Fudgy Eggnog Pretzel Bark

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not really addicted to eggnog per se, but rather it must be the spices within. I’m equally enamored with things like Snickerdoodles and Cinnamon Fudge and so it must be those spices that grab me.

Since the addicting Cinnamon Fudge made a welcome appearance in my life last season, I’ve been dreaming up another version of fudge that would be equally appealing. I did a little search for eggnog fudge and found one on Recipezaar… there were mixed reviews. Commenters seemed to agree that the fudge was quite sweet and turned out a firmer-than-normal fudge. So I took that recipe and played with it a little bit to create a bark with added pretzels. I figured that would cut down on the sweetness with its salty addition: Fudgy Eggnog Pretzel Bark.

Here’s the how-to:

Spread mini pretzels onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Throw some sliced almonds on there if you’d like. Add holiday sprinkles too if you’re feeling festive. Anything you put on the bottom here will stick to the fudge… so when the whole thing is turned over, that’s what you’ll see.

Then make your fudge! Use a big enough pan so it doesn’t bubble up over the top. Plan to stir constantly, and have a timer nearby. No thermometer is needed on this one.

You’ll need to work quickly since the fudge sets up pretty fast. Pour it all over the top of the pretzel mixture. If you have a friend, or if you yourself are speedy, you can add more pretzels and sprinkles to the top. Just gently press them here and there- as quickly as you can. As I said before, it begins to harden almost immediately so you do need to accomplish any additions rather briskly.

If you don’t manage to get anything on top, don’t worry… when you turn the whole thing over, you’ll have the decor on the other side.

Let cool to room temperature, then break it up into pieces and munch away. I’ve really tried to be quite good this season and just take a little test-sample of each treat I’ve made. But I shouldn’t have tested this one at all because I found that it was tough to stop sampling.

Did it taste like eggnog? Not really. You can definitely taste the spices, and since I’m a huge fan of eggnog I could detect that flavor as well… but it’s not a huge eggnog flavored treat. In fact, you probably would enjoy it even if you disliked eggnog entirely.

I considered adding vanilla oreos to the mix to make it a cookie- pretzel bark (much like the wonderful Candy Corn Cookie Bark I made), but I feared that would make it a little bit too over-the-top sweet. Try it if you dare!

I’d say this experimental treat was a large success. I pawned it off on the ladies in the school office, packaged it up and gave some to my son’s teacher, and even slipped a few pieces to the Mom’s at basketball practice too. Thankfully (for my diet), it’s already gone.

This recipe can be found here: Β Fudgy Eggnog Pretzel Bark

Many more holiday treats can be found in recent posts.

29 Responses to “Fudgy Eggnog Pretzel Bark”

  1. postedDec 18, 2008 2:22 PM

    It looks really yummy! I’m sure I would love it!

  2. postedDec 18, 2008 3:14 PM

    Wow, this looks great – I do love eggnog, but I know some people aren’t huge fans!

  3. postedDec 18, 2008 3:16 PM

    Looks great!!! I love the sweet/salty thing!

  4. postedDec 18, 2008 4:40 PM

    I love eggnog! This sounds great!

  5. postedDec 18, 2008 4:56 PM

    That sounds so good! I wholeheartedly agree with you on loving the spices found in the eggnog. I’m not a particular fan of the actual eggnog drink but this sounds like the perfect way to get all those flavors!

  6. postedDec 18, 2008 5:18 PM

    I love cinnamon spice and everything nice too! All year long I sprinkle clove on my roasting chicken along with some other herbs and spices. I love the smell it emits and aromas it spreads through the house. πŸ™‚
    Wonderful recipe idea!!

  7. postedDec 18, 2008 6:22 PM

    Wow! I have never seen anything like this… looks beautiful.

  8. postedDec 18, 2008 6:44 PM
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

    This looks delicious and not too hard. I love the flavor of eggnog too.

  9. postedDec 18, 2008 8:09 PM

    I am not in love with eggnog but this is so cool & cute.

  10. postedDec 18, 2008 9:07 PM
    That Girl

    It looks like pralines!

  11. postedDec 18, 2008 9:13 PM

    What a great idea – sounds super-yummy!!

  12. postedDec 18, 2008 9:59 PM

    Looks and sounds delicious – this would make a good giveaway treat during the holidays.

  13. postedDec 18, 2008 10:57 PM

    I'm with you, I love, can't get enough of, eggnog. And the whole sweet & salty thing is a killer for me. I bet this would be so good with an addition of salty peanuts or clumps of peanut butter.
    I just love all the food creations you create.

  14. postedDec 18, 2008 11:20 PM
    Girl Japan

    This looks fun. something the whole family can do and enjoy.. I have never made Bark before but watched mum make it… BTW used your recipe yesterday the Cin Bun Cookies with a twist… Oh my.. they are fabulous… crunchy and YUM..

    I had an opps though.. the eggs in Japan are REALLY large and as I was rolling it was seeping out.. I caught most of it in the film but had a tad get on the counter… I will make these over and over again.. I posted snaps.. thank you for the recipe = )

  15. postedDec 19, 2008 1:35 AM

    ohhh, looks good! i adore eggnog, and love the combo with the salty pretzel πŸ™‚

  16. postedDec 19, 2008 2:58 AM

    That looks wonderful! I love the sweet and salty combo!!

  17. postedDec 19, 2008 4:25 AM

    this sounds too good to be true! yum, i am definitely going to have to give this a try, i bet the eggnog tastes great with the saltiness of the pretzels!

  18. postedDec 19, 2008 5:28 AM

    Oooh! This looks great! I’ll bet it was a real crowd pleaser!

  19. postedDec 19, 2008 9:26 AM

    It’s been ages (maybe more than 15 years!) since I’ve had eggnog, so I could say for sure what it tastes like. But it still does look delicious, and I really love it when you make these barks! They look like so much fun!

  20. postedDec 19, 2008 1:03 PM

    Your creativity with all the treats you bake continues to amaze and inspire me!!

  21. postedDec 19, 2008 1:31 PM
    Nina Timm

    I will offer you a weeks free accommodation here in Cape Town, if you will come and make treats for my children!! Deal?

  22. postedDec 19, 2008 5:05 PM

    That looks so yummy… good thing I don’t have it at my house right now!

  23. postedDec 19, 2008 5:09 PM

    This looks fun and unusual. I also like that this tastes like eggnog spices, rather than eggnog itself (although I happen to like eggnog, just prefer it in a mug).

  24. postedDec 19, 2008 7:23 PM
    Half Baked

    I love the flavor combo! All of my favorite things in one yummy recipe! Nice job:)

  25. postedDec 19, 2008 9:32 PM

    this looks like it would be so fun to make!! πŸ™‚

  26. postedDec 19, 2008 9:46 PM

    Ok, ok…. I know I feel like I say this alot, but… I think you out did yourself. This is amazing. The salty pretzel combo with the spices and sweetness. Oh man, awesome.

    I’m almost happy for you that it’s gone already. This stuff is dangerous like TNT, but in a good way πŸ™‚

  27. postedDec 19, 2008 11:19 PM

    Love these pretzels!

  28. postedDec 20, 2008 1:28 AM
    Peter M

    No offense but this looks awesome for something slapped together quite easily. I'm a fan of salty & sweet as well.

  29. postedDec 20, 2008 2:19 PM

    how unique! i never knew eggnog was so versatile–this is tremendous!

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