Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pretzel Cups

No oven required. This no-bake dessert is as easy as paint by numbers-crush, melt and press your way to a dessert that will have everyone begging for seconds faster than they can say, “Please”.

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pretzel Cups

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pretzel Cups

The salted caramel along with the pretzels provides the needed balance to the sweet richness of the filling. It also gives enough texture and body to the dessert to keep the filling from hitting the roof of your mouth like a dog with a spoonful of peanut butter.

If you are wondering, yes, I have a slight obsession with salted caramel. And as I have previously mentioned, I also have a slight obsession with trying to improve my photography skills. That said, the trend you maybe noticing here is a mini onslaught of salted caramel recipes and a mini dark-shot series.

A few notes:

  • I kept this a no-bake recipe, so no need to bake the graham cracker crust. If you decide to bake it for an added crispness, place the pan in the oven for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • For a variation check out these Belt Busting Bars that utilize a short bread crust with a peanut butter pretzel filling.
  • For another no-bake recipe with this flavor combination check out these Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pudding Pops.
  • The bars can be made a day in advance and refrigerated. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving
  • You can skip the cupcake liner and use an 8×8 pan.

Chocolate and Pretzel Salted Caramel Cups

Preparation: Line cupcake pan with paper liners |  Makes 12 cups



  • 12 whole graham crackers, crushed
  • 7 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar


  • 11oz chocolate, melted (65% cacao)
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup salted caramel (recipe follows)
  • 2 ½ cups pretzel
  • 2 tablespoon fleur de sel

Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoons of kosher salt


1. For crust: combine graham crackers, butter and sugar and mix to combine. Press two tablespoons of mixture into each cupcake liner (The crust works just as well unbaked. If you decide to bake it place pan in oven at 350 degrees F for 6-8 minutes.)

2. for filling: Melt chocolate in a pan over (not on) simmering water. Add milk and whisk to combine. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Measure out 1/3 cup of chocolate mixture; set aside.

3. Fold crushed pretzels into the chocolate. Pour mixture over graham cracker crust. Pour remaining chocolate on top. To finish, drizzle caramel on top and sprinkle with fleur de sel Place pan in refrigerator to set for at least thirty minutes or overnight.

4. Add sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Use a wet brush to remove any crystals that form on the side. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Now and then, using the handle give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. Do not stir the mixture directly. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter and cream to saucepan. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling). Add salt and stir to combine.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than yesterday’s recipe for salted caramel truffles, along comes this!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCarol says

    I’m loving your salted caramel series. I’m making your truffles tomorrow night and will be adding this to the list.

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSusan says

    Will the crust be soggy w/o baking it?

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      Naomi replied: — August 10th, 2011 @ 4:45 am

      Hi Susan-No the crust was not soggy, but as I mentioned, if you would like a crisp crust, bake it at 350 degrees F for a few minutes.

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMaris (In Good Taste says

    No bake is awesome this time of year. But when you get a nobake recipe as fantatsic as this, it is better then awesome!

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Photo is gorgeous. Nicely done. Salty, caramel, chocolatey. How can you argue with that? They look delicious. A few ingredients on the list that are not in my pantry, but that can be remedied. Great blog. Off to check out the Belt Busting Bars and Caramel Cappucino Royale Cupcakes. ~ wow! thanks, tom

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAmy says

    This sounds really good. But I do not see what you do with the 1/4 cup of Irish Whiskey – is this just to drink or does it get mixed with the salted caramel?

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      Naomi replied: — August 10th, 2011 @ 4:44 am

      Chef Amy-Thanks for asking, because that was a left from a cut paste clipboard, so the Irish Whiskey does not belong in this recipe. But then again it would add a nice dimension to this recipe. I’m going to do that next time, since I really enjoy these Whiskey Truffles! But I did remove it from the recipe since I didn’t mention it in the post.

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    LOL, I have a Baker’s Royale obsession to go with my salted caramel obsession. I come here for the recipes and your pics. I chuckled a little when you said improve because I strive to take pics like yours…not doing so hot, but trying, LOL!

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLynne @ CookandBeMerry says

    Crunch and chocolate and Irish Whiskey… wait a minute, did I die and go to heaven?

  9. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I’m a huge fan of no-bake treats, it always amazes me that they turn out so well when it’s so simple to make. Bookmarked. :)

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonDiane says

    I love how easy this is to make! Do you know if I can make even easier by using store bought caramel sauce?

  11. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    What a lovely treat. This is my first visit to your blog and your recipe led me to browse through some of your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  12. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Yummm-myyyy! I have a baby shower this week, and wanted something simple, but delicious, to take along. I think I’ve found it! :) Thank you! Can’t wait to try them.

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAbigayle says

    I made these for a party and they were a huge hit. Some thoughts –

    The chocolate didn’t setup completely, it was a bit mushy. I used Chocoley dark chocolate that doesn’t require tempering. Tasted great but a little gooey. Maybe I should cut back on the milk next time.

    I also used mini cupcake sized pan instead of the full size cupcakes. The ratios of crust to chocolate needed a little adjusting but they were just the right size. We all agreed that a full cupcake size would have been a bit much for a cocktail party.

    I did toast the crust and preferred it that way. I think it held the form better and added more texture.

    Thank you again, everyone loved them and there were requested for our next gathering.

  14. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLisa says

    Hello! For the crust, it says “¼ sugar”. Is that supposed to be a 1/4 cup of sugar? Thanks!

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      Naomi replied: — March 12th, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

      Lisa-Yes, thank you-1/4 cup sugar.

  15. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJessica says

    Hello! Just to confirm, you just drizzle the caramel ontop of the pure chocolate, you don’t actually mix it in with the chocolate and pretzel mixture? Thanks!