This idea, one of the most ingenious and simplest of ideas, was not my own. At least not entirely. In recent years, it’s been a habit of mine to keep a barrel of peanut butter filled pretzels in the back seat of my car – you never know when you’re going to get hungry. And now that I’ve joined the real world and began working, I keep a barrel in my desk drawer. I introduced a coworker to them and got him addicted. Shortly after, he shows up with a bag full of homemade chocolate covered goodies that look suspiciously like my pretzels. They were. And boy are they good. I snazzied them up a little by adding a pinch of sea salt but raw sugar would be great too. These pillow-shaped treats beg you to dive headfirst into the barrel and take a nap!


80 peanut butter filled pretzels
16 oz dark chocolate
sea salt or raw sugar, to garnish


1. Break the chocolate into bite-sized pieces or smaller and place in a microwave safe bowl. Set the microwave to medium heat (about 50% power) for 5 minutes. Check the chocolate after 2 minutes and stir then return to the microwave, checking/stirring every 30 seconds. When only a few small chunks remain, simply stir until all chocolate has melted. If you want a thicker chocolate coating, you want the liquid chocolate to be thick and can put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help achieve this. If you want a thinner chocolate coating, keep heating the chocolate in the microwave to keep it thin.

2. Line a baking sheet(s) with wax paper. Drop the peanut butter filled pretzels into the bowl of chocolate, 2 or 3 at a time. Use a fork to turn the pretzels and ensure they get coated. Remove them with the fork and place on the baking sheet. After about 20-30 pretzels, stop to sprinkle the sea salt or sugar on top before the chocolate begins to harden. Repeat for the remaining pretzels. If the chocolate gets too thick at any point, reheat in the microwave for 20 seconds.

3. Place the baking sheet(s) in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Get out a large sealable container and cut a few pieces of wax paper to the shape of the container to make layers for the treats to sit on. Once the chocolate has set, remove the treats from the freezer, place in the container and store in the refrigerator.

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  1. Evan Thomas says:

    Yours look great! I’m a bit lazier and just by the Trader Joe brand, but I like the sound of dark chocolate and sea salt better :-)

  2. Hannah says:

    Now you just have to add a recipes for the peanut-butter filled pretzels, as we can’t get those in Australia… :)

  3. sarah (shep) says:

    I totally have a barrel of peanut butter pretzels in the back of my car too. It’s so …handy? You know, just grab a couple here and there :)

  4. Lauren says:

    Must… make… these!

  5. Kati says:

    YUM!! And so easy! I love those pb filled pretzels, but this takes them to the next level! :>

  6. Ashley Steimle says:

    Oh my- these look delicious! I love pb filled pretzels :-)

  7. Betherann says:

    One word for ya — YUM! :)

  8. Joanne says:

    Can’t go wrong with that winner of a recipe. Drooling delicious!

  9. dawn says:

    I keep a stash too! LOL
    Do you know that I also keep a stash of dry roasted peanuts in the car? I eat a lot of peanuts and pb–it borders gross.
    And yes, this is a winner of a recipe.

    • Nick says:

      Haha, oddly enough I don’t really have the taste for dry-roasted peanuts. I enjoy party peanuts, those oily salty ones, but I recently discovered that they make a mean homemade peanut butter so I save them for that instead. And honey roasted peanuts, forget it, I won’t buy those, I eat them sickeningly fast.

      What it comes down to is that only the most hardcore foodies keep food stashes in the car. It’s a group I’m proud to be a part of!

  10. Katrina says:

    Yum! Somewhat similar to those pretzels I entered in your last exhibition. But the ease of using the already pb filled pretzels sounds awesome! And they look better with those “pillow” shaped pretzels.

    • Nick says:

      That’s right! I knew they reminded me of something I’d seen before! Much easier this way and the pillow shape makes you want to dive head-first into the barrel and take a nap.

  11. Oh Nick! How I have missed your blog! It’s so good to be back and to catch up.

    #1: I’ve never heard of peanut butter filled pretzels. It sounds like I’m missing something.
    #2: The salt on top of the dark chocolate looks like a little bit of heaven.

    • Nick says:

      Glad to see you back! You’ve been missed!

      #1: Scour your store, you must find! You can actually find the at Staples too (good office snack).

      #2: It is. I haven’t tried it with sugar yet because I just love the salt so much! Contrasts the chocolate perfectly!

  12. Chef Aimee says:

    Oh my god these look amazing. I must try these! I am just worried I would eat all of it in one sitting.

  13. velva says:

    What an absolutely fabulous flavor combination-chocolate, peanut butter, salty and crunchy.. Love it!

  14. Bren says:

    you know choco and pretz work any day of the week for me, job or not, car or not! add pb and ur golden. like the touch of sea salt better than sugar, though. nice job…. this wold make a great take away gift in small bags with a tie for any fete.

  15. Veggiesmack says:

    Oh, man, those look absolutely amazing! I may have to make some for a potluck I’m having next week!

  16. Michelle says:

    Oh, man, those look absolutely amazing! I may have to make some for a potluck I’m having next week!

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