Caramel Apple Pretzel Bites

Crunchy mini pretzels are dipped in sweet caramel and rolled in crushed apple chips to be a delicious fall treat, also known as Caramel Apple Pretzel Bites. These easy-to-make bites make fantastic game day snacks for tailgates and fall parties; they also make a great treat to package and gift for any autumn occasion.

When everyone starts piping up over pumpkin, I head straight for apples. Apples are my gateway to fall flavors and autumnal eats.

They’ve got that nostalgic, “back to school”, “leaves are changing” vibe without going FALL full-force, and they pair like a dream with those warm, toasty spices that everyone loves so much in their pumpkin-spiced this and that. {Can you tell that it takes me a little while to ease into autumn down here in hot, sweaty Florida?}

I’ve been jotting down recipes ideas left and right as I get myself into the mood for the season, and a few days ago, one came to mind out of nowhere: Caramel Apple Dipped Pretzel Bites. {Doesn’t everyone daydream about such things?}

It could have been because I was mulling over game day snacks to bring to a tailgate this weekend, but the thought of these EASY treats just sounded so ideal that I had to get my hands on the ingredients immediately and see if they worked together as well as I imagined they would.

Spoiler alert: THEY DID!

There’s no better time than game day to start getting into that fall mode, and the tailgate is the perfect place for easy, portable snacks like these. Salty mini pretzels dipped in gooey caramel and coated in crushed apple chips. I mean… for heaven’s sake.

If you’d rather not spend your whole morning dipping and coating these bad boys {though the work goes by quickly if you’re watching ESPN College Game Day}, pass off the task to eager kiddos — OR — use my super smart strategy of using long pretzel rods instead so you don’t have to make as many. I did this last weekend when I took these to a pool party and I felt like a genius for coming up with an alternative plan that shaved off a ton of prep time. {And clean up time since I crushed the apple chips right in their packaging and dipped the pretzel rods directly into bag. SO EASY.}

You can use any pretzel shape or variety for these snacks. I used gluten free mini pretzels and they tasted exactly the same as the regular kind, which is especially nice if you’re bringing them along for a crowd and aren’t sure about allergies and sensitivities. I chose “Original” flavored apple chips for this batch, but they also come in other flavors like Cinnamon and Caramel {caramel on caramel??? YES.} if you want to give your treats a twist. Another idea? Finely chop peanuts, pecans or walnuts and add them to the crushed apple chips before you give your pretzels a dip for a little extra pizzazz.

Don’t just just consider making these as game day snacks — they’d be amazing for any fall affair including Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Is there anything that screams fall more than caramel apples?!?! {DON’T YOU DARE SAY PUMPKIN.} I think not!

Whip up a batch {or 5, because they go quick} watch them disappear!

Click here for the recipe.

Dianna Muscari

Dianna Muscari blogs about her cooking and antics on The Kitchen Prep. A self-taught cook and baker, Dianna shares with her readers the messes and successes she encounters in the kitchen. Along with her recipes - which range from healthy to hearty to downright decadent - Dianna shares anecdotes about life, marriage, travel, and living in Florida. Her conversational writing style draws you into her kitchen for a meal and a laugh as she navigates through life one recipe at a time.

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