Special delivery! I realize not everyone has the time to make cake or cupcakes, so I want to offer you some other awesome sweet treats for Valentines Day. I certainly didn’t know how easy these were until I tried them, so you should know too. Gourmet chocolate covered pretzels started popping up all over the web last summer, and I never understood why it was so popular until I tried it!
Last week when I was making Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, I had some pretzels in my pantry. I have always had a weakness for chocolate dipped pretzels, and they are often my candy of choice in a chocolate shop. I used to sneak them all the time when I worked in my local bakery/chocolate shop in high school! Well these were way better than the ones I used to sneak!
I used my melting pot since I had leftover chocolate, but it is not necessary to have a melting pot to make these. You can easily melt your chocolate in the microwave All you need is some chocolate, pretzels and sprinkles or toppings of choice. You could use cocoanut, nuts, graham cracker crumbs, the possibilities are endless!
First, you need to break up some chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. I suggest to melt your chocolate in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted and smooth. Make sure to vigorously stir your chocolate after each time you microwave it, as it will help to spread the heat and melt the remaining chocolate.
Often times, when I talk about cake pops or dipping chocolate, people ask me how I get the chocolate so thin and smooth. The secret is Crisco. As I melt the chocolate, I also melt in 1 tbsp at a time of Crisco and mix it very well until I get my desired consistency. I talk about that more here as well.
First you will want to line a baking sheet with wax paper or a baking mat to prevent them from sticking to the baking sheet.
Next you need your pretzels. I choose to break my pretzel rods into two so that I could cover more of the surface area in chocolate. You can use any type of pretzel for this!
I found it most useful to use a spatula to gather some chocolate on the end, and then roll my pretzel in the chocolate. I tapped off the excess chocolate on the edge of my spatula.
Immediately apply sprinkles or other toppings before the chocolate cools and sets. You will probably find it useful to do this over a bowl or plate to catch the excess sprinkles that don’t make it onto your pretzel.
Set your pretzels on a lined baking sheet and allow the chocolate to harden. If you want to drizzle white chocolate cover the top, I suggest you let the milk chocolate harden first.
Try not to eat them all in one sitting! I packaged mine in some treat bags I found in the dollar bins at Target. I made the header cards on my Silhouette Cameo and tied it with some baker’s twine (My boyfriend came up with the final presentation!). These would make great gifts for your Valentine!