12 Jun Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles

Welcome back to {Dad’s Week}! Last post we tackled the all-that-is-manly mustache cake. Today’s assignment? Bacon.

It has been said that there are few things in life that make a man happier than bacon does.  While I don’t know this to be fact, I do know that my dad has a very specific method when it comes to preparing bacon, so it must be pretty important stuff.

I am often banished from the stove on Sunday pancake mornings because I have not mastered the proper crisping technique. Which is fine by me. I’m the type of person who tries to make bacon on the stove top and ends up with 2nd degree grease burns. It’s best that I keep my distance when hot oil is involved.

(I made the bacon for this recipe in the oven. It’s so much easier…and clutz-proof.)


Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles

Over the past few years, bacon has made it’s way off of the breakfast plate and into desserts. I’m a huge fan of sweet & salty dessert combinations, i.e. chocolate covered pretzels. Why not kick it up a notch with some sweet, smoky, maple-y, fatty goodness? It’s is Father’s Day  Week after all. What better says “Dad, you’re the best!” than BACON & CHOCOLATE? I think we’re on the right track here.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles

I mean, YUM. How good do those look?!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles

In fact, I’m declaring bacon and chocolate official dad-celebration food groups. Oh, and beer too.

And if that’s the case, then I’ve got you covered 2/3 of the way with these Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles. Maybe you could even serve them with cold beer. I’m not sure how well that would pair but, hey why not?

If you try that, let me know how it goes.

This recipe can yield as many or as few pretzels as you want. You’ll need about 4 slices of bacon for every 8-10 pretzel rods, depending on how liberally you sprinkle.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles


  • 1 bag pretzel rods
  • 1/2 package chocolate candy coating, melted
  • 1 package maple smoked bacon


    Oven Baked Bacon Crumbles:
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Arrange bacon on the cookie sheet. You may not be able to fit a whole package of bacon on your cookie sheet. That's fine, you can always make another batch if you need more.
  • Place the bacon on the center rack of a COLD oven. *Do not preheat
  • Turn the oven on to 400 and walk away.
  • Let bacon cook for 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Chewy bacon won't crumble as well.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a paper towel to cool.
  • Once bacon is cool, place in a food processor and process until bacon is chopped into large crumbs. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Assembly:
  • First set up your work space. Line your counter or a clean cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and have your pretzels, melted chocolate and bacon crumbs ready to go.
  • Dip a pretzel into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to cover about 3/4 of the rod. Tap it on the side of the bowl to remove excess and place on wax paper to harden. Repeat.
  • Allow candy coating to harden for 3-5 minutes and then sprinkle on bacon. Note: you do not want to let the chocolate get so hard that the bacon will not stick, but if you put it on while the coating is to wet the bacon will slide off.
  • I recommend doing this in batches of 8-10 pretzels so you are not rushing to sprinkle on the bacon before the chocolate dries. Repeat until you have used all your pretzels or until you have all the bacon covered pretzels you can handle.
  • Let the chocolate dry completely before removing from wax paper.
  • Store in an air tight container.

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