4 years ago, I lost my Nana to ALS. My Nana was not only my Grandmother, but she was also my best friend. Her loss being so close to Christmas really impacted me. I became a huge scrooge. I dreaded going to family events because I knew that she wouldn’t be there and would never be there ever again.
My grieving of her loss quickly took me on a downward spiral, and it has taken me some time to bounce back.
It is now 4 years later, and I am finally beginning to feel somewhat OK with everything. It has taken me a lot of time to swallow, and that’s ok. You many truly never stop grieving, but I have reached a point in my life where I find each day getting a bit easier as the time passes. I am actually in the Christmas spirit this year for the first time in years. Often finding myself dabbling in the kitchen, whipping up batch after batch of holiday treats.
My most recent creation being inspired by a friend who posted a similar recipe on her personal Facebook page this past week.
This recipe reminds me so much of Turtles. Only they aren’t. They’re better than it! The recipe laces the right amount of salty with sweet creating one delectable treat that the whole family is guaranteed to gobble up this holiday season.
Chocolate-Caramel Pretzel Turtles Recipe
- A bag of mini twist or square pretzels
- 2 bags of milk chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp smooth, creamy peanut butter (if you want more of a peanut butter taste add a 4th tablespoon)
- 1 bag Kraft caramels
- 1/4 cup Skor toffee bits
- Preheat your oven to 325F.
- Spritz your baking sheet with a bit of non-stick spray.
- Line the Pretzels and top with caramels. Place in oven for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from oven, and press a whole pecan into the caramels.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove tray from fridge. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Continue to microwave in 20 second increments, stirring between each until smooth.
- Roll each pretzel cluster in the chocolate until fully covered. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once each pretzel cluster is covered. Sprinkle with Skor bits. Return tray to fridge for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Looking for other recipes to make this holiday season? Check out these recipes for:
- Best Ever Apple Pie
- No Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bites
- Walnut Chocolate Chip Vanilla Pudding Cookies
There has been something about this week! I have had so many people pay it forward to me. Between an independent snow plow operator clearing out my 1.5 foot snow bank at the end of my driveway for me to a car in front of me at Starbucks paying for my entire Starbucks order… I am in the mood to pay it forward.
Nothing pairs better with a sweet treat than a warm drink, in my opinion. For this reason, I am going to giveaway a $10 e-gift card to one of my readers. The individual who wins will have the option of if they want it to be a gift card to Tim Hortons or Starbucks Canada. Happy holidays!
* This giveaway is not sponsored, and is open to residents of Canada only, ending January 14, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.