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Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites #SundaySupper

Need a 10 minute dish to bring to your Halloween party using just 4 ingredients? This little “recipe”  for Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites is your new fun dessert to bring, that both kids and adults will devour!

I know this of course, since it is VERY difficult to get these out the door without popping at least a couple in my mouth- they are finger food!

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

There really is no “recipe” for this- it’s just buying some things at the store and making this in about 5 minutes- the hardest part is unwrapping the  chocolates!


Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

One bag of square shaped (waffled) pretzels
1 large bag of chocolate covered caramel candy (I used Hershey Rolo®s)
1 small bag of candy corn
coarse salt for sprinkling

Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment.
  • Place pretzels in a single layer all over the pan.
  • Place an unwrapped Rolo in the center of each pretzel.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

  • Bake for 5 minutes- you want them soft, not melted!
  • Take the pan out of the oven and quickly press one candy-corn in the center of each Rolo, pressing down to squish it a bit.
  • Sprinkle the whole pan with coarse salt.
  • Set up in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  • Serve!

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

I love these little bites because they are SO easy to make- Of course if it is not Halloween, you can press a little M&M on top instead of a candy corn, in the color the holiday represents: blue and white for Hannukah, red and green for Christmas, pink or red for Valentines….so easy.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 25-30

Serving Size: 1 pretzel bite

You've got to try this 4 Ingredient, 10 minute finger-food idea for your next gathering!

Ingredients

  • One bag of square shaped (waffled) pretzels
  • 1 large bag of chocolate covered caramel candy (I used Hershey Rolo®s)
  • 1 small bag of candy corn
  • coarse salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
  2. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment.
  3. Place pretzels in a single layer all over the pan.
  4. Place an unwrapped Rolo in the center of each pretzel.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes- you want them soft, not melted!
  6. Take the pan out of the oven and quickly press one candy-corn in the center of each Rolo, pressing down to squish it a bit.
  7. Sprinkle the whole pan with coarse salt.
  8. Set up in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  9. Serve!

Notes

*Change up the color of the candy on top to suit the holiday or occasion that you are serving this.

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If you love the Halloween finger-food idea, check out these great ideas from the other Sunday Supper bloggers:

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Chocolate caramel pretzel bites

 

 

Carving Twin Pumpkins & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin carving

I love holidays, and Halloween is one that has slowly grown on me over the years.  I have never been one to dress up for the holiday…It freaks me out to see people with gory or graphic masks, sexy outfits, that they otherwise wouldn’t be caught outside in, and paying lots of money for an outfit you wear once. Once.

Now that I have kids though, Halloween has so many other great aspects to it, and seeing my kids love to dress up and trick-or-treat is just fun! I love to decorate the house a little, with pumpkins, paper bats, and spiders that they all made in school. The mums, are a welcome flower, when everything else is shriveling in the cold weather.fall flowers

We have a nice tradition of carving pumpkins, and also roasting the raw pumpkins seeds. This is the most normal aspect of the holiday to me: preparing the food and decorations. But the funniest part about this “kid” tradition…I always carve the pumpkins. The kids direct me to cut along the lines they’ve drawn, telling me, to “carve more” or “that’s wrong!” all the way through the process!Pumpkin carving Can you see the lines?! They were very strict this year!

And, just like that, these little lovelies are carved. Not quite Pinterest loving, but loving to me! And similarly, as soon as they reached in to get the seeds…mom took over. My guys are not crazy about the pumpkin-goo. It is too “es-gusting.” Oh well!

To make pumpkins seeds, which they DID want to do, we had to rinse the seeds first, under water and picking out the slimy bits:

Pumpkin carving

Put them in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of oil, and mix until they are all covered with a little oil. Lay them out on a sprayed, rimmed sheet pan:

Pumpkin carving seeds

Salt generously.

Bake in a 400* (F) oven, and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring mid-way. They should be a toasty-brown:

Pumpkin carving seeds

Cool in the pan. Taste and salt again if needed.

Pumpkin carving seeds

These are delicious. So much so, that they are gone. I am not sure that I can face carving more pumpkins, just to get the seeds! I guess, it’s good that I know Halloween will come again next year. And now I have that to look forward to…

Pumpkin carving seeds

What traditions do you have for Halloween?

Have you ever made roasted pumpkin-seeds? Let me know in the comments!


I am linked up today with Full Plate Thursday, What’s Cooking Love, Thursday Favorite Things.

We’ve Been Booed! A Fun Family Tradition

Ever have a night where you felt like the Energizer Bunny? Except with the cheap batteries?

Me too. I went from work, to a store for an exchange, to the gas station, to my 1 hour ride to  the soccer fields and picked up the boys. In the car, I immediately had to put them on silence…”Mother of the Year” can’t handle fighting in the back seat, so I make them stop talking, or they lose a privilege. And finally (silently) we arrived home.

Grumpy, but home, the boys raced out of the car, and up the steps, and then stopped.

What’s this?!

It’s a Boo-Bag!

we've been booed bag

The little guy inspecting his loot.

Ours looked a bit like a Booze-bag doesn’t it?! It was 2 bags full of Halloween treats for the kids, and a few cocktails for the parents! I love when I am included in the fun!

boo-bag

This is a super fun tradition in our neighborhood, and my kids love it. To do it, you need to first, open your fun bag of goodies, and hope the person included the Boo-sheet that tells you how to “Boo.”

boo bag

  • If you need a print-out, the one that I have used is HERE  (pictured above) and is super duper cute (along with lots of other cute things on her site), don’t you think? You cut it in half and put the “We’ve been booed” sign in your front window (to show other people that you already got some loot, and they should “Boo” someone else).

you've been booed

  • The next day (or 2) make 2 copies of the Boo-sheet and get treats for 2 houses, that haven’t been “Booed” yet. Try to keep it a secret, because that is half the fun…the not knowing who gave you all those goodies. We’ve had some chases over the years, but it is fun actually getting away without being caught!

If you have a lot of kids in your neighborhood- first, let me congratulate you.  That is fun. Second, let me just say, “try this.” This tradition doesn’t have to have candy or lots of crappy plastic toys if you don’t want it to- it is what you make it. I LOVE to re-gift my crappy plastic toys every year, however…so that someone else can use and love it as much as my kids seem to! Some other options:

  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Store-bought cookies
  • Window clings
  • Beer/Wine/Cider/Hotcocoa packets
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Trick-Or-Treat Bags
  • Craft kits
  • Halloween themed anything!

This literally made our night, WAY better than it started.  The boys stopped fighting.  We were all smiling.  A happy surprise for all of us, was just what we needed!

I hope you will try it too! Enjoy~