probably get 5.

I dipped the apple in the caramel the night before I wanted them and kept in the refrigerator overnight. I then dipped them in the chocolate and covered them with pretzels the next morning.

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  1. YUM! These look really, really good!

  2. Love chocolate! These look so good!

  3. Alyssa! These look simply amazing and totally make you want to reach right into the screen and take one. Beautiful photos!!! Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at Best of the Weekend – pinned and buffered! Have a happy Saturday and a fantastic weekend!

  4. Oh my gosh! They look amazing! I agree – green apples all the way. They sounds like a perfect combination of sweet and salty and delicious!

  5. Alyssa, I need to make these soon since I love everything about them. Chocolate, caramel, and pretzel is the perfect combination. Pinned!

  6. Finally a caramel apple recipe worth trying! I too was afraid it would be all too messy but this is simple and the steps make it not so messy. Thank you! Pinned! Visiting from Marvelous Mondays and following you!

  7. What a great idea to use pretzels as a coating on these. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Alyssa! Pinning and sharing on social media!

  8. Um, drool! I love making caramel apples but have a harder time trying to eat them :) These look so delicious, especially that pretzel topping.

  9. Thanks for sharing these amazing apples over at the Show Stopper Saturday party, Alyssa. Stop by tomorrow morning, because I’m featuring these beauties! (=

  10. These look amazing!!!

  11. Those photos are works of art! Beautiful. And, of course, they all look delicious.


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