Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

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There is a place at the Jersey Shore (not that Jersey Shore) that sells the most amazing chocolates.  Every summer I look forward to a few trips for chocolate clusters filled with high quality fillings like caramel, nuts and marshmallows.  On a good day, my grandfather will leave a box of them out in the kitchen with a knife.  (Calories don’t count when you cut off a little piece each time you walk by)  Without a doubt, by the end of the day, the box would be empty.

Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

Jagielky’s has an incredible variety of chocolates with unique items like Double Dip Mints, essentially peppermint patties dipped in ANOTHER layer of chocolate – milk on dark or dark on milk.  A couple of summers ago they started selling chocolate covered blueberries.  These were large clusters of blueberries coated with a wonderful rich dark chocolate.  It is heaven biting into the creamy dark chocolate and then having a huge blueberry burst in your mouth.  Unfortunately, the chocolate covered blueberries are so popular that they are often sold out by the afternoon.

Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

A few times I considered making my own but didn’t get around to it until now.  And rather than stick with just the basic chocolate and blueberry mix, I added pretzel pieces to mine.  These Blueberry Pretzel Clusters have a wonderful balance of sweet and salty flavors in addition to the contrast in textures from the crunchy pretzels, the juicy berries and the creamy chocolate.  With the right dark chocolate, you can create a rich high quality candy.

Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

Put these clusters out for your friends but make a secret stash for yourself because you will crave them once they disappear.  Just be sure to refrigerate the chocolates so that the berries don’t spoil.

Start with some of your favorite dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl (I used Trader Joe’s 72%)

dark chocolate

Gently melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring in-between; once chocolate is completely melted, add blueberries and pretzel pieces

add blueberries and pretzels

Stir to coat berries and pretzels completely

blueberries and pretzels mixed in 1

Use a tablespoon to drop large clusters of the mix on a baking sheet lined with wax paper

Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

Chill chocolates in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until candy is completely firm

Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

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Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

Makes 14 clusters

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces high-quality dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup salted pretzel pieces
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

Instructions

  • Gently melt the chocolate in 30 second increments in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring in-between
  • Once chocolate is completely melted, add blueberries and pretzel pieces and stir until completely coated
  • Use a tablespoon to drop large clusters of the mix on a baking sheet lined with wax paper
  • Chill chocolates in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until candy is completely firm

Notes:
Store chocolates in refrigerator for up to 3 days[/print_this]

Blueberry Pretzel Clusters

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69 Responses to “Blueberry Pretzel Clusters”

  1. Maris (In Good Taste) April 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    OMG! These look incredible and I have not only bookmarked it but plan to make it… humm.. tonight!

    • KeepItSweet April 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      You definitely should!

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite April 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Wow, these look amazing! So creative :)

  3. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots April 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Wow. You have outdone yourself. I will be making these. I absolutely love buying the chocolate bars with the dried blueberries in them and I just can’t image the burst of goodness that comes with these clusters! Yummm! :)

  4. Kristi @ KristiAteIt April 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Wow, what a great combination! Never would have thought to put these together, but I bet they taste great!

  5. Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Oh my gooooosh – these look fabulous! I never would have thought to put fresh berries in chocolate clusters, and the pretzels are a great flavor & texture addition. Bookmarked!

  6. lynn @ the actor's diet April 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    this might be the best recipe i’ve seen in a while! totally gonna make this!

    • KeepItSweet April 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      Ah yay!

  7. Kristina April 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I love the sound, look, and everything about these!

  8. Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    These look incredible. I’d love to see pictures of this shop. Next up, do you think you could do a recipe for, I don’t know, banana chips and potato chips?

    • KeepItSweet April 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      I’ll have to take pictures when I get there this summer! Banana chips and potato chips sounds like a wonderful idea:-)

  9. Happy When Not Hungry April 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Wow these look delicious! I love that there are fresh blueberries in these guys!

  10. Jessica April 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I looove blueberries & chocolate, and chocolate & pretzels, so mathematically this equals a delicious idea.
    Ever had blueberry coffee? It’s one of my faves but people always think it’s wierd when I order it. Among I’m sure many other things I do… :)

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      I’ve never had blueberry coffee but it sounds interesting. Where do you get that?

      • Jessica April 11, 2011 at 10:57 am #

        I actually get it at Dunkin Donuts on the days I don’t make my coffee @ home. It’s pretty amazing though.

        • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 11:26 am #

          I don’t usually love Dunkin coffee but I have to try it!

  11. Lee Hock April 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    I don’t know how you think of these things, but your recipe ideas are pure genius!
    You inspire me to get more creative in the kitchen.
    I am definitely going to give these a try.

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      Thank you!

  12. Samantha April 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    What a great idea! Love your blog! Although I have to say, it makes me really hungry!

    -Samantha

    http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      Thanks, it makes me hungry, too lol

  13. Baking Serendipity April 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    What an awesome flavor combination! I’ve had chocolate covered pretzels and even chocolate covered blueberries, but never together. So smart!

  14. Trish April 11, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I’m from the Jersey Shore! Wonder if I’ve ever been to that place. Love the flavor combination. Blueberries and chocolate go so well together and then the savory pretzel bit…yum! Thanks for sharing.

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      If you are in the Margate/Vetnor area you should definitely go!

  15. Kristi April 11, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Blueberries with chocolate. I don’t if I ever had that combo before, but I can’t wait to try it.

  16. Jessica @ How Sweet April 11, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Love these! I have this CRAZY obsession with blueberry and chocolate right now. It’s so good.

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      It is so good together. I also love blueberries and peanut butter… might have to mix all three!

  17. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries April 11, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Oh MY GOODNESS!!! That sounds heavenly!
    Happy Monday! :D
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com

  18. Emily @ Life On Food April 11, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    I love the photos. Nibbles definitely do not count for the daily calorie count. I don’t count calories on vacation either.

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks! Calories should never count on vacation:-) I think I need to take vacation more often…

  19. Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews April 11, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Wow, these look so good! I would have never thought of this combination.

  20. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 April 11, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    These look amazing. I love blueberries, but wouldn’t have ever thought to put them together with chocolate and pretzels. Wow!

  21. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 11, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    These look simply fantastic! There is nothing like the {real} Jersey Shore :)

  22. Susi's Kochen und Backen April 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    These look out of this world delicious! You should start selling them yourself. I love the addition of pretzels to the mix, you just can’t beat a sweet and salty combo. Beautifully done!

  23. Monica April 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Wow, Lauren. What a fantastic, inventive combination. Plus EASY! And, packed with antioxidants. (I’m always looking for ways to justify eating more sweets!) Can’t wait to make these. I’ll be linking to this recipe. Fabulous.

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks, Monica!! I definitely think the antoxidents makes this a healthy recipe:-)

  24. thehealthyapron April 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m loving this recipe! Looks incredible!

  25. sheila @ Elements April 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    If you could have watched my face light up as I was reading your post, then you would know how excited I was when I saw your pictures of this awesome dessert! Yep…I was like a kid in a candy store, and even though I’ve never tried this before, I think it’s my new favorite chocolate candy!!

    I’m crazy about blueberries and love chocolate-covered pretzels so this is just about to kill me. I gave up processed sugar for Lent, but maybe I could make it with unsweetened chocolate and some agave nectar. Yep…I think it’s definitely do-able!

    I’m gonna have to buy some blueberries today so I can make them. Thanks for making my eyes light up in child-like delight!!! :)

    • KeepItSweet April 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

      You just made my day, I am so happy you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you try out the recipe:-)

  26. Kris | iheartwellness.com April 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Oh No You Didn’t!!!!! These look freaking amazing and I must get all in them VERY Soon! Thank you for the amazing recipe girl!

    xxoo

  27. Madison M April 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    How cute! I love the addition of blueberries because, believe it or not, I think that too much chocolate without something to break it up, is a bit overwhelming.

  28. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan April 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    What an awesome idea! So easy too! I can’t wait to shove 5-10 of these in my mouth!

  29. Maria April 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    What a great treat!

  30. Molly April 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    This is exactly what I want when I need my next chocolate fix!

  31. Kathleen April 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Seriously! These look frickin amazing! Love that chocolate from TJ

  32. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) April 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    There are so many delicious treats at the Jersey Shore! My mouth is watering right now thinking about the salt water taffy and curly fries… but these will give me a taste of the shore right now! Can’t wait to make them!!

  33. pawsitivelife April 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Where has this recipe (and this blog) have been all my life? Definitly getting some fresh berries this weekend

  34. Veronica April 12, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Love it! I’ve never covered any fresh fruit with chocolate, save strawberries, and now I don’t know why. Brill. My favorite chocolate candy is truffles.

  35. megan @ whatmegansmaking April 12, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    what an amazing idea!! These would be perfect for my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower! Classy and fun. Great idea :)

  36. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 12, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Wow! These look amazing! Love chocolate covered blueberries and pretzels- brilliant combo!

  37. Florida Foodie April 12, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I think pretty much any chocolate covered fruit is good. Have you ever had chocolate covered grapes? Delicious!

    • KeepItSweet April 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      No, and I never even thought of that!

  38. briarrose April 12, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Wow…what a treat…entirely too addictive.

  39. Jesse April 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    great idea, i love all these ingredients but never thought to put them all together.

  40. Ann April 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    WOW, those look fantastic! I love these and they seem healthy too!

  41. Juliana April 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Oh! I love these clusters, specially with crunchy pretzels and fresh blueberries…so yummie. Have a great week :-)

  42. Jason April 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    I bet those tasted great! Very unique recipe, going to have to try very soon.

  43. Simply Life April 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    oh what a perfect combination of flavors – I love this idea!

  44. Joy April 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Ohh that looks great.

  45. marla April 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Such a great idea, love the flavor combo with those fresh blueberries.

  46. julie @ rosy + tart April 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    YUM! These look absolutely awesome. I’ll definitely have to try these!

  47. Brittany April 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    oh-my-god… this is absolutely brilliant…i need to eat these!!!!!!!

  48. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 15, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    This is on my must-make list!! Wow! I don’t even have words to explain how much I want these right now!

  49. Macy October 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    WOW! I am officially in love with your recipe list!! I think this is my favorite though…simple and to the point. Thank You for posting :)

    • KeepItSweet October 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

      Thanks, Macy! These are really easy and so delicious.

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