Caramel-Dipped Pretzel Rods
  1. This makes three different types of rods, but our family favorite is the pecan-encrusted. You can mix and match or make just one variety.
  2. Spread a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet. Set aside. Break pretzel rods in half.
  3. Place pecans in a food processor and pulse to mince the nuts. Place pecans on a small plate. Place ½ cup chocolate on another plate. Place coconut and remaining chocolate on another plate. It’s important to have all your ingredients ready before you begin because once the condensed milk caramelizes, you will have to work quickly.
  4. Empty sweetened condensed milk into a small pot and add the butter. Turn the heat to medium and stir constantly until mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. As soon as it is thick enough to coat a pretzel, dip half the rod in the caramelized mixture and use a butter knife to twist the mixture around the rod (be careful not to touch mixture with your fingers).
  5. Then roll the rod in the pecans, or chocolate, or chocolate and coconut mixture. Lay on wax paper to dry. Repeat until you have dipped all the pretzel rods.
  6. Cool completely before serving.