Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge-this decadent fudge is made in the microwave and only takes a few minutes to make, but no one will ever know because it is so amazing!
Every holiday season I go cookie crazy so I don’t usually have time for other treats. Well, this year I decided I was going to make fudge and I am SO glad I did because this Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge is life changing. It might be my favorite treat this holiday season and that is saying a lot because you all know how much I LOVE cookies. And guess what? This fudge only takes minutes to make and it is made in the microwave! A HUGE bonus for the busy holiday season.
I love a good sweet and salty combo so I thought it would be fun to make a sweet and salty fudge. I combined chocolate, salted caramel, pretzels, and sea salt in one pan and created the most amazing fudge.
Candy can be tricky and during the holidays I don’t have time to mess with candy thermometers and finicky recipes so I made this recipe foolproof. You make it in the microwave and it only takes minutes to put together. You do have to chill it, but that is the easy part. You can bake other treats, wrap presents, decorate the tree, or watch a holiday movie while it is chilling. This is EASY peasy fudge. Stress free fudge. The BEST fudge.
The chocolate fudge has chopped up pretzel pieces and a layer of salted caramel in the middle. I put whole pretzels and a sprinkling of sea salt on top!
When the fudge is done chilling, I cut the fudge into pieces with a sharp knife. Every piece gets a whole pretzel on top. The fudge is so pretty and looks like a million bucks! The oozing salted caramel in the center is the BIG money. Everyone will think you bought this fudge or are a candy maker extraordinaire. You don’t have to tell them how easy the fudge is to make, that can be our little secret:)
If you are looking for a holiday treat to WOW all of your friends and family this year, make this Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge. It is all kinds of awesome! Oh, and it can be made in advance. You can keep it chilling in the fridge for up to two weeks. So make it now and serve or gift later! It is the PERFECT fudge for so many reasons. Try it and you will see what I am talking about. The sweet and salty combo wins again! Enjoy!
If you like this Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge, you might also like:
- Salted Caramel Sauce
- Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles
- No Churn Salted Caramel Toffee Pretzel Ice Cream
- Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips I use Guittard
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pretzels
- 25 soft caramel candies unwrapped (I use Kraft)
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 25 whole pretzels for garnish
- Sea salt for garnish
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, making sure to leave some overhang for easy removal. Lightly grease the bottom and sides and set aside.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Add the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Stir until combined. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 1 minute on high. Remove from microwave and stir to combine. If needed, heat an additional 15-30 seconds. Stir until chips are completely melted and chocolate is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract and chopped pretzels.
- Put the caramels and heavy cream in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each increment, until the caramel is melted and smooth. Stir in ¼ teaspoon sea salt.
- Add half of the fudge to the prepared baking pan and smooth it out with a spatula. Add the caramel and spread evenly over the fudge with a spatula. Add the remaining half of the fudge and spread it out evenly over the caramel. Top with pretzels and a sprinkling of sea salt.
- Place the fudge in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or until the fudge is solid enough to cut into squares. I like to chill it overnight. Cut the fudge with a hot wet knife. Fudge will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Have you tried this recipe?
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Ohhhh yes! I love & need foolproof recipes, and I can totally see myself whipping some of these up as a last minute holiday-gift… Although I think I’d prefer to keep them myself: I’m in love with salted caramel!
Something similar to this came up in my Facebook feed and I loved it because it only took a few minutes to make. You hate to go empty handed to parties these days but don’t always have all day to cook and bake. But I like the pretzels over the ritz crackers used on FB. ANd it looks super complicated which is what I’m going for!!!!
All my faves in one!! I love how easy this fudge is to make!
This is the cutest most delicious looking fudge Maria!
I so want some of this for the holidays!
hey girl this looks amazing!
Looks delicious!!! I made your slow cooker marinara last night with meatballs. Turned out really great and my picky eater cleaned her plate!
Maria, this looks AMAZING!
Hey, these look amazing! I don’t think I’ll be able to find these Kraft candies where I live though. Any recipe for the caramel; something that will be thick enough ?
My mouth is literally watering over that caramel!
OMG This looks so good!
what a great recipe, this is truly inspired, wouldn’t have been able to come up with this one on my own, so thank you for sharing this, love the pretzel on top!
These look adorable, I love the flavor combo and the fact that its easy to make, perfect!
Oh my goodness drooling over here!!
OMG… this is look so tasty!!
What do you think an equivalent of caramel sauce to 25 caramels would be? I have a nice thick caramel sauce we use for dipping apple slices, and I think it would work in here. Maybe one cup? I don’t have any caramels on hand. Thank you.
I haven’t tried it with caramel sauce, but one cup is a good guess. Let me know how it turns out!
Made these for the holidays and they are absolutely the best!
Glad you liked the fudge!
Yummy fudge recipe! The combination of salty, sweet, and crunchy is wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!
I made these tonight with ‘help’ from my husband and toddler. I think this recipe will be a new family tradition. Thank you for this easy recipe and cute video!
Could you use an already prepared caramel sauce for the middle (Trader Joe’s sells one for example)? I’d like to make this for Christmas neighbor gifts but am trying to keep it as simple as possible 🙂
That should work. The caramel to make here is super easy, you just melt it. Everything is done in the microwave.
Any recommendations on how to package this as gifts, so the pieces don’t stick together?
Sounds great, so want to make them.
Can you freeze this?
Gonna try your Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge. Sounds so delicious!