I came across this idea from the Design Mom blog quite a long time ago, and as soon as I saw it I made a chicken-scratched note on the front cover of my well-worn notebook that said "pretzels, Rolos, pecans. 300 degrees, 2 minutes."
Yesterday, I deciphered that cooking code and turned it into my newest baking obsession. I do use the term baking loosely here, for there really is very little of it within the "recipe", and all of the ingredients are store-bought. But the result is the tastiest little piece of candy worthy of holiday and hostess gifts. If you're reading this and you know me personally, you now know what you'll likely receive a small jar of over the holidays.
The how-to couldn't be easier. Lay some pretzels on a baking tray and top them with a chocolate covered caramel candy. Bake them at 300 degrees for 2 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and top the candy with half a pecan. Press the nut down into the chocolate, and the caramel will ooze itself around the salty pretzel.
Personally, I do think they're a little too brown looking, but I'm willing to sacrifice looks for taste, of which this has plenty. Not to mention, you can make about 10 dozen of them in less than half and hour, while listening to the guitar and the clarinet being practiced simultaneously. Anyone who's done that knows you can't possibly focus on a challenging recipe. One that requires three ingredients and only five minutes sounds about perfect though.