Spooky Eyes Pretzel Bark

So, full disclosure here…I joined the gym.  I know I gripe and moan here about exercise all the time, so I am sorry…I feel like a Judas.

It’s against everything I stand for, but I did it anyway.

Sometimes you just have these moments of insanity and when acted on…well, you are either bungee jumping or joining a gym.

 

I have been going now for a whole week…I mean, not everyday…easy, now…but enough.

I try and take classes so I am required to stay there for at least the duration of the class, otherwise, left up to my own devices, I meander around doing a bicep curl here, and a leg lift there.

The other day I arrived a little late and missed my class…so, I kinda stared at the equipment and hopped on the first thing I saw and understood, the treadmill.    Nothing is worse than getting on a piece of gym equipment with no idea how to use it.  I have, one too many times, pretended to know what I am doing on one of their contraptions only to look like a complete fool trying to do a sit up on a leg-lifting machine.

So, yes, the treadmill.

Now, I’m gonna let you into my twisted mind…this is kinda embarrassing, so please, laugh WITH me.

Every time I get on the treadmill I pretend that I am in Rocky 4.  Please, I know.

So yeah, I get on the treadmill and pretend that I am in the Rocky 4 training montage.  Which, just happens to be the best training montage in cinematic history.

Sometimes, in my treadmill daydream,  I am Rocky, and my treadmill becomes a snowy Siberian mountain where I am pushing myself to climb higher!  I’m carrying a yoke on my back and Pauly is cheering me on.  Other times I am Ivan Drago, sans steroids, running around a high-tech, 80’s training facility with Bridgette Neilson pushing me and calling me “WEAK”.  I mean, Bridgette Neilson is pretty scary and I have to focus on keeping her only Pre-Flava-Flav Bridgette, because I don’t want my eyes  to bleed all over the treadmill.  It takes mental AND physical strength.

When I am roused from my Rocky-like focus I usually look down on the treadmill to my comfortable 3.5 mph and feel like I could beat the Russian and win over the fans.

I wish I was kidding about all of this, I really do…but every time I step on a treadmill…every time I harness my inner Italian Stallion/Ivan Drago.  I mean, I want to say, “I must break you” in the heat of the moment just once in my life…but alas my life is not filled with any conflict that requires “breaking” another person.

 

So anyway, I joined a gym…the end.

 

Now onto some fun bark I made.

Spooky Eyes Pretzel Bark.

I used some spooky candy eyes that you can get HERE, but this can certainly be made at any time of the year.  I also used White Chocolate Candy Corm M&M’s on this too.  I have been on the search for those since I heard that they were out, but they can only be found at Wal-Mart…but certainly, use regular old M&M’s if you want!

Here’s what you do…

I made this similar to the old favorite, Saltine Toffee.  I lined my baking sheet with foil, then I boiled some butter and brown sugar together and poured it over the pretzels.  Then I baked it up for 10 minutes.  All very easy.

When it cooled only slightly I decided to melt some white chocolate and spread that over top.

Then I melted some semi-sweet chocolate and spread that on the white…

While the chocolate is wet press some toppings on…I used the Candy Corn M&Ms, some mini Oreos and some spooky sugar eyes.

To make the eyes stick on some of the Oreos I just dipped them in a little chocolate and stuck them on.

After you’re done sticking on your toppings…which you could completely forgo altogether…pop it in the fridge for about 15 minutes until the chocolate has set.

Remove from fridge and cut it into pieces!

Now, go make this…don’t make me break you!  There!  I said it!

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Spooky Eyes Pretzel Bark

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Ingredients

  • 6 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 cups white chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate, melted
  • Oreos, M&Ms and spooky eyes ( all optional) for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line your baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with non stick spray
  3. Spread your pretzels all over baking sheet..they can overlap, no problem.
  4. In a medium saucepan melt your butter and brown sugar together. When mixture comes to a boil let it boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour directly over pretzels.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
  7. Melt white chocolate and spread over pretzel/toffee mixture and then repeat with the semi-sweet chocolate.
  8. Garnish as desired.
  9. Let chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes until chocolate is set and then remove and cut into pieces.

 

63 Responses

  1. How fun are these!?!

    I just got back into working out and it’s a nightmare at first, but does get better. I walk the entire crater I live in, and pretend there are zombies behind me, just so I’ll finish… extreme? Yes, but it works! Anyway, I also wanted to let you know I mentioned the new site, That’s What She/We Said! on my latest blog post. Hope it can bring some new readers on over : )

  2. Ha Ha! Sometimes when we’re on a hike(with backpacks), and it gets steep, my husband pretends like we’re climbing Mt. Everest (his dream!). 🙂

    I have some mini oreos and eyeballs just waiting to be made into this! So CUTE~I love it!

  3. delia

    I didn’t realize the white chocolate candy corn M&Ms were only sold at Walmart. I was just at a supercenter today! The bark looks adorable.

    P. S. Have you tried the elliptical at the gym? It is way better than the treadmill!

  4. lol…….I just RE-committed to the gym again last week….a never ending battle between me and “it” I come to realize that #1 my body isn’t the same it was when I was in my twenties and early thirties…I HAVE to work out 🙁 So sad! But as for the spooky eyes pretzel bark…it looks like a match made in sweet and salty heaven 🙂

  5. Now it’s confirmed why I love your blog so much…a Rocky reference, and the very best part out of the best Rocky movie!

    I have been making a list of your recipes that I want to try, and I’ll be adding this one to it 🙂

  6. You are so funny! I am still laughing at your Bridgette Neilson comments..lol Glad to hear you joined the gym. I drag myself there three to four times a week and do the classes too because they make me work and it definitely has made me feel so much better.

    This bark is awesome; it looks adorably spooky and totally yummy:)

  7. I too have joined the gym and I love that you pretend that you are in Rocky 4. I actually play air drums and perhaps sing *out loud* a little to my ipod. (whatever works, right?)

  8. Helen

    The oreos look like the black version of cookie monster. I think they are adorable and the entire dessert is filled with fun. Thank you so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to surprise my kids with this.

  9. Laura

    I totally love this! Cute and versatile depending on what you want to put on top! I am glad I am not alone…I too love Rocky. I have music from the moves on my ipod and I totally agree that Rocky 4 workout scene is the best ever : ) I sometimes imagine I am in Rocky 1 running through Philadelphia LOL

  10. I have never seen candy corn m&m’s!! Where can I get me some of that love?? And a secret confession from me…I would pretend I was in a Rocky 1 man-tage…I mean montage …when I was on the treadmill, too! Was on the treadmill…it’s been so long we don’t even know each other anymore *sigh*. You can have a piece of bark for me, miss treadmill…make it a big one:)!

  11. Kathie

    It says to bake for 20 minutes above by the picture but then says to bake 10 by the recipe for the pretzel toffee part. Which is the correct time please?

  12. Natalie

    Can white “Candy Melts” (Wilton brand) be used in place of the white chocolate (I have some left from when I made some dipped pretzel rods)? For the chocolate, are you using regular chocolate chips? This looks like fun, and I would like to make some for the grand-kids.
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. Okay girl, I made this for our class party today. Totally yummy, but, as often happens to me when I make regular toffee, the layers kind of split apart on me when I tried to cut it/ break it into pieces. Do you know this happens?!? Help me out! 🙂 I can bake/make all sorts of things but this always drives me crazy!

    1. shelly

      That’s so strange WHat kind of chocolate did you use, maybe that makes a difference? Also, maybe spreading the chocolate on when the toffee is warm is key…i wish I knew, because that didn’t happen at all to me the multiple times I have made it 🙁

  14. Kimber Chambless

    I have made this twice and both times the toffee comes out too gritty like the sugar isn’t dissolved. HELP…what am I doing wrong!

    1. Shelly

      Are you stirring the toffee mixture while it’s boiling? That could be the problem if you are. DOn’t stir it, just let it boil 🙂

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