Chocolate-Covered Pretzels Demonstration!

Hey my Delicious Chocolate Cuties! <3

Thanks for all of your comments on my last What Kat Ate. I’m really hoping that the blood tests that they took will help uncover what’s going on. I still have a huge bruise from where they stuck me with the needle (I would have thought it would have finally faded by now, but hopefully it will be completely gone in the next few days). I have an ophthalmology appointment this Tuesday and then another JRA appointment next Thursday, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed! :)


To celebrate Father’s Day, I thought I’d share with you one of my dad’s favorite treats. (He of course loves it with dark chocolate and almonds – that combination is his FAVORITE! But you can make them however you’d like.)


My Chocolate-Covered Pretzels!


Start by pouring your bags of chocolate chips into a glass bowl. Then follow the instructions on the back of the label to melt them. (I like to do it in the microwave ‘cuz I’m lazy like that. ;) It pretty much just takes microwaving it for 30 seconds, then stirring, then another 30 seconds, and stir again. If it needs more time than that, do it in 15 second bursts. You don’t want to overheat the chocolate or it can start getting burnt and grainy.)


Lay out your pretzels and check to see how many in the bag are not broken. (It usually takes me more than one bag of pretzel rods to get 20 complete ones.)


Once the chocolate is smooth and creamy and luscious, dip the rod into the chocolate (or use a spoon to spoon the chocolate over and around the rod) until you get a nice coating. You don’t want it to be too thin or nothing will stick, but you also don’t want it too thick or the toppings will slip right off as the chocolate falls off.


Now get your toppings ready! I like using chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts; shredded coconut; caramel bits; sprinkles; crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate chip cookies, or cinnamon toast crunch cereal; minced dried fruit; or even mini chocolate chips for true-in-the-blue chocoholics. ;)


Roll the chocolate-covered pretzel rods in the toppings (or pour them on top if desired).


Make ‘em so they’re all covered in goodies. ;)


Then lay them out on a sheet of wax paper to cool until completely hardened. To speed up this process, you can also lay the wax paper on a cookie sheet and stick the pretzels in the freezer if you don’t want to wait as long. ;)

To do the drizzle: put a big handful of chocolate chips into a plastic baggie and microwave it on high for about 30 seconds. Massage, and only continue heating if it needs to in 10-15 second intervals, massaging in-between. Then cut a little piece from one of the bottom corners of the plastic baggie, hold the baggie as you would a piping bag for frosting, and make swirls along the body of the pretzels. You can have a lot of fun with this part. You can use different colors, make different shapes, patterns, etc.!

Then eat ‘em up! (Haha, of course don’t go overboard, but a treat now and again is good for ya! ;))


Chocolate-Covered Pretzels!

Ingredients

  • 20 pretzel-rods
  • 11oz-bag of your favorite chocolate chips*
  • Toppings of choice. (See below for ideas!)**
  • Drizzle: additional ½ cup chocolate chips, if desired
  • Wax paper (for the pretzels to completely cool on)

Directions

Start by pouring your bags of chocolate chips into a glass bowl. Then follow the instructions on the back of the label to melt them. (I like to do it in the microwave ‘cuz I’m lazy like that. ;) It pretty much just takes microwaving it for 30 seconds, then stirring, then another 30 seconds, and stir again. If it needs more time than that, do it in 15 second bursts. You don’t want to overheat the chocolate or it can start getting burnt and grainy.) Lay out your pretzels (and check to see how many in the bag are not broken. (It usually takes me more than one bag of pretzel rods to get 20 complete ones.)

Once the chocolate is smooth and creamy and luscious, dip the rod into the chocolate (or use a spoon to spoon the chocolate over and around the rod) until you get a nice coating. You don’t want it to be too thin or nothing will stick, but you also don’t want it too thick or the toppings will slip right off as the chocolate falls off.

Now get your toppings ready! I like using chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts; shredded coconut; caramel bits; sprinkles; crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate chip cookies, or cinnamon toast crunch cereal; minced dried fruit; or even mini chocolate chips for true-in-the-blue chocoholics. ;) Roll (or pour on) the toppings, and make sure they’re all covered in goodies. ;) Then lay them out on a sheet of wax paper to cool until completely hardened. To speed up this process, you can also lay the wax paper on a cookie sheet and stick the pretzels in the freezer if you don’t want to wait as long. ;)

To do the drizzle: put a big handful of chocolate chips into a plastic baggie and microwave it on high for about 30 seconds. Massage, and only continue heating if it needs to in 10-15 second intervals, massaging in-between. Then cut a little piece from one of the bottom corners of the plastic baggie, hold the baggie as you would a piping bag for frosting, and make swirls along the body of the pretzels. You can have a lot of fun with this part. You can use different colors, make different shapes, patterns, etc.!

Then eat ‘em up! (Haha. Of course don’t go overboard, but a treat now and again is good for ya!) 

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*You can also use peanut butter chips, butterscotch-flavored chips, or carob chips in addition to white chocolate, milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or dark chocolate. Or try a combination of a few, like peanut butter and milk chocolate or butterscotch and white chocolate. Your choice.

** I like using chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts; shredded coconut; caramel bits; sprinkles; crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate chip cookies, or cinnamon toast crunch cereal; minced dried fruit; or even mini chocolate chips for true-in-the-blue chocoholics as toppings for these kind of pretzels. ;)


Whenever I make these for a fundraiser auction, they always go for about $30 dollars a pack of six; so now you get to join in on the fun and enjoy some for yourself! :)

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What is one of your favorite body-weight exercises? I really love planks. They kill me, but I’m getting stronger with them and can hold them longer. :)

Are you doing anything for Father’s Day? We’re just hanging out as a family today.

Have you ever made Chocolate-Covered Pretzels? Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows? Graham crackers? Strawberries? I love making the pretzel versions. And the marshmallows (though I’ve never liked marshmallows). I should try chocolate-covered Oreos someday. ;)

xoxox,

Want some CHOCOLATE?! :)

Hey my Baking Fairies! :)

Oh my gosh. You guys are the most amazing people I know! Thank you for all of your insightful comments on my last post. What my mom’s doctor told my mom really bothered me, and I’m glad that you guys feel the same way I do about starch. :) I’m also glad that you guys like my new boyfriend! :) Though, I think he needs a cool nick-name. Any ideas?

Remember when I participated in the Auction for Girl’s Camp?

This time, YOU can join in!

Cait has created this Bake Sale to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. All of the proceeds will help find the cure for breast cancer!
So, do you want some CHOCOLATE?!

Well, this sale is FULL of it! :)

I suggest my Chocolate Fudge Biscotti Cookies with Chopped Almonds and dipped in a White Chocolate Drizzle

And my Chocolate Covered Pretzels! Half of the pretzels are rolled in Almonds and Pecans, and the other half are rolled in Coconut and topped with Chocolate Chips — just like an Almond Joy! :D

I made these for both my family and for some of the kids I babysit — they gobbled up SO quickly! I barely got the chance to take a picture. Think of the taste-testers for the Mincemeat in the State Fair by Rodger and Hammerstein (1945). Or the look on the Grinch’s face when he comes up with his plan to steal Christmas. :) THOSE looks were all over their faces. :)

Both of these were lovingly crafted by this baking fairy. :)

Go over there and check out everything at the sale!

Have you ever participated in a Bake Sale? Attended one? This is my second one!

Do you want me to post my recipe for Healthy Biscotti Cookies?

Have you seen State Fair? It is one of my favorite movies!! I especially love to sing along to the “All I Owe Ioway” song!

xoxox