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Gluten-free Goodie of the Week: Sweet-n-salty clusters

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Two tastes combine!

For a gluten-free goodie, why not combine two great tastes for a fun treat? Pairing sweet with salty in a treat is an idea you'll love!

Two tastes combine!

Simple and tasty, this Gluten-free Friday recipe for sweet-n-salty clusters is easy to put together when you need something in a hurry. You'll also get both crunchy and gooey bites in each treat thanks to combining pretzels and caramel. Garnish with a touch of drizzled chocolate and a pinch of sea salt for a winning combination!

Note: Gluten can be found in many different foods and products, from ketchup to soy sauce to candy and seasonings. While tries to ensure these recipes are gluten-free, carefully read the ingredient labels of all food and food products you use for these recipes to ensure they are also gluten-free.

Sweet-n-salty clusters recipe

Yields 18 treats


  • 36 mini gluten-free pretzel twists
  • 9 bite-size gluten-free caramels, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chocolate chips
  • Sea salt for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place half the pretzels on the lined baking sheet.
  3. Place half a caramel candy on top of each pretzel, and bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and immediately top each pretzel/caramel combo with another pretzel, gently pushing down to help spread out the caramel. Leave them on the baking sheet.
  5. Once the pretzel/caramel treats have completely cooled, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, in increments of about 10 seconds, until fully melted and smooth.
  6. While the treats are still on the lined baking sheet, use a fork to drizzle the tops of each with the melted chocolate.
  7. Garnish each by sprinkling a tiny amount of sea salt over the tops.

Two great tastes combine in this treat!

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