I love fancy chocolate.
Some of my favorite memories from my favorite city—Prague—revolve around Koruna Pralines, a Czech chocolate shop with some of the fanciest chocolate I’ve ever tasted. Every time I visit Czech Republic, it’s a given that I’ll make several trips to Koruna. And bring some of that fancy chocolate home.
The chocolate bar recipe I share today isn’t fancy. But for me, whenever chocolate is paired, mixed or otherwise combined with additional ingredients, it’s special.
Even if those additional ingredients are just peanut butter and pretzels.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar Inspiration
The idea for this recipe came from a World Market chocolate bar I splurged on last month. It was a simple bar, consisting of semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels. And it was absolutely delicious.
Unfortunately, it’s a purchase I won’t repeat any time soon: that 3.5 oz chocolate bar cost more than a pound of chocolate at Trader Joe’s.
Some intense cravings for that chocolate/peanut butter/pretzel combination led me to the realization that I almost always have chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels on hand. And that I could very easily recreate that chocolate bar at home myself.
So I did.
Make This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar!
This bar is so easy to make. Just melt the chocolate, pour it into a baking dish, swirl the peanut butter in, and press in the pretzels. The hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to cool down to a solid state before slicing it into smaller bars.
If you’re in the mood for a not super fancy, but still exceptionally delicious chocolate bar, make this chocolate peanut butter pretzel bar.
You could make this bar with milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, etc. I like to use Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Milk Chocolate. It’s a good quality (and quantity) chocolate that’s also affordable.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar
- 13.5 oz chocolate, roughly chopped or broken up (I use Trader Joe's Pound Plus Milk Chocolate)
- 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp peanut butter, classic smooth
- 48 mini twist pretzels, (or whatever pretzel size/type you have)
Prepare the baking dish
- Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Make sure the edges of the paper extend out over the sides of the baking dish so it’s easier to pull the chocolate out of the dish before cutting.
- Alternately, don’t line the dish with parchment paper. Just oil it very well.
Melt the chocolate
- Heat the chocolate in a sauce pan over medium-low heat for 3 ½ - 5 minutes, until the chocolate is about ¾ of the way melted. Stir constantly with a silicon spatula to keep the chocolate from burning.
- Take the chocolate off the heat. Keep the chocolate off the heat, and stir it with your spatula until the chocolate is completely melted.
Add the peanut butter
- Pour the melted chocolate into the baking dish. Shake the dish to help even out the chocolate. Now dollop the peanut butter on top of the chocolate.
- With a butter knife, swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate. The peanut butter will smooth out as it gets warm. It will mostly incorporate into the chocolate, but there will still be some peanut butter ribbons visible in the chocolate.
Add the pretzels
- Now press the pretzels into the chocolate. (If using mini twist pretzels, it should be about 48 pretzels.). Press the pretzels in so that the chocolate/peanut butter just comes through the pretzel holes. If you don’t press the pretzels in deep enough, they won’t stay in the cooled chocolate.
- Let the chocolate peanut butter pretzel bar cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 ½ hours before slicing.
Slice, serve, and enjoy!
- Take the chocolate peanut butter pretzel bar out of the refrigerator. Let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes.
- Use the edges of the parchment paper to pull the chocolate out of the pan. Now use a pizza cutter to cut the chocolate into pieces of your desired size.
- Note: if you did not use parchment paper, it’s easier to keep the chocolate peanut butter pretzel bar inside the baking dish, and cut individual pieces from there. Enjoy!