Disclosure – While I was sent free samples of Labriola Pretzel Rolls, my thoughts and opinions on them are my own.

The.Boy has been getting ready to train for a marathon.  He’s not actually training, mind you, just…preparing to train.

(Don’t worry, I don’t really understand it either.)


What that means for my daily life is that every other morning, his alarm goes off at 6:30AM, which is an hour earlier than normal. (Note – I have been awake for a half hour already.)  He then proceeds to lay in bed for at least ten minutes until I get agitated by the fact that he hasn’t gotten up yet and that, if he doesn’t get up, I will surely get blamed for not waking up him. And then I yell at him.  To get up.  Sometimes…he listens.

So then at some point, he gets up, eats a banana…and gets back into bed.  And then when I yell at him to get up again he tells me that this is “his process”.

He has been doing this for a week now. And he already has a process. Really.


Anyway, in the event that he does eventually get up and start to get ready, he then proceeds to try to talk to me throughout all of his pre-run stretching.

And, well. That is a big no no.  That is my blog-writing “me” time, you see.  And it gets interrupted for no one. Not even boyfriends who think it is imperative to ask me about whether we should get some odd or end for our apartment at that precise moment in time.  (Doesn’t he know anything?)

After we go through all that with our relationship hopefully still intact…he goes for a 3 mile run. Hallelujah.

And to think…I didn’t even get to the carb loading yet.

Remember earlier this week when I told you that he had two veggie burgers, complete with two pretzel rolls for dinner?  Well, what I didn’t mention is that he also had four mini snickers bars, a few cookies that his mom had made at Easter…and a hefty slice of this bread pudding.

To be honest, I’m not really sure how we’re going to manage food-wise when he starts actually training since we’re already toeing the line of our food budget now.


There is going to have to be a lot of this bread pudding in our future.  Because not only is it delicious in a salted-chocolate-covered bread kind of way…but it is also dense. And super filling. For a normal person, one modest slice is really enough to satisfy any and all sweet cravings you may have been having.

For a twenty-something year old male who is in marathon “spring training”, on the other hand….I make no promises or predictions about serving size. Just, eat as necessary.


One year ago…Baked Macaroni with Tomato Sauce and Goat Cheese
Two years ago…Pasta with Cauliflower, Walnuts and Feta
Three years ago…Chicken Tikka Masala
Four years ago…Black Bean Swiss Burgers with BBQ Onions

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Bread Pudding
Makes one 10-inch “cake”, adapted from Labriola Bakery Cafe


  • 1 dozen pretzel rolls
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips


  1. Heat the oven to 350. Cut the pretzel bread into 1 inch pieces and let sit out overnight to get stale.  You can also lightly toast them in the oven for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Heat the cream and sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Whisk 1/4 cup of the cream mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. Whisk in another 1/4 cup. Pour the remaining cream into the bowl with the eggs, whisking constantly. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Toss the bread with the custard and the chocolate chips. Pour into a 10-inch springform pan and bake, covered with a sheet of parchment paper for 30 minutes. Remove the paper and cook for 10 more minutes.


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84 Responses to Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Bread Pudding

  1. You guys are seriously too cute. I don’t know where my husband puts most of what he eats either. So unfair! Are you “training” with him? It’s a fun, and clearly would be tasty, way to bond! And this bread pudding looks and sounds amazing! Why did I never consider pretzel rolls for bread pudding or French toast before??

  2. Wow! What a good looking bread pudding!! The use of pretzel rolls is brilliant.
    Love the story that goes along with this post 🙂

  3. Simply Life says:

    haha I love this post – too cute! Haha, I imagine he’ll figure out the blogging etiquette soon 🙂

  4. I was worried about Rob eating through our food budget, too.. although thank goodness he likes cheapo beans and rice just like me.. and doesn’t mind cooking for himself. I hope the next recipe you share is that carrot, chickpea and quinoa salad. It looks delicious! 🙂

  5. For one day I’d like to have the metabolism of a male… just one. How amazing would that be? Then I could eat my way through this bread pudding:-)

  6. It looks great–but is he jealous that you can outrun him 😉

  7. Sounds like my morning process. Except the banana is usually more like a handfull of fruity pebbles.

    This bread pudding looks so good it hurts!

  8. Baahahaha OMG so funny! Paul still says he’ll never run a marathon, but if he does he would be totally the same. These boys just don’t think like us! I want this bread pudding in a bad way, friend. TOTALLY making this asap!

  9. london bakes says:

    I think the idea of being able to eat double helpings of this is probably the only thing that could convince me to train for a marathon!

  10. Yum! Pretzel rolls sound delicious, especially baked into this bread pudding! I can’t ever imagine running a marathon, but that’s pretty much my “process” everytime i try to get up early and take a walk 🙂

  11. Men don’t understand why we need ‘blogging time’. Yummy looking dessert. Now to find a recipe for those rolls.

  12. A future filled with bread pudding sounds like a good future to me! Happy Friday!

  13. SallyBR says:

    I tell you what, unless I was running 10 miles I could not face this bread pudding… granted, I am very small so all my caloric intake is much smaller than for “normal people” but still 🙂

    he better turn those 6 miles into AT LEAST 6.5 😉

  14. Ruthy Kirwan says:

    AH I am in the same boat! I hate when my husband is awake and talking during my morning blog/writing/interwebz time. This is a sacred hour, and I love you but leave me alone.
    This bread pudding looks to freaking die for!

  15. Oh my gosh! I can only imgaine how wonderful this must taste! Amazing recipe!!

  16. I wish I could justify carb-loading like that for a 3-mile run 🙂

  17. This may be the first pretzel bread pudding I’ve seen! It looks fantastic!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  18. ooh – this looks and sounds amazing. I love the idea of using pretzel bread in the pudding.

  19. sandra says:

    that looks super yummy. So funny about your boyfriend. You’re hilarious!

  20. Lynn says:

    I wouldn’t have thought of bread pudding with pretzels in it. Looks and sounds so good!

  21. Ashley Bee says:

    Ooomg this is probably the BEST bread pudding EVER! Great job! I looove pretzel bread, and all of these sweet goodies in it too.

  22. Oh my gosh I hate when people set an alarm but don’t get up when it goes off. I remember in undergrad my roommate freshman year always set her alarm 30 min to an hour before she had to get up and it would proceed to go off every 10 minutes. I wanted to strangle someone.

  23. oohhh my goodness. This is the ultimate flavor combo. Great idea to add the pretzel bread!!

  24. Get outta town! This looks like sweet-salty-chocolatey heaven!

  25. I can’t get enough of your boy stories….they crack me up every time. And you hit the nail on the head on exactly the way most boys act… 😉 ALSO this pretzel goodness looks fantastic. Put any type of pretzel in front of me with any kind of topping at any time of day…and I will devour the entire thing 🙂

  26. Pam says:

    Maybe I need to train for a marathon so I can eat this bread pudding all of the time! It looks decadent.

  27. haha! I like “his process” Good for him for preparing for a marathon (even if he eats a banana and heads straight back to bed and not out to the streets!) This bread pudding sound fantastic!

  28. I LOVE this bread pudding!! It looks so gooooooooooddd!!!!

  29. i loooove bread pudding! and with chocolate covered pretzels?!? yum!

  30. OMG, that is serious bread pudding!

  31. Mo Diva says:

    Joanne, are our men related?? im convinced they are… but at least your boo goes out running eventually. Mine watches insaniy videos… just watches. doesnt actually do anything.
    you two sound adorable! 🙂
    And I know all the fun in tweaking grocery budgets thanks to my human garbage disposal. 🙂 (BR is a huge carnivore. When meat and fish go on sale at the local grocery store, i buy in bulk and freeze freeze freeze! And thank heaven for our CSA delivery! and Balance. thank goodness for balance)

  32. Mo Diva says:

    This bread pudding is also calling me… but i would rather is be calling me already made. Do you ship? I pay!

  33. Dixya says:

    I totally understand how your boy feels because I am exactly the same way but my metabolism is very slow. this pudding is a slow poison – im sold on just the title

  34. Eileen says:

    Oh man, salty pretzel, sweet chocolate, and rich cream? This sounds fantastic! Although I have to say I’d have a hard time letting those rolls get stale… 🙂

  35. Oh this looks so sinfully delicious – the pictures are amazing!
    Mary x

  36. This looks…amazing. I need pretzel rolls now…STAT. It’s my process.

  37. Monica says:

    Salted chocolate covered bread sounds like magic, Joanne! Your boyfriend is a lucky man…

  38. Bread pudding with pretzel rolls?! You are brilliant. I don’t even really like bread pudding but I might want some of this. 🙂

  39. Kim says:

    I cracked up while reading this because the boy and I have a similar process. For the most part I’m not one to waste time messing around. However in the mornings I’m pretty slow. Also, if it involves something that I don’t really want to do then I need time to warm up to it. First I get ready to get ready (this is usually about a half hour of psyching myself up to do something). Then I get ready. Sometimes (when I really don’t want to do something) there are three steps: thinking about getting ready to get ready, getting ready to get ready, and then the actual getting ready. I’ve been with my husband for about 13 years now and he is finally starting to understand “thinking about getting ready to get ready.” It’s a pretty big inside joke for us.

    Love the idea of using pretzels for bread pudding. It’s very original, has a ton of possibilities, and looks very indulgent!

  40. Amy says:

    Paul is constantly interrupting me while blogging. After all these years, he has learned nothing. Wait until you have kids… 😉

  41. Aw, you guys!

    Cannot even deal with how good this pudding sounds. It is everything I love in the world already and then you add pretzels, what! All the more reason to make those pretzel rolls from your other post.

  42. Cathleen says:

    Wow! This looks too good! I’d run 10 marathons for this 😉

  43. G’day! Thanks for the chuckles too!
    You photos and recipe look SO YUM too!
    What’s On The List

  44. i don’t usually love bread pudding but holy cow does yours look ridiculously delicious! i’m so intrigued by the pretzel rolls too, i really need to try this!!

  45. You still amaze me every time! where do you find these delicious recipes? and the time? I want to know – you must tell all… lol… have a great weekend!

  46. That Girl says:

    I don’t get training to train, but whatever works?

  47. You guys are too funny! Jason had 5 hot dogs today and I’m sure he’ll lose 2 lb by tomorrow.

    And dude, this bread – yeah, I need this in my life stat. I could go for a second dessert. After all, it is Friday night!

  48. Kari says:

    This post made me laugh – I can just picture the mornings at your place. This is an incredible dish though and if he’s carb loading, irrespective of need, I’d say you’ve found a winner!

  49. Oh wow! This sounds and looks incredible. Lucky boy!

  50. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that is enough to make me want to train for a marathon – looks so delicious – wish I could eat like the boy though I have no desire to talk training at unearthly hours of the morning

  51. Barbara says:

    Welcome to the world of dealing with men. Hah. And they think we’re complicated?

    Anyway…..I’ve been reading so many recipes with pretzels and pretzel bread in the ingredient list…still haven’t tried any of them, though. This really looks good, Joanne.

  52. I have never had a pudding made with pretzels! This looks like a really great one, Jo.

  53. Aw. A growing boy needs his food ;P. Especially this – chocolate and pretzels is the perfect combo. My kids would go nuts for this!

  54. Hotly Spiced says:

    One of the greatest mysteries of all time is why it is that opposites attract. The early riser always ends up with the partner who procrastinates and can’t get out of bed and the tidy person (the one who can spring out of bed without an issue), ends up with the one whose possessions grace the floor instead of the cupboards. Good luck! xx

  55. Emily says:

    Um yes, this sounds amazing! I LOVE pretzel rolls.

    Your bf is funny. I like that he’s getting ready for training. Hahaha.

  56. OH yum! Love the sounds of this. My Mr just did a half marathon this morning so I would suspect be all over this as a “post run” training. (and pudding made with pretzel bread is just genius.)

  57. Amy says:

    LOL…your Son’s morning process is funny. And getting prep for training, I think I kinda know what that is. Maybe get mentally prepare for the training? What do I know….I don’t even exercise enough! But one thing I know for sure is that I’ll be making this Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Bread Pudding soon, very soon. Sound so decadent and I bet it tastes just as it should. 🙂

  58. I would have never thought to use pretzel rolls in bread pudding but it is a brilliant idea! Sounds like lots of different kinds of training going on there 🙂

  59. Dining Alone says:

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the actual training posts, his process now is entertaining enough 🙂

  60. I love dessert. This is simple and delicious. I like something that easy to make and this one definitely can make me happy. 🙂

  61. Oh– I love pretzels rolls and turning them into one of my all-time favorite desserts sounds pretty epic! Yum!!

  62. This might be the most mouth-watering bread pudding recipe I’ve seen! I need this in my life.

  63. you know I’ve never been a fan of bread pudding (unless it’s gingerbread).
    but now that you added some “texture” in there, I’m good to go!

  64. Julie says:

    Costco has these same kind of pretzel buns (sorry to Labriola) and I’ve been contemplating buying them. Now I know I will buy them. This looks delicious.

  65. Reeni says:

    That looks absolutely divine! It’s been far too long since I made a bread pudding. Love that you used the pretzels rolls – very unique!

  66. Honey says:

    This looks divine, scrumptious. It’s probably a combo of sweet and salty. So delicious! Love the story about your BF. My husband does the same thing and I have to “yell” at him and tell him to get up. I sleep on another hour and a half. 🙂

  67. Monet says:

    This looks just heavenly. One of the things I love about baking so much is that I always have bread around the house. Perfect for bread pudding! Thank you for sharing your recipe and your story. Just delightful, as always, sweet girl!

  68. This is soooooo good-looking! I love bread pudding and love that you didn’t use 12 eggs to make it 🙂 And that it’s gooey, chocolaty, salty-and-sweet. Pinned!

  69. Whoa! That bread pudding is a looker! I’m on board with anything chocolate. Great post! 🙂

  70. Mary Younkin says:

    Love the pretzel roll twist! What a great idea that was. Definitely make the most of the “training” opportunity to bake!

  71. haha 🙂 i can only imagine the amounts he will need to eat once he starts hitting more than 5 miles! what a fabulous twist on bread pudding with the pretzel rolls, yum yum.

  72. This looks so good! It sounds totally delicious comfort food (or marathon food!) – yum!!

  73. grace says:

    what a magnificent idea! i think i’ve only ever used pretzel rolls to contain burgers, but this is inventive and extremely tempting!

  74. Deborah says:

    This sounds amazing and decadent! And maybe eating this could be the excuse I need to go for a run?? 🙂

  75. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, Looks absolutely delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  76. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh goodness, this is drool worthy for sure! I’d love to take a bite out of this right now 🙂

  77. I love sweet and salty………..and this bread pudding is calling my name!

  78. Annie Patz says:

    Oh my gosh! This is like bread pudding on steroids! I’ve always had a thing for chocolate covered pretzels, I can only imagine how delicious this was.

  79. Ashley says:

    Oh man. Boys and waking up on their own. Sigh. But hey… this bread looks insanely good!

  80. Laura says:

    I just ate–and thoroughly enjoyed–a chocolate pretzel bread pudding at Taste of Cincinnati. So this is quite timely and being pinned NOW!

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