Caramel Pretzels


4 cups miniature pretzels
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon coarse salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat and Prepare: Begin by preheating your oven to 200°F and lining a baking sheet with foil. Place a cooling rack over the pan and lightly coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside for later.
Melt and Mix: In a medium heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the butter, sugar, water, and salt. Stir the mixture frequently with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Bring to Boil: Once the mixture is well combined, increase the heat to bring it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the mixture reaches 305°F on a candy thermometer. This step is crucial for achieving the perfect toffee consistency.
Flavor Infusion: Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, infusing the toffee with a hint of aromatic sweetness.
Coat the Pretzels: Quickly add the miniature pretzels to the toffee mixture, stirring gently to ensure they are evenly coated. Using a toothpick or fork, transfer the caramel-coated pretzels to the prepared cooling rack or baking sheet, arranging them in a single layer without touching.
Bake to Perfection: Place the pretzels in the preheated oven and bake at 200°F for 20-30 minutes. This step helps to dry out the toffee coating and prevent stickiness, resulting in perfectly crunchy caramel pretzels.
Cool and Set: Once baked, transfer the pretzels to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely. For optimal flavor development, leave the toffee pretzels uncovered on the counter overnight, allowing them to set and intensify in taste.
Store and Enjoy: Once cooled, store the caramel pretzels in an airtight jar or bowl to maintain their freshness. These delectable treats will stay delicious for up to 3 weeks, providing you with a delightful snack whenever cravings strike

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