Thursday, September 15, 2011


The ever-fabulous Julie liked one of my foodie pins on Pinterest and asked if it had been Crawford-tested. Julie has actually made some of the things she has pinned, so I thought I should follow her lead and make a pinned item.

So earlier this week I bought the ingredients to make Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark, and when Josh and Bari were Neighbors of the Year yesterday, I had a really good reason to make it today. I need good reasons to make food so that I can give it away. Otherwise, since I no longer have coworkers on whom to hoist my baked goods, I eat it myself.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark Crack
(pinterest picture)

It seemed simple enough. Melt butter and brown sugar until it caramelizes, pour over pretzels, bake for a bit, then cover with melted chocolate and salt.

I give it a solid.................................................


Clearly it didn't turn out as I expected or Josh and Bari would be enjoying the bark rather than reading about it. Josh being an avid sweets-eater will no doubt want to taste it anyway so perhaps I will have an update tomorrow.

I think maybe I burned the caramel part. I've made caramel before, but today the butter and sugar never seemed to combine, it had been simmering for way longer than the suggested six minutes, so I decided to pour it over the pretzels anyway.

I didn't have enough caramel - or I used too big of a pan - who knows. The recipe did not specify pan size, it simply said baking sheet.

It doesn't taste bad, it just has a bit of burned flavor to it. And I'm bummed!! I really wanted it to taste good! I loved salted caramel stuff and usually do really well following recipes - guess I just need specificity for success.

Here's a sneak peek of another Pinterest item I've decided to try - any guesses!?!?!


Pocket said...

You crocheted a BABY!

That Ellie stole the show. I had to reread what you wrote a few times because I kept getting distracted by her cuteness.

Julie said...

So many things about this!
1) Thanks for the shout-out :)
2) Ellie's feet in those little black socks are soooo precious!
3) Pinterest recipes need troubleshooting! Leading me back to my zealous commitment to America's Test Kitchen.
4) I miss co-workers who want snacks. And Luke doesn't like sweets. Leaving just one person to sample/consume all the baking I like to do... moi. BAD.

JAD said...
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JAD said... does LOOK if you twist my arm I suppose I'll taste it! :)

Jennifer said...

Cutest kitchen helper/observer ever!

Tuba, or not tuba ... that is the question said...

Your kitchen helper and model is VERY CUTE! Hope we get to meet her soon.