Made with 4 ingredients only, this easy caramel pretzel apple bark is well worth making. A heavenly combo of green apples, caramels, chocolate and pretzels, this autumn dessert bark is a wonderful no bake apple dessert idea.
We’re all familiar with bark and it’s a great festive treat. There are plenty of bark recipes to choose from featuring yummy ingredients such as chocolate, peppermint, marshmallows, pretzels, and much more.
This easy caramel pretzel apple bark is one of the simplest I’ve ever made. You can make your own Autumn dessert bark too with just green apples, caramels, chocolate and pretzels.
Ingredients and Ingredient Variations
First you need to gather the ingredients together. I like to use Granny Smith apples for this bark because they’re tart and crisp. The tart taste contrasts well with the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel.
If you want to use another type of apple, go ahead! I expect Pink Lady apples would be good. They’re a little sweeter than Granny Smiths but equally firm in texture. McIntosh is also a good apple to consider and is juicy and firm.
As for the semisweet chocolate, you can swap this for your favourite kind. A sweeter kind of chocolate would work just fine or you could consider white chocolate or any kind of milk or dark chocolate here.
Pretzels add crunch and a savoury touch to this no bake apple dessert idea. Pretzels come in different shapes, of course, such as bars or sticks or conventional shapes. Use any kind you like.
The last ingredient is melting caramel bits. The caramel goes beautifully with the flavour of Granny Smiths (or whichever apple you like!) making this simple dessert taste like caramel apples, and who doesn’t love those?
Sub 1½ cups of thick caramel sauce if you want or try another kind of melting candies in your easy caramel pretzel apple bark. Caramel squares would also be good.
Making Autumn Dessert Bark
Got your green apples, caramels, chocolate and pretzels ready? Then you can go ahead and prepare this tasty treat!
Bear in mind it’s best enjoyed the same day while the apples are still fresh-tasting and the pretzels are still crisp. You can make it a day or so ahead if you want – just keep it refrigerated.
After lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper, you can melt most of the chocolate chips then spread them on to the cookie sheet. Next add the pretzels. Melt the caramel then toss the chopped apples in it. Chill the bark then melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle that on top. Chill it again for a few hours then chop and serve!
For something made with 4 ingredients only, this certainly packs a flavour punch! I suggest you keep the finished bark in the refrigerator because it can get messy if it melts. Actually it’s a little messy anyway so serve it with napkins and maybe little forks too.
The Curious History of Bark
This recipe is French in origin. Disks or bars of chocolate studded with dried fruits and nuts have been called bark for many years. Originally created as Christmas candy, bark differs from chocolate bars as the additions to the chocolate are visible. The colours of the candy used would represent the colours of the monks’ robes.
It’s believed the name ‘bark’ came about because this dessert resembles the bark of a tree once the melted chocolate is poured over the additions. The green and brown of the green apples, caramels, chocolate and pretzels gives it a bark-like appearance.
Why You’ll Love this No Bake Apple Dessert Idea
Peppermint bark is one of the most popular types and was the first kind I tried. This easy caramel pretzel apple bark made with 4 ingredients only is rapidly becoming my favourite though! It’s a nice no bake apple dessert idea for the autumn or winter. And great if you have some apples to use up!
I also love how creative you can get with autumn dessert bark. Tweak the recipe, adding or subtracting anything you want or trying new ingredients. Consider swapping the apples for ripe pears and adding some dried cranberries or another kind of fruit as well.
You can serve easy caramel pretzel apple bark in individual cupcake liners if you like, perhaps themed ones for the season. Any leftovers will be fine refrigerated for a day or so and can be served as a topping for ice cream, an addition to sundaes or simply a sweet snack when your sweet tooth reminds you this is sitting in the refrigerator!
If you like this autumn dessert bark, you might also like Cranberry & Pistachio White Chocolate Bark, Easy DIY Caramel Apples – Autumn and Halloween Treat or Spooky Halloween White Chocolate Candy Bark.
Easy Caramel Pretzel Apple Bark Recipe
Easy Caramel Pretzel Apple Bark
- 3 Granny Smith apples
- 2 1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate divided
- 3 Cup pretzels
- 11 Ounces caramels I used melting caramels bits
- Prepare a large cookie sheet (13” X 18”) by lining it with parchment paper.
- Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips in the microwave. (Set the remaining ½ cup aside for drizzling later.) Start with 30 seconds on high power. Stir well. Then cook for 15 seconds at a time on high power. Only cook them until you can stir the chocolate chips smooth. Spread this onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Place the pretzels in one even layer all over the top of the chocolate.
- Unwrap and melt the caramels in the microwave. Again, start with 30 seconds on high power then stir well. Continue cooking for 15 second intervals stirring well in between. Cook this until it gets bubbly.
- Dice the apples. Pat them with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
- Mix the diced apples into the melted caramel. Pour this mixture evenly over the base, then carefully spread.
- Place the pan into the fridge and allow it to cool for half an hour.
- Melt the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips and drizzle it over the bark.
- Return the bark to the fridge until completely set. (This may take a few hours.)
- Then you may remove it from the fridge and cut it up into pieces.
- You can use caramel squares instead of melting bits, you will need about 50 squares. Also, I would recommend keeping these in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. The caramel is a little gooey so serve them on a plate or with cocktail napkins.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This easy caramel pretzel apple bark is a winning flavour combo. The green Granny Smith apples add a pop of colour, making this a no bake apple dessert idea that you need to try! Grab some green apples, caramels, chocolate and pretzels and ENJOY!
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