Published on November 11th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
Treats Week – Day 1 – Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Hey you, thanks for joining me today. I was thinking. You know, the economy isn’t so great. We’re all feeling the tug on our purse strings, and saving money is important. The holidays are coming up, and I love being prepared. Yeah, that’s me. I’m that annoying girl who has her Christmas shopping done before December 1. It’s not all about being smart and focused. I just really loathe holiday shopping, the lines, people pushing and shoving, bumping into you and the general grouchiness of mood that pervades each shopping trip. I do it not because I am Suzy Homemaker, but I do it for my sanity.
So, let’s talk gift giving. I honestly prefer to give out small gifts like homemade food and such because it’s nicer and tastes better than store bought. For just a couple of dollars, some creative gift wrapping and a little time, you can create the nicest gifts for friends, coworkers, teachers, neighbors. So I’m doing this now, this week, I plan on having each day a homemade treat that will be a wonderful gift that will be far more appreciated than a store bought gift, (although I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like a gift card or two). However, this is still cheaper than gift cards, so you can be frugal and awesome – all wrapped up with a big shiny bow this year.
Today – it’s sweet and salty perfection – Chocolate Covered Pretzels. I have seen these in packaging for the holidays. Most are $.50-$1 per pretzel. You can make them for about half that. Depending on how decorated you want them.
You will need:
Parchment Paper and Cookie Sheets. Cover your cookie sheet with the parchment, and the candy will not stick.
Melted Chocolate or Vanilla Chocolate – melt your chocolates in the microwave for about 30 seconds at a time on high heat. As the candy gets hotter, put in on for less and less time, so you don’t burn the chocolate.
Sprinkles – I have ice cream sprinkles, melted chocolate and Wilton Candy sprinkles. You can also use crushed cookies, peppermint, candy and more.
Lay your parchment over your cookie sheet, and push in the parchment at the sides , otherwise your pretzels will roll to the middle of the pan.
I put my pretzels on the pan to make it easier to pick them up and also to see how many I might get on the pan.
Melt your chocolate and dip most of the pretzel in the chocolate, leaving a bit at the end to pick up. Gently use the back of the spoon to remove the excess chocolate.
Place onto your parchment paper. To add sprinkles in a more professional way, take and put some in the lid or bowl, and then gently use your thumb and forefinger to sprinkle the candy over top in a more even manner.
If you have large candies, place them one by one on the chocolate. Minions are great at this. Another way to add sprinkles would be to place a large amount on a plate and roll the pretzel in the candy, covering it completely.
You can get several styles on one tray.
Look how colorful they are. I didn’t use Christmas or Holiday colors, it’s really up to you on what you like.
Now you can also melt your vanilla bark. And dip your pretzels.
Dip all that you want to be drizzled with chocolate.
Now take your melted chocolate and spoon, let the big globs of chocolate fall off the spoon and drizzle the pretzels with the thin lines of chocolate coming off the spoon. This may take a while, or get a minion to do it, I bribe mine with the broken pieces of pretzel.
Continue adding chocolate to your pretzels until you are done. If you have leftover pretzels – no big deal, but if you have leftover chocolate, you can dip marshmallows, cheese crackers ( it’s actually good), cookies, or fruit to use it up.
I dipped all the pretzels, even the broken bits, as treats for the family. And, I let minion #2 – Annalise decide what sprinkles to put on them. This is a terrific way to use up leftover sprinkles too.
Let them cool, preferably without the fridge or freezer, that will take away the gloss on the chocolate, until they are solid and pull off the parchment without leaving chocolate. Package in some cellophane bags, tie with a pretty ribbon, gift in a mason jar. etc… don’t forget to treat your family, they will enjoy that sweet and salty taste so much…