Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chocolate covered pretzels

'Tis the season...for baking!  There are parties to go to, parties to have, gifts to bake and things to eat.  December can be a very fattening time of year. (Sorry - no super diet goodies are being made by me but if you know of some, please share!  I'm working on the 'it's all good as long as it's in moderation' theme).

We had our first party to go to at the boy's spielgruppe last week and all the parents were making stuff.  I decided to test drive what I'm planning on making later on as a kids sized version.  It went over really well! Even with the adults - they couldn't stop eating them :-)  And really, it was quite simple to make.

What you need:
Pretzel sticks - I used the Jamadu ones from Coop as I was making them for the kids

1 block of cooking chocolate - the white is pictured but I had issues with it so switched to chocolate

Sprinkles - any sort - the smaller the better since the pretzels are so small

Wax (baking) paper to put the pretzels on to dry

Melt your chocolate. Make sure not to get any water in with it.  You can try the microwave (I never have good results so don't do it that way).  Simply put a pot of water on to boil and then put a pan over the top.  Break up your chocolate and set it in the pan.  When it starts melting, stir until smooth.  You can turn down the heat and it will stay liquid long enough for you to do your pretzels.  If it starts to harden just turn up the heat again.

The easiest thing to do is scatter some sprinkles on a piece of wax paper and then lay the chocolate coated pretzels on top of them.  While the chocolate is still hot, sprinkle more on top.  (you can see why I wanted to use the white chocolate - green sprinkles would have been easier to see).  It's not hard and if you have kids they would love to do the sprinkles.  Just keep away from the steaming chocolate :)

I layered them in a plastic container to fit them in the fridge so they would harden overnight.  Enjoy!

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