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Peanut Butter Bark with Pretzels

Peanut Butter Bark with Pretzels - includes gluten-free options

My oldest kids are coming to the end of their semester at college and are under stress as they finish projects and prepare for finals. They haven’t been very good company. At all! Some people living with them would even describe them as grumpy. It is at times like this that I completely understand sending kids thousands of miles away to attend college.

I can’t make their projects and finals go away, but I can try to sweeten them up a little with some candy. And if it doesn’t work, I can take the candy and go hide in my room with a good book and a cup of tea until finals are over.

I am still working on clearing out the pantry ahead of our move which has forced me to improvise on several occasions. I wanted to make something with peanuts and chocolate – two proven mood improvers, but I was out of peanuts, so I modified my Peanut Butter Bark recipe to include pretzels.

Peanut Butter Bark with Pretzels
Recipe type: Dessert
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  • 1 package peanut butter chips
  • 1 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of crushed pretzels (I used Glutino pretzels to make this gluten-free)
  1. Cover a cookie sheet with foil.
  2. Melt the peanut butter chips and shortening according to package directions. Once melted stir in ½ cup of the pretzels.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips according to package directions. Once melted stir in ½ cup of the pretzels.
  4. Alternate spooning the melted chocolate chips and melted peanut butter chips on to the cookie sheet. Then use a spatula to semi blend the two and spread it evenly over the foil.
  5. Let sit for 2 hours to firm up or put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Break into pieces.
Add time for cooling the bark.

My daughter declared this candy her new favorite, but I have found that starving, stressed college students are very generous food critics…which is why I let them live at home while going to college. :)

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Oh, my word! I find myself wanting these…for breakfast! Is that a bad thing? ;)

  2. When I was in college, I always relied on chocolate to get me through finals. Your Peanut Butter Bark looks delicious!

  3. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says:

    I agree with sending them away to college :-) These look delicious! Visiting you from Foodie Friday. Have a nice weekend.

  4. My goodness I love the name of your blog! How creative!
    Your sweet treat will help with the grumpies during finals.
    If not you can eat it for “medicinal purposes”!

  5. If that wonderful Peanut Butter Bark with Pretzels won’t cheer them up, nothing will! I love the sweet / savoury thing going on in this treat!

  6. These look amazing, I’m going to make some to send to my son in college, they look like they’d ship well!

  7. Your recipe looks awesome. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Yum Yum Yum!

    I’m going to start a monthly party at my blog and would love you to join. Check out my blogg from 1st of May for more info. And also maybe become a new happy follower?! :-)

  9. Yum! So easy to make too. Thanks for sharing.

    Hopping by and following your FB, SU and Pinterest.

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