Sweet ‘n Heat Bacon Wrapped Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels with Bacon Crunchies

Yes… you read that right.

Sweet ‘n Heat BACON wrapped Pretzels with Peanut Butter and Chocolate… oh and yes… BACON CRUNCHIES!!!  I know, I’m pure evil!  MUAHAHAHAHA

It’s okay… you can drool

Yes, I went THERE! We’re talking last day of the year, belly bustin’, stretchy pants wearin’, I shouldn’t eat this but I’m gonna do it anyway, gonna have to ask for forgiveness in church for these hellish sinful treats but it’s so worth it… pretzels!

See about 2 weeks ago one of the TKW Family members, Terri, gave me a pseudo challenge.  To come up with some sinfully wicked dish that involved bacon.  And every day she’d make a comment about ‘Got Bacon?’ or something to that effect.  Well she got it so in my head that I started to crave bacon.  AND of course the snow came, and down it came!  They said “Oh only 2″ you should get” and we got about 14″ in a span of 4 days.  That being said my butt was in lock down at the house sans bacon!  I tore apart both freezers in hopes to findemergencybacon – no such luck.  Actually it’s pretty funny as to how many of you actually keep a stash ofEmergencyBacon on hand.  Love it! Well the first day the roads cleared up my butt skedaddled to the store and bought up 4 pounds of it.  I would have bought more but I was afraid I’d raise suspicion!  LOL  Plus Mr. Fantabulous hates bacon because it’s so unhealthy. Yeah I know… clogs arteries, bad for you  health wise.  Um… so!  Gimme my damn bacon and no one gets hurt!  Kapeesh there bucco?!  *wink*

When I brought home the bacon (… and fry it up in the pan! And Never, Never, Never let you forget You’re a Man! ‘Cause I’m a Woman!  Enjoli!)  sorry, channeled a very popular commercial from when I was a kid.  LOL  Anyway, as I said I brought it home and knew I HAD to make something with it.  Since I didn’t have any more on hand I went straight to making my Beer & Bacon Spread.  If you’ve never tried Bacon Jam, try it.  It’s wonderful!  Mine is about 9,000 levels above that as I incorporate beer and other spices in it.  Seriously, I eat this off of the spoon it’s THAT good! Once I find out what all I need to do to start selling that jarred stuff commercially I am.  It’s pure heavenly sin on the spoon!

So as I was eating my BB Spread on fresh beer sourdough bread I got to thinking what I could make that would knock Terri’s and the TKW Family’s socks off.  I wanted something different and full indulgent.  I wanted that “I should pray for forgiveness after eating one.. or 12 of these” effect. With it being the end of the year I wanted something that people wouldn’t feel guilty about eating now since they would start their New Year’s Diet soon thereafter. That’s when it hit me.. Pretzels.  I may try doing these with fresh sourdough soft pretzels but that’s in the future.  I mixed up the ingredients, got this babies in the oven and literally sat there staring so intently at the oven.  You could see the brown sugar bubbling, the bacon sizzling and OMG that aroma!!! It’s as if the heaven’s opened up and all that sweet smell came rushing down from the skies and funneled through my oven!  Hmmm…I wonder if Heaven smells like bacon.  Dude, that would ROCK!

When they were done I took them out of the oven and literally it was all I could do to not stuff them in my face but seeing the sugars still bubbling and the bacon sizzling, I knew I had to wait (damn it!).  Remember.. bandaids don’t stick to your lips or tongue!  As they were cooling, I thought about leaving them as-is as they look amazing!  I mean look…

 

But by now you all know me.  I can’t stop at amazing.  I NEED to push it; to push myself.  I want FANTABULOUS! So I opted for a little add-ons if you will…

First we went to Chocolate drizzle…

NOW we’re talkin’ here!  When the smell of chocolate hit the hot sizzlin’ bacon I swear the flavor train just went “CHOO CHOO BABY!”.  However…yes, there’s always a however in my house, I wasn’t done. ItNEEDED more. It needed that pièce de résistance.

and that’s when I went HERE

Why yes, yes that’s chocolate, peanut butter AND bacon crunchies on top!

Told you I was evil *as she sits back and shines her 1/2 halo 1/2 horns*…

So with it being the end of the year, go all out and splurge! This is soooooooooooooo worth it!

And Ms. Terri – you’re welcome *wink*

Sweet 'n Heat Bacon Wrapped Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 cup melted chocolate
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, warmed
  • 12 slices regular cut bacon
  • 18 - 20 thick pretzels (I used Homestyle)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Line a pan with foil and place a metal backing rack on top.
  3. Lightly spray the rack with cooking spray.
  4. Mix together the brown sugar, cayenne and chili powder.
  5. Cut the bacon in half and then dredge the piece in the seasoning.
  6. Wrap each piece around the pretzel pulling tight but not tight enough to break the pretzel.
  7. Lay the pretzel down, where the end is tucked underneath to help prevent curling.
  8. Once all the pretzels are wrapped take the remaining strips of bacon, dredge in the seasoning and place them on the baking rack too. These pieces will be used as the bacon crunchies. If you don't want them, just wrap more pretzels.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. Do not overcook as you'll burn the pretzels.
  10. While the pretzels are baking, take a piece of parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  11. Remove the pretzels from the oven and carefully (they will be hot) transfer them to the parchment paper to cool. They will be sticky but will harden upon cooling.
  12. While the pretzels are cooling, put the cooling rack in hot soapy water to help with cleaning up the rack.
  13. Take the extra pieces and break them up into small bacon crunchies pieces.
  14. Drizzle the pretzels with melted chocolate and allow to cool until the chocolate is set.
  15. Drizzle then with the melted peanut butter.
  16. Allow that to cool slightly, ~2-3 minutes.
  17. Top with Bacon Crunchies.
  18. Store in an air tight container and if not eating right away, store in the fridge.
Notes
To help simplify clean up, as these are cooling, fill your sink up with hot soapy water. Remove the bacon from the racks and immediately put your cooling racks in the water. Let soak for 5-10 minutes and clean up is a breeze! *Note - make sure your cooling racks can be submerged in water first!

14 Responses to “Sweet ‘n Heat Bacon Wrapped Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels with Bacon Crunchies”

  • Lordy this is so crazy I’ve just gotta try it!!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hey Lori!

      I know, right! It’s so insane but it works! It’s SOOOOOOOOOOO good! It’s addictive1 Just one word of advice, make extra bacon on the side for this with the rub on it. This so on my list for Valentine’s Day!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Sue says:

    Hiya’ sweetness….;)

    Happy New Year!!! Finally getting back to some form of normalcy around here…;) I was just checking through all your postings for the last couple of weeks, just in case I missed any….;) I came across the Bacon Pretzels…..I probably missed that one on purpose though….sounds terrible but…..don’t knock something till you try it right???
    I was just reading the recipe and in step 4 of the directions, you’ve got add the brown sugar, cayenne and cayenne. You meant cayenne and chili powder right?
    Well….I will give it a small try….;) I was thinking though, I might change the chocolate or chocolate peanut butter drizzle to a maple drizzle. Whatcha’ think?????
    Ok….I’m off and running. I have a new kitchen toy to play with…..;) Can you guess what it is? hehehehehehe Yes, a portable bread proofer….;) You are so smart by guessing that….;)
    Hugs and loves and talk to you later…..;)

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hey Sue :

      Happy New Year to you as well! LOL Trust me, don’t knock it until you try it. Now granted you have to like bacon. I could see leaving off the Peanut Butter (if you’re not the adventurous type – but it really works) but you MUST try it with the chocolate. The sweet ‘n heat of the bacon is amazing! Even if you just coated the bacon in that and baked on the rack as strips it takes bacon to a whole other level! SO GOOD!

      Yeah, try the maple drizzle. Maple and bacon go amazingly well together!

      I can’t wait to see what all you make with your new Brod & Taylor Bread Proofer! You are going to LOVE it!

      Best Kitchen Wishes! 🙂

  • OMG! That’s where I am putting this on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing on our Sunday Social Pinterest event.
    New friends are a good thing. Happy 2013!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Tee hee! You are most welcome Linda! New friends are the best things! Welcome to the TKW Family and here’s to a beautiful new friendship!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Michelle Risk says:

    I can’t find your recipe for Bacon Jam!! Help!!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Sorry but my Beer & Bacon Spread is proprietary. As noted above I’m working on getting that jarred to sell commercially.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Julie says:

    OMG These look so yummmmmmy!!! I will have to make these!!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      hehe thanks Julie! I figure it’s the last day of the year. We might as well go all out, right?! These are so, SO good. I just ate 3.. *hangs her head in shame* LOL

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

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