|Chocolate Covered Pretzels by Fran W|
Chocolate covered pretzels are really easy and fun to make at any age, and they make a great gift too!
To make your own, you will need…
1-2 1lb Bags of real chocolate chips
Pretzel Rods or your favorite shaped pretzel – 1 Large bag/container or 2 small
Bowl or heat-proof container
Spoon or a fork
Plastic zip-top bags or long air-tight containers
Optional: Mini chocolate chips, nuts, cookie pieces, crushed peppermint sticks, shredded coconut, candy bits, white chocolate chips, nonpareils candy (sprinkles), sugar crystals, crushed candy such malted milk balls, toffee bars, etc.
What to do…
Melt chocolate in a heat proof container in either the microwave or a double boiler, dip pretzels in chocolate, knock off excess chocolate, place on a parchment covered pan and sprinkle with a favorite topping. When the chocolate hardens put pretzels in zip-top bags or air-tight containers.
Try different types of flavored melting chips too: Milk Chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, etc.
For best results, use real chocolate or melting chips.
When using the double boiler method to melt chocolate, do not get chocolate wet! Water will make the chocolate unusable for dipping pretzels!
If you decide to use small pretzels, put them in the melted chocolate and take them out with a fork. Tap off excess chocolate before putting them on parchment paper and decorate while wet.
To dip pretzel logs, use a tall heat-proof cup or mug and tilt it to cover as much of the pretzel as possible. Use a spoon to cover more space and leave a little pretzel on the bottom so it can be picked up and held easily. Tap off excess before placing on parchment paper.
If needed, put chocolate covered pretzels in a refrigerator for a 5-10 minutes to speed up the cooling process. Warning, if kept in the refrigerator too long, the chocolate may turn white, if this happens, they can still be eaten.
To give as a gift, put pretzels in an air-tight bag or container.
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