Pretzel Fudge

 How’s your summer going?
Mine’s good.  Nice and warm 🙂
My husband is all, “For someone who says they like the summer so much, you sure do spend a lot of time in the air conditioning.”
Ok, well, duh.
I like the sun and knowing that it is out there.
If I WANT to go outside and do stuff, I can.  But if I don’t want to…it’s all good in the nice 72 degree house.
He clearly doesn’t get it.
So, yesterday was one of those days that I decided to enjoy the sun…all day…at a water park.
Mmmm hmm.
Kinda makes me re-think the whole summer thing.
I am not a water park kinda gal.  I mean, I get the appeal.
But the reality of the situation isn’t…well…isn’t appealing, ya know?
I learned yesterday that while going down the tube slide in a inflatable donut is fun, the 137 stairs you have to climb carrying said donut isn’t so fun.
Ladies, you know what I am talking about here…climbing the stairs, thighs rubbing together, with your cooly at the person behind you’s eye level.
The things that go through your mind are ridiculous…
I should have spent more time shaving the back of my thighs…
Are they staring right at my tush?
I shouldn’t have spent so much time tanning only my front.
Maybe I should have gone for the skirt swim suit this year.
Then finally you get up to the top, slide down in a fit of fear and adrenaline, all to hear your little guy say, “C’mon mom…let’s do it again!”…and again and again…
Stairs here we come!
Next let’s talk seating.
We are all adults here, yes?
Can I just say that it is not cool to reserve 11 lounge chairs for a group of 4 people.  A pair of goggles on a chair doesn’t count…
…or a bottle of sunscreen, or a pair of sunglasses.
To completely reserve a seat you have to prove that you are not one person who has put every item they own on all the chairs in the perimeter.
I have seen fights break out over whether or not a hair scrunchie was a “chair claimer”.
Let’s not get into the fact that the lady was wearing a hair scrunchie to begin with, but you get the idea.
Multiple towels, beach bags, coolers…all acceptable.
One lone flip flop doesn’t a lounge chair reservation make.
Plus, we all know that you aren’t going to be sitting that much.
Water parks are not relaxing.  That’s a fact.
You are constantly counting children, going to the slimy floored bathrooms, ponying up $6 for a hot dog, or climbing aforementioned steps.
The moms (myself included) who plan a “fun” outing for their kids are transformed into
rageaholics by the time the sun sets.
Sunscreen, tantrums, the dreaded gift shop, swimmy diapers, coolers that weigh 75 pounds.
It’s a lot of work.
But, we do it for the children, right.
They are the future and all that.
So, if you have decided to skip the waterpark today and stay home, give these yummies a try.  They are a no-bake recipe, so you don’t even have to worry about the oven heat messing with your perfect air conditioned temperature.
Plus you get to ponder the very important question…
Salty and Sweet Pretzel Fudge
adapted from Woman’s Day 
Makes approx 36 squares
1 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (milk would be good too)
4oz unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 stick  butter
60 Saltine crackers, finely crushed (about 1 1/2 sleeves)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup toffee bits or Heath Bits
3 cups bite-size pretzels
 Line a 9×9″ pan with foil…don’t skip this step!
Melt both chocolates and the butter in a large bowl in microwave on low/defrost setting in 30 second intervals (stirring each time) until melted and smooth.
Stir in Saltines, sweetened condensed milk and toffee bits until blended.
 Fold in 2 cups pretzels.
Spread in prepared pan.
Press remaining pretzels on top.
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 1/2 hours or until firm.
Lift foil by ends onto cutting board and cut into squares.
Now, get out there and enjoy your air conditioning!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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January 4, 2011 10:53 am

Wow! These goodies looked so sinfully delicious! If only I could eat those yummy treats right now, maybe I will feel like I'm in heaven. Actually, it's nice to look at and to eat these yummy desserts. But too much of these will cause pain and damage to our teeth. That's why as a chocolate lover, I regularly visit some of my dentists in Aiken, SC and have a regular dental cleaning to prevent my teeth from having cavities.

Diana's Cocina
August 11, 2010 2:46 pm

Made ( your recipe) these last night for a gathering and OMG YUM!!!! Thanks for sharing

August 8, 2010 2:43 pm

This fudge is sooooo yummy. I made some yesterday for a party, and it was a big hit. Easy and delicious!!

August 4, 2010 4:50 pm

Hi! Just wanna tell you how much I love your blog! Not as much as I love cookies but anyway congratulations!!

Because of my insane addiction to delicious desserts like the ones in your post I wasn't able to follow my kids acroos this amazing Aquapolis water park
fortunately nothing bad happens at the end of the day!


August 4, 2010 4:35 pm

Yay, chocolate I didn't really miss anything! LOL

I'm a salty sweet! I want them both, please. 🙂

You are preaching to the choir……

August 4, 2010 3:02 pm

The $6 hot dog is the real killer :-). Your fudge looks wonderful and your story was fun and fabulous. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

bridget {bake at 350}
August 2, 2010 9:55 pm

Amen, sister!!! Oh, I am tearing UP reading this post! Yes!

And that fudge! I LOVE the sweet & salty combo!

August 2, 2010 6:53 am
Jenn Erickson
August 2, 2010 1:09 am

I share your disdain for waterparks, and a love for the salty sweet combo. First you lured me in with the reese's cones, and now your tempting me with pretzels and fudge? Holy moly girl, you almost know me better than my husband 😉

Monica H
August 2, 2010 12:53 am

You said slimy bathroom floor and I cringed. THAT is exactly why i don't do waterparks. That and because that would mean I have to be half naked in front of people. no thanks!

Sweet. Always 🙂

Diane {}
August 1, 2010 2:22 am

I'm with there on the water park idea. Great in the planning stage-but it end up being a lot of climbing 🙂 and waiting.
Love this recipe. I'm SALTY! This looks like a great no-bake recipe for those hot days you don't want to heat up the house!
Glad to see you got out in the sun and are enjoying the summer! It flies by too fast, my kids go back to school in 13 days! Seems like 1/2 a summer to me.

July 31, 2010 4:52 pm

My sweet tooth wants you to adopt it. I'm new to your blog and really love the recipes that I've been able to browse. I'll be back for more. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Shauna from Piece of Cake
July 30, 2010 4:36 am

I don't know what I love more, the fact that you put all that deliciousness together in a fudge, or that you used a recipe from Woman's Day. I send you a virtual hug on both accounts, my friend.

Cookie Sleuth
July 30, 2010 3:15 am

Yum! I vote for sweet!

July 29, 2010 11:18 pm

The fudge looks delicious! And your thought process while at the water park cracks me up! I was never a big water park person…I'd take some of this fudge though for sure 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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