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Rolo Pretzel Recipe (Caramel Apple Bites)

by Dana Bean, RD
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A quick and fun dessert idea with a twist, this rolo pretzel recipe is perfect for the holidays.

Rolo Pretzel Recipe (Caramel Apple Bites)

A quick and fun dessert with a twist!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack


  • 25 mini pretzels square snaps
  • 25 rolo candies unwrapped
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp neutral oil canola, vegetable, or avocado


  • Preheat oven to 250 and place pretzels on baking sheet
  • Add a rolo on top of each pretzel and add to oven for 4-5 minutes to melt chocolate
  • Dice a green apple with pieces slightly smaller than the pretzels
  • After you remove the sheet from the oven, place a slice of apple on each melted rolo and press down
  • Microwave chocolate chips and oil in a mug, stirring every 20 seconds. Drizzle on top of pretzels with a fork
  • Refrigerate for a few minutes to harden and enjoy!


  1. These are meant to be eaten the same day they are made! They don’t keep well because of the apple on top. If you want them to last longer (or just want to mix up the flavor), try placing a pecan or m&m on top instead

I love a good holiday baking sesh, but sometimes you need a recipe that doesn’t take hours to make. This Rolo Pretzel Recipe is perfect since it just takes a few minutes to prep and 4-5 minutes to bake. That way you don’t have to decide between bringing a crowd pleaser dessert to the potluck and the million other things you have on your to-do list this.

Rolo Pretzel Recipe (Caramel Apple Bites) with rolos and pretzels in the background

This Rolo Pretzel Recipe is typically made with a pecan or m&m on top (which can be equally as delicious), but the apple adds a fun crunch and tart flavor that I love. It also makes this treat festive not only for winter holidays, but for our caramel apple season too. If you need these to keep for longer than a few hours, though, I’d recommend subbing the apple with the pecan, m&m, walnut, etc… This is because the moisture from the apple can start leaking after a few hours.

Having variety and satisfaction in our food is so important! That can mean including desserts when they sound satisfying (and declining if it would make you feel sick).

Have you ever felt like if you start eating dessert you won’t be able to stop? This can ultimately come as a result of restriction. When we restrict ourselves physically or mentally from food, it creates a difficult emotional tie to food. This can change, but can take some time and guidance! My Intuitive Eating blog has more articles relating to this.

I’m glad you asked! I know it can get overwhelming to be excited about a recipe, then have to scroll through a seemingly never-ending life story before finally finding the recipe. I started to notice it becoming a difficulty for some of my nutrition counseling clients. So that’s why I’ve created No Guilt Nutrition Recipes – a place where finding the actual recipe isn’t so difficult or cumbersome. Usually the recipe is hidden in a blog post or you have to pay a subscription to see the recipe quickly, but here you’ll find it first on the page!

No Guilt Nutrition recipes are definitely not the only thing you can eat if you are eating intuitively (really, you can eat anything that you want/feels good to your body!), but I noticed there are way too many diet culture entrenched recipes out there. These recipes give you delicious food without potentially triggering numbers or diet talk. They also provide a gentle nutrition approach by encouraging balance in your meals without having strict requirements for what that may look like.

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