chocolate covered pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels are amazing, because their perfect blend of sweet and salty makes it possible for me to eat way more than if they were all sweet! That's probably not the most well-balanced-diet thing for me to say, but it's totally true. Also, anything is better after it's been dipped in chocolate. This week I finally got around to attempting this delicious snack, and now I'm completely obsessing over all the possibilities. My true inspiration in making them was Father's Day. Every year I hunt for the perfect useful or meaningful gift, and every year it turns out to be not quite as perfect as I'd hoped. So this year I decided to go another route--food. Nobody could possibly get a box of candy-coated chocolate covered pretzels and not be excited, right?

The first step, as always, is to gather your ingredients. This includes chocolate chips (of any variety), pretzels (I went for the rods, but any type will work), and toppings. My pretzels feature chopped up Snickers and Baby Ruth, crushed bagel chips, sprinkles, Red Hots, and Reeses' Pieces. Get creative!

A lot of tutorials recommend microwaving the chocolate for about 15 seconds, but I don't have a microwave so I had to melt mine the old fashioned way. I've you'll be melting yours on the stove keep the heat just on warm and stir periodically. Remove the pot from the heat as soon as it's melted. It's very important that the chocolate doesn't overheat. This will make it crumbly and unworkable. I found the key was to work fast.

Once it's melted you can either dip the pretzels or spoon the chocolate onto them. Either way you want to get a coat thick enough to hold the toppings but not so thick that they slide off. The less is more rule applies here. 

Finally, sprinkle (or place) on your toppings and leave your beautiful creations on a sheet of wax paper to dry. I let mine dry for 24 hours before packing them up to ship to my dad. You may not need to wait that long, but be sure to let them harden completely before moving them around. 

If you're ever looking to mail these crafty treats, I found this container at Target for $5 and it was the perfect size. I can't wait to make them again. I'm picturing color themed toppings to match party decor. Amazing, right?! What's your favorite addition to chocolate covered pretzels?

1 comment:

  1. dad is going to love too! since i know he will happily share!