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Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Squares

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I was planning to wait until next week to make these.  But, I’m way too excited!

Remember earlier in the week, when I drenched 4 cups of fresh-picked strawberries in jello?  Remember how sorry I was? Poor little strawberries, still helplessly preserved in a gelatin coating in my fridge. Anyway, that Strawberry Pretzel Square recipe, may well reap an even tastier reward. As I was eating one of those bars, and ruminating about the genius pretzel crust, it occurred to me that the one thing which would make the pretzel crust even tastier was, of course, chocolate! And then the idea started to take shape. Yes! I’d make a pretzel crust. Then, I’d skip the Cool Whip and top it with a layer of chocolate ganache instead. You picking up what I’m putting down? In place of jello, I’d make a homemade dark chocolate pudding. Oh, yes!! That’s the ticket! Cut it into little squares and you’ve got Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Squares! I’m sure you can understand why I couldn’t wait until next week.

I did a little searching around online to see if I could find any other recipe similar to this. I didn’t find a single one! So, I’m declaring this a Gourmand Mom original creation!!

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels Squares

Ingredients

For the Pretzel Crust:

  • 2 cups Pretzel Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Butter, melted

For the Ganache:

  • 4 ounces Semisweet Baking Chocolate (4 squares), chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream

For the Pudding:

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 oz Semisweet or Bittersweet Baking Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

For the Pretzel Crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 baking dish with butter. In a bowl, combine the pretzel crumbs and sugar.  Pour melted butter over the crumbs and mix to combine.  Press the mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

For the Ganache:

While the pretzel crust is cooling, heat cream in the microwave until it just begins to boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate completely melts and the mixture is smooth.  Pour over the pretzel crust. Use a spatula to spread it into an even layer. Refrigerate.

For the Pudding:

In a saucepan, mix together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. Whisk in 1 cup of milk, stirring until combined. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of cream. Continue whisking over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5 minutes. Whisking constantly, continue cooking for another minute or two. Be careful to whisk into the corners and along the sides of the pan. Remove from heat. Whisk in the chopped chocolate and vanilla, stirring until fully melted. Allow the pudding to cool at room temperature, stirring frequently to prevent a skin from forming. Once pudding is no longer hot, pour it on top of the cooled ganache (which should be firm by this time) and spread into an even layer. Refrigerate for a few hours until pudding is completely cool and set.

Let your kids clean the saucepan.  Then, clean your kids.

Cut into small squares and enjoy!

You’re welcome, world.  You’re welcome.

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3 responses »

  1. wow!! i think i may have dreamt of these before & wished I was able to find/create a recipe for them!! It may be fate that we are friends!

    Reply
  2. Okay – now you’re on to something. Those look like I might have to go buy some pretzels specifically to make this recipe.

    Reply

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