Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Chocolate Dipped Pretzels



I was on the diving team in college and after every competition the team chowed down on a giant bucket of chocolate dipped pretzels with our school colors.  One of the mothers of a girl on the swim team made those pretzels every season and never missed a competition.


Chocolate dipped pretzels can look really beautiful and people will think you worked very hard in the kitchen.  But what they won't know is that, while it does take some time, the process is actually very simple.


You can also get creative with your toppings.  I used crushed candy cane for Christmas and blue sprinkles for Hanukkah, but you can also use a variety of colored sprinkles for other holidays or crushed up Oreos, graham cracker crumbs, and the list could go on.  I hope you'll share if you try something new.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Ingredients

1 large bag or pretzels twists
1 large bag of pretzel rods
10-12 ounces white chocolate morsels
10-15 mini candy canes
Blue sprinkles

Directions

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place the chocolate in a microwaveable dish and heat in 30 second intervals until completely melted and smooth.

Place candy canes in a ziploc bag and crush or if you have a food processor you can also place the candy canes in there and pulse until the pieces are the size you want. (I found the processor worked better)  Place the crushed candy cane in a wide-bottomed bowl and do the same for the blue sprinkles.

Take one pretzel twist and place face down in the white chocolate.  Lift and tap to remove excess chocolate.  Place the pretzel face down in either the candy cane bowl or the blue sprinkles.  Press lightly to make sure all chocolate is covered.  Remove and place face up on the baking sheet.  

For the pretzel rods, dip about halfway into the chocolate.  Tap to remove any excess then roll into either bowl of candy cane or sprinkles (I found you may have to tip the bowl to the side to get the chocolate completely covered.  Another option would be instead of dipping in a bowl you could pour the sprinkles or candy canes over the rod and keep turning the rod until it is completely coated).  Place on baking sheet and let the chocolate pretzels harden before removing to a serving dish or eating!

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