Toffee Chocolate Pretzel Bark (Gluten and Dairy Free)

May 16, 2021

This chocolate pretzel bark is the perfect easy treat for your sweet tooth. It is made with dairy-free chocolate chips, gluten-free pretzels, vegan butter, and more. It only takes about 15 minutes to throw it all together and tastes amazing!

Simply heat brown sugar and vegan butter to make the caramel toffee, pour it on top of crunched-up pretzels, cook, and melt chocolate chips on top. Sprinkle it with sea salt and you have the most amazing toffee pretzel bark.

Toffee Chocolate Pretzel Bark (Gluten and dairy free)

This chocolate pretzel toffee bark is the perfect homemade gluten and dairy-free candy to bring to just about any event. I’ve brought it to showers, cook-outs (where it can be kept in a refrigerator until time to serve), and dinner parties. It is even a great treat to put in plastic decorated bags and give out for a Christmas treat or birthday treat.

This is also a great treat to eat while relaxing and watching tv once the kids have gone to bed. The hardest part is stopping eating it once you’ve started!

My favorite recipes are ones that I can make in the kitchen while my toddler looks on and helps. This one doesn’t disappoint. Crushing pretzels up onto the tray kept my toddler occupied for a long time. She was also able to help measure out the butter and sugar as well as break the toffee candy up into pieces once it was hardened (and of course help me lick off the spoons!)

Toffee Chocolate Pretzel Bark Pin

Gluten Free Pretzel Bark Tips for Success

*For this recipe, I used Snyders gluten-free pretzels. I crunched up the pretzel pieces to make them smaller. This way you also get more pretzels in each bite. You are able to substitute any other brands of gluten-free pretzels or wheat-based pretzels as well and the recipe will still turn out great.

*My favorite brand of chocolate to use is Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips. I have also used Costco’s Kirkland brand dairy-free chocolate chips (make sure you read the ingredients because they make two different Kirkland brand chocolate chips and one of them is not dairy-free). You should be able to substitute any brand of chocolate chops in place of these.

Be sure to cook the vegan butter/brown sugar mix for an additional three minutes, stirring occasionally, after it starts to boil. This will ensure that the mixture starts to caramelize but doesn’t burn.

Toffee Chocolate Pretzel Bark Steps

Dairy and Gluten Free Toffee Chocolate Pretzel Bark Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 bag (6oz) gluten-free pretzels
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) dairy-free butter (I use Country Crock Plant Butter)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a standard cookie sheet with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  3. Crush gluten-free pretzels into smaller pieces and fill the tray with one even layer of them, making sure they don’t overlap as best as possible. Set aside.
  4.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine dairy-free butter and brown sugar, stirring occasionally.
  5. Bring the butter and sugar mixture to a boil. Once boiling, set a timer and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and immediately pour the caramelized sugar mixture over the pretzels. Cover as much as possible, however, if there are small spaces and holes left uncovered this will be fixed in the next step.
  7. Insert the tray into the preheated oven and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, turn off the oven, and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the toffee pretzel mixture.
  9. Insert the tray back into the turned-off oven but keep the oven open. The heat will soften the chocolate. Leave in the warm oven for 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and use a spatula to smooth the chocolate over all of the pan.
  11. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
  12. Let cool on the counter for 30 minutes. Then stick it in the fridge for an hour+ (or the freezer if you are impatient and want to eat it sooner).
  13. Once it is cooled and your chocolate is hardened, remove the pan from the fridge and break it into small pieces. Peel any remaining foil off of the back.
  14. Serve immediately after removing from the fridge. Store any remaining pieces of toffee candy in an airtight container in the fridge.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Chill Time: 1 Hour

Servings: 20

As you can tell dessert is a favorite in our house. I am a firm believer that you should have dessert after every dinner (and lunch too)! Probably not the most healthy habit but it sure tastes great!

For some other delicious gluten and dairy-free dessert ideas be sure to check out these peanut butter chocolate cereal bars and/or homemade peanut butter cups. Both are super easy to make and some of our favorite recipes!

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Rachael

Hi, I'm Rachael. I am a kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom of two sweet girls.
42 Comments
  1. Patrice

    This looks soooo yummy! I’m definitely saving this to make later. We love desserts in our house too!

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    • Rachael

      Thank you so much! Dessert is the best!

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      • Rupali

        Such a easy to make recipe and it looks so tempting.

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        • Rachael

          Yes, so easy and delicious!

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  2. Mama Dani

    These look absolutely delectable! And because they’re so dark on the outside, I can tell my kids “they’re burnt” and they won’t ask for bites! ?

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much! Thats a great idea! My toddler always loves to steal my food as well. My go-to is that something is spicy!

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  3. Krista

    I loveeee chocolate covered pretzels, so I bet this bark tastes amazing with the toffee added too!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much! Yes, it takes them a step further and is so good!

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  4. Melissa

    Can’t wait to try this! Looks simpler yet delicious!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Melissa!

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  5. Nora

    This is amazing! Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Nora!

      Reply
  6. Cathey

    This is a perfect treat with 2 of the yummiest items I could want! Not to mention one my boys will eat too! Thanks so much!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Cathey! Yes, it is kid approved and so good!

      Reply
  7. Charina Rasing

    Looks so easy to make. Who wouldn’t want chocolate. It gives pretzels so much more meaning. Would love to try it with the kids.

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    • Rachael

      Yes, such a great combination and lots of jobs to give kids if you make it together!

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    • Rachael

      Thank you so much Michaela!

      Reply
  8. Rachel

    This looks and sounds amazing!! Definitely gonna try it soon!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Rachel!

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  9. Courtney

    This looks amazing! I will definitely have to try out this recipe 🙂

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Courtney! I hope you like it!

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  10. Crystal @ Simply Full of Delight

    This Toffee Chocolate Pretzel Bark Looks amazing! My husband and I are both eat gluten free so we will definitely be trying this recipe! Thanks!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Crystal! We make all gluten-free recipes at our house for my husband as well. I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  11. Amanda

    My mouth is watering! This looks amazing!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Amanda! It is so good!

      Reply
  12. Audrey

    These look so good!!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Audrey!

      Reply
  13. Emily Sewell

    I will 100% be making this!

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy it!

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        • Rachael

          Thank you so much! They are definitely delicious!

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  14. Jacqueline Pinchuk

    These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them out. I love that they’re GF and DF ?

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much! Yes, my husband is GF and DF so I’m always trying to make tasty treats for him!

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  15. LaRena Fry

    You had me at chocolate. This sounds amazing.

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    • Rachael

      Yes! We love chocolate. Thanks so much!

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  16. Stephanie

    Mmmm this reminds me of the holiday season because my mom always makes some kind of chocolate bark. But who says it HAS to be just for Christmas? I wanna make some now! So delicious!

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    • Rachael

      Yes, we love it at Christmas and make it for other people. But we make it year round for us!

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  17. Ashleigh Clayton

    They look delicious! Definitely going to try this recipe 🙂 X

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Ashleigh! I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  18. Teena Bachher

    These look so delicious. will definitely make them.

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    • Rachael

      Thanks so much Teena!

      Reply

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