Thursday, December 18, 2008

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.

Many more holiday treats can be found in recent posts.

31 comments:

HoneyB said...

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

Sara said...

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

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

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

Aggie said...

I love eggnog! This sounds great!

Marisa said...

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!

Laurie said...

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. :)
Wonderful recipe idea!!

anudivya said...

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

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

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

Helene said...

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

That Girl said...

It looks like pralines!

CookiePie said...

What a great idea - sounds super-yummy!!

Karen said...

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

Dawn said...

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.

Girl Japan said...

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 = )

Heather said...

ohhh, looks good! i adore eggnog, and love the combo with the salty pretzel :)

Reeni said...

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

Megan said...

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!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

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

Manggy said...

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!

VeggieGirl said...

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

Nina Timm said...

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

Patsyk said...

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

Sandie said...

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).

Half Baked said...

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

Dani said...

this looks like it would be so fun to make!! :)

Adam said...

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 :)

Cherie said...

Love these pretzels!

Peter M said...

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

Grace said...

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

Dazy said...

This recipe is really going to keep me busy in the kitchen with all its glamor. This is another must for the weekend! My kids would just hug me for this.

Tina said...

This looks so delicious! :)
All the ingredients in it look great-- and good idea to make this with Cinnamon Fudge !
You don't by any chance know a good place to find Cinnamon Fudge , do you?
I've been looking around online for these so I can make Fudgy Eggnog Pretzel Bark also. :)

Really like your blog

thanks!!