Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Brittle

Every year my husband attempts a new holiday treat. It’s become some what of a tradition now, and I love seeing (and eating) what he comes up with. The idea is usually inspired by a family recipe, or an ad on television. Last year he made peppermint bark which lasted about two days in our home. But I am definitely loving the peppermint theme! This years treat was inspired by a festive night with the family, and a trip to see santa. My favorite part of this recipe is how quick and easy it is to make, plus it’s made up of just four ingredients! With a toddler running around we barely have time to cook dinner, and it usually results in bribery. This pretzel bark is such a hit with A! She tries every trick in the book to get a few pieces everyday. We even made a batch to bring to my parent’s house for Christmas.

I used Hershey semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and I found the chocolate a bit too thick for spreading (no matter how long I melted it). I had to end up using a flicking technic, which took quite a bit of time. I do recommend adding a bit of water to the chocolate in order to make it a bit thinner for dripping on the pretzels.

As you can tell, my toddler couldn’t keep her hands off while I was taking photos. This has become her favorite treat (although that’s hard to gage since she’s a chocoholic). If you love chocolate and peppermint this dessert is for you! Hope you guys enjoy, and let me know if you try the recipe 🙂

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Brittle

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1.5 cups Pretzels
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1/3 cup Crushed Candy Canes


  1. 1.)  Melt Chocolate slowly in double boiler. Be sure to leave 2-3 inches of space between the bottom of the bowl and water level in the pot. Used medium heat. stir occasionally to allow an even melt. Make sure the heats not too high, otherwise the chocolate becomes grainy.

    2.) Spread pretzels out over a wax paper covered cookie sheet

    3.) Smash candy canes: recommend placing candy canes in large ziplock bag, preferably double bagged and use hammer to crush.

    4.) Once the chocolate is melted - add peppermint extract - start with 1 tsp and adjust to taste - making sure to mix thoroughly

    5.) Drizzle the chocolate all over the pretzels - cover as desired -

    6.) Immediately after, sprinkle the broken candy cane pieces over the chocolate covered pretzels.


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